One of these days, when I am fabulously wealthy (snort) and can spend my money on absurdly frivolous things (more fervent snort), I will find a way to talk with a paper company and get this exact paper made in colors I like better (snort that is so strong it is basically a coughing fit). I've tried /several/ (no, really, seriously, quite a few) different papers from increasingly distant and complicated places and never found one with a texture I like better (this is where I mention about how this is a subjective opinion, and it's totally totally ok if [...]
If I were cooler, I'd have planned this all out well in advance so we these in some sort of rainbow order and super tidy and intentional and spiffy. I am not that cool. Somehow, the world will continue in its orbit, despite this oversight on my part. (Just for anyone playing along at home, I am mean and will not teach you how to make them, but old blog posts about these exist, and some of those have good starting points. Or you can wander around the #transparentstar or #windowstar or #fenstersterne tags on instagram and find other [...]
Because why not seize the tiny joys
Every now and then they remind me of quilt blocks. If you look around at the #transparentstar or #windowstar or #fenstersterne tags on instagram, you'll find lots more examples (including some where folks managed to clean their windows and hang them properly, as opposed to just holding them up with their fingers as the sun goes down).
And I’ll soothe my brain any way I can these days
Will there one day again be some actual yarn/knitting/grownup stuff here? Yes. Is today that day? No. Today is the day for finding what light we can, sinking our claws in deep, and holding on for dear life. And if that means we distract ourselves by bringing order to tiny pieces of colorful paper? Well, then that's what we'll do, and no harm done.
These soothe my brain
No, really, there are, um, quite a number of these cluttering up the place. And I'd apologize, but really I can't bring myself to think that these are doing anyone any harm. And that's an awful lot of pretty to get out of one single piece of colored paper and a tiny blob of glue.
I know my brain
Yup. Yup that helps. The wammbly bit in the middle is backing of the glue dot I use to hang them up. It'll get peeled off here in a second when I go to hang them up. Just so no one out there is sitting there thinking 'ack, why is there an irregular blob in the middle of all that orderlyness,' because really, that would bug me too. Standard disclaimers apply. No, I'm mean and won't teach you how to do it. But there are a bunch of old posts on the blog with helpful info and places to start [...]
Yup. Yup we're at this point in the year again. Because look, it's cold and dark and things feel grim. But for whatever reason, trapping sunbeams and making them dance helps a tiny bit. Just a heads up in case you happen to be new around here. I do this most every winter, and I must, alas, be very firm that I'm not teaching anyone how to do it. It's one of my 'oh god fuck the endless darkness' coping techniques, and teaching things is work, and I truly do not have the mental fortitude to get work feelings all [...]
The days are getting just the tiniest bit longer here, and I swear every extra minute of daylight feels like a gift. Though full disclosure, filling my office window with these might help that along a little bit. Normally I'm Little Miss Grays and Creams, but that's just not cutting it in December. Especially *this* December. Here's hoping you have something that brings you as much joy to brighten up your days too!
Still amused by this nonsense? Yes. Feel bad about that? No. Can you share this unrepentant glee? Sure! Remember, if it makes you happy and doesn't hurt anyone else, go for it. We could all use a little extra joy right now.
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