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 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.
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. I 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.
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.
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.
I’m pretty much holed up out in Santa’s Workshop, Southern Branch, making holiday magic. Sometimes it seems the gods are not on my side…today I’m suffering with “Arthur” in my right thumb and then I managed to burn 3 fingers and my thumb on my left hand! Geesh.
Tomorrow will be better, I know it. The good news is that I finished one major commissioned project and another wreath in lovely pastel colors that will be available for purchase in the near future.
Before I closed the door tonight, I picked out a couple of things to use as a starting point for the next one and I wanted to share them with you. So, here ’tis.
That elf is huge! He’s been smiling at me for months, patiently waiting his turn.