I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Drear December

drear Synonyms. Synonyms. black, bleak, cheerless, chill, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening.

It's mid- December, a quick Saturday check-in, dear friends, before I begin making my snowflake cookies. Yesterday morning my friend L decided she needed new pillows for her arriving houseguests.  It was very cold and dark, but we're brave winter beach girls [or so we pretend].

We hustled off to the big Target, hoping to beat the third snowstorm of the year. One of those December days that never really get light.

The ride over the bay and bridges was so interesting, so silver grey and monochrome.

Winter: summer view at end of post

So dreary and full of impending dark and snow.

Note the snow covered beach on the left, from the previous storm.

I stood in line with a woman who was buying at least 50 bags and boxes of Christmas candy. I was dying to ask her Why? but was afraid I'd offend her if her lonely holiday plans were for a Netflix binge and comfort candy. I buy a box of candy canes every year, just--because. No one eats them, of course.

We made it home to my house just as the first snowflakes blanketed the beach and sidewalks.

Mo and I stayed in. He wore his red Christmas sweater, I  wrote my Christmas cards (just 12 this year!) and sipped a cup of very hot Earl Grey tea. We watched the snow swirl in the streetlights and cover the deck. Far more than the ''snow showers'' being mentioned on the local news!

We didn't venture out until this morning.  Mo pranced around happily.

I admired the brilliant red and green holly. No wonder it is one of the main symbols of the Christmas season!

Oddly everyone's bright yellow forsythia is blooming in the snow and cold. Confused!

And we found one last red autumn leaf.  Fall is over! The solstice is in a few days...

Have a good weekend!



gone to the beach....


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Keeping Busy ~ Santa's Workshop

Hello, everyone! Omg, it is sooo cold. Global warming is gonna be a hard sell, with such frigid temps so early in December. I had to wear my hated heavy winter parka all week!It is so hard to zip and must weigh 40 pounds! And this is the second time I had to dig out my car from the snow. Already!

Mo flat refused to go out again this afternoon for his dinner walk. He seems fine with his potty stations, one on the deck, one indoors. He doesn't like to ''go'' indoors but I have taught him because I  cannot walk him safely in bad stormy weather.

 Here he is channeling his inner ''Doug the Pug, media star''! [Doug often wears human beanie hats and looks sad.] Great hat, from Mel.

I finished my big custom etsy order. My client is headed off to Europe for the holidays. Isn't that  fun!
I sat down and gathered the scraps from that project and pieced together the bits to form a few  Nordic Christmas Hearts.

I love them.

I always enjoy the cobbled-together hearts, the ones made with tiny but loved bits and trim-offs, the most of anything I make.

These are already wrapped, but can be opened and scented if anyone wants that. I often offer the choice: scent or no scent, as many are allergic or sensitive to fragrances. If I add scent I use all organic essential botanical oils.

I also quickly added a magnet and a great button to my little thrifted crescent dish. Plus a sweet strawberry. Fun if someone has a sewer or quilter who needs a last minute gift.

I have decided  to test the eBay waters again and list a few of my collection of prim Pennsylvania cooky cutters. This is a scissors! So Rare!

And I know foxes are popular right now. Not my fave critter, though, so I will maybe part with my Fox cutter.

I do not specifically know the dates of these cooky cutters but they're old and handcrafted and while in great condition, they are intrinsically primitive. I found them in a grungy cooky tin at the flea years ago, a few modern and even plastic cutters mixed in. The seller said  that he bought them in PA, end of info. NY flea dealers are NOT chatty, ha ha.

That's it for Christmas, except a few gifts to finish. I'm a bit sad and annoyed this year, I miss my parents, my kids are growing up, and so on. Most of my decorations are ''lost '' under my bed, as I cannot lift the mattress to open the storage space. And to add insult to injury, I saw a doctor yesterday who had the nerve to tell me I should exercise more. A year ago I couldn't walk at all unaided or bend or lift anything, could barely stand---and he is not the doctor who is treating my inflammatory issues, but just an insurance primary care shill. I was beyond mad, what does he know? To walk Mo twice a day is a miracle to me. I was crushed to be criticized like that. [sorry, just had to vent!]

So back to fun stuff! I linked my etsy shop to FB. Will that be an obnoxious mistake? Or good merchandising?  I'll see!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas holiday season!



gone to the beach....

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Christmas Nursery

Happy Monday! Yesterday I went to the flower shop on the mainland. As you all know I love their decorations and festive atmosphere.

Some wise old sage said, "Choose your companions wisely." I thought anyone who celebrates Christmas would enjoy a stroll through this pine scented wonderland.

But no, quite a bit of Bah Humbug emerged, punctuated with yawns. Isn't that disappointing! So sad. Anyway, I found some pretties to share with you, even though we only spent a few minutes.

Seashells and lobsters! I was able to replace my white mermaid who broke.

Margaritaville Santa!

 My favorite thing about their coastal tree[s], beside the HUGE surfboards stuck in at random], is the wall behind painted deep lagoon turquoise to set off the theme.

 Note the chic plastic Goose!

And a pine branch Gnome! Adorable!

Snowmen are popular this year.

My artist friend on FB, Michelle Pooler/ Olde Farmhouse Simples makes snowballs like these! Hers are delightful and a very fun project.  [Let me know if you want to try to make some, I'll ask if I can share somehow.click HERE]

I love the snowballs made into snowmen too! Cuties, looks easy.

Mel and I want to make ornaments that are pawprints, or in her case since her kitties may not cooperate, she may make grandbabies' hand prints. I saw a kit at Marshall's that was 6.99 for one little paw disk. I'm sure I have air dry clay to use instead, or could make a dough with Elmer's and flour? Some glitter? Do you love and cherish homemade ornaments or are you a big bucks C Radko person? Maybe both?

Speaking of paws, I was excited that the nursery has Pet Santa days! Sunday was the final day and I wasn't in the mood to dig out my car to go back with Mo. But for sure next year! How fun. I bet Mo will love Santa!

My friend L and I were all enthused to go to the Early 1800s restoration village here, for their candlelit evening walk and market. [obviously Not Williamsburg purists here, since I doubt Kringle markets with made in China baubles were common in 1810. But anyway.] So we called to make reservations and the docent manning the phone was sooooo discouraging! "It's reeeally dark," she whispered. "And so cold and muddy! Wear rubber boots, bring flashlights!" L looked horrified. I laughed and laughed. Needless to say, we did not yet buy tickets. I have to work on her a bit,  promise her warming toddies and hot soup afterwards. Or--Mexican!

Have a fun and festive week! Don't let the bah-humbuggers get you down.



gone to the beach....

PS Mo's pics are from last year but we'll have some new ones soon!