Sunday, December 12, 2010

Odds 'n Ends

Since I have been living a life of leisure, I haven't had much to post on our blog. I love my life-although I really do need to get a job. Besides looking for a job, I keep myself busy working on small projects and taking free mini-vacations.

In October, Jessica and I took a small road trip to Houston to visit our parents. Unfortunately, neither of us had operable cameras at the time, so we don't have any pictures to share. We had a very nice drive and enjoyed the scenery though the center of Utah, all the way through Colorado, three-quarters of the way through Kansas, down through Oklahoma, and through northern Texas. We were a little worried before we left, but it actually turned out to be a pretty drive. We stayed with Mom and Dad for about nine days. The weather was very warm and muggy; but, since we missed the first snow storm of the season here in Utah, I guess I don't have much to complain about. While we were hanging out with Mom, we did a lot of shopping. We explored the Old Spring Town shopping center, which is a lot like Gardner Village, as well as a few malls and fabric/craft stores. We also went to Dad's work party, a business dinner, helped one of Mom's friends assemble wedding invitations, helped set up for Young Women in Excellence, and attended Super Saturday. Unfortunately, during the trip Jessica's purse was stolen. It was a really strange situation, but fortunately she was able to cancel all of her cards and replace everything quickly.

We spent Thanksgiving with Grandma and Grandpa Barnes and then spent the rest of the weekend at Matthew and Alli's house. Again -- no pictures. We will have to do better for Christmas.

In the way of small projects, I have been experimenting with crochet patterns and have completed a couple of scarves and a doily.

I was really excited about this scarf, which I modeled on one I saw on Etsy.

I only took one picture of the doily before I gave it away and unfortunately it was while it was still under construction. In this picture it is still kind of ruffled, but I did get it to lay flat when I finished it.
This past week, I have been working on Christmas ornaments. I painted designs on some colored glass balls and was really pleased with the overall affect.

I also made snowflake ornaments out of salt dough and added designs with a red felt-tipped pen. Both projects were really simple, but quite fun.

I think that I am now quite ready for Christmas and am looking forward to family parties and two weeks celebrating in Idaho.


Lisel said...

I love all of it! You're amazing. Will you teach me?

Jessica, Sarah, Crystal, and Jeni said...

Thanks, Lisel. :) You are already amazing, but I'd be happy to teach you to do any of those crafts at any time.

Lauri said...

I want to be amazing too! Your ornaments, scarf and doily are GORGEOUS!

Jessica, Sarah, Crystal, and Jeni said...

Lauri, you are amazing! In fact, you and Lisel are two of the most amazing women I know!

Paisley Circle Chronicles said...

So fun to see what you are up to!