Friday, November 14, 2014

TToT52: That's One Whole Year, Friends!

If I recall correctly, some of my earliest TToT posts were about leaf raking and shoe polishing, and here I am, nearly a year later (I believe I had a couple of double TToT weekends), raking leaves and noticing scruffy toes.

One year, folks, one year of thankful posts! That makes 520 written thankfuls (or less since I know I fudged a few times, but still).

It's been worth it. After all, I became a cohost through a couple of well-placed hints (or a straightforward offer), and I've met some truly worthwhile people: cohosts, regulars, and the occasional drop-in. The TToT, and the way people choose to write it, really can give an interesting (though not full, Clark) insight into people's lives.

So, let's call that #1-#5 because that's huge, admit it.

And let's call that the leaf truck came by the first day #2 because my piles didn't have time to blow away.

And for #3, I'll call on the moment I discovered that I had chosen to make paper poppies on a highly appropriate day. I really didn't think about it being Veterans' Day (or Remembrance, if you're of the British persuasion, Lizzi) until I was nearly done. But aren't they pretty? And appropriate?

An off chance gave me the motivation to relocate the large plastic storage boxes in our basement. I happened to open the one labeled Sarah-College and found...my beloved light blue Tshirt that my mother once threw away and my father once rescued and is far too thin to wear in public (and why would I advertise an insurance company?) but holds happy memories and the faintest traces of paint handprints. I wrote a whole post about it, and at the time, thought it was long gone. But it turns out I put it in this plastic tub (where it hardly belongs) when we moved in to this house.

If you ignore the open drawer, unmade bed, and clothes on the floor, I'll someday show you a picture of my 25-year-old sweatshirt.

Oh, and I finished a major project: this Advent calendar for my sister. It's a near replica of one made by my maternal grandmother in the mid 70s for our family. I remade one for my sister's family, and am nearly done with the one for my own.

The downside of my week was when I heard my daughter cry, "I spilled my beautiful nail polish!"

Words you do not want to hear, amiright?

Let's just say I dropped those hotpads and ran. To discover large bubble-gum-colored circles adorning the hand-me-down chair I recovered all by myself a few months ago. Not that it was particularly well-done, but all by myself.

All.By.Myself.

So, are you ready for the thankfuls?

After I stripped off the cushion covers and poured all the nail polish remover in the house on the stains, I emailed our neighborhood listserv asking for more bottles. Two people showed up at the door with nail poish remover to donate to the cause.

Not one of us passed out from the fumes.

Even though the stains set, and there was no budging them, I did get the nail polish off the floor, the chair frame, and the lamp.

And when I went to the fabric store the next morning, I found the fabric I needed in stock and bought enough to remake the cushion covers for $20.

Now comes the remaking. Ugh.

And so, how was your week?

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43 comments :

  1. I really like your advent calendar. I used to buy my boys ones from KMart or Walmart. I'll have to keep yours in mind though when and if I ever become a grandmother. Have a great weekend!

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    1. It's seriously retro, Susan. My grandmother made it from a kit you could buy back in the 70s. I just tried to copy hers (though I made some new ornaments).

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  2. The advent calendar is adorable.

    I started to join Ten Things of Thankful last May, and this happens to be Week 30 today. I'm thankful to be a member of this wonderful community.

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    1. Thanks, Romi. I am thankful you are a member!

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  3. Congrats on one year of thankfulness! It's been wonderful to get to know you through all of these many weeks.
    I practically cried and dropped my iPad in order to rush to your side when I read "I spilled my beautiful nail polish!" Glad you were able to get it cleaned out of most of the things. And BTW that was a lot of things to clean! How did it manage to hit so many objects!?!?

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    1. And I've enjoyed getting to know you. Except that I think you're wrong about peonies. They're wonderful.
      I wish you could have been here to calm me down after the incident. I'm not sure how it happened. I was taking sweet potato fries out of the oven when it happened. I really didn't think she had the hand strength to open the bottle. I think it must have surprised her too so that she moved wildly the polish sprayed.

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  4. Did you make each one of those little creatures hanging on the tree by HAND? Wow. I am totally impressed. My kids always liked the ones with chocolate behind the little doors. I had a nailpolish mishap once. It wasn't pretty. Do you know nail polish remover can make carpets worse by fusing the fibers together? We were selling our house and I moved a chair over the stain to hide it. Congrats on a year of gratitude posts. I haven't counted mine. I think I need to. I might be at half a year.

