Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a Happy and SAFE New Year's Eve.

A friend of mine says about going out on New Year's Eve, "It's amateur night." Meaning, this is the night when those of us who never go out the rest of the year put on our best party faces and try to act like we know how to party it up, when in reality we would probably rather be curled up on the sofa with our loved ones, watching the ball drop on TV... or dare I say, sleeping. ha.

Needless to say, we will be staying home tonight. Safe and cozy. 

And to the ones we love who are going through hard times, be it financial, emotional, or health related, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a better 2013 and years to come.  

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sculpey and My IPad

I finally found a good use for my iPad. A sculpting surface. Ha.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Cross Stitching and lace via

I hope you all have a peaceful day.
And if you find you aren't, then get the heck out of where ever you are and go find some!

"God bless us, every one!"

Monday, December 24, 2012

On The Last Day Before Christmas....

We'll lie under the tree,
And wish that it could be,
Christmas all year long.

Christmas Tree via

This year's Dickens Christmas Village set up. Two new additions on the bottom left. yay!

Dickens Christmas Village via

Please tell me someone other than me remembers the vintage Santas and other Christmas decorations like the one below. 
This one was found in my fiance's cousin's attic. 
I cooed over it so much that she gave it to me. 

vintage santa via

Christmas decorations via

Christmas Tree blur via

Christmas Tree via

Christmas Tree via www.foobella.blogspot.comSparkly Santa Ornament via

Christmas Tree via

Friday, December 21, 2012

On the 4th Day Before Christmas....

I wish that it would snow...

Christmas Snow 2010 via

and snow...

Christmas Snow 2010 via

and it did back in 2010...

Christmas Snow 2010 via

...but no such luck this year. I'll just have to settle for gazing at these pictures from Christmas past. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

For the Loss of Loved Ones

I don't have anything eloquent to say that hasn't already been said about Friday's events at Sandy Hook Elementary.

For the Lost at Sandy Hook

I just wanted to send out my love and prayers for the families and friends who've lost their loved ones. 

I hope the children get the love, comfort and support they will need to not feel fearful of the world. 
I want them to go on to live happy, full lives, for themselves and for the lost. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holiday Fridays

I don't know how you feel, but for me, Fridays are even happier during the holiday season, if that's even possible.

Here are a few more pictures from Christmas Past, 2011. 

I don't know what all the fuss is that I see about the "elf on a shelf", but this is my elf. He is handmade and I bought him several years ago at a Christmas Fair at the hospital where I was working.


He had a buddy, but I lent it to a co-worker so she could make a pattern of her own and I never got him back. My poor lonely elf. I think about his partner every year. Look at that precious ric rac hair. 
(And yes, I put Christmas bows everywhere.)

The garland on the tree below was cut out from an old calendar. 
I love all the colors it had it in. Kind of pinks and reds. 


You see the nativity on the white table above? My sister and her husband made those years ago. 
The figures are carved into the wood blocks and then painted. I love them.


Happy Weekend, and take it easy. 
Don't sweat it if everything isn't as perfect as you pictured in your mind. 
Christmas time is supposed to be peaceful. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dickens Village Christmas Past

Happy 12.12.12! A little more than a week until the end of the world! ;)

Today, I brought you my Dickens Christmas Village setup from the ghost of Christmas past, otherwise known as last year, 2011.

Maybe this will help with ideas for anyone else who is trying to set up their village, as I noticed a few search results for Dickens Village setup brought people to my blog.

Dickens Christmas Village via

There is really no rhyme or reason to setting up your village. You could set them up to look like a little village proper, or you could place them separately all around the house, which I did the first few years. I placed one building on each end table in my living room, I believe.

Now that I have more buildings, I like to set them up together and stagger the heights of the buildings. This way you can see them all, and it's just more visually interesting.  The buildings in the back are sitting on top of the boxes that they came in.

Dickens Christmas Village via

As for the "snow", the buildings are just sitting on top of white cloth napkins. I've tried to use the snowy batting-type of coverings in the past, but the little figurines, trees, and street lights have a hard time standing up on such fluffy surfaces.

Dickens Christmas Village via

I actually never had any of these figurines until Jason bought them for me/us last year. I don't know how I went this long without them. They really bring it to life, along with those trees. 

Here's a bit of trivia if you've ever wondered, as I did, why the figurines are about two times too large for the houses. On the Department 56 site:

Why are the accessories' figures not in the same scale as the lighted buildings?
Since the pieces are made of porcelain or ceramic, they shrink when they are fired, usually about 5% to 15%. If we made the accessories any smaller, the tiny details would be lost, such as the petals on a flower or the folds in a woman's shawl.

Dickens Christmas Village via

Oh, how I love those snowy trees. 

Dickens Christmas Village via

I posted the house below a few weeks ago. 

Dickens Christmas Village via

Let's take a closer look. 

Dickens Christmas Village via
There seems to be a Christmas feast going on here. 

Dickens Christmas Village via

Last year, there was a pre-lit tree sharing the spot with the Village. This year, that tree is in a different location and the village is on it's own, which is especially good, since we just added a new building to the collection this month. yay!  

I'll show you this year's set up soon. 

{UPDATE: See this year's set up here.}

Dickens Christmas Village via

In the meantime, watch this video. It's wonderful and daunting at the same time. I love my Dickens Village, but I will not be going to this level, ever. Though, I do admire their dedication and I would love to visit this in person! 

And after all this Dickens Village talk. We have to watch the 1999 version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with Patrick Stewart.  It's my favorite. Which version is your favorite?

Happy Christmasing! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pots for Poinsettias

Last year we received a Christmas tin full of popcorn.  
After the popcorn was eaten (which didn't take long), I was wondering what to do with the tin. 

Poinsettias in a Christmas Tin via

Put your poinsettias in it! 
Just drop the whole pot in there, shiny paper wrapping and all. 
So, cute.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Doodle Bean!

 Just a doodle I drew while listening to Christmas music this lazy Sunday morning. 
Made with Paper

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Doodles and Homemade Gift Tags

Happy Holidays! I am back today with some Christmas doodles and something for you!

A few years ago, when I was taking a drawing class and had all my art supplies at the ready, I sat down and made some doodles. Obviously, it must have been around Christmas time when I did these, and a couple I actually used for Christmas cards.  



 These are all drawn with markers and india ink. This door below was my Christmas card one year. 



 Have you made your own Christmas cards before?  I know my sister makes her own cute cards with stamps, photos and pretty cardstock. I think it would be cute to use your kid's artwork, too.


ornament via

This little one below is my favorite and was also used on my Christmas cards one year.


All of these are small in real life. The largest is probably no more than 3 inches tall, if that.
The one directly above is probably not even 2 inches tall. What can I say? I love tiny. =)

And for you to use, here are some Holiday gift tags!
Christmas Gift Tags via

I printed these years ago and still have some that I use every Christmas. Just click on the picture above, then right click and save the image to your computer. They will print on U.S. letter sized paper, 8.5" x 11". For best results, use white card stock or presentation paper. You know, for sturdiness. Then just cut them out along the blue dotted line.
Have a great weekend. =)

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