21 Dec

Here’s what I’m up to:

– Woohoo! I am late again this week. Go team.

– My friend Kristi made gingerbread chickens instead of gingerbread men and now I’m obsessed with the idea of making non-traditional gingerbread creatures.

– Have you seen Erin’s creative way her family counts down to Christmas? I couldn’t find a photo to link to, but she writes the count down on a chalk board in her family’s kitchen. It’s so adorable, it might be my favorite advent calendar idea yet. I found several chalkboards while thrifting. I’m going to give this a try next year.

Marie showed off a photo of her Hipster Analog PDA. Is it weird that I love seeing the handwritten way people keep track of things? When I still worked at the library I made my own datebook using a notebook and a due date stamp. Now I use a shared google calendar with my husband but I can’t leave the pen and paper world behind: I have a binder that contains all my ideas, my to do lists, important papers I need to have handy, and my menu plan for the week. I’ll show you sometime if you’re interested.

– Another friend named Erin is making a homemade Huckle for her lucky kiddo this Christmas. It is amazing. She is so talented.

– I’m going through the photos on my hard drive (er, hard drives. Let’s be honest, here) and I’m trying to delete the ones I don’t need to make room for future memories. I uploaded more photos from our trip to Cayucos last March for Chris and Jenn’s wedding.

– I recently got a spam comment that was left by “A Puppy.”

– I was having a terrible night until petersagal posted this tweet: Yo Yo Ma on the floor of a bathroom, with a wombat. Then he said, “There. I just justified the existence of Twitter.” Yes you did, good sir! Yes you did.

– While shopping for supplies for Handmade Christmas at Michael’s, we bought some (pink!) pipe cleaners and had some fun. All other games were quickly brought to a halt, however, when she discovered that I could shape them into hearts. Soon she had covered our tree in heart-shaped ornaments. It was so fun.

– My cat Poppy totally clotheslined herself on the Christmas tree garland this morning.

– I’ve realized that ironically it’s Rich People that are best able to pull off Handmade Christmas.  You have to really work to keep your crafts affordable, and they take so much time. Ideally, participants in Handmade Christmas are independently wealthy, so in addition to having all the funds they need at their disposal they can make their butlers help when their fingers get tired.

– I’m still getting more Christmas cards! Thank you so much, friends! But I’m still not returning the favor till after Christmas. Happy New Years cards are for the fashionably late.

– Speaking of cards, I’ve been doing more portrait work in time for the holidays. Earlier this week I shot the best portrait session of my life–a friend wanted to take the most awkward family Christmas photo with her brothers as their gift to their parents. Think matching sweaters, ridiculous headbands, and too-huge identical sets of plaid pajamas. It was epic and I learned it’s difficult to shoot while crying tears of laughter.


I like big buns and I cannot lie.

Bring your pink purse with you on your walks.

Wearing your Flair to the grocery store.

Monorail Cat.

Handmade Christmas.


Little Braid.

I do what I want.

6 Responses to “Snapshot”

  1. Windsor Grace December 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    First, Isobel is the cutest. I’ve mentioned she’s my favorite kid, right? But she has a contender…who will win?

    And have you seen the amazing plethora of planners on etsy? That’s where I get mine. And I fill them out after the fact if I forget to put something in. And then I keep them. I think I still have some from high school.

    • LittleBig December 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

      I have, actually! I prefer paper for planners but it became too difficult to coordinate everything with my husband’s schedule so I had to switch to an electronic family calendar. I do love gorgeous planners. I bet yours are lovely.

  2. Abbie December 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    I save all my birthday cards because I love to see how people write my name.. possibly a little conceited but it just makes me smile and feel loved!

  3. Catherine R. Staat December 22, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I still prefer the old fashioned paper and pen. Part of it is that I can see everything (the entire month or week) in front of me and make my own notes (doodling really) to see which “thing” is a must do. The other part is the process that happens when writing things down – you have time to think about whatever it is your jotting down which in turn leads to some doodling. The calendar becomes an piece of personal art. 🙂

    • LittleBig December 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      I agree there’s something that makes me more focused and sharp when I write things down. It’s all about the process.

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