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Merry Whatever

First off, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, or merry/happy anything else any of you may be celebrating this month or week. I hope that covers everyone. Also, happy new year :D

I had a tough year, and it’s ending in a strange way. I’m happy. Since November or so, I’ve been happier than I’ve been in years, and it’s all thanks to a doctor visit I was dreading. It turns out I’m not “just depressed” like I thought I was. I have an issue that’s a bit… crazier. But with the right medication (science!), I’m feeling so much better than I ever thought possible! It’s strange because I do have some things to be bummed about, but they just don’t bother me like they would have bothered me before. For example: my car died a few weeks ago. It’s completely dead. I don’t even come close to having the money for a new (used) car. I may have enough for a small down payment on a semi-inexpensive (under $10k) used car, but car payments coupled with new, higher insurance are going to be ridiculous. But I’m not super sad about it. It is what it is. I guess I’m just more accepting of life’s ups and downs now that I’m more normal. Yay!

Also! My mom is in town! I hadn’t seen her in 4+ years, not since I visited her when she moved from California to Texas. We had a bit of a fight before she got here, and I wasn’t sure if she was going to come or not, but she did, we made up, and it’s been really fun. She’s never been to the East Coast (aside from a trip to New York City in 2004) and I’ve been wanting to show her around Connecticut for a long time. Now I can! She’s been here since the 22nd and will be leaving January 2nd. We’ve been doing a lot of shopping and sightseeing in the area around New Haven, but I think we’re planning to drive to Boston at some point, which will be really cool because I’ve never been there either. Even if we don’t make it to Boston, I’m so happy she came to visit, it’s making the end of 2012 the best it could be.

I am looking forward to 2013, though. And with the new year comes a new craft! I’m going to learn how to make clothing, bags, toys, curtains, bedding, and anything else I can think of with a sewing machine! I’ve been wishing I could get one for ages, but on top of being broke, I’ve also been really intimidated by the whole idea. I mean, I definitely wanted to do it, but I had no idea what to do once I got the machine and I was a little worried I wouldn’t understand and it’d be a waste of money. But my mom wanted to buy me a Christmas present, and I couldn’t think of anything else, so I finally have a sewing machine! I’d been looking at beginner patterns/tutorials for about a week or so and I felt pretty confident that I could follow them without a problem. My mom has used a machine many times, so she can help me out. Any other time, she wouldn’t be here to help me, so her visit definitely had a hand in it. I feel less intimidated with her here to help. Plus, the machine came with an instructional DVD!

I’m really excited about making my own clothes, but I know that won’t come until I have more experience, which means I’ll be making lots of pillows, tote bags, and a bunch of other simple stuff. I have found a simple skirt pattern though, so that’s totally going to happen! While my mom is here, we’re going to buy some fabric and try to replicate a really simple shirt she has that she loves and wants more of, so I’ll probably be posting about that soon :)

I think my mom is about to wake up, so I’m off to hang out with her. I hope everyone else is looking forward to the new year as happily as I am, because it feels really good.

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Community Christmas Tree

Every December, a giant tree is placed on a little grassy area near my apartment building. An organization that was formed for the “beautification” of the street I live on used to host a tree-lighting ceremony, with music and free hot chocolate. They did it for two or three years, and then I guess they decided it wasn’t worth it because the next year, they placed a tree with gold lights and that was it. In 2011, and again this year, they didn’t even decorate the tree, they just plopped it down. It’s dumb.

I’ve decided that this year, the tree is going to be festive and beautiful, just as it should be. I bought some ornaments from a dollar store and made around 20 red bows to hang on the tree. Since the tree is so big, I’ve decided to ask the community for help. Today, I decorated the tree with the ornaments I had and hung a sign asking the people of the neighborhood to hang any sort of ornament on the tree. Right now, the ornaments are pretty sparse, but with any luck, my neighbors will think it’s a cool idea and add something of their own to the tree.

Picture time!

Here are a couple of the bows I made, because I'm super happy with how they turned out. Does hanging them on the tree count as a yarn bombing?

Here are a couple of the bows I made, because I’m super happy with how they turned out.

This is the sign I hung up in front of the tree.

This is the sign I hung up in front of the tree.

The tree! You can barely see the ornaments, but they're there!

The tree! You can barely see the ornaments, but they’re there!

I’m hoping to make a few more bows, but my car died so I can’t add any more store-bought ornaments. I’m really happy with the project and I hope my neighbors like it as much as I do!

UPDATE: Three days after I put the sign up, the city and/or the group that erected the tree took down my sign and decorated the tree themselves. They had a tree-lighting ceremony with free hot cocoa. Good for them. But my idea was better!

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