Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Making Merry Miscellany

December 19, 2011

I do declare, this may be the longest I have neglected my little blog here.  It is December and same excuse as in previous years.  I have two offspring whose birthdays are in December and that along with duties and prep for that birthday we celebrate in less than a week now, have kept me out of the studio creating…  If truth be told, I have done lots of little, relatively creative stuff like getting my husband to cut, drill and sand segments of yardsticks (I painted them all red because I didn’t have 27 vintage yardsticks) to make these yardstick stars  (based on these vintage stars) with my kids at church.

I’ve been painting super heros for a young boy’s room.  (no picture to show of that…)

I stitched up one Christmas card to send to a college friend of my husband’s (she sends the most wonderful hand cut cards each year with the stipulation she gets a handmade card back.  I don’t want to be crossed off her list!)  I love getting Christmas cards but when you don’t send them out, you don’t get many in return.  Anyone else notice that?  Cards have been low on my priority list for the last few Christmases, maybe if I start in August next year (and sell a painting to pay for postage!) I can send out the 60 to 70 cards to people who should be getting them.

And… I was so excited to find these little celebrating snowmen based on a picture in a Martha Stewart Living magazine from several years ago.  These guys have been hiding out in my attic despite all my best efforts to find them (or urging my husband to find them…) for the last 3 or 4 years!  They were made from covering styrofoam balls with paper clay and painting them iridescent white.  I put them on a painted wooden block and if the wind doesn’t blow much, they stand upright looking like Macy’s Parade Floats!  Love them!

Sorry for the blurry photos, but they are my specialty.  I hope your merry making thus far has actually been merry!

First Frost

December 19, 2010

December 19 and the two family birthdays are past, we now just need to get ready for that big one we celebrate on the 25th.  (Not that my kids birthdays aren’t big and important, you know what I mean…)  If we lived in the southern hemisphere, we could have outdoor celebrations at Christmas and with a not so big house and a not so small family, pitching a tent and putting up tables outside sounds like an ideal, if not white, Christmas.   This is said because I have a house to clean and I would rather be playing….

Wouldn’t it be fun to have the Ghost of Christmas Past  take you on a trip back in time to your earliest Christmases, just to relive that excitement and anticipation all over again?  I have a photograph of my father I just love.   Christmas morning and he is probably wired on coffee from staying up all night putting bicycles together.

The other photo is of my sister, Donna, and me taken early on the Christmas morning our parents created a new bedroom for us.  I guess we may have been around 9 and 10.  My mother sewed the daisy bedspread and curtains and they painted the room this most beautiful shade of bright blue and built the  corner desk and shelves.  Try keeping that a surprise from your kids the week before Christmas.  But, scouts honor, I didn’t peek.  At least I don’t remember peeking.

Donna is in the foreground.  She gets her wided eyed expression from Daddy.

This is what I have been working on the last couple of days when I wasn’t going though old pictures!

Of Mice and Fish

December 9, 2010

It’s the countdown before Christmas and I have only made one Christmas craft so far.  The mood just has not hit yet (other than a tiny sensation when I saw my sister Karen’s pretty Christmas cones here).  I hope for some good crafting time and time to put up the tree during the next couple of day.

I did spend the day yesterday making Christmas candy with Suzannah and Emma.  It was a very fun time and I have a ton (maybe not quite that much) of chocolates in the refrigerator and a few dozen bourbon balls that might guarantee a fun time if you eat more than one.  They are strong!  Our most fun creations were these little mice that my friends Carol and Allison taught me to make a couple of Christmases ago.  You dip a very dry maraschino cherry in tempered chocolate, add two slivers of almonds and a chocolate chip face.  Then dot with tubed gel icing for eyes.  Fun to make, more fun to eat, just don’t look at it when you pop it into your mouth.

I started a thread piece fish a week or so  ago and put it aside, did not much like it.  But last Friday I was given some yummy cookies wrapped in a paper napkin by MaryAnn and used the napkin as inspiration for a background for that boring fish.  It is now a Jacobean Fish with a watermelon belly but I like it.  I love the jewel colors in it.

Sorry for not linking you to all these creative people I mentioned.  None have linkable places….

Trying to keep up….

December 7, 2009

Okay, fellow bloggers, how do you keep up?   Are you sleeping every single night or do you skip 2 or 3 nights in order to fit it all in?  

When there is no work, blogging regularly is easy.  Creating regularly is easy.  Keeping house is never easy.  But throw work (even part time) in the mix and I fall way behind in everything.

I have started decorating for Christmas and may just stop where I am for now.  After I get the empty boxes back into the attic that is.  For today’s show and tell, I am offering my Christmas tree.  The stars and birds were created a few years when I wanted a new style of tree and not our usual one consisting of every ornament I have (or my kids) collected since 1975.  Much as I loved the memories the ornaments gave, I was wanting a little more stylish tree.  My son balked a little that first  year but soon gave in.  The stars are made from folded cardstock, glued back to back and glittered.  I love the way they stand out against the green tree.  The birds are made from cotton batting.  I embroidered the wings and sewed them onto the body.   

The picture is blurry but I like it better than using a flash.  Makes the tree look like it is dancing around!

I have managed to do something with my hands this weekend.  I went on the Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Tour of Homes and was inspired by a beautifully decorated house whose furnishings were so crisp and clean and cleverly arranged.  Makes me want a house like that.  Here is my first step in that direction.  I faux silkscreened an “F” and holly leaves onto cotton duck (I missed the linen sale by 2 days).  The “F” bled a little so I outline stitched each side of the screening to “crisp” up the edge.  To faux silkscreen, you can cut your negative image from freezer paper and iron it onto the fabric.  Then place the silk screen on top, add the paint and squeegee it down.  It works fairly well for one of a kind images.  Trying to peel up the freezer paper and reuse it would be difficult.

Getting close to bedtime.  Blogging won’t get keep me from my 10 hours!