Monday, December 12, 2011

Hello, Friend.

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Yesterday I woke up with an aching head, stuffy nose, sore throat and a bubbly 2.5 yr old boy in my bed that didn't quite get it. I kissed each kid off to church with their dad, and I stayed in bed as long as I could. Once just laying there was driving me crazy I got up and took as much legal medicine as possible (its really all I have) to feel a little better than absolutely horrible.
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Somewhere after the medicine and some black mint tea, I started realizing that I was alone in the house and could possibly have some quiet time with a glue gun (as opposed to chaos time with a glue gun where I try to prevent it from ending up on my rug or someone's delicate skin, which amounts to me plugging it in and out of the wall about 80 times in a 30 minute period and always waiting for it to heat up to do any little dab). Ahem. So working on a twig wreath that I've had for years and never really knew what to do with seemed like a manageable task. In my jammies and wooly slippers. Sipping tea.

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I simply used some Christmas-y craft leftovers. But when I was done, something (maybe the medicine) told me it needed printed paper. So I tore pages out of an already torn book and wrapped them around these sort of balloon-on-a-wire-stem sorta ornament things that ended up to looking something like a trumpet or a newspapered ice cream cone or a bulbous tulip, erhhh I don't know what. But I liked it. And today, cold-medicine-free, I still like it. So its a keeper.

Thanks for listening. More tea?

OH!

My friends at Janome are doing a big, fat drawing in an effort to reach 20,000 likes on their facebook page. Entering to win (things like machines, patterns, fabric and more x 2 so that you and a friend can share) involves just two things: (1) read their blog posts each day this week about their "friends" -today happens to be me ... awwwwe, and leave a comment on the post to enter to win. You can keep leaving comments each day to increase your chances. But the real deal is (2) to also like Janome's facebook page, and as soon at they hit the 20,000 friend mark they will draw a winner. Could make a great gift for you!

back to Advil, your friend, Anna

37 comments:

  1. So. What you are telling us is: even sick and under the influence, you have creative powers that dazzle!?! I am not surprised. Well done. I hope you are feeling much better by the minute. And thank you for the Janome notice!

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  2. Annie C3:20 PM

    Actually the little balloon thingys wrapped in newsprint look a bit like a swaddled baby Jesus. The twig wreath is very manger-ish and I love how the cardinal is watching over!

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    1. We don't get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we've chosen to do with our life.

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  3. tea sounds lovely. I'm feeling the same as you. Caved & went to the doctor who has loaded me up with antibiotics so I can fly to see my baby girl graduate from college this week. The wreath is so pretty!

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  4. Made me think immediately of Cornucopia, the Horn of Plenty. Love the swaddled baby image also.

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  5. I immediately thought of a swaddled baby, too. Very cute idea :)

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    1. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.

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  6. I hope you feel better soon.

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  7. My goodness, even when you're sick you can do that - I really like the printed paper idea! Hope you feel better soon.

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  8. Carol5:41 PM

    I love the Janome - I have the 7700 and love quilting with it.

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  9. Your wreath is pretty! Hope you recover quickly.

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  10. So beautiful! I love the torn paper, it adds the perfect touch. And I just had to laugh at completEly seeing myself in your glue gunning experience. I spent Friday un-plugging and plugging! Feel better!
    oh, and it's been awhile since I have visited your blog on a real computer. Your header is absolutely lovely.

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  11. Anonymous6:43 PM

    Hope you're feeling better...but even though you're under the weather, you're still creative and inspiring! I'm so happy to be part of the Janome family. Trying to tell my quilt group about my wonderful machine (Horizon 7700 - LOVE it!)

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  12. Anonymous7:11 PM

    I've made wreaths from the grapevines on our property and keep them up all year. Some have rafia wrapped around them. Others berries. Some nothing at all. Yours is very lovely.

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  13. That wreath is so beautiful! Hope you feel better soon :)

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  14. Ooh, sounds like a great giveaway! :)

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  15. I love the bird on your wreath!
    I just bought a Janome sewing machine, so I must check out that giveaway :)
    I hope you feel better soon.
    best wishes,
    Duni

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  16. I can relate to your glue gun scenario...also applies to the sewing machine, embroidery, the computer, and so on. I love your wreath!

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  17. you are amazing! is there anything you can't do?! the wreath is beautiful!

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  18. I just love a berry, a pearl, and a bird. Tinsel-y pipe cleaners? That just makes it all perfect.

    Been thinking about getting a Janome, but the budget doesn't allow. I have heard all your tension problems go right out the window when you use a Janome...is that right?

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  19. Beautiful Christmas wreath. Now put the glue gun down, and take yourself off to bed with a hot drink and a good book!

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  20. Take care!
    Love the bird! :)

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  21. I had a morning home from church alone this week too. Mine was mental health related so I still feel slight guilt but it was LOVELY to be home alone. Love your

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  22. sally in st. paul8:02 PM

    I thought they were baby Jesus in swaddling clothes (the little bulbs wrapped in paper.
    sally in st. paul

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  23. I had to laugh at your glue gun description: that sounds like my every craft endeavor! Love it!

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  24. Its so interesting article..Thanks for sharing..

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  25. Wow...I really loved the warped white peals

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