|Hello. I am Angus and YOU are NOT !|
|Skulls on the porch|
|Anyone able to ID these blue berries?|
|More evidence of Crazy Archaeologists|
|Remains of Ironweed - several feet tall !|
|Lovely red leaves|
|Southern Gentleman, Fred( Astair, if you please!) at his leisure on the front porch|
|Still life with pumpkins|
|Texture and barn wall|
|Berberis at Jellico TN|
|Icy Berberis at Jellico rest stop|
|Winter Euphorbia in Katherine's garden|
|Merru Christmas 2011 from Tennessee|
Photos to follow once I have edited them but we are home again after a whirlwind trip to Tennessee to visit our daughter. The visit was brief but wonderful . The driving ??? Well, going south, it was horrendous- rain and slush and snow ALL THE WAY! The traffic was fast and heavy. Our return trip was generally much better although once we reached Erie PA, the weather changed from lovely to ugly again and I cannot describe the traffic ! I have never seen so much speeding and terrible driving - ever! The NY Thruway was disastrous . We were surrounded by huge eighteen wheelers and pickup trucks , all slopping horrid slush all over us . Wipers in use constantly. My poor husband deserves a medal . In the end, apart from a couple of brushes with near disaster, we are home safely and thankful to be. I suspect that there were a number of drivers operating " under the influence" . I am afraid I have NO patience for that. Anyway, here we are and happy to be so. Our return journey will be in a couple of weeks once the car has been e-tested. Guess I neglected to mention that. We exchanged cars temporarily so we could have our daughter's car tested for her as she is unable to do it herself.
|thw wrinkles are Tyvek|
|love the Fashion statement - just an accident!|
|more Tyvek and metallic yarn|
|looks like a little moon! there was a half moon shaped cutout under it !|
|veggie bag for texture here!|
|felt bits with hot foil|
These are for my family tomorrow but I wanted to share them with you before that as a little extra wish for a lovely Christmas or Hannukah or whatever you choose to celebrate . Love and Joy and Peace come to you and yours.
I hope you have a lovely family day together with those you care about. We have no snow but that does not matter. We are all together and that is what counts. We will miss our Daughter and her family but will be together with her right after Christmas. I cannot WAIT to see them ! Happy Christmas all!
Winter us here officially though you would never guess to look out the window. As I type, I am looking at the little watercolour painting my daughter did of the inside of Maes Howe In Orkney. We visited there together a few years ago now and LOVED it ! It was SUCH a spiritual place. Maes Howe is a huge tomb there where the midwinter sun shines along a long tunnel and onto the opposite wall. Standing inside that eerie tomb made so long ago from huge flat slabs of Limestone, our minds were boggled thinking of the engineering required to move those mammoth pieces of stone to construct this fabulous monument. When the guide turned the lights off inside the tomb, we easily imagined ritual ceremonies thaking place marking this longest night,the darkest part of the year where, because it is so far north, the winter days are short already. It must have been a terrifying place in those days. We are so lucky to be able to switch on lights and to bring cheer into our homes and lives. Hope the light shines in your homes and lives. Happy Christmas! If I can find a picture, I will add it but I did not have a camera of my own in those days , so.....
I KNOW it is Sunday evening but when I wake up tomorrow AM, I plan to hit the ground running, so, as I have the Green Inchies finished, here they are . Hope you enjoy them!
This is a perfect example of why it is some unwise to try drawing on a slippery surface. He was great until I realised that he needed outlining and then ..... So , here is one very green, but very messy little froggy with gold spots and a sloppy little gold crown. My bet is that he is a Prindsome Hance in disguise!
These ones were just a batch effort.This is jolly good fun but now I need the challenge of having to actually SAY something- and just in time for the end of EIM :-(
Maybe what I will do is copy the list from this year and just start through it . I only started with the Amusement one a few weeks ago so it would be good practice for me.
I have all sorts of these little buttons. I dyed these ones green-er, but I would have liked them even more distinctly green. Maybe a touch of paint? We
Can you tell that I like sparkles? I am part Magpie, I think- always have been ! I have a prodigious collection of beads and sequins and neat crazy little buttons.
Not sure what is happening here tonight. I am not getting these pictures moved when and where I want them. I did not want the last one way down there. Maybe I can move it. This is what comes of doing Monday things on Sunday!
Hah Hah! I DID it ! Now, that's better. I have a couple of yellow ones done too but want to try some different ones . Enjoy EIM - on Sunday PM or Monday AM!
We have been shopping for non perishables for Christmas dinner. It is a madhouse out there but we did it. I now have everything except for the fresh stuff and the turkey so I begin to feel relaxed. I still have almost 50 little twisty tin icicles to put onto the wee tree, They are so fiddly- and SO pretty. I shall persevere.
2011 Christmas tree. I love the Christmas tree. We have zillions of tiny little decorations which we have collected from all over the place. This is not a very good photo and it is so hard to get a good shot. I think you get the idea anyway . It takes me two full days to decorate it but I love doing it.
And here is the mantle in the diningroom . These guys
are from everywhere too.Some I have made, some I have painted but most, I have found in various places from Scotland to Germany. Mum's old Santa and Mrs Santa salt and pepper shakers are up there too.
Then , there are the zany dolls I have made. I WISH I could say they were my own designs, but they are patterns- Frowning Francis and Arley Berryhill.