2008 December | SIMA

Monday through Friday the TV is always on. My days begin with the Today Show and end with reruns of Scrubs. During the afternoon I usually watch a couple of episodes of Law & Order.

I feel less alone when the television is on. The noise and the colors are comforting and fill the house with activity. But I end up getting sucked in and, as a result, spend too many hours stuck on the couch and not enough hours being productive.

So today I’m banning TV from the house. Instead, I’m going to attempt to tackle the following items on my To Do list:

1. Wash, dry, fold and put away laundry

2. Organize my office

3. Finish reading New Moon

4. Run the dishwasher

If all goes well (meaning I don’t succumb to loneliness), perhaps I’ll keep the television off tomorrow, too.

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I think Pearl and Marmalade’s 5″x7″ Amidst Routes Letterpress Print would look fantastic in my living room. The grey and mustard inks would compliment the colors of my walls and couch.

In the new year, I plan on doing a series of before & afters of decorating my new (old) house. We have a long way to go until it’s finished, but, so far, I’m really happy with the direction it’s headed.

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I love this photo from The Lil Bee…

Of course I had to continue to search for more images of twinkling, colorful Christmas lights…

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Happy holidays, dear readers! Wherever you are, I hope you’re staying warm and celebrating with the ones you love.

I wonder how long the snow will last…

Happy holidays, lovely readers!

Have you seen the article, “For Craft Sales, the Recession Is a Help,” in today’s New York Times? If not, click on over and read the online version.

Because of the recession, business is up for craft stores and online marketplaces like Etsy. To save money, many gift-givers are making their own presents or buying handmade gifts from others.

Last year, 42 million households gave handmade gifts, according to the Craft & Hobby Association, a trade group, and that number is expected to increase greatly this year, its spokesman, Victor Domine, said.

“Across the country, people are crafting more,” he said. “With the recession, people are looking for ways to save money, and doctors are recommending it as a major form of stress relief.”

Are you giving more handmade presents than last year?