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Sunday, December 31, 2017

And the old year froze to death in the depths of winter

Yes - let 2017 freeze to death.  The temperature here has been minus double digits Fahrenheit (Although, today's high should be three degrees Fahrenheit!! HEAT WAVE!!!) SO COLD!!!

So let the reflections begin! - Nah, just kidding! I am not going to lull you to sleep today by waxing any more poetic than I already have! Maybe another day for reflections and resolutions.

Let me update you on the things I have made for Christmas gifts...
Well - er... um...  I still didn't get pics of many things and I still have a few more to give so they will have to wait.
But here is the top I made for Auntie.

Christmas was magical this year!!! Starting with the Christmas miracle of my son decorating for Christmas!
Then the joy of having friends who are like family over for Christmas Eve
Picture of food since everyone was a tad camera shy
Yes, food on my studio table!
I didn't even use a tablecloth or put away my machines!
These people love me and my mess just the way I am!

AND I received such wonderful gifts this year!!!! I wish I had pics of each of them!!! However - I super special thank you:
To the Krugers for 17 canvases!!!!
To Jane for the fabulous teapot that has kept me very warm these last few frozen nights! 
To my Cousin for the Rum,
To Di and kids for the Moscow Mules (however my son has run off with the copper cups!),
To my boss for cool organizer boxes with my initial on it,
To My Auntie for FABULOUS alpaca socks which she made!!!
To my son's grandmother for a snowman candle holder.

I am truly blessed!!!

and my doggo who loves sock monkeys and opening gifts... really it's the cutest thing! Gives me such joy to give him gifts!!! Whenever he sees a gift bag, he wants to pull the paper out of it and then looks inside for a sock monkey and if he sees one he will pull it out and if he doesn't see one he looks at me all disappointed!
Of course, he received sock monkeys! and he could not have been happier with his new blanket!

I am also very sad that my sister in Berlin has not received her gift yet (tracking said it has been in Germany since December 18th). So, my German followers (which is probably just my sister) if you see this:
...on someone in Germany - Please ask them if they are related to me. If they say "no" - then, rip it from them and deliver it to my sister! teehee

I am off to celebrate the birth of a new year!!! I am holding optimism in my heart with prayers for peace, love, prosperity, and joy!  Let this new year bring all that your hearts may need and a little extra so you can bless others!

I'll see you all next year - until then, do something creative!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Last Tuesday I began the Hannukah Celebration
"Happy Hanukah- from my studio,
where my work has paused for a moment of
reflection, thankfulness, and celebration."

No, I am not Jewish - but many of my friends are and we like to celebrate things together (or apart) 
What a wonderful eight days! :-)

I began wrapping Christmas gifts...

Then sent some of my creations all over the world (but the one to Germany which was supposed to be there by the 18th, hasn't arrived!)
At the United States Post Office - Visiting Santa's helpers. 

Then back to work on making gifts
And more gifts...

And I don't have a picture - But I retrieved my son from college!
It's nice to have the noise and activity back in the house!

AND I didn't forget to take breaks to be jolly with good people and good food!
(side note: they were great about bringing us another drink every time ours emptied, but they were terrible at taking the empty glasses away!)

AND after enjoying my Saturday getting my son and celebrating... 
back to work...

HOLD UP!  We need FOOD!!!
 Is that junk food??? 
It was worth the photographic proof! lol

Then I installed lights in the bottom shelf and the small middle shelf of my built-in cabinet.  I am not sure why but it gives off a greenish glow in the photo (but not in real life).  All four shelves are painted the same color purple.  
 Anyway - I thought they needed some light after I put up the groovy sign I got for Christmas
My china cabinet is slowly turning into a BAR! 

Yesterday, my son brought the medium tree down from the attic.
So - tonight I wrapped some more gifts (many I cannot post yet and many I forgot to get pictures of) while he put up the lights and brought down some decorations. 
This year isn't overly decorated, totally extra, kind of Christmas I enjoy creating 
and it's not the over the top "WOW" reaction I love getting
And it's not the magic wonderland, sweep you away to some other place special feeling
 - but it's not turning out too bad either.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tis the busy season!!!

Oh where, oh where have I been?! 
Such a good question! I am so glad you asked!

One day I was in my studio creating...
when suddenly the over whelming urge happened - to make Victorian hats...
Next thing ya know I have made, and made, and made 
then find myself in the middle of a Victorian Stroll!

**But I am supposed to be making Christmas - like a little elf!**
Damn distractions! 

 Like this any-which-way scarf - or a few of them! Or like this...
Or like this...
 Or this..
 Or this...
WAIT!  That hat is not for Christmas!!!! That is a Stevie Nicks Inspired Hat!!! 
Perfect for that 80's Themed Christmas Party! 

Of Course I pulled together a Stevie Nicks inspired costume to go with it!

* * *
And Just like the magic of Christmas: I start in my Studio - get transported to the Victorian age for a stroll - then back to my studio just to be transported again to a raging party in the 1980s!!! 

So forgive me if I haven't been at my desk typing away about it all. I might be feeling jet lagged from all the time travel! 
I have 50% of my gifts done - not all posted on here of course! And I have 10 that I seem to be trying to make all at the same time! And I have 5 that I am really struggling with ideas of what to make.  Making everyone a gift is tough - I don't know how those elves do it every year?!?! 

So - until the next time I sit down for a couple minutes... do something creative!!! - J

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