Day 252: Bookshelf Manger

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While decorating the house, Isabella perched and watched with baited breath. She was watching for anything dangling or low enough to attack.

She was very successful in stalking and taking down parts of our Christmas tree. We low a couple of ornaments to Isabella this year.
Thankfully, all the glass and fragile ornaments were put very high on the tree.

The tiny pieces that make up my manger had to be on some surface she couldn’t get to. The top shelf of the bookcase was my only option. Seriously, she perches on everything.

This manger came from my mom so I have a few special pieces included. When my mom was young she traveled with her parents. One piece in this collection is a hand carved model of Barry the rescue Saint Bernard she bought when she was in Switzerland.
I like to think there was a huge slobbering dog at the birth of Jesus.

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Day 251: Stockings Hung with Care

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Alright, so we’re not actually the country folk that have a chimney, but I promise that these socks were hung with care.

My Christmasy homemaker goal includes making stockings for me, Kit, Isabella and Tybalt. Yes, animals need stockings too! I haven’t fully decided if I want to make basic patterns and embroider fancy things on them, make patchwork stockings, or revamp an old sweater or pillow case into something fresh.

Can you tell that I have already been perusing Pinterest for ideas? I told Kit that it will be some years down the road before I feel confident enough to do this. A girl can dream for now though!

Throughout the years we have been together Kit and I have been slowly making our Xmas decorations more and more personal.
Mostly in the sense of buying or making ornaments for our Christmas tree. Short term, we want to up the ante on our lawn decorations.

imageThis Lego guy hiding in the tiny stocking is for our soldier adopted son who couldn’t make it to our house this year. He still gives us credit for helping him find Christmas spirit again.

Day 250: Cat in Lights

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Have you seen those pictures of the easy baby photography on Pinterest? I don’t have kids so most of those pins only offer a short “awwww, babies!” moment before I continue scrolling.

I did remember seeing these photo tips though and that is what inspired my own baby photo. Except my baby is furry and I can’t dress her in a Santa onsie!

What? You haven’t seen those baby pictures?!!? Well allow me to educate you. I  still think my cat is cuter.

Told you so.

Day 248: Fishing Box

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The random gift boxes and toys that come out just around Christmas are always a bit fun and strange to me.

This is something I probably would have never imagined on my own….Just think of the possibilities.

This could be adapted for a small child (more candy) or for a aspiring/serious fisherman (more fishing accessories).

Tackle boxes are relatively inexpensive. They have gummy worms and Sweedish fish in their tackle box. As well as some fish shaped hard candies.

The real fishing tools they have in this set are just two red and white bobbers. ONe could easily go to a specialty candy store and buy a small scoop of all the aquatic creature shaped gummies or candy and fill up the box. How much fun would that be?
From a not fishing person, it would be much more fun putting the gift together.
This would be a sweet as a father’s day gift or that little redneck kid you know that is having a birthday.

Thoughts? Creative or dumb?
I believe this pre-made kit was in the $7-10 range.

Day 247: Deck the Halls!

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This is part two of three of the Christmas Tree decorating blogs. Don’t miss the first Christmas Tree blog which features a sweet Christmas memory.
Once we got the tree indoors we wasted little time covering it in our white and colored twinkly lights. Shortly after we started hanging our ornaments.

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I made Kit pose for this picture a second time—Can you read he irritation? He is very much goal oriented and didn’t want to pose for pictures. The ornament he is holding is a hand painted one we got out West on our way to visit the Grand Canyon.

imageKit is also impatient in taking a million pictures of me looking dumb in front of the tree. I really wanted a picture of me decorating the tree, but none of them them looked quite right.

We were watching Frosty the Snowman while we decorated the tree. By this time both Frosty and Frosty returns had played through so I switched it to spoken Spanish and played it again.

This is part of our December Adventivities project.