Friday, December 31, 2010

Project 365 Complete with Week 52!

Yay! I completed Project 365!! Here is the final week:

December 24 - December 31
358/365: Christmas Eve Decor 359/365: Christmas Jewelry 360/365: Ferrero Rocher 361/365: High Score at WWF
362/365: Game On! 363/365: Wedding Invitation 364/365: Putting up Christmas 365/365: Celebration Bubbly

May everyone have a safe New Year's Eve and a great beginning to 2011!

Catch ya next year!! ^_-

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Project 365 Roundup: Weeks 49, 50 & 51

December 3 - December 9
337/365: Purple Holiday Mantel 338/365: Death of Rosezilla 339/365: Frosty the Snowman 340/365: Holiday Ice Cream
341/365: Clumsy Fingers 342/365: Projects to Complete 343/365: At the Bank

December 10 - December 16
344/365: Chocolate-Mousse Almond Cake 345/365: Norma's Cafe 346/365: Little Purple Tree 347/365: First Gift Under Tree
348/365: Olive Wood Nativity 349/365: Car Service 350/365: Embellished Album

December 17 - December 23
351/365: Bridal Shower Gifts 352/365: French Toast Casserole 353/365: Heart Measuring Spoons 354/365: Hybrid Gift Box
355/365: Car Being Towed 356/365: Ice Cream Sundae 357/365: Fighting a Cold

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Not Invited

This past Saturday was my niece's bridal shower, which I was told, er, asked to give for her, along with some of her other aunts. It was a great party, but I won't go into all the drama about people not RSVPing, etc., as this is not the purpose of this post.

After people had left, and we were all talking, somehow it was mentioned that the invitations for the wedding had gone out a week and a half ago. And I had to pause. A week and a half? Surely mine should have arrived by now. I mentioned this to my niece and we just thought that it was taking longer because of all the holiday mail.

But, after checking the mail on Saturday and not seeing one, I decided to ask some family members if they had received theirs. And ... they HAD. Hmmm.... Why had I not received mine? I had to be invited. I mean, I AM the favorite aunt, right??

And then I started thinking .... Their invitation list began as the invitation list from my wedding over 4 years ago. That way they could have family members on it, and then build from there. But WHO wouldn't be on that list? The list creators, in other words, Brian and I. No, I thought. Surely they made sure everyone who needed to be on the list was on the list and weren't just relying on it as is. But ... given ALL of the things that have just gone not as it should with that wedding, I realized that yes, that had to be it, it had to be that we were never added to the list that *I* provided.

So, I kindly called my niece and left her a message detailing the above. And, not 5 minutes later she calls back and ... (after she had checked) yes, that was exactly IT! We were never put ON the list. (And, of course, no one bothered to check it. Hmph.) She apologized, and it was actually kinda funny at this point, because it's just been thing after thing with them. But, you know ... even though I was told that I certainly knew how to throw a party (after the bridal shower), I just wanted to say, "Yet I was told to butt out of helping with the wedding."

Oh, well. At this point, everything is just funny, and I have to shake my head. Luckily, it's not my wedding. Mine was awesome and fabulous, everyone had a great time AND it's still talked about to this day. I say that THAT was a great party.

Oh. And my invitation is now on its way. ^_^

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Stress Ball

Normally, I don't get stressed around the holidays. Busy, sure, but not stressed.

However, right now it's a little different. Why, you ask?

1. This coming Saturday is my oldest niece's bridal shower, which I am co-hosting. It was a big to-do to get invites made and addresses gathered and invites sent and waiting for people to RSVP. AND, this all had to be planned within just a few weeks because the wedding only had 2 months to be planned anyway. Seventy invites were sent out. Yes, you read that right: 70. That doesn't even mean the actual number invited, because some addresses had multiple people invited. And do you know how many people have RSVPed? 6. And total people confirmed to be there? Oh, about 13 (and yes, that includes her mother, those hosting, and family helping with the shower). Today was the deadline for the RSVP. Do you not know what that means?! Argh! Plus, I am putting together a guest/memory book for her and that's taking some of my time.

2. I am in charge of putting music together for church every Sunday (although there's usually someone who picks out the hymns). However, I select someone or people for any special musical numbers. Oh, yes, and I'm also the choir director. This coming Sunday is our Christmas program, with, you guessed it, LOTS of music! And while overall the pool of really talented singers in our church is small, I know that there are others that CAN do music, and so I've been trying to incorporate those people that aren't normally asked to perform (singers and instrumentalists alike), but I tell ya, trying to wrangle all of those different numbers together, not to mention getting the choir in tip-top shape for their numbers, well ... it's stressing me out, as there have been some issues with things coming together. (So much so, that I've been focusing on everyone else, and the quartet I wanted to do, will now have to be a solo with me, which is fine, except that I sang at Easter, but now it's too late to have someone else sing it. *sigh*)

3. While I have done a couple of things for Peppermint Creative, I am probably not doing as much as others, seeing as I have many other things on my plate. Of course, we got most of the stuff really recently and that puts a crunch on the designer wanting layouts to showcase her new designs. Sometimes I think those other ladies are so much better than me! But, I'm trying to get better. I just can't scrap as quickly as they can! :(

4. And, of course, Christmas!!! We did a preliminary survey of gifts we already had a few weeks into November, but I haven't had a chance to look back and see if we need to get anymore gifts, not to mention getting things wrapped and prepped. Christmas is next week! Ack!

I know, I know. B R E A T H E. And, just take it one at a time. And, I'm trying. I am. Sometimes, though, I think about it, and ack! It freaks me out. I think part of the reason I'm stressed is because I'm having to depend on others -- let go of the control, because I cannot control them.

*more breaths* At least Brian and the cats entertain me and make me smile.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Project 365 Roundup: Week 48

November 26 - December 2
330/365: Nutcracker 331/365: Balloon Flower 332/365: Cat Christmas Stocking 333/365: Ornament Bowl
334/365: Christmas "Keep Calm" Print 335/365: Tiny Sequined Nutcracker 336/365: Steampunk Atropos Cuff Bracelet

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