Santa’s Coming to Town

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“Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus!…

There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.”

– Francis P. Church, New York Sun, Sep. 21, 1897

Fabulous Find

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It was impossible to resist this fabulous vintage Italian Olympic ski jumper.  Isn’t it wonderful? I got a figure skater, too!  She’s all dolled up in a hot pink skating dress with white fur trim. Her face has seen better days but then, let’s face it, so has mine. It’s ok – she will shine when she takes to the ice again.

I see a very special wreath in the future…

Snow Day!

IMG_3314 - Version 2We awoke to a winter wonderland this morning.  The world around us had magically become a beautiful fairyland, reminding me a little of Narnia.IMG_3313As you can see, Emma P Buttercup was enjoying herself.IMG_3255

We went for walkies.

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Here’s how the ‘hood looked this morning.IMG_3312

Cute overload.

The other 4-legged member of the household remained nonplussed.

IMG_3238 - Version 3And look what came in the mail this week!!!


I can’t wait to get through with paperwork, show applications, and taxes (u.g.h.) and get back to some creating.  Time needs to slow down a bit for me.

I don’t mind the winter weather.  It’s nice to have to stay indoors sometimes.  Though I confess, I am thankful not to live in Buffalo.

Stay safe and warm everyone!  And treat yourself to a nice cuppa cocoa…or perhaps something a wee bit stronger.


It’s not too early to get your tickets!  Hope to see you in Nashville this April!


It’s Slowly Coming Together

I doubt I have ever been quite this far behind when it comes to Christmas as I am this year.  There’s just been an awful lot going on and my attention (which sometimes is a little challenged anyway) has been pulled in way too many directions at once.IMG_2975 - Version 2

This is how my living room looked 2 days ago as I was decorating the big tree in the living room.  I’m pretty sure this is the latest I’ve ever been getting it done.  The tree is the sort of pinnacle of my holiday decorating and the one thing that really says “Christmas” to me.  I love to be able to turn out all the room lights, put on some music, and settle down on the sofa with a glass of wine to relax, gaze at the tree, and bask in the glow of memories of Christmases past.  The ornaments on this tree are ones that I have collected over a period of almost 40 years; many of the really special ones have been gifted to me over the course of my adult life.

In the end, I had to set myself a deadline; I decided that at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, I would cease and desist.  Consequently, the tree is not nearly as loaded with ornaments as usual.  I’m ok with that this time, though.  Doing that managed to dial down the stress level.

I also was able to decorate a smaller tree in the garden room.  That’s the one that is done with mainly vintage ornaments.  I put the ornaments I purchased last spring in Prague on this one and they look pretty happy to me. IMG_2982 - Version 2I know I still haven’t told you lots of news and I hope to be able to catch up in the next couple of weeks.

But right now, I’ve got to get on my horse and go Christmas shopping.

Merry, merry everyone!

Angel Glow

I finished the angel wreath yesterday.

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Angel Glow Wreath

I love the way she turned out – so sweet.

I will be packing her up and bringing her with me to my last show of 2014 in McLean, VA, the McLean Holiday Crafts Show. The show runs Friday the 5th through Sunday the 7th. The show is in the McLean Community Center which is about a 5 minutes drive from Tyson’s Corner Mall.  Please click here to go to the website for times, etc.

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Here is a peek of Angel Glow plugged in!  As I mentioned yesterday, she is an old Noma angel tree topper.  Imagine how lovely she would be hanging on a mirror over your mantel!

Incidentally, the large gradient snow-capped ball on the upper right is not as brightly colored as it looks in the photo – it is much more subtle and soft.  In fact, the whole wreath has a very soft and gentle, well, glow to it.

Back to work.



Are You Still Speaking…

To me?

Golly day, I have been lost in the hinterlands but I promise to be back pretty soon with all sorts of exciting news that I want to share.

Including the absolute highlight of my year!

Can you be just a teensy bit more patient (I know, it is asking a lot) and bear with me?

In the meantime, I finished the wreath with the big elf (he’s 11 inches tall!) and the bubble lights.  It’s called, “Really Retro.”  I love the way it turned out.

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Really Retro Wreath

Really Retro is involved in the exciting news, too.

Meanwhile, I started on a new one today.  I was feeling in an angelic mood.


She is an old Noma angel tree topper and…she still works!

And since today is December 1st, I got to open the first window on my Advent calendar!


Do you have an Advent calendar, too?