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a winter "look"

Yesterday I

de-Christmas’d

what remained in the house.

Since the decorations went up so late~they’re coming down late too (they were up a month total).
For me, this is always a sad day—removing all the merriment.
And~ I’ll admit I’m still listening to Christmas CDs.  Don’t they just lift your spirits ?!
But every year, while I UNdecorate & put it away, I wonder—

how can something so beautiful and joyous. . .

be so·much·work?

Catherine

No-el

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Christmas 2016A slow recovery has not just interrupted working on projects,

it totally messed with my

decorating for Christmas

motivation~which didn’t begin until December 16th and stayed simpler and more natural this year.  Even  s l o w e r, the kids’ tree went up Christmas eve, and was finally decorated Christmas morn’ (tsk~tsk).

I’d still like to share some of the pretty pictures before things are packed away.

How long do you wait before UNdecorating?  Especially when-  if- you start so late?

This year’s decor was kept more ‘simple.’

1st~I really love adding hydrangeas from the garden to the tree.  I dipped last summer’s crop in scarlet Rit Dye, but didn’t leave them long to keep a lighter tone.  I also picked, dried, and dyed some Sedum Autumn Joy from the garden.

2nd~I have bags full of pine cones from so many trips to the Grand Canyon when family & friends visited me in Phoenix.  I selected my fav’s and rolled them in glue, then in rolled them in crystal glitter.

I sprayed the tree with “snow,” used silk lamb’s ear, some ice-crystal’d strands and picks, and feathered Cardinals. But to add a little oompf– I included gold sugared baubles and the gold crown tree-topper.

Christmas 2016

I bought a glittery Merry Christmas banner at Hobby Lobby to swag from the drapery rod, only to discover it was misspelled!  MeRRRy ChristMSto  y o u  too.

Here are some of my Cardinals

Christmas 2016

and some views of my pine cones, hydrangeas and Sedum, the ice-crystals and lamb’s ear!

Catherine

Christmas 2016

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Christmas 2016

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Washington St Holiday Market '15You know how it goes,

an exhausting pace of
all the prepping,
then the packing,
loading~offloading,
setting up & styling

for a very festive

Holiday Show!

See more ↑ beautiful pictures   on the show’s fb page!

It was a great show!

Even through a foot of snow—that then iced over.  Oy

It started in the middle of offloading Friday night.  I took the picture below Sunday morn’ as the sun rose and we were about to leave for our last looooooong day.  Not really so light out as the picture shows though… (more…)

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Thought you might like to see some of those holiday stockings

I’ve been sewing.  Yes, they’re all on the feminine side.
Probably more for decorating with than truly stuffing!
And, at the end of the day~ I liked the plainness of them and wrinkled linen.
Like this, I think they’ll be more flexible to embellish with/in other holiday decorating.  Like- stuffing them with a bit of evergreen, sage, or holly.  Or by hanging a personalized initial from the backside hanging loop.
Holiday Stockings
And these are two other styles and textures I was playing with. . .

...a couple other styles and textures-

...a couple other styles and textures-

 

Besides sewing, I’ve been hard at it on the fall clean upoh my aching muscles!

Raking leaves -endlessly- rounding up and covering furniture, cleaning out gardens, cutting down a LOT of plants prepping for the snow to fly.  Unfortunately SOONER than later—they’re predicting a big snow storm this weekend.  Boooooo

fall clean up-

fall clean up-

fall clean up-.

.

. . . and prepping for

holiday decorating. . .

I decided on this iron urn for this season’s front steps arrangement.

*only bumped finger like 21 times getting work done.

Catherine

 

 

 

 

 

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-on the road to recovery!woo·hoo~I’m just about to stage a comeback!  But until~

It has been a  L·O·N·G  6 weeks     since my hand surgery.

It sure feels ·SO· much longer, but I’m happy to have at least that much time -and healing- behind me as I adapt to all kinds of new “normals.”

Like how everything touching my finger either feels like super coarse sand paper or razor blades trying to hurt me further, or how incredibly painful it is because of the swelling AND trying to bend it again AND because my clutzy-self keeps bumping it into everything imaginable!

It’s also shorter nowhmm…because of the screw?

I am SO happy to finally jump back into at least a “soft” project—like sewing!

found on pintrest!I’ve begun working on some Christmas stockings for an upcoming Holiday show.  Looking around pintrest for some inspiration, I keep coming back to this beauty!  (*can’t seem to find the original creator though)

I have all kinds of textural scrap leftovers from other projects ~grain sacks, linen~ I only needed to buy some pleated trim (too lazy to make my own).

I may –or may not– add some graphic transfers or extra embellishments since they look pretty –plain– too!  We’ll see!

Here are my first four

I made a template from some larger-sized blank stencil sheets.  It’s a firm pattern to use for consistent sizes AND you can see fabric prints through it.  (I accidentally bought white sheets this time~ooops!)

sewing the cutout sides together-

sewing the liner and outsides together and adding the trim-

-stockings for a Holiday show!Christmas stockings are actually very easy sewing projects…

to all you non-sewers!

I still need to add the loops they will hang by, and make the decision~

to embellish or

not to embellish!

That is the question!

I’ve been playing with grain sacks and linen, and pleated cotton & grosgrain trim,

as well as vintage laces from my collections/stashes.

Catherine

*btw— I had a really good 6wk post-op check up, so I’m hoping to be back to my furniture and wood projects really soon!
-the first Holiday Show Christmas Stockings!

-stockings with some vintage handkerchief lace!

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They threatened us with s n o w but thankfully it’s only COLD.

No hunting for eggs outside for us. . .

 

*for my SWEET friends!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

everyone!

Wishing you all a wonderful day with family and friends
-and may it be Warm!

Catherine

 

 *for my SASSY friends!

a little Easter humor!

a little Easter humor!

a little Easter humor!

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