Monday, December 23, 2013

Origami Christmas Wreath (and other origami craft of the month)

Merry Christmas!

This morning I made a Christmas wreath.

I had been searching what to make next for December, but I didn't come across anything that I really want to take time to make.

But, I searched one more time, (since my daughter had been asking for an origami craft time) and I found this site. (I think it's in Portuguese) The slideshow of variation of the wreath is so pretty. Please check it out! I like the one with ladybugs in the center for totally different look. The ones with the bigger pins in the center of the flowers look lovely too. I'm planing to make it someday.

I used the sewing pins with the tiny round heads and secured the flowers onto a cardboard box to take this picture.

These STARWARS characters are from the origami book that I got for my son. (I wrote about it in previous post Here)

Read more about this instruction book: STARWARS origami book review BY RUTH SUEHLE

While I was writing this my daughter made a candy cane. 

A gift from a friend. She thought of me when she saw this. Thank you!

Year 2013 has been a great year for us.  I hope you will have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I've come so far...

"Wow, I've come so far!"

That's my thought lately. 

"What was I thinking?" 

I used to say no when people asked me if I missed my home. I was just so busy learning to live in a new place with a growing family. I love the life I have here, but I admit I get homesick around holidays and special celebrations of family and friends. I get homesick whenever I listen to the soundtrack of movies I loved as a child.

I look around me, and I am really impressed by my friends who are making conscious efforts to keep the family ties strong. This week, my sister's birthday card that she sent for my daughter reminded me how many cards she has sent for each of my kids every year. This birthday card she picked had a special meaning to me. She remembered my favorite stationary designer! 

I was especially touched by this hidden message because I haven't been a good sister to her lately, and the little gesture that she showed to me really humbled me. 

Maybe my answer to the question "do you miss home?" should have been yes, if that meant if I love my family. I love my family far away from here. It's my turn to show it. 

P.S. I love all of my friends and family near and far! Merry Christmas!