Obligatory “Merry Christmas” post

Okay, so it isn’t necessarily obligatory. I just like to do it.

Merry Christmas to all my readers (or Hanukkah, Yule, Kwanzaa, etc), and I hope you all enjoy your day.

For those who are feeling a bit down, don’t let feeling down get you down. Know that there are people who care about you, even if you don’t realize it. Keep hanging in there, if only for those people. The better times will come. It might take a while, and times might suck until then, but they’ll come.

Visit some family. Or some friends. Hell, make some new friends. Go volunteer someplace. Spread some of that Christmas spirit whether you’re feeling it or not. Sometimes just being a part of it all helps pick you up…and if it doesn’t, still don’t let it get you down.

Holidays aren’t great for everyone. Sometimes they suck giant donkey balls. Still, it’s important to take care of yourself even when you’re feeling like shit.

I like all y’all. Even you readers who just are reading one of my posts for the first time. Y’all are great. Keep your chins up, raise your glasses high, and celebrate being alive. That’s sometimes the greatest time you can have…just being happy to be here and exist.

So there it is. The annual “Merry Christmas” post to all y’all out there.

Coming up short

I almost had it! I thought I had bought enough fabric and binding for three hoodie-scarves (hopefully four), and I came up less than three feet short on the binding! Guess it means another trip to JoAnn’s before the holiday…not that I mind going there. 😉

With the holidays fast approaching I’d hoped to finish them all today so I could ship them out in time. I think I’ll still be able to (if I get the afternoon off as is currently planned), but I gotta hustle once I get back from the store this afternoon. I’d like to get them wrapped, packed, and shipped today as well, if I can get them done in time.

I have another gift to ship, too, though that one isn’t a sewing project. It’s a print I made of a drawing I did…I’m such a narcissist when it comes to giving gifts lol

Now that I’m making presents (and not just discussing with my husband what presents we’re going to buy for people), I’m finally getting into the holiday spirit. I can’t wait to decorate the apartment this weekend, get the tree up, and get more wrapping done.

I guess part of it is living in the Southwest. The weather has only just now started getting cold in the mornings and some days chilly in the afternoons. When it’s 80 degrees out, it’s hard to think “Christmas.”

Next year I’ll start the handmade gift planning earlier…then if I run out of binding (or anything else) I’ll have more time to pop to the store and get what I need lol


Warm and snuggly

Thanks to a pattern by the great designer LoriAnn of LoriAnn Costume Designs (look her up on Facebook and Instagram–such great work, and she’s designed a boatload of Simplicity patterns!), I have been working on Christmas gifts for a few friends 🙂

It’s gotten me back into sewing–I’m about to go head off to the craft room right now–and I’m hoping it also gets me back into the cosplay work that has been neglected for the past couple of months. Of course, it helps that one of the patterns I’m using is one of hers…

Making something special for some friends gives me that warm & fuzzy feeling…especially when I’m using warm & fuzzy flannel lol It’s finally gotten me in the holiday spirit, which has been lacking in me so far this season. I guess it’s because my husband has been doing the majority of the Christmas shopping/gift ideas, so I haven’t really participated beyond wrapping the presents.

Off to the craft room, though. These things ain’t gonna sew themselves.