So, let's see. I invited some of the friends I worked with before I retired for a little pre-Christmas get together which gave me the push I needed to get my various Christmas goodies out and "deck the halls". I did deck the hall, actually - have my snowmen there and my chocolate castle with its luminarias. Didn't take a picture of that but I did take some pictures of some of my Christmas. Probably have done that in previous years also, but this is this year, so here's what I have.
But this year, I was really tickled with my latest Christmas find. All year long I have these pears in their tray on my dining room table and I love them - I found them at a Home Goods store before I even moved in but after my sister had given me the table rug as a housewarming gift. So I wanted something that reflected the colors but was simple enough not to detract from the gorgeous carpet and these filled the bill.
Then come Christmas, I would take the pears out and put some 3" frosted tea light glasses with little della robbia type candle rings around them in the tray. So, this year in Marshall's, what to my wondering eyes should appear but these - aren't they just a hoot?!
Okay, so enough of the bling, the next pictures are of my Christmas storefront and my 1/4" scale Christmas tree house, both of which I know I've posted before and are also on my miniatures page, but here they are again. :) Oh, and the little popsicle nativity is one that my daughter Heather made in grade school. Little clothespin figures with very flat heads and very big smiles.
And here's a close-up of the window contents and I can't claim to have made any of them. I did make the shop itself at a Ron and April Gill workshop years ago and for a long time it displayed my collection of miniature pottery.
And, then here's the little quarter scale Christmas tree house. It started life as a papier mache box. I added floors and interior walls and furnished it with things I made from scratch or kits and also from swaps I received from members of a 1/4" scale on-line group I used to belong to. This is the only 1/4" scale project I ever finished (of the many I started...) And I just noticed yesterday that one row of shingles didn't get it's "snow" applied. But since I've had this for who knows how long, it mustn't be too noticeable so I won't worry about that.
Another result of the little get together last week - we had cheese fondue and chili, by the way, strange, perhaps, but tasty - was that they embarrassed me with a very nice gift certificate to the wine shop right across the street from me. And the wine shop was having a wine tasting event on Friday so off I went, gift certificate in hand. Feeling quite flush, I purchased two bottles with the certificate and threw in one more since after all, I was saving so much money. I brought them home, and like I always do when I'm emptying bags in the kitchen, I put them up on my pass-through to the dining room with the intention of putting them away next time I was in there. But for right now, I'm letting them stay there cause I really kind of like how they look. So, here's a picture of that:
And I cannot tell a lie - I'm in the kitchen a whole lot more than I'm in the dining room, so really I have all the labels turned toward the kitchen side, but the kitchen's so narrow I wouldn't have been able to get a picture of them from that side!
And that's all my pictures. I have all my Christmas shopping finished but none wrapped and I must admit, I'm having a hard time talking myself into starting on that. I'm cross stitching a dollhouse Christmas tree skirt right now and think I can finish that this week. I get to have lunch with three friends this week which will be real nice - that used to be a fairly common occurrence but everyone has been busy, traveling, etc. Oh, and the "occupy Huntington" people are gone, gone, gone!!! They were finally told they had to move all the habitation paraphenalia and they did without protest. They've been back a few times to just stand on the corner with their signs and yell, but not very often, so that is a welcome change.
And the most welcome change is that the blister on my eyeball had gotten quite large again and I kept thinking "okay, tomorrow it will be smaller". Well, after more than a week of that, I was about out of my head so I went to the eye doc without an appointment and said I wanted them to at least see it while it was so big so they'd know how it gets sometimes. And the doctor pricked it and drained it and the relief was very sweet. So I am religiously using the two kinds of drops I now have. And if it does get real big again at some point, I won't be waiting - I'll get myself back in and get it drained again.
I'll be spending Christmas with my three kiddies and their families and will probably leave to go over there next Monday or Tuesday. Then let the good times roll tra-la! I most likely won't post again before then so I will wish everyone a very, very wonderful holiday filled with the pleasures of family and friends.