Monday, December 27, 2010

How to create a Centerpiece/ Define The Day

First. Throw two old tablecloth's across a long farm table making sure they are juxtaposed. Find some ramekins from the kitchen and a string of garland that has been abandoned.

Add a stick and look frantically for something else you can use. Determine that she has brought enough limbs from sold Christmas trees, and start pruning the green stems from them and search for something else that adds interest...

Hummmmmm..... candles.

Add those, and more greens.

Distracted from your work, pet the pouting dog.

Add more greens.

Look at it and find fault. Thicken the greens and add ribbon. Hear Robin say, "It's beautiful!". Being an artist, it's not... to you.

Decide to complete it by 'enhancing' the ugly chandelier.

Whether you realize it or not, you've created a beautiful backdrop for a lot of people who were otherwise looking at a bleak Christmas, for one reason or another.

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Christmas Fairy has Arrived

For some reason Blogger won't let me access tenebrae, but it's time to leave the shadows anyway. Hopefully, this will be home for a while and you can stop jumping from place to place. I thank you for doing it, however.

Now. Where was I?


Oh, yes. A quiet Christmas tree waiting in the corner.

After a long day at work, this is what I saw when I opened the door.

The elegance and attention to detail is all Keith, but when I looked closer I realized he'd created it just for me. We picked a lot of the ornaments together, but there were some he had come up with on his own that he knew I would like.

I'll probably take some pictures later and tell a few stories, just for memory's sake.

But that wasn't all he had done. I knew SOMETHING was going to happen over the living room window...

and this is what it was....

I'll take clearer photo's later, but those are different colored bells, nestled in greens with beads and ribbon. I haven't used them in years....

And you can't have a mantle and do nothing with it for Christmas. Usually, we put 'His' village up... mine, now. But I wasn't in the mood.

Keith used the Polar Bears I have (you can't see one) and animal photos as a base. The lights glow and dim very quietly...

And I just like the picture below...

But, he wasn't done. He decorated the windows over the desk, but Blogger doesn't like them so I'll have to take pictures later.

And, not to be left out is the little fiber optic tree we almost had for Christmas. It's still up and we turn it on. But technology has nothing on a real tree.

But, enough about me and mine....

Jolie- You have some 'splainin' to do. You shouldn't have sent what you sent. I've cried enough this year.

And, I thank you for loving me.

Carmon- I know you won't read this, but your last news is the best news. I go to your place every day with hopes of a post, and for that matter a good one. I am trying to take the lessons you teach just by living and fighting into my self. I'm not always successful, however every night and sometimes many times during the day... I talk to the Spirits I understand and ask them to remember you.

Citizen- You are utterly female, no matter what happens. There are two amazing young men on the planet because you offered them a doorway and then ushered them through with love and respect. It's a frightening time for you, I know, and I'm sending you all the good Karma I can.

Hannah- I just miss you. And I'm damned proud of Robert. (But, I'm more proud of you.)

Pepper- Never stop posting. You bring wonder into my life every time there's a new adventure.


And I'll leave you with this....