Friday, December 29, 2017


Lately, I've been

...wearing Mickey Mouse bandaids on my fingertips, due to a potato-peeling mishap on Christmas morning. My sacrifice to bring a dish of potatoes au gratin into the world was worth it --
though we have had to resort to eating take-out over the past few days.

...waiting for my Christmas present -- a new Silhouette -- to arrive. Santa has been slacking on shipping this year, am I right? For some time now, I've been wanting to replace my now-defunct Silhouette, a relic from the age of yore. When my machine stopped cooperating with me, I thought it would be difficult to live a die-cut-free existence, but really, it wasn't that bad, though I will be happy to have the option of using die-cut titles again.

...scrapbooking relentlessly. It's good to be on break! I've been working on my holiday album as well as on lots of layouts, and I've also been drawing a lot of creative fuel from the prompts and project ideas over at Get It Scrapped. For instance, a recent feature on layouts inspired by gift-wrapping techniques had me -- a notorious gift-wrapping mangler -- actually feeling pretty good about dressing up my photos as "gifts" on the page.

I'm really excited about one of next month's Get It Scrapped features, which kicked my butt creatively, as it forced me to move beyond the usual grid approach that I've been using for years on my review layouts. Here's a peek:
It's also been a bittersweet month for me -- I've been stoked about being the December guest designer at Hip Kit Club, but I've also been dreading saying goodbye to the Elle's Studio team, now that 2017 is at an end.  Elle is wonderful, and I wish her and the members of the 2018 team all the best.

...reading one of the most slow-going books that I have ever encountered.
I'm over a hundred pages in, and I'm still waiting to be drawn in to this book, but it's not happening for me. It's dry, even when seemingly interesting events are occurring. The only reason that I haven't abandoned this book is that it is written -- or so the cover says -- by one of my favorite writers. I tore through all of her other books. Graceling swept me away. So why is this book not working for me?  It may have something to do with the lack of characterization. Even a hundred pages in, the characters (including the main character, Jane) feel like strangers, nebulous forms that vaguely inhabit the pages of the book. I can't visualize them. I don't find any of them -- with the exception of Jasper, a basset hound -- to be intriguing. This is difficult to admit, but in addition to reading this out of loyalty to the writer, I also read it to fall asleep at night.  Five pages or so, and I'm out.  Hopefully it will get better. If it doesn't, at least it functioned successfully as a literary lullaby.

...wearing jeans and sweaters daily. I love the weather at this time of year. The temperature has been fluctuating between the low 50s and the mid-70s, which is typical of a Hawaii "winter," and we've even had some stormy weather lately, though nothing like the real winter storms experienced elsewhere. Basically, it just rains and rains and rains, with some lightning thrown in for kicks, and the result is a slightly muddier, greener winter.  Pretty rough stuff.

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