I can't remember the last time I really made, much less wrote down, "resolutions" at the turn of the year. But recently I've been thinking about this upcoming year and what I'd love for it to hold. "Themes" for my year, if you will. Like "friends," as in having them over more. Or, of course, "craftiness." Or "getting stuff done" (especially as it relates to the junk in my house).
Last night, I managed to roll all three of those into one. We had some dear friends over (my first "theme") for raclette... (Thanks for the raclette grill, Mom and Dad!)
And after the meal, I asked everyone to sign the tablecloth, which will now act as a "guestbook" of sorts. (Getting people to write on a tablecloth was surprisingly hard, especially after I told them it was originally my grandmother's. I finally had to be the first, show them I meant it!) But after repeated washings, the ink will eventually fade away. So I'm going to embroider them. (enter "theme" number 2)
I got this idea from a Family Fun article which I can't find anymore, but ever since I read it, I wanted to implement it. Last January when I was over with my mom going through some of my Oma and Opa's stuff, I found one of my Oma's tablecloths. Lovely, except it had a large stain... which wouldn't be as noticeable if the cloth were covered in names, dates, and other embroidered doodles, right? So finally a year later, I've implemented the idea. (sorta falls into theme #3, doing it instead of just thinking about it) And the first name was embroidered this afternoon, while I was taking a break from preparing to have more friends over.
The Man maybe still thinks I'm crazy (he utterly "squelched" the idea when I first told him about it yesterday and still wasn't very impressed today when he saw the first "finished" name) but I am in love. Oh, the memories this cloth will hold!!! (Now I just need to make a little bag to hold it and the supplies, so it's easy to grab when I'm going to be sitting at gymnastics practices, waiting at the dentist's, etc.)