January 22, 2019 – Making a Green Sock Monkey

We are set to have another big snowfall today (3-6 inches). It has been bitterly cold the last three days (single digits). Winter is finally here!

What am I doing in this cold snowy weather? Today I am making a green sock monkey!

Making a Green Sock Monkey

I have a number of things to do in my kitchen today, but this is my giggleFritz and Co. business task for the day. That, and PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!!

Stay warm, safe, and have a wonderful Tuesday!

Missie S.

January 13, 2019 – Moving Day

Yesterday afternoon and today was spent moving things around and reorganizing some rooms. My work area is no more and my materials are scattered hither and yon. I am a tired mess. It is time to set my brain on autopilot and watch some TV. Tomorrow I will need large amounts of coffee and patience.

Have a relaxing evening! 🙂

Missie S.

January 09, 2019 – May Flower Thoughts

Today was cold, windy, and snowy. A reoccurring theme with DD lately is flowers. Every day I hear from her how she loves flowers and everything should be flower-themed. That’s tough to think about when it is January 9th and the high for the day is in the 20’s. Here is my contribution to flowery thoughts. I picked up this neat crewel piece from a rummage sale last year. Someone put a lot of work into this! I really like the colors and it is just plain cheery!

Crewel Flower Basket

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

Missie S.

January 07, 2019 – New Planner

I finished my new planner today! I am so glad it is ready, I need to write things down. I used to buy a new “At a Glance” planner every year from Office Max. I loved using those planners to block off my time. I knew what I was doing and felt like a million bucks. Unfortunately, I felt like I was paying a million bucks too. I usually shelled out $25+ for a planner.

After DD was born I couldn’t really plan out my day the way I used to. As she has gotten older I have a little more time to make plans with, but sudden changes often occur. It is more realistic for me to jot down things I need to get done in lists each day. Some of my lists are things that must get done, and others are brainstorms and ideas that need a place for later. My planner is essential.

Last year I made a beautiful notebook for my planner and it worked out wonderfully. I did what I wanted with it and drew my own calendars and checkoff lists, etc. This year I also made my own planner notebook, but added some printed off calendars from printfree.com.

giggleFritz Planner 2019 (Front)
giggleFritz Planner 2019 (Back)

Yep, the back is upside down. I decided that’s ok!

My new planner took some time to make, but is made completely of things I already had. Even the covers are made of upcycled cereal boxes. (I really like upcycling and recycling!) I know every inch of this planner because I made it myself. Now I’m going to add my thoughts to it.

Have a lovely evening!

Missie S.

January 06, 2019 – Happy Epiphany!

I am enjoying the holiday season way more now than before Christmas. The work and stress is done and I like not having to quickly work on one project and rush on to the next. I am especially enjoying our Christmas tree.

When we bought our (real) Christmas tree this year it was precut, but super fresh. There was a shortage of trees and many were shipped out west to meet the demand there. There were less trees to choose from AND they hiked up the price. Our tree was a tad shorter this year and a tad more expensive. No problem! It was still a joy to light it up!

Because the tree was so fresh, it didn’t smell like Christmas-y pine tree. Only when the tree stops drinking and is really dying does it smell like pine. Our tree started to actually smell a few days ago. I love it! Every time I walk past I get to smell Christmas. As you can imagine I am NOT taking down Christmas yet.

I am a little disappointed in my neighbors. We live in a rural subdivision. As of last night half of the neighborhood had taken down their Christmas lights. When I peak out of my windows tonight I see not one house with Christmas lights. The neighborhood is dark everywhere… except MY house! We didn’t put up a ton of lights, but to heck with that if I am taking down my lights just when I get to enjoy the peace of Christmas.  My lights and tree are staying up at least one more week, if not, longer!

Candy Cane and Snowman Lights

In the crafting world I think I am supposed to be rushing on to the next holiday: Valentine’s Day. That’s not happening quite yet. I am going to go enjoy my Christmas tree some more.

Have a blessed Epiphany! Wisemen still seek him!

Missie S.