Saturday, December 7, 2013
It's December 7th, already!
I haven't decorated one thing in my house for the holidays.
I'm not even sure if I can get to my boxes of Christmas decorations, tucked somewhere in the storage area of the Studio.
Can't get to it this week... my painter is coming to paint the Studio, along with some other projects I have going in our living areas.
Difficult to decorate for Christmas with things like the staircase railings being painted!
But... we are under a WINTER STORM WARNING!
Which may mean that life gets a pause button!
You know how it goes.
(if you live somewhere that it doesn't snow very often, meaning we don't know how to deal with it and everything shuts down)
They're saying sleet, snow and freezing rain, with a 1/4 inch of ice!
May loose power.
Stack of firewood pulled in from outside and put in garage, check! (thanks, honey!)
Gas rangetop installed during last summer kitchen remodel, meaning we can use it during power outages, check!
Coffee dripper ready to make coffee with just boiling water, check!
With the possibility of a Charlottesville shut down,
I may just get to a bit my Christmas decorating, minus the staircase railing
and the fact that we haven't bought our tree yet.
But, at least I can have a smidgen of time to find those Christmas decoration bins.
If we don't loose power, we'll still have icy roads. Still making for those shut down kind of days.
I wouldn't mind doing some baking too.
That would be just lovely.
But.. the truth of the matter is that I'm foot to the pedal, shifting into full gear in the Studio!
Below are just a few sneak pics just after the concrete floors were varnished
and John and I were able to start moving inventory into the new space.
You can see, no painting has begun.
But, it is taking shape.
And, our beloved French inventory
(remember, from our buying trip w-a-y back in July!)
is now in a New York City port awaiting customs clearance.
waiting, waiting, waiting....
In the meantime, our European chandeliers, sconces and lamps have made their way to Richmond
for cleaning, restoration and wiring to US standards.
Upholstery projects are making their way through my fabricators shop.
Photographer scheduled for mid January.
And, I have my first meeting with the web design team this coming week
(if the roads thaw!)
where I'll see the beginning forms of the new website and online shop!
So, most likely the baking will be on hold and the holiday decorating will be skimpy this year.
My focus is on launching this project!
It's time to unpack, tag, photograph and get this shop up and running for the New Year!
Maybe just a bit of baking though.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..
Friday, December 21, 2012
I received my Christmas ornament box from my sister the other day.
Jennifer is a fiber artist who lives very far from my home on the east coast.
She lives in Seattle, Washington... 3000 some miles away. Needless to say, we don't have much face time, sadly.
A year ago last summer, I made the overdue trip out to visit Jennifer and Scott.
One of the best parts of the trip was being in her studio... where it all happens.
She actually has a water view from her studio as her house sits up on a hill over looking one of the many, many water inlets around the Puget Sound.
While I was on this visit, Jennifer and I visited countless knitting shops in both Seattle and Victoria, BC. Jennifer already knew how to knit, but just needed to brush up on a few things. I reminded her of some of the basics and off she went!
So, not only has she knit many beautiful things since then, she's now creating little knitting dolls!
I had no idea until I opened the box.
How sweet and wonderful is this little knitter? And the walnut basket just does me in!
She sits on my kitchen window sill so I can be with her multiple times during the day. She looks up at me with her little grin, saying "take time today to knit.. just a bit!"
I love her!
Jennifer's needle felting is so beautiful.
Here's one of the little Christmas fellas from the same box. Both my husband and I think he looks like her husband.
(Although Scott has a red beard and I don't think he has that outfit...that I know of)
And this wise man and his camel!
And this cozy, woodland house!
And the felted Christmas stocking.
This little Christmas mouse is a new creation. I love his little ruffled collar and his hat!
But my favorite thing about him is that tail!
Jennifer had told me about this VW Van ornament.
She sells her creations yearly at the Seattle Convention Center. Seattle holds a huge craft fair of sorts during the beginning of the holiday season.
This ornament sold out quick. Buyers were telling her their VW stories. Making special orders.
So original and wonderful!
Jennifer... it's time to open your Etsy Store!
(only if you want to....no pressure... but just do it!!!)
Here's how she had them packaged for her booth at the craft fair.
Thursday's Child is the name of her business.
Ornaments from past Christmases...
These guys sit on in the bookcase and on the table in our front room, amongst our children's pictures.
Here are snowflakes she made us one year out of wire and beads. I hang them in a different place each year.
Love them hanging off the antlers in our foyer!
Half of Christmas is unwrapping past years, is it not?
We pull out the bins from the garage, the attic, the basement.
We unwrap ornaments, decorations, some made by our school aged children, some passed down from our own childhood.
We teach our children tradition. "Oh, I remember this one".. our kids always say.
This year, my middle son Walt looked at his kindergarten ornament with his kindergarten picture in it and reflected on how much he's changed.
He'll be off to college next fall. Yes, Walt... you changed.
But, our ornaments remain the same year after year. Some added to, few may break and find their way out of the storage bin forever. But, mostly our ornaments remind us of our past. Where we've been.
Thank you Jennifer, for giving us so many of those moments...
"I remember this one! Aunt Jennifer made it for me!"
Merry Christmas, Jennifer.
And may God's peace and love wrap around the families in Connecticut.. who are unable to unwrap their Christmas past this year.
May the Prince of Peace be with us all this holiday season.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Yesterday, I finished decorating the fireplace mantel for Christmas with homemade pinecone garland.
I used local, cinnamon scented pinecones. 2 bags.
This year, I wanted to do something simple, edited...and I've had the idea of a simple pinecone garland in my head since the first cool day of fall.
At first, I was going with something a bit more sophisticated. I had some beautiful, gray velvet ribbon that I planned to use to "sew" the pinecones onto.
It was just too fussy.
After a few failed attempts with screw hooks, thread, and ribbon, I reached for plain old kitchen string.
I just simply wrapped it once around each pinecone, gently,
and then wrapped twice around a little finishing nail I put on the top part of the mantel at both ends and center.
The trick was to keep really good tension on the string.
I love how it turned out.
I don't think I'll add a thing.
Except if I finish those knitted stockings...
maybe by Christmas Eve.
Just in time for Santa.
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