I’ve been doing a bit of crafting lately, in preparation for the holidays. This year’s theme is up-cycling. This is mostly due to my being a poor college student. But I have to admit that it’s been pretty fun. Also, Brother has been amazed by my “skills” whenever I text him a picture of my handiwork. ((the above is an attempt at a poinsettia used on my mom’s gift))
I’ve been making old magazines into Christmas decorations and wrapping paper. I found a tutorial online for making hand crafted bows, so I thought I would try it out.
It looks simple, but really isn’t as easy as it looks. I may or may not have accidentally stapled my finger to a piece of paper as well.
These will be used for decoration on my male friends’ presents (also wrapped in magazine pages). The pages I used for the bows are from a cooking magazine, which I like reading for the recipes. The backgrounds are usually pretty mellow colors, but there are some really pretty pictures of food too.
I love how the text looks along the ridges. I know my friends will be sitting there, trying to read what it says, since it’s mostly in Japanese. I want to say it adds character.
For the ladies, I made some over-sized poinsettia flowers in place of the bows. I tried to add color where I could so it doesn’t look like a blob of text with no shape. Also, folding the tips made the whole flower look more like a flower.
I think they came out pretty well.
Lastly, we have the Christmas Lotus. It was supposed to be a bow, but went a tad off somewhere along the way. Ironically, this can be called “Ren no ren” or Ren’s Lotus.
Meet Patrick, a Wooly Bear Caterpillar, who lives in the walking trails of Bronxville, New York. His hobbies are eating and… well, mostly eating, really. He’s super soft and very friendly, as he allowed me to pick him up with no issues and refused to be put back down afterwards. He seems to like being petted. Also, he has a habit of nibbling on sleeves…
I’ve written about Wooly Bears before, when I found one last autumn. They’re said to predict the coming winter’s weather with the color of their fur. The more black, the worse the winter is supposed to be. Since Pat’s about half and half, does that mean we’ll have a so-so winter this year?
Brother and I went on another walk this weekend. This time we went through Bronxville Park (which was originally called a conservatory and established in 1913, according to a plaque we found on a rock while exploring) before I had to go to work. The weather wasn’t too bad, but that could have been because of all the layers I wear for work (it’s cold where I work).
We walked for about an hour or so and found some interesting things. We found furry caterpillars, odd birds, playful puppies, and a goose that wanted to come home with us. Like I said, it was interesting hour.
We also noticed that the water levels were really low this weekend. That lead to a bunch of miniature islands to sprout up in various places along the river. It was odd to see, but we assumed it had happened due to a lack of rain this month. There was only one or two days of rain that I remember particularly clearly.
I hope to go back again soon, before all the leaves are gone. I want to take a few more pictures and enjoy nature a bit more before the cold really starts to set in. I abhor the cold, so I end up staying home and under my blankets, whenever I don’t need to be at work. I am going to try to break that habit this year and try to go out at least a little bit…
The sun sets on another day and the night comes too early now. Ever since putting the clocks back, last weekend, it’s been getting dark around 5pm. I’m not liking this.
I went out walking with Brother recently. All the trees are turning a lovely gold color, contrary to my expectations. I was certain that fall would miss us this year, but seems we might just get a little autumn after all. For that I’m glad.
It was really chilly out and very windy, but overall nice. It’s November, so it’s to be expected, but I’m missing those 70 degree days already. However, today and tomorrow is supposed to be in the 60s. I can get into that.
If it wasn’t for the fact that I have a lot of assignments due this week, I’d take advantage of tomorrow’s free day at the botanical gardens tomorrow. I would totally sneak out early and take a walk for a few hours. Maybe I can see if I can finish my work tonight and wake up early to go, before heading to my internship? Yes, I know, I’m a horrible horrible person…
But I like nature too damn much! And it’s going to be cold soon! ((I don’t like the cold))
I’ll figure something out… but remember, this all hinges on my getting my paper done tonight and not being too dead after pulling another all nighter. Wish me luck!
Happy Halloween from Ren Mi and Kit-Kat! Now, lets go and get us some candy!!
It’s midterm week, so I’ve been busy trying to get my research done, essays written, and job applications out. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s slowly getting done. I’m getting to practice my time management and multitasking skills. Practice makes perfect I guess…
I know I’ll be so glad once this week is over, but I’m in no hurry to get to Thursday (the day most things are due). Then all I need to focus on is getting my JET application out. As of the moment, I’m just waiting on my reference letters to get finished, so I can send out my packet.
November will be interesting. My application goes out, my night classes end, my internship should finish up, and Thanksgiving comes around. That means Christmas is close.
For years, I’ve loathed the Christmas holiday. Working retail takes all the magic out of the season. But since I’ve changed careers, the magic is starting to come back somewhat. This year, I hope to spend the holiday with my mom, brother, and friends. This also might be my last Christmas in the States, if I get the job I’m applying for. Not sure what to feel about that.