Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sneaky Making

We are in the middle of sneaky making over here. Tasty things, fuzzy things, colorful things... It's one of my most favorite parts of this time of year. However, it does make it hard for me to visit this space and share what's going on, because the goal of this process is making surprises! Granted, most recipients probably already know we're making things over here, but at least what is being made will be a surprise... hopefully!

They say we're in for a gray, drizzly, and maybe even rainy day, which for me is the perfect weather to sit down with a project and work. Maybe with a fire in the fireplace, maybe with a third (!) cup of coffee. Yes.

So that's where you'll find us today, probably tomorrow, and maybe through the weekend... but we'll get it all done!

(It's a lot of work being a holiday elf!)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Right Now

Right now, I'm...

...wishing I'd grabbed an afternoon cuppa joe before I started writing this post.
...realizing that at this very moment, I'm perched pretty much at the apex of the holiday to-do mountain; I think I'm about ready to start my downhill descent, y'all!
...once again trying to cut back on my ambitious to-make cookie list... but I just can't decide, there are so many good recipes to try this time of year!
...feeling grateful for the handyman help this weekend to get our palatial elving project for the Littles completed.
...noticing I still have cedar-colored stain on almost all the fingers of my right hand... I wonder if Santa's elves have this problem sometimes, too?
...smiling at the rare chance everyone had to linger in pjs this weekend and engage in goofery of every sort.
...loving the sunny, bee-you-tee-ful weather we're having today, and the chance to slip back out to our project site and add a few more final touches, nap time permitting.

Right now, no cookies or treats have been made, there are still little gifty things coming in the mail, and our Little House in the Big-ish Woods is still needing work... but oh, is it ever good work, and what's left undone is going to be fun to wrap up! (yes, pun intended)

Happy last-week-before-Christmas, and happy Monday!

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Moment

Playing along with Amanda today... in her words: 

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Little Tour

I would say we're about 95% decorated for Christmas around these parts. I still have to figure out what I want in the middle of my dining table, and there's a mantle that's needing dressin' after a painting is hung up and out of the way... and I'm sure we'll have a few pieces of kid-project somethings that will find their way around the house. But aside from all that, I'm calling it done and thought you might want to let me show you around? Or maybe you'll just have a look-see to humor me, because darn it if this year hasn't taken the longest to date to get it all up, and I want some ooos and aaahs, people!


So come take a peek at what Christmas is shaping up to look like at our place, won't you? (say yes)

First stop: our Christmas tree, standing just inside the entry/formal living. We got a fresh six-footer from Home Depot (always live for us) and this year concealed it's stand in a whisky barrel. We had to rig a platform within the barrel to raise the tree up enough for the branches to clear the edges, but I really like the extra height it gained. I think the hidden platform will remain, even if next years' tree has a longer trunk nub than Stubby here.

We also have a train to skirt the tree this year, thanks to Nanny, and now that there is finally a tree for it to circle, the kids are pretty much 'round the tree every waking moment.

On the shelf behind the tree is a Santa my maternal grandfather carved, kinda as a little tribute to him.

Walking past the stairs, you'll see our garland (still going strong after 7 years) leading up to the kids' rooms where their little metallic trees stand out amid the piles on their floors, drooping with oversized ornaments and other things that have been stuck on (and to) their branches (you'll have to use your imaginations because I did not photo those).

Next stop: our informal family/dining room. Like I said, the dining table has yet to move to the 'finished' column, so we'll just pass right by it. What is finished is the mantle holding our stockings, decked out with reindeer cut from old Christmas cards and clipped to some cotton yarn. We changed out a few pillows, too, and tossed our plaid blanket over where our upholstery is extra... loved... and bam, family room done (thanks for modeling it, Rory).

In the other corner of the family room is our basket of favorite Christmas books, and the nimbly-bimbly Santa my mom made which gets tossed until he sticks somewhere, and there he remains.

There is one little nook ready to show off in the dining area before we move on- remember that framed picture (that's right, the super-glarey one you can see me in)? It is making it's first debut over our little cabinet holding our La Befana that my mom made when we did our Italian-themed Christmas dinner.

Peeking in to the kitchen, you'll see our beloved and sparkly Solstice sun mobile (remember when we made it?), made with salt dough, watercolors, and glitter glue.

Also in the kitchen: a new (to us) and growing collection of vintage mugs. I refuse to own the feminine, winking, totally creepy Santa mugs so easy to find in the thrift stores come May and June, so I've been slowly gathering the more benign and peaceful-looking mugs like these to make up our collection. I need one more, and I think I'm going to try to search for either a second snowman or something completely different like a reindeer. It's been kinda fun hunting them all down.

Lastly, on your way out stop by our little dry bar and help yourself to a Christmas bev, fancied up by the color-changing lights I had to wrestle away from the kids to tuck into the garland along the back splash (totally worth it).

So those are our decked halls, thanks for stopping by!

Now, about that Christmas cocktail..........

Monday, December 8, 2014

Right Now

Right now, we're surrounded by boxes and bins, pine needles, and the sounds of the Charlie Brown Christmas album. It's finally time for us to decorate and embrace what we call the "Holiday Season." Hopefully by tonight we'll have a bedecked and festive abode worth showing off, and perhaps later this week I'll take you on a little tour.

However, we're pretty far away from anything worth showing off at this point, so I better get back in to it! Wishing all a merry Monday!

Friday, December 5, 2014

This Moment

Playing along with Amanda today... in her words: 

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Leaf Season

I can't help but be awed by the gazillions of leaves that have blanketed everything- suddenly- and mostly in the last few days. It's like all the trees were holding out for some imperceptible cue, and then loosed their canopies all at once.

The curve in our driveway that loops under big old oaks in the front is almost completely hidden under a crunchy copper blanket. The vibrant green winter rye in our clearing is now broken up and slowly disappearing under swaths of muted browns. And every time I go anywhere in my car, I have to first put up with the purge of leaves in every shape that fly from around windshield wipers, bug guards, and pretty much any other nook.

I'm definitely set for chicken run bedding and garden mulch, though, so I'm certainly not complaining.

I also love how irresistible the daily fresh mounds of leaves are to my school girl and her little bro as soon as they set foot back home in the afternoons.

The weather around these parts may not always follow our expectation for the seasons, but the leaves never disappoint... and one thing is for sure: we love leaf season.