I have a million and one projects right now, and a million and two ideas. =) These are just a few of them....

1) My blog! I want to learn more about customizing my blog design, and I want to design my own background and header. Which could prove difficult. :-/
I also want to blog more often, and about more things. I particularly want more posts under the “Books” and “Random Thoughts” categories. I’m also semi-considering a “Writing” category, but....eesh. I’m not sure I’m quite as brave as my friend Nonii . =)

2) Etsy. I’ve definitely mentioned this before. Right now I need to design a banner for my shop, and build up a decent profile. I now have ten items in my shop, and more coming! My photography skills need a wee bit of work though. :-/

3) Music. I’ve worked on and off with the guitar, but I haven’t gotten very far. Right now I’m kind of stuck on chords, but I’m hoping I’ll have the perseverance to do some practicing. =) Once school starts up again, I’ll be practicing piano (again) too. On top of all of that, I kind of want to learn some new folk songs...

4) Hair and Makeup. Um yeah... neither of those have really been my thing, but I’m trying to pick up just a little bit. My Aunt Shayna gave me a lesson in makeup, and I discovered that I love concealer. I’ve also done some experimenting with my hair, which is a lot harder than it sounds, seeing as my hair is past my waist. So far my best hairdo looked like Princess Leia from Star Wars. Haha. Imagine wearing that to the grocery store.

5) Driving. We bought a minivan, and now I have to learn to drive it. I’m excited to get a permit, but I’m not excited about having to drive a car for the first time ever. Talk about the hugest thing I’ve ever done. :p

6) Books. I want to keep reading good books, and I want to read books that stretch me a little. I also want more practice writing book reviews. Book reviews are really boring to write, but in the long run it will be a useful talent. 

7) Quilt. Eeek. I’m starting to get nervous about it.

8) Little Jobs. Mom and Dad are going to pay me a little bit to refinish the piano bench. It’s also likely that I’ll end up painting cabinets and walls. (maybe not so little)

9) Dollhouse. Some of you know that I have always wanted to design and build my own dollhouse. I’m hoping that’s something that will happen once the shop/garage is cleaned out.

10) Cooking. I can make chili and potato soup and french bread, but I’m ready to expand on that. I want to learn how to cook chicken and roast, and I want to make a rainbow cake. Maybe I could even learn to grill. Meat, not rainbow cake. =) I’m also considering the possibility that Sam and I will have to take a lunch to school next semester. It could be an interesting challenge to think of cold lunches (other than sandwiches).

Wow. That was really, really long. I hope I didn’t put you guys to sleep. Look at it this way, though. You may have just wasted a lot of time reading that, but now you know what the next blog posts are about.


Christmas Number One

     I think the little boys were almost popping when I woke up this morning. As soon as I was awake, they wanted to open their presents, but they agreed to let me get dressed first. They waited on the stairway, and yelled false alarms every time I walked from my bedroom to the bathroom. I guess I'm a real slowpoke.
      The favorite presents were the remote-controlled helicopters. Er... the boy's favorites that is. :-/  They each got one, and Dad and Sam got air-soft guns too. Jason gave me a big bag of seashells, and Sam gave me a bag of postage stamps. (guess what I'm doing with them?) Ben got Piper and Pookie rawhide balls.
     After presents we cracked pecans, and then we had our Christmas dinner. Or lunch. Whatever. =)
Pecans! Yummmm

     Our Christmas dinner was pretty much amazing. We had ham, mashed potatoes, asparagus, homemade crescent rolls... <3

      After we ate we played a game of croquet in the backyard. It was warm enough that we barely needed coats.
     And after that? We flew helicopters and avoided helicopters. 

