Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We're Ready ... Almost.

The stockings are hung on the bookcase with care,

Santa statues are placed around here and there.

The nutcracker army at attention by the door, 

Tinsel is all over the tree, chairs and floor.

Nine days and counting 'til the Big Guy arrives,

The kids so excited they probably have hives.

A few things are left to check off the list,

presents, cookies and naughtiness to resist.

No need to remind the kids that it's near,

before they know it Christmas will be here.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I Shouldn't Have Said Anything.

The good news is Christmas cards are in the mail, gifts that need to be are shipped and a class I've been taking ended yesterday. I might have time to breathe ... for a couple of days.

Then the minions start their Christmas ... I mean Holiday ... scratch that, too. The minions only have four more school days until Winter Break.

What was that about time to breathe?


So between gasps for breath, I'm still cranking on the Christmas Countdown Tree ornaments ...
... and a few other items that have crossed my path.
I've also still got that illustration job in house. Another week on that and it should be good to go.
Just in time to make Christmas cookies with the minions. Or see a movie.
Or maybe build a snowman.

If it ever snows.

(I can't believe I just typed that.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

It's The Most Busy-ful Time of The Year!

Between school activities, shopping and the annual work rush that always seems to occur, the last few days seem to be flying faster than normal. The good news is I'm busy with an illustration project – here's a few sketches that are seasonally appropriate. Well, except for the basket, but you could put things other than eggs in there, you know.
I'm managing to keep up with at least a daily drawing (if not the daily posting of said drawings) of our countdown calendar amid all of the holiday hustle and bustle. I'm even managing to take time to enjoy what's going on ... like watching a favorite Christmas movie with the minions and hubster.
It's also amazing what you notice when you draw something. We've put the countdown up every year since before the kids and I never noticed the dove has a broken neck. Poor bird of peace!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

On The Third Day of Christmas ...

... I figured out my project to keep me drawing for December.
I'll draw the ornaments on our Countdown To Christmas tree. They're small, so I can catch up quickly if I fall behind and I don't think I've ever drawn them before. And I'll still have time to throw in other things that might catch my eye.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Artsy-Fartsy Goings On ...

Yes, I still have a few Christmas Tree trunk bits left over after making the wreath and candle-holders over the weekend. The minions have been harassing me about how many I have left, but the hubster and I cut down 14 live trees over the years. That's a lot of trunks. I've decided to make some ornaments or gift tags or coasters or ... well ... you get the idea. 

The girl minion felt the candle-holders weren't festive enough and suggested glitter. Apparently, nothing says festive like glitter (when you're a 10yo girlie-girl)! I decorated the wood base for them to sit on. Poinsettias scream festive to the 43yo set ... at least this one.
Hmmm ... that's giving me ideas for those leftover trunk bits.

In other news, I spied something I had a hand in designing at the local craft store. It's always such a thrill to see things I've worked on being purchased by people I don't know! These are elements of a Kitchen Recipe Stationary program that also includes recipe boxes and binders that match. Pretty darn spiffy, if I do say so myself.

And festive!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 30: I'm Thankful for a 60° Day.

Warm days will be few and far between now, so today was a welcome bonus. Taking care of errands, getting the outside Christmas decorations up and walking the dog were all more enjoyable without being bundled up like Nanuk of the North.

I hope everyone had a fun-filled, relaxing Thanksgiving with family and friends here in the States and a pleasant weekend elsewhere. 

Have a great week!

Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28: I'm Thankful for Traditions

The hubster and I started going for Christmas Tree Hunts with his family before we were even married. Once we got our own home we continued the tradition and have only missed a few years since the minions arrived.
Some years went better than others, of course. Trying to get four people to agree on the best tree each year can be a challenge. Especially when some people are cold, hungry, tired of trekking all over the frozen tundra of Ohio or afraid of wagon rides. Don't ask. It's not a pretty story.
Then there are the years when our eyes have been bigger than our house! We have tall ceilings in our living room that some people really want the tree to touch. We were smart enough to NOT get the tree above. Unfortunately,  this tree in 2012 found it's way onto our van and made the drive home. The very slow, careful drive home.
I'm not saying it didn't look gorgeous when we got finally got it up and decorated ... and anchored to the wall. I'm just not sure how we got it in the door.
Last year we skipped the hunt for a real tree and everyone is still too traumatized to try again. The good news is, thanks to Pinterest, I figured out what to do with all the trunk bits we cut off the trees in previous years.
Now we have a pretty wreath to remind us of past Christmas Tree Hunts, whether we go looking for a new one or not.

I'm pretty thankful for Pinterest, too, by the way.

November 24, 25, 26, 27th:
I'm Thankful For My Family!