Good evening Wonderers:
I wasn’t sure if I was going to get to post today’s craft because it literally took me a whole day to put it together. This one might be considered another “c” word beside craft. A word like challenge or maybe even chore but for me I like to word chaos.
I over heard a neighbor talking about the neighborhood is “playing keeping up with the Jones’s”. I Had to think about that one for a minute and I decided to tell you about why I hang lights up for Christmas. I know I’ve told you guys about some of my Christmas memories before and here’s another one.
I came up in the 60’s and 70’s when a string of lights went on individual bulbs. I recently saw replacement bulbs in the store and wondered who still uses them? Well I wished I had kept up with the old lights my grandfather used to hang. Every year my Pop-Pop would sit out on the front porch and wash, test, and replace each of the bulbs on those old lights while smoking Lucky Strike cigarettes. He’d be making up stories about us riding in wagons visiting family and how Santa was coming to town and would use those lights to find the house because he didn’t have a fireplace or chimney. My Pop would spins yarns for hours keeping us outside in the Philadelphia coldness of winter while my grandmother made Thanksgiving dinner. Those lights would be up from Thanksgiving until New Years and they were never turned off, or went out or burnt out. He had so much pride in displaying those big bright lights even when everyone else went to the new fangled version. He held fast to the tried and true version until his passing. But I can still see him and those lights.
At our house my Dad would unravel lights and lay them across the living room floor and no matter what he said, somebody would walk by and step on them and break a bulb. In those days if you broke one, the whole string would go out. But my dad had the patience of a saint. He would just laugh and run through those lights until he got them working again and again and again every year. We lived in the first house on the block and he set the tone of the season and he was known as the “light fixer” and would help anyone light up their house. His lights woud be up from Thanksiving until New Years and never burnt out or fell down. He would pack blankets, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies into the station wagon and ride us around West Philadelphia to see the lights. He had so much joy into putting those lights up for us and still lights up his house every year.
Now here I am outside in 60 degree weather putting up lights. Last week I was so excited that I called my dad after going through the lights on my pre-lit Christmas tree. The middle of the tree had burnt out. It took me four hours to find the three bulbs that burnt out but I got them and my tree is fully lit again. I said, “Hey Dad. I feel like I just graduated from the George Stevenson school of Christmas light Repair!” Boy did he find that funny. He laughed and we had a long talk about Christmas past and I felt like I was right around the corner instead of the long distance between us.
So today I hung lights that didn’t connect correctly. I needed a grounded extension cord for some of it. Went to Walmart and got one, took down the lights and got the ideal from my dad to light them up first, connect them then put them up. Everything was in place and working when Alex gets off the school bus and steps on a string going across the front porch, although I told him to go up the walkway! I HAD to go BACK to Walmart and get another string of colored lights because I was NOT going to go through the string. I got them all lit again when for some strange reason a string of colored lights went out on the first shrub. I went back to Walmart and got another string of colored lights and put them up and now a string of white lights are out on the center post so I give in. I’m going to say it’s not the lights so they will burn until New Years but there is a short in the shrub. It’s not the lights!
So neighbor, in case you were wondering,
I’m not trying to keep up with the Jones’s. It’s way more serious than that. I’m trying to keep up with the memories my grandfather (may he rest in peace) and my dad (may God grant him a many more Christmas) left me. I’m trying to light up my generation’s memories in hopes that I’ll stay lit up in their minds and never burn out.
So for the 7th day – Light up your houses!
Until next time, thanks for perusing and have a good night.
Good Morning Wonderers
Day 6 – Make a Holiday Centerpiece
One of my neighbors recently did some tree trimming in his backyard and he knows I collect scrapes of almost anything for the musuem’s children art projects that I volunteer on Earth Day. We create art using nature. I had an idea for one small cut of a log. So me and grandson went to work on it yesterday.
Alex and I worked on this one together. When you’ve got wood you can get the boy involved. First we drilled two holes in the log. We then turned it over and hot glued a small branch the length of the diameter of the bigger log to stabilize it. These are the legs. We then shopped around the house for old Christmas decorations.
Alex selected garland. I went for apples and Redbirds clip-on ornaments. I purchased these birds from Walmart after Christmas last year for $.50 a piece. But look around your home and see what you can come up with to upcycle some stray things into one centerpiece. Here’s our results.
Of course it didn’t quite come out the way Alex had hoped. He thought we drilled the holes to make eyes for the log. Maybe next year son.
Have a great day everyone!
Good morning Wonderers:
For the 5th day of Christmas Crafts I decorated the trees. I literally just sang that!
