i tried to save this cupcake till tonight when i could enjoy it in the bath with a book and some tea, but the temptation proved too great. as i took that glorious bite, i got to thinking about the place this perfect little cupcake must have come from. then i got to thinking, wouldn't it be the best job in the whole world to own a really sweet and pretty bakery? that made oversize cupcakes and little tarts and cheesecakes and breads? that had the most fabulous party cake designer around and sold little girls aprons and mixes and handmade goodies all along the walls? then i thought, the only better job in the world would be to have a yarn and fabric store with every delicious yarn and gorgeous fabric, both new and vintage imaginable in wonderful colors and big comfortable couches where you sat and knit or hand sewed and tought people to knit or hand sew all day. oh i just don't know which one i'd like more! but then i considered that another really really good job would be to organize and design happy spaces for people in their homes. to teach people how to get rid of clutter and live with inspiring things around them. and design beautiful rooms and cozy beds. or maybe a photographer, wouldn't that be exciting! but even all the creative careers in the world surely can't match the intoxicating thrill of running a corporation, i mused. that would truly be a one in a million life- fast paced, lots to do each day, in charge of so many important things. oh but it would be fun, i dreamed, to be like a personal shopper. who got to pick out all the clothes and shoes and stuff she loved for someone to wear. shopping all the time! what fun! then again, teachers get to mold a whole new generation- that is amazingly rewarding work- so much sacrifice, so much fruit. that would be a saint's job. "WAIT!" i thought, "i've got it!" the ultimate most wonderful job that takes the cake! being a mom, who can make her home inspiring, clean, and inviting...who can fill it with fragrant smells of cupcakes and bread baking and throw fabulous parties.. who can sit on a comfy couch and knit when the days duties are done...who can take pictures of her family and life any time she'd like, who can learn anything at all that she'd like to do...who is responsible for clothing and fashioning her little family...who runs her little company with hard work, saving, and all the wisdom of the best corporations- in charge of molding the most important things and people in her whole world. why, yes THAT would be the most perfect, the most fulfilling, the most rewarding job (with the most fruit). and would you look at that? i have it.
i knit these mary janes. i love them and can't wait to see her little piggies in them. i also bought a baby named navy some very cute vintage clothes at the thrift store, which makes me happy because it's not every mom who would appreciate that more than baby gap. and the little baby named navy's mommy will. congrats kirsti!
this "little" cottage is where i'm at. the lady of the house is my muse; she has influenced me in every way. her husband is from france and her home, art, and tastes are heavily influenced by europe. when i was pregnant with cate (and beyond) i taught her kids piano lessons and helped her around the house, where i would discover things like hand knitted stuffed animals, and miniature french tea sets, and a gorgeous collection of children's books, and wonderful art and bronze acorns and gorgeous french platters with fruit on them and the most lovely holiday decorations not to be found here in the u.s.of.a. nothing delights me more than every so often when i receive an email from the lady of the house asking me to care for this straight-out-of-a-story-book-home-and-the-enclosed-delightful-children for a week or so. i happily oblige. after all, who could say no to four real fireplaces, a beautiful gourmet kitchen, and floor to ceiling library book cases that require a rolling ladder? not i. so if my posts are sparce, it is because i am catching up on all my story book reading...
i tucked my long hair into my shirt and left out the short layers to see if i want to cut it, but i can't decide. what do you think?
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it's snowing outside. i was in a bad mood, but the snow has made me feel cozy and warm and safe inside and ready to craft. i have been reading about everyone's resolutions and i love the inspired feeling it gives me. i think in leiu of goals i want to just shift focus for 2007. i want to focus on good things coming into my body- whole, good foods; whole, good entertainment; whole, good art and inspiration. the hope being that whole, good things will come from me in turn- conversation, creativity, service and health. i feel quite positive and hopeful about the future.
with the new year some fun opportunities have found their way to me. i signed on to be on the design team for an online scrapping store as well as some design work for die cuts with a view in their office locally once a week, and some from home too. scrapping committments always make me want to not scrap and instead sew, so i'm hoping to spend more time quilting and crafting this year as well.
i am so grateful for life. for ups and downs. for bad news that makes us stick together and look upward. and for good news that helps us chug along. these 2 scriptures have really been in my mind lately: "therefore, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of god, and for his arm to be revealed." and "and now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the lord." i want 2007 to be about cheerful submission. i want to stand still with utmost assurance...