I've been keeping busy. Works has been pretty crazy, still taking my zookeeper class, and squeezing in chores and errands when I can, I'm still somehow able to find time to create some fun little stuff.
Every year Joe and I pick up a few bottles of Merlot and mulling spices from one of our favorite wineries, Sort This Out Cellars. We discovered it a few years ago when we spent a weekend in Solvang for a wine-tasting trip. We were immediately drawn to the poker-Swingers-Vegas-Johnny Cash decor in the tasting room. Their labels feature fun pin-ups and gambling themes, and their holiday bottle is no exception. And their wine is pretty tasty too.
But this year I couldn't bear to give up the empty bottles. Well, as luck would have it, for Christmas I received a bottle cutting kit and put it right to use, after some practice bottles of course as a few were ruined. Heated up a big batch of soy wax and holiday scents, and now I have some Christmas candles packed away and all set for next year! Thinking ahead, maybe I'll use the new Zoe Myers baseball-themed line as a summer candle. Would a grassy scent work?
With the start of the new year, Joe has started a new gig. And then decided to claim my lunch bag I use for work as his own. Thou shalt not covet thy girlfriend's totes! Well, at least that gave me an excuse to make a new one.
I used some cotton fabric leftover from other projects and a snap I had on-hand. And since it was partially pink, I decided to keep this one as my own, not to threaten Joe's manliness in front of his coworkers. Now if only I could remind myself to fill it with healthy stuff rather than pastas and treats...
Before Christmas, I got into making socks with sock yarn. (Found some great affordable skeins on Ebay of all places!) I made a few pairs for other people, and finally got around to making a pair for myself. They turned out pretty cute, and very warm. But I'm not sure why it took me a few weeks to finish them. Maybe I didn't work on them as much as I usually do; maybe the tiny stitches slowed me down. Either way, can't wait to make more, after some other projects I have lined up right now. Coming soon.... hopefully.