     Merry Christmas! (Sorta early) ;-)


Tulip Necklace

     This is what I made today. <3 Vacation is lovely. We've made cookies and candy, and I've slept in every day. =) Oh, and I just remembered... we got a piano! It's a beautiful old player piano that was made in the 1920s. Maybe I'll get a pic of it tomorrow. =) The player mechanism just needs a chain in order to run, and the boys have been cranking it by hand. Tomorrow we're going to have "our" Christmas, just our family, and on Monday we're headed up to Illinois. Cannot wait to see all my favorite people! <3
     Btw, I've been working on my Etsy resolution, and I have quite a few new items in my shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/LidjaLouise?ref=si_shop



     Well. We are officially done with this semester. *Pause for deep sense of accomplishment* I am so glad to be done. Finals were horrible, but I made it through. I think the most frustrating part was the fact that Sam enjoyed them. Lol! He is one weird kid. :-/
     Yesterday when I came home from the Chemistry final, Mom and I stayed in bed and watched All Creatures Great and Small for a looong time. After that I cleaned my room. Sounds mundane, but that is an enormous undertaking. Gi-normous undertaking. But my craft table is actually clear now, and I have my stuff put away in all those lovely glass jars. (I stole the leftover jars from the snow-globe project.) =)
      Today I slept in, which was lovely. Then I painted my nails sparkly, which is rather unusual for me, but I felt like it. Now all I have to do is put my nice clean room to use. I should start working on my quilt, but I suddenly feel very daunted by the thought. :-/  I still need white fabric, anyway, so right now I am making rings and earrings and other fun stuff.
      I love these earrings so much, I think I'll keep them for myself. :)
     Most of these postage stamp rings are for my Etsy shop, as part of my December Resolution. ;)
      And this is my eight dollar find from a thrift store in Memphis. The color has to change soon, but otherwise I love how it looks next to my bed.
     Well, I'm off to read a book or do something amazing. ;) And I think I'll change my blog font so my winking faces don't have wimpy curled eyelashes.


~ I'm not being random ~

~ Unoriginal people are hilarious. I know it's backwards to laugh at the normal people, but sometimes they're just too funny ~

~ I sincerely hope that while I was memorizing the periodic table my brain was only stretched, and not permanently damaged ~

~ Do brains ever get stretch-marks? ~

~ Dogs don't mind if you call them bad names, as long as you love them. Brothers don't work the same way ~

~ I'm definitely going to stop procrastinating tomorrow ~

~ Teenagers are annoying and immature. Sometimes I can't stand being one ~

~ Einstein has an element named after him, and the molar mass of hydrogen gas is 2.02 g/moles. Somehow I never wanted to know that ~

~ Fresh avocados and corn chips are DE-licious! <3 ~

~ I like to eat crunchy things while I'm studying. Usually corn chips. With avocados :) ~

~ I miss living in the hills. It is so uninteresting to live where it's flat ~

~ I am DONE with Composition I *Score* I hate having to learn a subject you love from a rotten teacher. :( ~

~ Tomorrow is my Chemistry final. I think I'll die ~

~ Life would be more dramatic and interesting if people could die whenever they wanted to. Multiple times. ~


Let it glitter! (or snow)

     We woke up to snow this morning. :) I can't believe that Christmas is almost here. And winter IS here! I am finally done with my Chemistry take-home test. That thing was horrid. Now I have to write a four-page essay. :( I am really ready to have a break from school! Fortunately we get a month off for Christmas and New Years, and then I think I'll be ready to start up again.
     Last night we played a long card game of hand and foot. I let Jason mess around with my Playlist and make his own list. He decided he likes Star Wars music, John Phillip Sousa, and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Lol! Try loudly humming Sousa and then switch to Christmas songs in a chipmunk voice. The effect is interesting. :p 
     My room is a mess. A creative mess =) Heehee. 
     My New Year's resolution is to do better with my etsy shop. I only have four items right now, and they all need a little bit of help. Pretty much my goal is to get a new name, a banner, and one to two pages worth of awesome stuff (and good photos)  ...  all by January first. Which maybe makes it a December resolution. ;)
     This is a bow necklace, made from a strip torn off of a vintage handkerchief. Don't worry, the hanky already had a hole, so its mutilation isn't entirely my fault. =) Mom says that I hope everything has a hole in it, just so I can cut it up.

