Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Also in the pile is the Documentary series The War by Ken Burns. Nathan and I only caught the end of this documentary on our trip this fall when we stayed with the lovely Katie and Mark but we both found it so interesting and wished we could have seen the whole thing.
My Paw is completely taken with Wylie's love and interest in history - especially anything to do with WW II - and so for Christmas Wylie received this boxed set of DVDs from my sweet grandparents. I of course promptly stole them for myself.... While watching them I realized how much I love this era in history and how much I love this sort of documentary, the kind with lots of interviews, pictures and information about how people really lived during that time, instead of just a long list of dates and places. And then I remembered "well, duh, you were a History Major in college!" and I had to giggle at myself.
Watching The War sparked a part of my brain I haven't used in awhile - or that I don't use enough, and I am resolved that in the new year I will visit the library more, discovering new books and documentaries that will stretch my brain and inspire me, taking the time to go slow and browse the many many rows of untapped information and inspiration and make room in my week for that perfect combination of silence and discovery... That is going to be my New Years Resolution!
What is yours?
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
The first is for a friend who adores Index Cards - she is a little obsessed with them by her own confession;
The gift included 2 sets of Index Cards and an old File Box that I painted red and embellished with Magnets I made from Punch-Out Tags that came in a Scrapbook Paper Kit, labels that I printed on Craft Paper and Magnet Tape.
One set of index cards that I bought had a little paper "holder," which I used as a template to create my own "holders" out of coordinating scrapbook papers. I thought they all came out lovely and best of all, she thought so too! I love to give gifts that are so very personal, only the person you are giving them too would truly "get it."
The second gift was a small shadow box I made for a friend who loves the stage and who also had a slight obsession herself this holiday - yarn and pom poms.
This is my little tribute to her talents, her passion and to her dedication to her work, her art.
It was my first attempt at creating a Shadow Box and I was pretty pleased with the result!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and for nearly a month Christians await the coming of Christ in a spirit of expectation, singing hymns of longing. Then, on December 25, Christmas Day itself ushers in twelve days of celebration, ending only on January 6 with the feast of the Epiphany....
on Epiphany (January 6), the celebration of Christmas comes to an end. "Twelfth Night" (as all lovers of Shakespeare know) is the ultimate celebration of Christmas madness (Shakespeare's play features one of his many "wise fools" who understand the real meaning of life better than those who think they are sane). Epiphany commemorates the beginning of the proclamation of the gospel—Christ's manifestation to the nations, as shown in three different events: the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus, and the turning of water into wine. In the Western tradition, the Magi predominate..."
Monday, December 24, 2007
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how, as the day had come,The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And in despair I bowed my head:
"There is no peace on earth," I said,"For hate is strong and mocks the songOf peace on earth, good will to men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.
"Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1867)
Merry Christmas dear friends.
May peace and joy find you this Christmas and all through the year.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
A handmade skinny scarf and fabric brooch made from a vintage holiday image.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Another thing I have been thinking on lately is whether or not I like the original Miracle on 34th Street or the newer (1994) version better. The purest in me wants to vote for the original. But to be honest, I think I am going to have to go with the newer version. And here is why; The colors. I am simply in love with the colors. The second version seems more Christmas like, more alive even, because of all those vibrant, glorious colors. And I love it.
Recently I was asked to post on our church's blog regarding some particular sections out the books Joshua and Psalms. Having grown up a preachers kid, I was very familiar with the 2 stories in Joshua that I was going to be commenting on, but this time I read them out of The Message - a more modern and easy to read translation of the Bible. Suddenly these stories that I know by heart seemed more alive, more vibrant, more full of color than they had since I was a child. Some people are purest about their church and their worship - and I understand this, I do. Tradition can be a wonderful thing, even vital for some. But for me, anything that can bring a story out of the cobwebs of my memory and into the light again is lovely and very welcome thing...
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
What is really funny is that she found this quiz and took it and found at that she is actually (drum roll please) Charlie Brown! Isn't that too funny?
So of course I had to take it. I wondered who I would be? Rodolph? Frosty? Cindy Lu Who?
Nope, instead I am Buddy from Elf. The goofiest Christmas character ever created.
But I guess I am kinda goofy for Christmas....
Sooo...Who are you???
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Hopefully the light will improve over the next few days and I can take a few more... Although, secretly I adore the gray weather because it reminds me of Juneau and my childhood there....
The Living Room...
The China Hutch...
Friday, December 07, 2007
I remember that my love of reading began in the second grade when I discovered Amelia Bedelia and then Nancy Drew. How I jumped from one to the other I will never know. Looking back, they are definitely not on the same reading level. But I remember reading them both that year. Maybe I was a fast learner...
I am also a girl (as you all are very aware) who loved old things and has loved old things almost as far back as I can remember. I loved that Nancy Drew drove that great vintage car and could pull off tweed and a headband so stylishly. I also loved Anne (of Green Gables fame) wore hats and puffed sleeves, and that Cherry Ames wore bright red lipstick and white stockings with her nurses uniform.
And so when I discovered Betsy, Tacy and Tib, in all their old fashioned flare, stuffed in the shelves of our public library I was in heaven. As a home-schooled kid, I visited the library quite a lot (something I am ashamed to say that my kids do too little of) and because I was the oldest of 4, and because my mother had plenty to do, keeping track of the littler kids and finding books herself, I was allowed to roam the stacks and stacks of books alone, reading everything from the biography of Martha Washington (you should read her eggnog recipe!) to finding hidden treasures like these gems by Maud Hart Lovelace.
I loved these books - and there is a whole series full - from the moment Betsy and Tacy meet, up until the time Besty gets married, they are wholesome and sweet and perfectly charming.
For years I have searched for them in stacks and stacks of books at thrift stores and in flea markets, but I have never found a single one there. I don't know if it is because these books were primarily regional or because they are so loved that no one can part with them, but whatever the reason I have never had much luck finding them. 2 Christmas's ago, my mom (also an avid thrifter) found a copy of Heaven to Besty for me. And lately a few copies have started showing up on Ebay, but I have resisted buying myself any because, well I don't have any little girls to read them too, and I wondered if it was crazy to buy myself these children's books just for me... But recently I threw logic out the window and bought myself 3 copies on Ebay . And I am very glad I did. I hope that maybe after the Christmas craziness is over I will have time to read these treasures. Maybe to my boys, maybe just to myself. But either way, I am glad to have them on hand, because (as Kathleen Kelly says in You've Got Mail,) "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does" and I for one would like to always hold on to a little bit of that childhood magic.
If you know a little girl between the ages of 5-10 that you are stumbling to find a gift for, who loves to read or be read too, I would highly recommend these books... They are just lovely.
(PS- for more info on the very cool history behind these books you can visit The Betsy-Tacy Society Web Site)
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I have always loved having real trees, but I do not like how full they are. How busy and bushy and thick they are. I never feel like I can see my ornaments, and that much hunter green is just a little too much for me...
But I love having a real tree so much and I love the hunt of the tree itself; plus I really wanted my kids to have the experience and tradition of searching out a tree each Christmas. So last year, after the fairy tree idea came to me, we went on the great Redneck Tree Hunt. This year we kept all our clothes on and did things a little more civilized... well, as civilized as we can be...