Homemade Pledge

I have taken the Homemade Pledge this year.  The Homemade Pledge is the pledge to “buy handmade this holiday season, and request that others do the same for me”.  And pretty much I’ve been abiding by my pledge.  I’ve been making quilts (pictures!), buying from Etsy, and buying gifts that make a difference like books and things that are good for the environment. (I have to be vague or certain people will not have surprises this holiday season!).  I am also making calendars this year for some of those smaller gifts, and I’m venturing into felt broaches… just have to find pin backs…  So, in other words I’ve been busy! 

I hope you too consider taking the Homemade Pledge.  Or at least give gifts that make a difference (World Vision, Unicef, Kiva, Ten Thousand Villages

Another small thing I’m going to do is buy a “Yes You Can Wish Me A Merry Christmas” pin.  These pins are a local imitative that will support the Simple Dreams Team – a local program that provides Christmas dinner to thousands of Russian orphans at McDonalds.  The Kneiders (my old neighbours) and some other Stratfordites will be travelling to Moscow in January 2009 – this is their sixth trip.  Many children are also fitted out with a new set of clothing – a real luxury in many cases.  $5 can make a huge difference!

P.S. Stay tuned to our blog the week of December 3rd – Blog Give Away Day!

Books

I haven’t had a chance to write about what I’ve been reading for a while… So here is what I’ve been up to:

I started, and gave up on, two books:
Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth by Edeet Ravel (just couldn’t relate and it wasn’t flowing for me – really enjoyed the book Ten Thousand Lovers… but not this one)
Sleeping Arrangementsby Madeleine Wickham (Sorry – but I like her writing as Sophie Kinsella MUCH better – leave it at that)

I have two books that I will recommend:
Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison (Listening to it on CD in the car, and it is a great chick lit book, with lots of laughs)
The Last Summer (of you and me)by Ann Brashares (kinda like Nicholas Sparks, haven’t read the Sisterhood books, but this one is just a nice story about 2 women and 1 man in their early 20’s, who encounter love and pain on Fire Island NY)

Next I’m starting There’s No Place LikeHere by Cecelia Ahern. 

One suggestion for holiday reading if you are looking for something to get your Christmas Spirit up – The Autiobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn.  I LOVE THIS BOOK!  It is an adult level novel, and tracks the life of Saint Nicholas from biblical times to present day.  It makes you smile, it makes you cry, and it made me excited again about Christmas and it reminded me about the true meaning behind the holiday.  I hope it makes you excited too!