     These are my maps and globes. Like them? Maps are another thing I cut up , but I use them whole too. ;)
     Today is the homeschool group Christmas party. We're bringing stuff to make homemade snow-
globes, and some yummy treats to eat. We have lots and lots of silver glitter and parmesan jars, and also some jars that a friend from church gave us. Let it glitter! (And I claim all leftover jars!) :)

     Someone please tell me that I'm awesome. *pouty face* Sam told me I needed a lot of practice when it comes to awesomeness. He was mostly teasing, but I still need somebody to admire me. The boys don't appreciate creative messes and lovely necklaces. :(  Of course... I don't exactly expect them too, but... you know. :)


Being creative..

      Why is it that I feel so creative right when I have to study for Chemistry finals! Augh! Maybe the secret to having a successful creative life is having lots of obligations that you hate. :p


Snooooooooow =)

      It's snowing! I can't really believe it, but that's definitely snow. Today I spent all morning doing Chemistry, and memorizing the periodic table. Jealous? You should be. :-/
     I took a break from Rubidium, Carbon and Yttrium (whoever named Yttrium needs their head examined!) and I had some creative time. :)

     I worked on some earrings, which I can't share because they're Christmas presents ;) and I made this necklace out of metal findings, cardboard, and an illustration from an old children's book.
     I was halfway doubtful about making a necklace out of cardboard, but I think it worked out. =)



      I obviously took a holiday break from blogging. :) Thanksgiving was wonderful, and I got to spend time with lots and lots of my favorite people. As you can see, I also did some work on my fabric-collecting project. <3 I only need one or two more patterns, and then I'm almost ready to start my quilt! I'll probably have to wait until Christmas break to actually start, though. We are going to be very, very busy, especially this week. Hopefully we'll be closing on our little country house, so there will be lots of hard work, paperwork, and appointments for that. In addition, Sam and I need to start getting ready for our finals. I pretty much need to memorize the whole periodic table for some extra credit, and we'll get a take-home test this week for Chemistry. I'm almost ready for the piano final/jury thingy, and there's not really any way to study for the Composition final, but Chemistry is going to require a LOT of work. On top of all that, it's pretty much the Christmas season! So we have to squeeze some candy and cookies and Christmas joy in too. :) Right now I'm listening to old Christmas music (Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby...) and Mom bought lots of poinsettias and wreaths to decorate with. So... yes. I'm verrrry busy.


Books and fabric

     I am feeling a whole lot better ... not completely wonderful, but lots better. Yesterday we went to Memphis to do our library and thrift store stuff. :) These are the books I got...

Think Big - Ben Carson
Heaven to Betsy - Maud Hart Lovelace
Camilla - Madeleine L'Engle
Dragon Rider - Cornelia Funke
The Promise - Chaim Potok
Peeled - Joan Bauer
The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall
The Lord God Made Them All - James Herriot
Sons from Afar - Cynthia Voigt
Eragon - Christopher Paolini

     I stopped in at Joann Fabrics to look for fabric for my quilt. It was a little more difficult than I thought, because I'm a really picky person! :-/
     I ended up with this vintagey dog print, and the blue one with flowers, below.
     I'm still looking for eight other patterns and colors to go with them. The quilt is going to have a lot of white in it, and it's going to be pretty simple. Right now I really think I need some light green fabric, and maybe something with lavendar in it...
     I bought a koala hat at K-mart, and we found a case for my guitar at a thrift store. I also got a metal frame that I'm going to spray paint. Yellow spray paint is on my Christmas list. Lol! :)
     Today I'm catching some stuff up. I got back to doing math, and I let Piper come upstairs and sit with me while I did it. She was glad to see me again. :)

My math DVD always makes her fall asleep :p


Feeling blarghish

All Creatures Great and Small - both the books and the show are rather comforting when you're sick. =)
      Eeesh. :-/  I'm feeling pretty miserable right now. We've all got a nasty cold, and it is NOT fun. I didn't really sleep last night, and in the morning I felt so miserable that I skipped classes. Chemistry class was cancelled though, and Sam handed in my Composition paper for me, so it worked out fine.
     We've pretty much spent all day reading, eating, and watching lots of netflix! I've also spent way too much time on Pinterest and Goodreads. I really hope we all feel better by Thanksgiving. :-/  Enough of my woeful tale of kleenexs though. Below are some of my favorite pins of the day. And yes, I'm a bit of a book nerd. :) 
Does anyone else think that this looks AMAZING!?
I kind of adore this. :)
     Anyhow, it's time for me to get off to bed. Maybe we'll all feel a little better in the morning. Cozy socks and blankets are all very comforting, and so is All Creatures Great and Small; but I could do without the runny nose and headache that comes with them. :-/


Sneak Peek....

