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PUTTERING

putter

 verb

put·​ter | \ ˈpə-tər  \

puttered; puttering; putters

Definition of putter (Entry 3 of 3)

NORTH AMERICAN

gerund or present participle: puttering

  1. occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks or not concentrating on anything particular.

  2. move or go in a casual, unhurried way

 

Otherwise known as "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get", to quote Lewis Carroll. Puttering is doing something which could be done conventionally in half the time it takes to do it unconventionally, or, creatively. Creative takes time and thought, sometimes research -- because you thought you saw something similar somewhere. Was it a magazine? Pinterest? Facebook? 

 

Puttering costs more, because you are always missing at least one thing you need to complete the task.

 

Puttering is messy. Always messy. But my Mama used to say if you're not making a mess you're not doing anything. 

Here's what I'm puttering with right now:

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Spare Me 2020

Oh, you knew we couldn't get through Christmas without a hit on the crazy year that was 2020!

Since July I've been hearing, "Let's throw a turkey in the oven, wrap some gifts, put up a tree, and call it a year!" 

Well, here's a fun gift to give your friends or the perfect hostess gift for friends with a sense of humor. The SPARE ROLL.  Those adorable little bundles that sat on a shelf in the bathroom all through the 50s, 60s, and 70s are making the retro appearance in 2020.

I love this. I'm making a whole basketful and everyone who comes to my door during the holidays will leave with this tidy treasure.

I'll share the video here from Crafty Morning's website, but the instructions are simple. All you need is:

Red Paper Dinner Napkins

Cellophane Wrap

Roll of toilet paper

Just cut the napkins in strips, lay them across the roll and tuck inside the tube, securing with tape. Then cover with cellophane, cut several inches long on each end. Twist ends and there you have it!

SANTA'S BOOK DROP


 

 

2020 has made us all just a little more creative.

And that's not a bad thing. We are softer, kinder, more aware of the feelings and circumstances of others. At least we hope we are.

One phenomenon I've noticed is the rekindled love for reading. Whether audiobooks, Kindle books, or the good old fashioned black ink on paper soft and hardbound variety, books are being romanced once again. Stories that transport us to another place, another vantage point. To open spaces, unmasked and transparent. To foreign lands or unbridled minds.

Libraries are now open, with restrictions, which is why this idea might be a welcomed delight.

Why not go through your home library and make a gift to a friend of one of your cherished books? Send it in the mail -- an added treat -- along with a note telling why you thought of them and why you loved the book. Not only will you be giving from the heart from your own library, but maybe you'll encourage others to do the same! A beautiful recycling!

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