last month was full of the making of things.
one of the most satisfying experiences of december was observing my children crafting gifts for each other, and watching their shimmering excitement on christmas morning as their siblings unwrapped the items fashioned beneath the toil of their very own hands.
1. memory game pieces, using the tops of frozen juice containers 2. little hands at work 3. bookmarks for bee 4. checkerboard for zee 5. a bracelet for the other nicole, with hammered and welded sterling (this one i made) 6. memory game tin for em 7. felt donuts for elle 8. checkerboard 9. checkers on wooden rounds
speaking of the making of things, i've been working on a little something for the past two weeks--my very own photography website.** i think i've sufficiently tweaked it to death; i now just need to choose from the legal-but-pitiful selection of royalty-free music (although i am holding out hope for a song from a local band whose talent makes me giddy), and we should be live.
in other news, we have moved beyond ridiculous and smack into the land of inconceivable with the temperatures this week. negative fourteen degrees this morning? if i'd wanted negative fourteen degrees (windchill is -25), i'd have invested in siberian real estate. but okay, i know, this cold front is not exclusive to me: you are fully welcome to whinge about how much colder it is where you live in the comment section below. (warm climated people, please keep your weather reports to yourselves. grazie.)
**in case you've noticed my sparseness in blogland lately, this website development is why. it's not so much that it's consumed the entirety of my days as it is that one's hind quarters can only spend so much time sitting in a chair in front of the computer before they need to, like, salsa. or you know, do something that's not sitting in a chair.