There’s this plant that I love. I love it because no matter how much I neglect it, no matter how much I don’t water it, no matter where I plant it, it survives! It is the weed of the succulent world but I love it all the same. I finally know it’s name: Jade plant (Crassula).
Look how lovely we are!
I’ve written about this plant in my home before. This plant makes me feel like I’m not a complete plant killer. This plant can be propagated from any of its parts and it’s soooo easy! I can take any stem piece or any fallen leaf, stick it in the ground or in some container with the worst soil, and it grows.
Recently, we’ve been in the process of beautifying our home. We had considered moving but had a change of heart and decided to put our money into our home instead. We started with the outside by painting the house, replacing our dilapidated fence, and the nicest of all, properly landscaping the front yard. I made sure there would be hardy, waterwise plants out front that could survive my black thumb. I was assured that there was little I would need to do to keep them alive.
Now that Christmas and my Birthday are over, I’m sharing my bounty. Let’s start with Christmas. I love mermaids. Everyone knows I love mermaids. And my gifts for Christmas reflected my love of mermaids. I don’t normally brag about the gifts I get but I couldn’t resist showing off the beautiful mermaids I recieved.
First up is a BEAUTIFUL art piece my daughter created for me. It is so wonderful, I thought it would be a shame to keep it to myself.
This doesn’t do it justice. You can get lost staring at all it’s details in the hair and tail. There are all these little shapes that she does free hand. It’s gorgeous.
My hubby surprised me with a stunning mermaid print that he had framed. I’m shooting through glass so there’s glare and the colors aren’t as vibrant but just trust me, it’s soooo pretty.
I can’t wait until we put her up on a wall!
My son gave me this adorable jewelry box. I don’t have anything in it yet but I’m trying to decide what’s a worthy enough treasure to go in there. 🙂
This one speaks for itself.
Once again, my family knows me well. My daughter got me delicious caramel covered apples and chocolate covered strawberries. Yum!
My son got me this:
I want to take this with me to Ren Faire in March. I just have to be super careful not to break it!
The one that got my attention the most was from my hubby. He gave me this:
That’s right! They’re stamps! Legitimate postage! I can’t wait to use them. It’s one of my dolls with a picture I took and it even says yochet.com on the side! I can’t wait to mail something out!
Friday was the last day to enter my first ever Giveaway. I will post the winner on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Good Luck!
Looking back over my three years blogging, I was curious to see which were my most popular posts. I quickly realized I didn’t know what that meant. There are different analytics to look at and I wasn’t sure which one to use to measure what a ‘popular’ post was.
For example, I was going to write about my most popular post on Instagram based on likes. The problem was that the current posts are the ones with the most likes because I have more followers. I realized that I wasn’t really getting any real information there so I’m going to skip Instagram.
It can be kind of the same thing on the blog in terms of likes. The newer posts would have more likes because I have more followers now. However, I think the ‘likes’ on the blog do give a better indication of what my more popular posts are with my followers. I also looked at how many views each post had and think that is a broader measure of its popularity in general. My posts on Pinterest are all grabbed from my blog posts and I wanted to see which ones were saved the most and if there was any overlap.
I never do reviews or anniversaries on this blog. Not because I don’t like them but because I never think of doing them. Then I see all these posts with monthly reviews, and then yearly reviews, and tell myself I’ll do one too and then I don’t. Then there’s the blog anniversary ones and it gets me thinking about how I don’t even know when my blog’s anniversary is! Blasphemy. 🙂
This post is my attempt at playing catch up. I admit that I had to go back and check when I started blogging and it was on Dec. 18th, 2014. So I’ve been at this for three years! Seems like just yesterday. Even though the 18th has passed already, I’m going to look at it as my blogaversary month (it’s still December!). Continue reading →
I get three weeks off from work this year and normally, I’d be crocheting like crazy but I actually wasn’t this year. Right before our break, I was crocheting like crazy for the kids at work, and even brought some projects home, but once vacation started, nada, zilch, nothing.
What was I doing with all my free time I hear you ask? Cleaning, decluttering, organizing and reorganizing! As I mentioned in a previous post, my adult daughter was moving back home and we (and by we I mean me) needed to make room for her. The room she would be occupying is actually not a room but a formal dining room off the kitchen that has been used for everything but actual dining. In its present incarnation, it was serving as my library and general catch-all. I had bought cabinets to house my vacuums, brooms, and photography equipment. All that stuff had to go! Somewhere else! She wanted to keep the cabinets so I had to find these things new hidey holes.
She was moving in a week before Christmas and we host a family gathering so the house Continue reading →
I didn’t do the craft fair at our school. I let it come and go. Instead, I’ve been focusing on making little gifts for the kids at work. We had a gift day before we go on our Christmas break and it’s always nice to supplement the regular gifts with crochet items. They enjoy the crocheted items so I wanted to make as many as I could this year. The poop emoji’s tend be the most popular so I made some of those. They can’t get enough of poop! LOL
But I made a few others. I tried my hand at making circles by turning the work after each round instead of doing it in a continuous spiral. The spiral method doesn’t give me a perfect circle but I usually just work around that. This time, I wanted to give it a try and I think it worked out well. I made a winky face emoji with a Santa hat that the kids loved.
Nice and round
One of my students kept asking me to make a money emoji. I have to admit I kept brushing him off but he asked again while I was in my Christmas frenzy for gift day so I gave in. I think I nailed it! Continue reading →
I don’t know why I like to make more work for myself. It was supposed to be an easy project with materials being easy to acquire. We were making turkeys out of cups. I wanted the kids to make cute little table decorations for our yearly Thanksgiving feast. Right before we go on our Thanksgiving break, we replace one of our snack times with a feast. Parents donate turkey (slices) and bread (Hawaiian rolls), fruits and vegetables, chips and juice and some pumpkin pie. We decorate the tables and watch a holiday movie while we eat our bounty.
It was NOT a mandatory project so I thought only about 8 students (the usual suspects) would make the project. I tried to gather my supplies and discovered how hard it is to find a bag of brown pom poms. I could only find them in expensive bags of mixed colors. I would have to buy way more pom poms than I needed just to pull out a few brown ones. I also wanted brown tempura paint to paint the cups. I couldn’t find any! At least not at the lengths I was willing to go through to find it. Brown cups would have been ideal but I couldn’t find those either! Continue reading →