Recently, my department head at school was cleaning out some of our storage areas, getting rid of old or obsolete equipment to make room for more current supplies. He allowed me to scavenge a little bit as much of it was useless and was going to be discarded and I found this. A Crookes radiometer. It took me a bit of googling to figure that out, by the way. Ever try to look up something that you don't know the name of, based only on a vague description of what it does? Put it in sunlight and the vanes inside spin around. There is some debate on how it works. Here's what I think. The black sides of the vanes warm up faster than the white. Then the air molecules near the black surfaces warm up by coming into contact with the vanes. And somehow this creates a little convection current. The more intense the light, the faster the vanes spin. Simple, right? Not exactly quantitative, but still kind of cool. I took it home because I thought it would make a cool decoration. For now it is with my collection of antique bottles. I'm a big fan of archaic science equipment and curiosities.
I also ended up with a large model of an earthworm, cross-section-style so you can see all the innards, which are clearly labeled for your convenience. And a similar cross-section model of a small fish - a perch, I think. By large models, I mean over a foot long. Cool and a little grotesque. I didn't take those home. They are my classroom mascots now.
My January layouts for Cocoa Daisy. Check out the store for the main kit and some awesome add-ons. My favorite bits? The little wooden numbers - they're not bingo number - what are they? I don't know but I like them. And I love the Studio Calico flowers made of dress pattern paper. So cool!
Except for the last one, they're pretty simple, lots of white space. I'm kind of gravitating toward white space these days.
Forty-one years. Happy Anniversary to my mom and dad! I love you both so much for all you are. I admire you individually and as a couple, as my parents. You are good, kind, generous people. You are funny and fun. You are smart and hard-working. You are patient and loving. You face adversity with courage and celebrate good fortune with joy. You have both taught me so much about life. Thank you for being you.
Enjoy the season and the company of loved ones! I wish you a truly happy new year!
I'll be taking a little break for the holiday, and for a trip to England (fingers crossed that Heathrow is back to normal by the time I'm meant to leave). I've got some little posts scheduled to go up in the next week or so and I'll be back to my regular schedule in January. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you in the new year!
Here are a few more - a little more masculine than the last batch...
With a little bag for the gift receipt.
And when you buy your boyfriend big bottles of fancy beer, there's really no point in trying to disguise it. I don't think it's possible, without putting it in a box, to wrap it in such a way that it isn't obvious. So I did this instead...
I finally got around to doing a little of my wrapping. Not finished, mind you, but at least I know how I'm going to do them this year.
I ended up using paper doilies, stamped with a Sassafras Lass deer heart for the tags. I fell back on my old standby, lace hem tape, for the ribbon.
I've got a lot of hem tape. Mainly, I use it for wrapping gifts. There's an old Wright's factory in Warren (where I live). I think they must have cleared out a warehouse or something because for a while every time I went to the Goodwill in the next town over, there were tons of packages of vintage hem tape for a quarter each. I cleaned them out every time. That Goodwill has since closed, so I may need to start being more judicious with my stash.
The papers above are from Martha Stewart and Old Navy, respectively. Does Old Navy still do gift wrap? I haven't noticed any lately, but a couple years ago they had a bunch of really great gift wrap. Nice heavy weight, great patterns. I still have a bunch of it.
I also experimented with using fabric as gift wrap.
I think it works really well for little box-shaped things. Probably not so good for large things. I like this idea. I saw it online somewhere, I'm sure. No paper to throw away afterwards. I'll just take the fabric back and put it back in my stash.
I'm utterly unprepared for the next few days. My apartment is not clean, I haven't packed yet, the gifts aren't wrapped yet, I need to get to my Mom and Dad's by late afternoon, and I need to stop at some more stores on the way (ugh). I don't even know yet what I'm packing to take to England. Stressed. I'm off to deal with those things. Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!
Cocoa Daisy's January kit features some lovely home-themed pretty things. My layouts this month are pretty heavy on the white space. Here are a few peeks. The kit, add-ons and DT galleries will be revealed on December 28th. Stop by and check it out.
I was a little rushed trying to put these together and get them posted before Christmas and my trip to England, but I'll definitely be spending some more time with this kit after the new year - it's a really nice one!