Thank you for all your sweet comments and encouragements on my previous post about our pregnancy news. Also, I'd like to thank all of you Friends who advised to me to open an account at Photobucket to solve the blogger limited photo storage problem. It took me a while and I got confused at and failed during the first try outs, but now I can add pictures again. So happy! I really, really appreciate all your support, Friends! ^__^
If I could go back in time and give a piece of advice to a six-year-old LeeAnne, this is what I'm going to tell her...
Learn things that would serve you well in life instead of just at school: cooking, cleaning, sewing.
I was very good at school, but now I realize that math, physics and chemistry only served me well to get good grades, unless I really wanted to work in the fields that require them. On the other hand, cooking, cleaning, and sewing will help any man or woman a lot in daily life, way after school finished and after retirement from work.
So yeah, when I have children on my own, I will make sure that they would learn - and master - at least the basics of these invaluable skills.
Hmmm... I wonder what my Mom would say when she reads this post.... "I told you!", maybe.... ^_^
Anyway, I wore this ensemble about a year ago, on a cold and rainy day. That's why I wore the glittery shawl around my neck. It's a very versatile piece, I can wear it as a scarf, as a belt, or just throw it non chalantly on my shoulders. Or tie it around my purse like I did here with my thrifted tropical blue and green silk scarf. And best of all: it's cheap!
The skirt was refashioned from Mom's old longer skirt.
I love stacking bracelets like this, sometimes mixing bangles, cuffs, and dangling charm bracelet together. They make this lovely sound whenever I move my wrist, which I think is very feminine. For the same reason I always wear an anklet. The soft tinkling sound it makes when I walk makes me that very much aware of every step and movement that I make. Of course, I avoid wearing charm bracelets with loud bells or stacking too many bracelets for office wear. I don't want to look like a fashion victim or sound like a cow with a bell around its neck!
Anyway, since I'm a lady with a huge belly a.k.a 31-week pregnant now, I cannot do what I usually do at the beginning of December: decorating the house with Christmas ornaments. I'm tired and sleepy and I'm not allowed to do any heavy lifting, due to my health problem. So, my husband was being very sweet and took me Christmas tree shopping! At first we thought we just would get a 4-feet one to put on the corner table. But one look to this 6-feet tall, evergreen with gold and silver glitters Yosemite beauty, and we knew we had found our tree! My husband built it, and we decorated it together. We didn't have any Christmas tree ornament, and we didn't want to rush buying just any ornaments. So we came up with this plan:
We browsed through the internet for inspiration. What kind of tree we want to set up this year? The traditional? All whites? Pink and silver? We finally agreed on white (silver and gold actually, they look white enough from afar) with splashes of red.
Just buy the essentials. Can always buy additional knick knacks later. Don't want to go overboard and e nd up with so-so ornaments.
We bought traditional colorful Christmas lights, a pack of half dozen big size sequinned gold balls, a pack of dozen medium size shiny silver balls, a pack of half dozen red glittery ornaments, a roll of gold and silver Christmas bow (to be cut up and tied into pretty bows), one silver boa, and a gold one. That's the canvas.
Use whatever we have around the house that correlates to the theme to spice up the tree.
So we put a white tiger cub doll, a white Hello Kitty doll with red bow, a white puppy doll with red scarf and red snow hat. You get the picture. We couldn't find the perfect star for the top of the tree, so instead of make do with buying less-than-perfect star or angel, we just put this Santa's hat on the top! So cute!
Well, what do you think of our attempts with our very first family Christmas tree? ^__^
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