It’s been hard not to be sad this week.
I’ve barely been online. It’s too easy to think about things if I sit at the keyboard for too long.
Does anybody else love Christmas like I do? This year seems especially sentimental. So many reminders that our lives are so short – and that unwrapping the gift of a tiny baby is what makes it worth it all.
I’m refusing to miss out on the miracle. Refusing to let sadness overwhelm me. Refusing to give in to fear without a fight. Because seriously? This dude is too ornery to quit.
(I had to look at this and LAUGH today. Our beloved PamD did a bit of Photoshop magic on “Mr. Braddy” for his birthday – in retribution for the razzing he gave her about hers. If you don’t hear from me for a few days, the prime suspect looks like the guy above… well minus the crown. I borrowed it ;)
Does anyone else think it might be slightly sacrilegious to have a picture of Baby Jesus, and then a picture of that?
So in an effort to keep some smiles on this here blog o’mine, I thought we’d play some more Etsy.
Confession: I had such impressive intentions to do an Etsy giveaway before Christmas. I’m asking y’all to forgive me because I’ve been thoroughly slapped around by life recently. Howsabout we keep window shopping and then have some fun with it after Christmas – when the Etsy sellers are a little less frantic?
That being said… I encourage you to check these sellers out – most of them have a shipping deadline of this week to get things to you by Christmas. It would be a wonderful way to support small businesses and give something one-of-a-kind. Maybe to yourself? Ahem
Because these make me smile:
Are you not totally cracking up? I LOVE THIS! From CollageOrama.
And one of my oldest favorites in my Etsy list:
This little cutie from TheWishingElephant would be utterly adorable on the little one in your life. Heck… I’m kinda hoping someone makes this for ME :)
You think you know what this is…
And you’d be wrong unless you guessed it gets sudsy.
YES! Soap from DigitalSoaps!
This one just turns me into a puddle of butter. A puddle of butter who wants to go wake up and snuggle her
3, 4, 5 year old who is growing too fast.
Perfectly perfect, from BarnOwlPrimitives.
Isn’t this utterly beautiful and creative?
Maneggi is the artist behind these incredible pieces. Makes me want to dress up more!
One of my very favorite photographers… I love the insane amount of talent that goes into these shots – and the story the end result tells. Makes you think. Makes me smile.
I feel like this right now. Like there’s a certain amount of courage required just to get through the normal things.
Go check his other amazing work!
And for my crafty friends… AHEM Shana. Here’s a DIY project that would be perfectly acceptable for a grown woman with a hunter husband, eh?
TinyOwlKnits makes the patterns for these terrific hats!
And just for that Dread Pirate Roberts of mine…
StudioMarshallArts – couldn’t have done it any better. I think I need this.
I hope you enjoyed a few of my favorites.
Mr. Daddy, my Paypal password is under the phone book on the right side of my desk ;)
And please… the voting is not over until Friday. If each one of our followers voted once per say, we could win this thing for the Morning Star Family Home. You can vote once per day per Facebook account.
Please spread the word, please vote here - to help babies like Esther.
Whatever you do, please don’t stop praying.