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Archives for December 2011

For me!?

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Is it bad to buy yourself something around Christmas? No! Especially if you do it this way:
Buy a set! 
These birds are from WUSLU, a daily deals site. They are the first thing I’ve bought from them. 
Sadly, one arrived with a chipped face. I’ll be contacting them later (just opened the box) and I’ll let you know how it goes. Moving on: three little birds! One for me, one for my mom and one for my sister.
It’s a classier version of the Wobbly Madagascar Penguin set we divided up a few years ago. This one will connect us without broadcasting the fact that we are indeed nuts. In our defense, the only other people at that matinee showing were also adults, most likely drunk but still not children!
It’s nice to have something that you see every day as a suble reminder of the bond you share with someone else. Like one of those best-friend necklaces but classier. 
This little guy is right at home on the stocking bookshelf. 
When ever I see him I’ll think about my mom and sister (as I ignore the 15th text message from my mom asking me if I bought the licorice jellybeans yet).
Ignore the missing bow on the stocking holder. I blame the puppy and so should you. 
For you faithful readers, the white pine was salvaged from the dinning room table
That stuff lasts forever!

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Christmas Stroll Down Memory Lane

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Last post was a bit wordy. Making up for it with this recap of our Christmas cards for the last 5 years!
This is Bubbles. She was our bearded dragon. She lived in a 75 gallon fish tank next to our bed and liked to stare at us. She wasn’t against wearing fun hats either. She also liked to take long walks on the quad at school. She lived to be 10 years old (pretty good for beardies).
Here we have Matilda (in the house) and Jeeves Fluffywhumps. They were ‘rescues’ we got when we lived in Syracuse. They still live with us.
This is Rita as a baby. She later ate all of those window clings. We still have her (obviously).
Our card from last year. This took about 500 shots. Almost broke the camera in the process. Incase you were wondering, you shouldn’t drop an SLR. We still have them at the moment…
***If you know me in real life stop reading!!!***
Merry Christmas Everyone!
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We stepped it up a bit this year, went with the 5-shot collage card. (Got them at Walmart because they do 1-hour and well… time management is not working this year).
Starring: Alfie the Reindeer
Also Featured:
Gobbles the turkey.
The two of us (not the most glamorous folk) with Alfie and Rita Beast.
Alfie is now an internet celebrity! Well, that’s what we told him. He just continued to chew on his ‘floppy’ (what we call his fleece toy). Thanks to The Cottage Market for featuring him!

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New Traditions

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Growing up we didn’t have a whole lot of family traditions that didn’t involve decorating. 
One big thing was decorating the tree. We always had a fake tree. You see, my great aunt buys my mom, sister and I each a series of Christmas ornaments. I get Precious Moments, my sister gets Cherished Teddies and my mom gets the Frosty Friends (seriously,cutest ornaments EVER!). They tend to be on the heavy side, hence the fake tree. Decorating the tree was always a big thing for us. Now with the family scattered, I’m not sure if my mom is even putting up a tree. I finally have mine up but without the PMs. I’m afraid the cat would destroy all of them so for now they sit in a box.
Christmas is really about family and traditions for me. This is the first year Christmas in our new house and it’s bittersweet. The house I grew up in isn’t ‘my’ house anymore. I don’t get to put the antique snowmen and lights on the mantle. I don’t get to wrap the beads around the banisters and pull out the fabric Christmas books my aunt made us OR move the teddy bear on the count down to Christmas. 
But enough whining.
I’d like to introduce you to a few friends of mine. They would like to help explain one new tradition Mike and I started a few years ago.
Meet Mr. Frog and Brownie. I’ve had Mr. Frog since I was very little. He used to be lime green and make a croaky noise when he was rotated. He no longer croaks, isn’t lime (unless you look in his arm pits) but still looks dapper (check out the bow tie!). Brownie is Mikeys. His grandmother bought him for him. It may seem odd that 23 and 31 year old have these in their home… don’t judge! 
Our new tradition started a few years ago. We wanted to donate some toys for kids but I’m basically against toys. So we’ve been buying a stuffed frog and a stuffed bear and donating them through toys for tots. One year we stumbled upon a stuffed animal store that was going out of business and went a little crazy, I hope lots of little girls got stuffed frogs that will be ‘friends’ for a long time. 
It’s something a little ‘different’ that we do to bring in the holidays. 
What ‘new traditions’ have you started?

Jingle Bells Take 2

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My last set of jingle bell ornaments went on the wreaths and garland on the front of the house. But I really like the idea of a loud tree (my cat is sticky from pine resin). I wanted something to go with my other ornaments, including the gift tags and felt garlands. So I picked up a few packs of antique gold-ish bells from the the dollar tree. They come in packs of 9. 
They have really cute snow flakes on the front. The problem is getting them to hang straight so you see the front. After much planning and poking I discovered the easiest way is to take an ornament hook, poke it through one of the stars on the back half and out through the spot you would normally put the handle in. Then twist the hook back up to ‘lock’ it so it doesn’t flip around on the tree. 

Nine ornaments for a buck? Pretty good deal!

Just for fun

Did I mention my cat is a hateful creature? This is what happens when Mikes mom tries to touch her. This Christmas picture episode was a bit of a failure…

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Star Shaped Twig Wreath

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There is a window in the door between my kitchen and breezeway, it’s the main entry into the house so I like to make it look nice. It’s tricky because you see it from both sides, and one is against the glass. It also can’t be delicate because it moves when the door opens and slams shuts. I wanted something really simple and fast that I didn’t need to buy anything for. This is what I came up with:

I know it’s not round, but really is that necessary? Alfie helped me find the sticks in the yard. I used 4 that were about the same size and one that mysteriously became shorter while I was working…. ahem.I tied the sticks together with white yarn. It’s a bit haphazard, only the ends are tied so you can shift it around a little. I’m usually a really big fan of symmetry but I wanted something more homey/primitive. This faces the chalk board with the bows so the rustic look works. The cardinals are just like the ones on the mantle (from day 2).

The nest and vines are made from one of those berry bunches with the paper wrapped wire stems. I ripped the whole thing apart, used the berry-less section to make a ring, then wove the ripped off pieces around and across the ring. Then I added more pieces and twisted them around the twigs. The eggs are three pearly white balls from a medium sizes berry spray. The whole thing is held together without glue.

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Finding sticks is exhausting!