I searched all over the garage for my second tree when it dawned on me, we only had one tree up last year because of construction going on downstairs and I threw the older tree to Goodwill. I thought about getting a real tree for upstairs, but then I thought about having to water it and vacuum up pines needles. I then thought about my dog and ultimately about the environment and decided to go artificial. The best time to get an artificial tree is Black Friday and since I missed it I’ve been on the hunt for a cheap tree. Well I found it! Not only is it cheap it was really easy to put up.
Simply Holiday Flat Tree. It is a pop-up tree on sale for $10. Originally $15.99 at Roses. I was doubtful that I would keep it after I opened the box but I thought it was worth investigating. Look at how simple the directions were. It was like hanging up my coat. This little tree already had lights on it too. Now let me say it is only good for an image of a Christmas tree but that was all I needed for the space I was looking for to put it. I may go back a buy one for each of the kids bedroom. I recently purchased a little tree designed by Ellen Degeneres for $35 that is battery operated that I must say I do love but not for 4 bedrooms. This is is much more cost effective.
For the 5th day – Decorate your trees. I made all of the bows and ribbons out of 12″ Roll Wrap by Celebrate It. My craft for today.
Thanks for perusing and have a good day!
Hubby finished his shirt in time for the party! Everyone loved it. That’s what I love about artistic people, they see art in everything!
And yes it was to have a Christmas theme. They all know I can’t follow instructions but at least I did draw what I want for Christmas – ART SUPPLIES!
On December 9th The Catawba River Art Guild Is having their annual Christmas party. Each member and/or spouse are to be bring a T-shirt to swap. The shirt is supposed to be artistic in some way. I didn’t remember if it had to be Christmassy or not so I just went with mines. What y’all think? Does it need more color? I used Sharpies Pens in black, gold, silver and cooper. I love their metallic pens.
So for the 3rd day of Christmas crafts- Paint a t-shirt!
Hubby is still working on his. I refused to do it for him so he’s digging deep for inspiration. I’ll update his whenever he finishes because I know your wondering what he’s going to come up with. Me too!
Until next time, thanks for perusing and good night.
I always knew my husband’s sports magazine would be good for something.
J did this craft. Being 4 it took her all day. So moms after school lets out for the holiday, this will be a good one.
3 easy steps:
Fold to the binder
Tuck the bottom in to make it level to stand.
And like J said, “Ta Dah!”
I had some left over spray paint and gave it a spritz of silver. I then put his magazine back in the bathroom where I found it. Not exactly how it was but exactly where it was.
Until tomorrow, thanks for perusing and good night.
You guys know I have been searching for a craft to make for the middle schoolers. Well, thanks to stitchinggrandma for blogging about this site. I have found the coolest oven mitts at http://talesofastitcher.com/2013/11/10/artful-oven-mitts/
You have to go over and take a peek! They are gorgeous. You know how I love colorful things.
Thanks Maria for sharing.
I know you remember I am a little challenged on the sewing machine but Prettyladybaby is coming to visit her mommy soon and you guys know how she loves to guilt. She can get me started and I’ll have plenty of time to get enough for atleast a class. What, I’ve got until the end of May. ;-). And I can make them feminine or masculine. How cool is that!
And there’s a bonus to all of this. Kerrie will be elated I’m sewing!
I’m accepting my own challenge. A new year. A new project. I’m so excited!!!!
I thought you would like to see what I’ve been up to and update you on my art classes. While I was down we got a new computer that I don’t know how to work. Luckily for me, my husband did get some Geek Squad package from Best Buy, my new best friends. (Guys your on my Christmas cookie list. :-). I promise!). I’ll have to tell you guys about what I learned another day but since I’m posting over my iPhone I’ll save that lesson for my first computer post.
My figurative drawing class is challenging but so far so good. Here are some samples
trying not to do the muppet face
Working on action drawing. I’m need to look at some other men. If I’m not trying to draw my husband, my man looks female.
Trying to draw my granddaughter.
This woman is in my head. I think it’s my aunt. I may be channeling into her artistic nature.
Crafts for the Christmas auction made from Dollar Tree wine glasses.
Candle holders. Only 20 more original designs to go! How’s that for a $1.00 gift? Candle sold separately.
Good morning crafty wonders:
As you may remember, I am Celebration Mom for 120 six graders. Im really excited to do this job and even though I have three grown children, I never had the chance to orchestrate anything but be snack mom at school. So I’ve got to go big or stay home! You might be wondering why I’m starting so early? Once again I will be on crutches for the holidays so since I’ll have a lot of down time I might as well use it wisely.
Now here is what I’m thinking? A winter dance? I will need decorations of course. I am also thinking ice cream social. Winter equals cold plus ice cream. Theme?
Now for the craft, that’s where you guys come in. At every function there is to be some things the kids can purchase with their gator bucks. I’m thinking but I haven’t come up with anything yet and I need to get all my supplies before November 1st.
Crafters, what ya got?