Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Shmalloween

|Photo and fabric from Cherry Lane Textiles|

Perhaps someday, some year, I will be really into Halloween.  This year?  Not so much.  As far as I'm concerned this year, Halloween is nothing more than a nagging at my concience that I'm supposed to dress up as something dumb and Thanksgiving is just a nice, tasty pit stop on the way to Christmas.  Yes, Christmas.  That is what I am entirely focused on.  I've already jumped passed Halloween with its tempting candy and Thanksgiving with its turkey-ness and I've settled right in on Christmas.  Presents to make, warm cozy feelings, lots of fun time with my in-laws, and, well, did I mention presents to make?  Don't get me wrong.  Halloween is fine.  Thanksgiving is great.  We'll celebrate both in some way or another I'm sure.  But my heart just isn't in it.  This year my heart has room for one holiday and one holiday only and that holiday is Christmas.

I don't mean to be a hater.  That's just the truth.  For me.  Right now.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that we've spent the past two months going on trips to look at where we'll be moving to next year.  This has not only eaten up a ton of my time and mental capacity, but it has made me skip over the next eight or so months that we'll be here in our little cinder block home.  Why decorate when we'll be moving?  Why make decorations when we'll have to move with them?  And why make things that fit our space now when we'll be in a new space soon(ish)?  Maybe if we lived in some super nice house that actually has room for decorations and would invite cute little trick-or-treaters to stop by I'd be a little more excited.  But when there's only one family in the neighborhood with kids over the age of three, it's hard to get really psyched for Halloween.  And we're not sure where yet, but we'll be spending Thanksgiving at somebody else's home, so it's not like I have that to plan for.  And so that is how Christmas came to take up all the space in my heart.

And if all that weren't enough to give me a one-track mind on Christmas, our ward's Relief Society is having a major Christmas craft-making and baking shindig next month and guess who is heading the whole thing off?  Yours truly.  I'll admit I'm not entirely sure how it's all going to pan out.  But I think it'll be great.  And speaking of which, does anyone with a Cricut know if you can use vinyl in them?  And, if so, where a good (cheap) place to buy vinyl is?  I myself don't own a Cricut, but my friend does and she's volunteered it for use in the big Christmas activity.  But she hasn't used vinyl in it.  Anyway, help on the subject from all you Cricut owners would be much appreciated.  By me.  And if you are so nice as to leave something helpful for me on the subject in the comments on this post, please leave your e-mail address so I can contact you with further questions.  Because I'm pretty sure I'll have them.  Gracias.

And speaking of Christmas and making presents, I finished another present today.  It's small.  And cute.  And lovely.  :)  And it's a secret since I don't believe in sneak peeks of Christmas presents for people who read my blog.  Which basically means my whole family.  Which basically means you won't be seeing any Christmas presents up until after Christmas.  But I do plan to share.  I've just go to get cracking on taking pictures.  Agh!

But don't worry.  I will be spreading Christmas cheer around here soon with a fun little tutorial.  Using some of these lovelies.  Excited?  Me too.  Pick up a few fat quarters and be ready to sew along with me.  :)

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

5 comments:

The Jessee Journal said...

You can most definetly cut vinyl with a cricut :) You can borrow mine too if you need another one ... Buy your vinyl at Roberts or Hobby Lobby or Michaels using a coupon. This week Roberts has a 50% off coupon so that makes it either 5 or 6 dollars for a roll. OR you can buy it buy the yard in a bajillion colors through Roberts for $1.99 a yard -- this is nice if you need small bits of different colors for the project you are offering. Sounds fun!

alee said...

I'm not a cricut owner either but my cousin has one and cuts vinyl for us all the time :)

I must admit I am crazy for Halloween, even though because of my work schedule I haven't had too much time to get anything made for it. But I have started listening to Christmas music a bit here and there...I know it is early, but it puts me in a good mood and seems appropriate when we are buying airfare for Christmas, etc.

Good luck on your craft activity...sounds fun!

alee said...

I'm not a cricut owner either but my cousin has one and cuts vinyl for us all the time :)

I must admit I am crazy for Halloween, even though because of my work schedule I haven't had too much time to get anything made for it. But I have started listening to Christmas music a bit here and there...I know it is early, but it puts me in a good mood and seems appropriate when we are buying airfare for Christmas, etc.

Good luck on your craft activity...sounds fun!

Lisa Lou said...

I'm so so so excited for Christmas this year. (Sad that Mark won't be there to experience the craziness... but that's another story..) BUT I'll be excited to finally see all your projects!

Richard and Emily said...

Halloween Cat, Halloween Cat. hehehehehe.