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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

I’m going to get my Christmas tree(s) this weekend. I’ve had offers from people to join me, but I think I’ll fly solo. I have a feeling I’m going to be quite particular, even more than usual.

Since it was decided that the family isn’t going to get together at my place this year, I’ve been thinking pretty hard about how I wanted to decorate my tree. I decided not to use the ornaments I inherited from Mom. Some of the ornaments are as old as I am, one for sure is older, and this will be my first year without having them displayed. The decision wasn’t as hard as one might think.

  • This holiday season is the 20th without Mom. It’s been almost as long since the family (and our holiday get-togethers) resembled anything close to what we were when she was here.
  • While the ornaments hold a lot of family memories, they also hold memories of relationships past.
  • 2015 was a year of growth and discovery for me. Retiring Mom’s ornaments is just another step forward.

Now… I just have to decide on final a theme for my tree(s) and go ornament shopping!

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On the Fifth and Sixth of December

I have a case of no-sleeps-for-me. Boo.

I’m in a store and I’m sing-iiiiiing.

Or maybe it was just in my apartment. I made a set of Christmas CDs for my family 15 years ago. A few of us lost our copies over the years, myself included. My oldest sis still had her discs so she loaned them to me so I could make copies.

Digital December, Day 5. Fa-la-la-la-la

Digital December, Day 5. Fa-la-la-la-la

Om-nom-nom.

The subject for the 5th was “tree.” I don’t have my tree yet so… I made a snackie tree out of mini trees for Freya. I even put a star on top!

Idea Room Challenge, Day 5. Tree

Idea Room Challenge, Day 5. Tree

Mooooooar Om-noms!

Pretty sure I scored some huge bonus points with D when I made him a huge batch of candy coated pretzel sticks. I have a feeling the whole batch (way more than pictured here) will be gone by the weekend.

Digital December, Day 6. Sweets for My Sweet

Digital December, Day 6. Sweets for My Sweet

Sharing is Caring.

Wednesday afternoon on my way home from Shawano I noticed the lake was starting to ice over near shore. Today on my way back I saw a bunch of geese sharing the edge of the ice. It was fun watching them for a bit. I couldn’t tell if the ice would break or melt or if they’D slip off but when the geese hit the water, they’d quick get back on the ice.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 6. Share

Idea Room Challenge, Day 6. Share

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On the Third and Fourth of December.


Mmmm Cake.

I mean cookies. I mean cookies called cake.

Ohhhhh boy. Russian Teacakes are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie. D’s sister is going to bake a batch just for me but I think I’m going to have to bake some myself. I’m afraid one batch won’t be enough.

Digital December, Day 3. My favorite Christmas Cookie.

Digital December, Day 3. My favorite Christmas Cookie.

 Almost Braids.

I’m crocheting a pair of the cutest hat for D’s sister and his niece. I’m just about ready to put the braided tassels on one of the hats. Here are the colors I’m using.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 3. Stripes.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 3. Stripes.

K-Cup Storage.

I LOVE my new Keurig. I’m so happy I made the investment. For days I kept my k-cups stored in their boxes but wanted a cute way to store them. One of my gallon jars will work great until I figure something else out.

Digital December, Day 4. I Heart My New Keurig.

Digital December, Day 4. I Heart My New Keurig.

White on White on a Tired Pale Face.

It is very obvious I got next to no sun this summer. I look like I could p)ay one of the Cullens on Twilight.

I went shopping today and these were part of my haul, my fabulous new winter jackets and a bottle of Door Peninsula Holiday White.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 4. White.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 4. White.

How ’bout those red lips, though? ;) Lip Mousse by Julep. This month’s maven box was all sorts of fabulous.

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On the Second of December

… we have art.

MkayBye, Stick Figures!

Just kidding. I’ve perfected the art of stick figures so I would never truly abandon them. However, tonight I attended a painting class here in Marinette by Wine & Canvas of Green Bay/Appleton. I went solo to the event because the few people I asked were unable to attend. I’m SO happy I didn’t back out because it was so much fun!

Looking at it now, there are still a few things I would change with my painting but I’m pretty happy with the results.

Digital December, Day 2. Snowy Moon.

Digital December, Day 2. Snowy Moon.

I love that the canvas for my painting is the same size as my “Mothers are the Buttons” canvas. No matter where I live I’ll always have the perfect place to display my artwork just by replacing my year-round canvas. Yay!

Back to the event itself…

I had the best time chatting with some of the local ladies. We all had our insecurities about our artwork but encouraged each other. When a few of the groups heard that I was there by my lonesome, they offered to include me in their group photos. So very sweet of all of them. I ensured them that I was totally okay flying solo but sincerely appreciated their offer.

One of the women I sat next to was there with her mother-in-law. The MIL was an elderly woman who lost her husband just 2 weeks ago. She didn’t like how her painting turned out compared to others, but I thought it was great. Her unsteady hand gave the painting texture that no other painting had. I tried to copy it on my a couple of my trees but failed. (Note the heavy white blobs on the tops of the trees.)

This is my happy faaaaaace.

My paint plate/palette was upside down while I pulled it out from under my easel but I caught the happy face immediately. I knew right then that it would be my photo of the day of the Idea Room Challenge.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 2. Joyous.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 2. Joyous.

And what a great representation of the evening.

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