I'm so grateful for this holiday season, and for having the time to savor each day leading up to Christmas. For too many years it has been a crazy time, with stress and hectic days stealing the joy.
I'm grateful for traditions, for the family and friends who are the soul of the season and for the glow that seems to be filling my heart these days.
I've done a bit of decorating. Today I did the mantle and its swag...
the outdoor wreath is hung...
the porch is decked with lights on this foggy night...
and my helpers are snoozing on the sofa.
Angus really throws himself into his naps...
Rosie meets Santa for the first time...
and later hangs out in the coat closet!
Things are peaceful here as small traditions take shape
and twinkling lights work their magic.
I hope that all is well with you as you celebrate or prepare to celebrate your family holidays.
All around my house there are touches of whimsy that make me smile -
a funny angel that stands on my studio windowsill, with a tiny bird clipped on top...
a little tin angel which my daughter carried home from Mexico for me
many years ago in her jeans' pocket...
a snowman who was on a card I gave my mom one Christmas.
She had it on her dresser mirror for years and it is now tucked into the side of mine...
a cat picture from a calendar on the side of a bookcase in my studio,
and underneath a tiny cat who tops a letter opener.
I'm thinking a lot about my mom recently. It's 5 1/2 years since she died, but she still lives on in my thoughts every day. We shared a love of laughter, even silliness, and when I see something especially funny, I think of her and how we could make each other laugh.
Isn't that a wonderful way to remember someone dear?
Here's hoping you find something to make you laugh today!!
I had designed this ornament for last night's craft fair, bit never actually completed any to sell.
This is my prototype , on different backgrounds -
I had seen something like this somewhere, but for the life of me I can't remember where!
She is still in process, but I love her whimsy!
What do you think?
Last night, the fair I was part of was a lot of fun, and I sat with several great people.
We laughed a lot, but sadly, I sold only a $2 magnet! Actually, I even gave away a picture!
Today I am more tired than I can ever remember being - I've been creating like crazy since September. Since then, I have participated in a craft fair, our town's Paint Out (helping), Art Walk, a solo exhibit and now last night's craft fair! This is a very weary person writing this! lol
I'm planning to slow down in December, decorate a bit, finish some ornaments for gifts and enjoy the season with my hubby. Our daughter is coming from Toronto for Christmas, which I'm really looking forward to!
Meanwhile, I'm reflecting on all I have to be grateful for, and hope to post some of these thoughts on my blog for December.
One thing I know I'm grateful for is my wonderful group of blogging friends - yes you!
Soon I'll be having a giveaway, or maybe even a series of giveaways, so check back!
The month of November has really sped by and here we are at the second-to-last day of Art Every Day Month! I have participated sporadically, but enjoyed so much being part of this busy group of artists!
Lately I've been wearing my crafting hat, preparing for a craft fair which takes place tomorrow night!
My little trees are all decorated - at least the ones I could finish on time!
And I'm still working on some ornaments, which I'll reveal tomorrow!
I couldn't resist adding this picture of Rosie which I took last night!
Tomorrow morning I'll take pictures of all the pieces I have for the fair.
After taking some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday and a lovely visit with daughter Kate, I'm back to preparing for a craft fair called "Mistletoe Marketplace" which will take place Friday night.
My plan is to work on something different each day, and today I am decorating little Christmas trees!
As I post this, I've been spending time working on my largest cardboard cone, covering it with eyelet ruffles I've had in my stash for about 25 years. Rosie was fascinated by the whole process!
Then Angus came up on the table to investigate!
When I finished gluing the lace, I could see Rosie's ears behind the table...
and when I went to look, she was sitting in a box of fabric -
a common occurrence in this house!
I'll be working on the rest of the trees tonight, then on to something different tomorrow.
I know that my sister would love the lace tree, so it will be hers if it doesn't sell at the fair.
My only wish for the fair is that I make back the money I've spent for the table. I know that it's going to be a fun evening, with several friends sharing a table.