Over the past week or so I have worked with some intensity on the few handmade Christmas gifts I had planned for this year. If you’re seeing fireworks in the sky accompanied by shouts of jubilation, it’s me celebrating that I’m finally done. With those checked off my list, today I’ll tackle cleaning the house that has suffered both decay and growth during this time of craftiness: decay because it smells like something died, and growth because of the junk that has accumulated on every available surface. I wish I could say it was all the kids’ stuff, but alas, it’s mine.
There’s the normal mess that accumulates when I’m extremely busy, like school books, papers, and supplies, laundry, and dirty dishes, not to mention the dust and grime that grows on these when they’re left untouched for days. But when what you’re busy with is working on three different crafts at once, and you’re a bit of a slob like me, bits and pieces of each project can be found from room to room amongst the normal mess. One of my projects involved embroidery thread, and next to where I sit each morning with my laptop, I have a little pile of the leftovers that brought an idea to mind. Just when I thought I was done, I am adding another crafty task to my to-do list, but one I’ll happily place there. I am making just one more thing, but not a Christmas gift. It’s a friendship gift for one very special little friend.