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    1. I did, Val! And it took TIME. But I am impressed with myself, I admit. Thanks for the positive feedback.

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  5. I'm really sorry about the nail polish. I had a bottle of it explode in my bathroom - it took 6 months for that stuff to come off of the inside of the bowl and yet it doesn't last 6 minutes on my fingernails.

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    1. Well, it sucks balls for sure. I can't understand why it dried SO FAST when it takes forever when you're doing your nails!

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  6. OH NO NOT NAIL POLISH!!!!!
    However I am really impressed you can recover the cushion. I can not do that. I can't sew at all.
    Yeah for leaf trucks coming on time!

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    1. I know. The worst. But, yes, at least I can recover.

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  7. Spilled nail polish is AWFUL! We have glitter glue embedded in the upholstery of our couch. And ink from the gel pen on our carpet. Meh. Adds character! ;)

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    1. You know, that's what I say about my front dead tooth. No one knows why it died, but it did, and it's a good bit darker than any of my others. I say it adds character to my smile.

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  8. one year...congrats fellow hostiniae! I love the new black and white shot. love the poppies, and I just made two advent calendars last night...not as lovely as yours...

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    1. Thanks. I like that pic too though it was the first picture in which I thought, "Do I have a big nose?"
      Two in one night?

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  9. I'm glad you got your chair fixed again. I know that if something like that happened at our house, the chair would have bubblegum-pink stains for the rest of its life in our house.. Procrastination extravaganza here!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Not fixed yet, but I have the material. I don't like repeating projects--that's boring--so I'm not moving fast.

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  10. First of all- ONE YEAR!!! WOOT!!!!! And ooooooh.... nail polish=not good. But 20 bucks for the fabric? Almost *priceless* so there's that!!

    You are amazing- making that GORGEOUS ADVENT CALENDAR!!! And those precious flowers are just... so perfect. And old treasures found in bins? LOVE.

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    1. Yeah, lots to be thankful for, for sure. In spite of the nail polish.

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  11. That advent calendar is INCREDIBLE, Sarah - you have so much talent.

    And I'm sorry about the nail polish. That's so upsetting, but how wonderful that people in your neighbourhood were so quick to come and help you. And YAY for the $20 replacement fabric.

    But listen...that blue t-shirt. That was the BEST bit, because I went right over and read your other post and fell a little bit in love because I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN about the old pink chest of drawers feeling abandoned and I SO DO THAT with inanimate objects and yes, it's silly and whatever, but ME TOO! I'm so glad you have your t-shirt back :D

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    1. It was a labor of love. We treasure the old, decrepit one my mother puts out every year that I had to make these. I also made a whole other set of ornaments for a cousin, but that was earlier in the year.
      I am SO HAPPY that you get my Tshirt thing. It seems so silly, and I kind of felt silly writing a whole post about it, but it did sort of break my heart to put that dresser out on the curb. And to think my blue Tshirt was gone. Can you imagine my excitement to come across it?

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  12. I'm stuck on your Advent calendar. It's amazing! Can you mass produce them? And I'm impressed that you posted the photo without cropping. I can't help myself. I cut the cr@p out.

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    1. I wish! Each one takes at least a month. That's a lot of intricate cutting and gluing.
      I actually like that kind of work, and I was thinking of opening an Etsy shop, but I can't make up my mind. Doing the same thing over and over does not appeal. But if I could earn some money? I don't know.

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  13. I'm with the others that I'm completely stuck on your Advent calendar and would even go so far as to say that I'd buy one!! Maybe a new calling - Etsy Advent Calendars? I love it! I have some beloved 20-year old tshirts and sweatshirts too. And your paper poppies are awesome! Ugh to the nail polish though... awesome neighbors to have come to the rescue and that mostly you got it off the places.

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    1. I know! I was thinking of opening a shop because I don't see any others quite like it. But here's the thing. It takes me at least a month to make one, and I would charge a pretty penny for that much time. Would any really buy? And can I really make the same thing over and over without going batshit crazy from boredom? Would the pretty penny make up for that? Rhetorical, don't worry.

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  14. WOW. One year! That's pretty incredible, huh?

    Noooo nail polish mishaps! The WORST. But you recovered a chair by yourself? You're my new hero. Not even kidding. And the advent calendar? Freakin' adorable.

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth! Loved your hairy men!