     Well, my room has been painted for several days, but (and this is rather embarrassing) I have been too lazy and unmotivated to get my room organized enough to take pictures. :p And this is one of The Days I don't feel good... :p lol, so it's going to be a little longer. :(  But here's a sneak peek for now.... :)
     I can't wait to make curtains and a quilt! (The old brown comforter needs to go.) And I can't wait till I get it cleaned up and decorated. Well... I can wait to do the work, but I'd like the result now! Isn't that how everything goes? :p



     I almost have the room entirely painted! I can't wait till I have pictures. As you can tell, I'm sorting through my books. I've maybe gotten rid of five. :-/ Lol!
     Taffy is very curious and is always coming in to see what's going on.


602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or something like that...

Prince Edward Island (think Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon) =)
     It's been about a week since I last blogged. :-/  I've been fairly busy with school, and I've also been painting my room. It's going to be just plain white. Not even country white or a creamy color, just plain white. It will end up being colorful though, because I'll have my yellow bed, and I think I'll make yellow curtains too. =) It's going to be beautiful! (I hope) I want to make a quilt for the bed, and I have lots of cool stuff to hang on the walls... like maps! :)
     Once I get everything moved in and painted, I'm going to have to sort through my books. Ugh. I'm sure there's a few I should get rid of, because I seriously have a ton of books. Well, maybe I shouldn't exaggerate. It's probably only half a ton. :) And it's definitely not a mole! Sorry. We've been talking a lot about moles in chemistry. A mole is 6.02 times 10 to the 23. In other words, 602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. I'm sure you wanted to know that, because so did I. :-/
European Highways
     Anyway, nothing much else has been happening. Dad has been teaching evening classes, and Sam has been sick for several weeks. Pookie has been a very bad doggie, and barks constantly. Maybe she misses Sam, or maybe she's being a booger just because she loves to be a booger. Taffy is still absolutely adorable and she smells like baby fur ^_^ and Pickles is getting fat. Ginger the cockatiel went to a new home, which very much pleases Morckel. I don't think they had a good marriage. Lol. And yes, I am finally done rambling. :) Toodles :)

Miss Adorable


Library Books

These are my library books :) So far, I've read...

Dearly Beloved - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Belles on their Toes - Frank Gilbreth Jr, Ernestine Carey
Goody Hall - Natalie Babbitt
Collected Stories: Flappers and Philosophers/Tales of the Jazz Age - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I've also read halfway through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I've started Airman. In addition to that, I'm reading a non-library book called Hansi: Captive of the Swastika. I kind of have problems with reading more than one book at the same time. =)


Yellow flower ring

     Twenty-five cents just got turned into a beautiful ring. =) This was one of my garage-sale finds. All I had to do was bend the wire back and use a little super-glue. It was very easy, and it turned out lovely. =)

Happily busy, or maybe busily happy...

     Today we went garage-saling, and found the most awesome garage sale/flea market ever. I got a lot of amazing stuff that will keep me busy for a looong time. I'm going to try dyeing the buttons with my little powdered packets of Rit dye. I found an article about it right here . =) The beads will turn into earrings, and the old brooches will turn into rings. I'm going to wrap the blue bracelet in fabric, and I found the stuff I need to make my cloth button earrings! =) And this is my idea for the wooden spools of thread...
photo credit goes to this website...
     I got the idea off of Pinterest, but the original article comes from this website. And as for the very interesting parrot/macaw fellow? I have no clue what I'm doing with him. He is very interesting though, don't you think?

P.S. I'm definitely not done with my map fad, and I just finished painting my yellow bed! Also I'm going to make more minis for my other blog, so I am rather busy and happy right now. =)

P.P.S. I forgot! I think I'm going to make a quilt for my yellow bed. It will be the first quilt I've done, so I'm thinking I'll go with something simple. Or should I say, Mom is thinking something simple? Lol. It will probably end up looking something like this...