I was scrolling through pinterest (when am I not?) and saw an amazing pin on acts of random kindness. There were some great examples and I am going to promise to all of you that I am going to accomplish an act of my own. I will take a picture then post it here to prove to you all I did it. Why not try one yourself? If you do please tell me through a comment or a link to your blog so I can read all about it. Spread the love!
A new year usually means a new beginning, a time where all the things you want to do is scheduled. A new year is a time to celebrate what has been accomplished and what things you can do in the coming months. It’s a time where everyone is hopeful to get those things that has been on their list for years done. It is a hopeful time when more people are looking at the glass half full. I am going to take a second to be a total pessimist and look at things as half empty. I know, completely out of character and and wrong time. Where were my pessimistic views on 12/21? I had hoped to really get on top of writing more often but time got away and before I knew it the year was over. So, taking the saying “Shoot for the stars and you’ll land among them” I am making a new years resolution to post one post EVERY DAY along with a fellow blogger bawktalk.com! I am hopeful that I can accomplish this task. So get ready for some random thoughts and maybe some amazing literature in this coming year. Oh and don’t forget the part 2 for this post! I didn’t know how to integrate the ideas even though they have the same meaning so I wrote a little something extra. READ IT!
Mostly, people send an email, a facebook notification(or poke) or some other social media to write things to each other. However, the letter business seems to be near nonexistent other than the need to pay bill and other not so much fun stuff. I recently sent out party invitations through the mail and even if it took more work and resources to do so that way, it was different from the norm. I’m not talking about the gala invitations. Those are still common, but a good old fashion party for you and some friends. Personally, whenever I get mail that isn’t something about a payement due or some politician running for a position I become happy to know that someone took the time to write something to me. I was curious about what kind of things you can do with a letter so here are some ideas for your next special piece of mail you send out.
So if you have read my previous post on my vacation to Mexico you read about the calmness I encountered while there; which resulted in some interesting writing. But really, everyone needs to have those occasional zen writing moments. We would just become a huge list of drab writing of essays, memos and boring papers. I guess my writing did sound like I was possibly drinking too much unfiltered water or maybe accepting brownies from strangers, but that it fine with me. (P.S neither of those happened in case you were concerned.)
Oh the things you can find in the Martha Stewart catalog. The holidays are coming up and so are the smells that follow. I don’t mean the smell of stinky relatives or the stench of your baby cousin’s suspicious “clean” diaper bag; I mean that wonderful smell of pine and cinnamon. And lets face it, the perfume bottles you plug into the wall to spread the fragrances of the holidays just don’t compare to the real deal. So to help everyone out with getting their holiday fragrance started here is a cool DIY courtesy of Martha Stewart!
Cinnamon Bird Ornament
Although these whimsical birds look and smell like gingerbread cookies, their sparkling plumage hints at their true nature as sweet works of art. This sturdy flock — including a cardinal and chickadee, among other birds — will migrate each Christmas to decorate the tree. The birds are not meant to be eaten, though, however enticing they may be.
Tools and Materials
- 2 medium bowls
- 1 cup ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- Craft glue
- Rolling pin
- Bird templates
- Utility knife, or bird-shaped cookie cutters
- One straw
- Wire rack
- Paper towels
- Baking sheet
- Glitter and beads
- Bottle with applicator tip
- Length of thin ribbon for each ornament
- Tissue paper, for storing
Cinnamon Bird Ornament How-To
1. Prepare dough: in a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup applesauce using a rubber spatula.
2. Stir in 1/2 cup craft glue. Stir the dough until consistency is smooth and dry. Let stand 1 hour. Applesauce gives the dough pliability, glue makes it firm, and cinnamon imparts a lovely fragrance and a gingerbread color.
3. Turn out one-quarter of dough onto a cool, flat surface; flatten with your hands.
4. Flatten with a rolling pin to 1/4 inch thick. If dough becomes too dry, spritz with water. If it sticks to rolling pin or work surface, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
5. Photocopy bird templates onto card stock (these are enlarged roughly 150 percent); cut them out, punching holes where indicated. Lay a template over dough; cut out shape with a utility knife (or use bird-shaped cookie cutters). Repeat with each of three remaining quarters of dough.
6. With a straw, poke a hole in dough as indicated on template (for hanging). Air-dry ornaments on a wire rack lined with paper towels for 24 hours, turning them over every 6 hours or so to keep them flat. Alternatively, preheat oven to 200 degrees. Transfer ornaments to a baking sheet; bake, flipping once, until dry, about 2 hours. Once the dough has dried completely, adorn the birds with markings inspired by nature or your imagination. As you decorate, proceed from the finest embellishment to the coarsest, adding glitter, then beads in order of size.
7. Using a bottle with an applicator tip, spread craft glue over the area you wish to decorate.
8. While glue is still wet, sprinkle with glitter or beads, holding ornament over a bowl as you work; tap off excess.
9. Wait for the first area to dry completely (at least 30 minutes) before repeating steps 7 and 8 on another section. Thread a length of ribbon through ornament’s hole, trim the ends to prevent fraying, and knot. Once you take the ornaments off the tree, store them, wrapped individually in tissue paper, in a cool, dry place.