my Linen-grad

And this is the a little something I’m making for myself!

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You know my Mom feels that culturally I’m more German than American. I look at her and go BWAH HA HA !!!! Because, no.  BUT it did occur me that I have nothing reflecting  those Teutonic roots, so here ya go! This is it!  Oh you scoff, but trust me, that little tuft of green that you can hardly see, that’s it.

I said that I was going to be trying new things this year, and this is one of them, I’m stitching on linen. LINEN. It’s kind of a big deal.  Of course, I’m scared to death “am I doing this right?” screams through my head. Followed by “do I have enough fabric?”  Still it’s fun to do something new,  unless of course, I don’t have enough fabric, if that’s the case … well such a rant you will read!

In other news, today I finished my Christmas thank you notes, and Dash and I are going to settle in and  watch hunky Don Wildman unveil monumental mysteries on the screen.  My Mom was thrilled to hear that Don Wildman was my tv boyfriend, because he’s totally age appropriate.

Putting the X in Xmas

You and your dirty mind!  I wish my life was that interesting.  

I’m talking about cross stitch .,, I have a few  projects in the works, I know, when I don’t I?  I have forgone the BIG PROJECTS as I get totally into it, and then overwhelmed, but I still want some challenges, so  in tghe next few days I am going to show you what I’m doing. 

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Actually, this really shouldn’t take me too long to finish. It’s a gift for someone, birthday maybe Christmas, although I am shooting for birtthday. Although, I am covetting a little bit – but I can make another if I like how it turns out 

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I like the jeweled tones and everyone needs a splash of pink, don’t you think? 

I’m also participating in a stitch a long! Stitching Lotus is hosting a small SAL, and I think I can handle it. You know just the possibility of a prize can motivate me!  It’s the first time I have done something like this so you know, wish me luck.  By the way Stitching Lotus is a far more accomplished stitcher than I.  She actually has finished Mirabilia projects, while I have the charts and my dreams. If you like crafty girls, check her out. 

All About Christmas Eve

We always used to “do” Christmas in the mornings when I was kid.  Since I’ve moved back home, my Mom has rescheduled Christmas festivities for Christmas Eve.  We all decided to scale back this year and Mom didn’t decorate like she usually does.

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You can’t tell from this picture but all the Christmas ornaments on the tree were made by my Mom from pieces of  crystals from chandeliers that she found in estate sales etc … It’s so pretty.

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I love that polar bear box! It’s has  a tin ofJager Sosse, Hackbraten and Garten Krauter which sent my Mom over the moon.  I’m sure the Jager Sosse and the Garten Krauter will make an appearance at Christmas dinner.

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This nativity is handcarved from Austria, every year I think about emailing the woman who is married to the carver to get an animal for the set, because  for being a manger there are NO ANIMALS.  but it’s a little pricey, and I back out each year, but who knows this might be the year.

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My favorite elves in the house!

Speaking of  elves, there were a couple in the kitchen!  On Christmas Eve, we do snacks. a veggie plate, a cheese plate with some ham, crackers, apple bread, and pizza cut into squares.

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So you know, Oma is a soft touch.

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Dash got a cute little teddy bear  and a blanket that he loved so much that he would not let anyone come near them. In fact, he wasn’t interested in any of his other presents, and they are going to be opened tomorrow. He was in a world of his own, until Opa started opening presents. He attacked Opa’s books,  the wrapping paper, everything. If Opa had it, Dash wanted it — NOW!

And here are a few things that were under the tree for me.

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Miss Mary Mack! I loved stitching this.  I think I liked the Edward Goreyness of the design.. My Mama framed it. Check out La D Da designs. They have a few things I like and might stitch in the future.

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OH. MY. GOD. How cute is this guy!

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And true to my PWT roots, after the presents were open, we partook in the annual scratching of the lottery tickets. As always I won nothing.

There was some wine,a game of rummy, as well as interesting conversation. Oh the things you learn when Mommy sips sangria and plays cards.

And that’s how we “did” Christmas. Tomorrow is dinner and a nice day with family.  I hope you surrounded by friends and family and all those you hold dear. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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An update on the little bordello in the big woods…

… you know, I need to own that name, but I fear that the web traffic it would attract would be disappointed to discover it’s just little ol’ me blogging about my dog, my writing, and my crafty ways.

It occurred to me that I didn’t show you a  few of the things I acquired at an estate sale.

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What every girl of Teutonic heritage needs. A kitchen witch. Actually two, because I need all the luck I can get.  I had a kitchen witch that hung from my kitchen window, however I passed it on to a friend that was having a hard time conceiving.  Not only are they supposed to bring good fortune, they are also talisman for fertility. No need for me to have that hanging around the house.  Now, I don’t know if just having it in the house is supposed to do the trick,  or if you have to do the deed under the witch, and I never asked, but my friend has two boys now.  She asked me if she could loan it to a friend who also wanted a munchkin, and again since I was not in need of one, I told her to pass it on. Now I wonder how many couples did the little kitchen witch I sent out in the universe help?

And prepare yourselves, I think most of you know that there is a certain amount of tacky that goes into being part of the little bordello in the big woods, but you might not be ready for this.

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I know!

Freakish!

Bizarre!

And yet I love it.  It’s hanging right next to the breakfast bar. Becky, I know you really love little plastic animals, had the deer not been porcelain this would have been your Christmas gift.  Lucky for you it started to grow on me, just like mold.

Wrapping with a ripper

The more i get to  know my Mom the more I realize I am my father’s child.

Yesterday my Mom went out and did some Santa-ing, and delivered gifts to a few friends. My Mom made an assortment of breads and yummies, and I not being a cook, bought an assortment of designer chocolates, Christmas ornaments, and when appropriate doggie treats ( Thank you TJ MAXX! Seriously, if your in need of stocking stuffers, chirstmas cards etc … that is the place to go. I am going after Christmas too. )   While we were visiting my Kathe, miy mother’s – and now my German friend, I learned that my Dad wrote a ahort story and had it published in a magazine. WHAT?!  My mother looked at me and said “Where do you think your talent comes from, it didn’t come from me.”

Another thing I didn’t get from my Mom? Her wrapping ability. Should you ever receive a gift from my Mom, you might actually feel bad about opening it, the presentation is that good.  Of course, I don’t beause I’m used to it.  My Mom looks for wrapping surprises all year long at garage and estate sales. This year I happen to know that my Dad is getting a gift with two duck calls as part of the wrapping.

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As you can see, I have barely mastered the tape dispenser.  I think that is because I’m a “ripper”. I try to be more civilized now, but when I was young I would be in a frenzy and didn’t notice  that there even was paper.  I think those of us that have a ripper’s heart, never  really master the art of wrapping.  I put lottery tickets inside the gift to make up for it.

Photo Friday – Comtemplative

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 This is the park that I go to for our walk during the week.  We’ve upped it to 2 miles, and I like to do a mile of it on my own. There’s a little picnic table next to the play area. I like to spend a little time there, just writing down things I have been thinking about – there are about to be some major changes in Closet Kitten. I have a character that’s kinda assy, but I love him and while I was walking  I got the idea of how to make him reoccurring.  I’d love to make my Ems into a series.  She’s got heart, she’s a sweetie – the only person stopping Emily is me! So this is the place that I did all that.  If you want to see  more Comtemplative, check out Photo Friday