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  15. I love the Advent calendar! Amazing.
    The nail polish is sad...I think the part that gets me most when stuff like that happens with Zilla is how upset she gets. I hate when she is unhappy. Gah.
    I have been flipping back through my posts to see when I started doing TToT and I can't figure it out. I didn't tag them all at the start so I'm not sure. I know I was around for the 25th with cake. Earlier than that, I'm not sure.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I know. Brian thinks I was too hard on her; my mother thinks I was a softie. I tossed the nail polish and talked to her sternly about not opening nail polish herself. Then I reminded her I love her more than I am upset and the lower lip started to quiver. So I was glad I said that.
      I think you started a bit before me. I was there for 25, too, but maybe just a two or three weeks before.

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  16. You know I don't keep count of my numbers so I'd have to look back to see how many I've done. I think were pretty close. I love it when I find a beloved and well worn tee shirt from way back when. I don't know what it is. You did a great job on that advent calendar! I love it! And I literally cringed when I read the nail polish bit. Nik still has bright pink nail polish on the baseboards and door of her bathroom from a late night sleepover spill. Fortunately for me, it's a pocket door and it slides into the wall so I don't have to see it. I really do need to repaint the door, though. *sigh*

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    1. Yep. we've got some spots like that. Or, rather where the paint has been knocked off. It seems so pointless to touch it up until the kids get older, huh?

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  17. The lamp? That was quite a spill.
    The advent calendar is completely, utterly awesome! Love it! What a special gift for your sister!
    Aww, the beloved shirt! Glad you found it!
    I never thought about it in terms of how many thankfuls total I've written for this hop. Wow!

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    1. Yes, quite a spill. Well, I've kept them numbered, so that made it easy. I am very pleased with the calendar, I admit. Finished mine last night, too.

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  18. You did a great job with the advent calendar! We had a similar one growing up, but I think our ornaments were different.
    Spilled nail polish is not like milk; I think it's OK to cry over it. Glad you were able to find replacement fabric.

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    1. According to my mother, this kit my grandmother ordered varied year to year. Which is why ours was different from our cousins'. There's were more religious with a Baby Jesus in a walnut shell. I appreciate the secular-ness of ours in our mixed religion family.

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  19. How awesome it's been a full year of posting with TToT. I actually think it might be a year for me now or in a few months maybe. I didn't number my posts so I have no clue! And I think I just started not too long ago labeling them so I probably won't be able to count! I should go back and see! Sounds like a great week. The story behind that shirt is too funny. I hear you. My husband has these sweats with holes in them that he won't get rid of because they are too comfy! :)

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    1. Yeah, I remember you from my early days, so we're probably around the same number of posts. Your husband's sweats sound like my husband's underwear!

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  20. Happy One Year! Hooray! I LOVE the TToT and especially the people, they are the BEST! Literally if not for them, and especially Lizzi, I would have stopped blogging months and months ago. She reminds me of the great people out there, and how I never would have 'met' them (and ACTUALLY met some of them) without it. Fun!
    I love that Advent calendar, that is amazing! Great job!
    I can totally relate to old clothes and the memories they hold. I want to write a post about a few of my favorite items: My favorite shirt which I got at a charity event in 2002; and my favorite sweaters which I've had since before my son was born. He turned 19 over the summer. That's a long friggin time to have sweaters!
    I can relate a LITTLE BIT to the chair situation. I started a post about my kitchen table and chairs, which have taken a BEATING from my children! They are all stained and nicked and chipped and full of fun memories!

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    1. When things are new and beautiful, I hate to seem them get scratched. But once that hurdle has been jumped, I like to think of every bit of damage as just a little more character, a little more physical reminder of a memory.

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  21. My daughter wears my 22 year old college sweatshirt to bed every night. Every. night. Even when it's clean it is disgusting. I won't make her get rid of it, but I wouldn't be sad if she spilled nail polish on it...

    Happy one year of thankful!

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  22. I LOVE your advent calendar and your poppies - you are so creative! My poor son has gone for ten years without me making him an advent calendar or anything else Christmas themed for that matter. The animals on yours are so cute :) My mum cross-stitched advent an advent calendar for me and one each for my two sisters. I wouldn't even be able to guess how many hours of work she put into each of them, but they are definitely something we are going to treasure forever. How wonderful that you have been writing out your gratitude every week for 52 weeks.Counting blessings really is such a great way to cultivate positive thinking, isn't it? I always love reading your TToT lists. xx

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