Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Later in the afternoon, we ended up at Pops' house with the rest of the family. But before we left, Cub and I made a pomander! I've wanted to make one since college, really! I found this clever idea for making a pomander tea light holder and decided to just do it.
Cub had so much fun pushing the cloves into the juicy orange...not to mention, it smelled heavenly-especially after rolling it all in a mixture of ground clove, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Wow! Right now, it's drying in a paper bag in our spice cabinet. It's supposed to take three weeks to dry.
And to top off The-Day-After-Christmas festivities, we took Cub out with us to see a filming of a friend's documentary, Books from Home, at the "hippie book cafe." (ETG, for locals!)
As we were walking back to the car at the end of the evening, Cub ran up to this statue and told me to take her picture. I like this photo a lot.
Friday, December 26, 2008
It turned out to be a most lovely Chrismas....One of those spontaneous events-that unfolds beautifully. After opening presents by ourselves, Cub and I decided to spread some holiday cheer and visit her Great-grandpa. He is currently at home on hospice care. Her Nana and two aunts were there. We had a sweet little visit with some tears, too. Aunt M. gave everyone a special keepsake gift on behalf of Pops this year. I received a memory box locket. I will always remember him for so many reasons. He was my very first visitor after Cub was born. He was not in great shape then, suffering the effects of Parkinson's, but he was sitting in my room when they brought me down from recovery. I always felt quietly understood, appreciated, and supported by him. A talented, professional musician, an artist, a thinker, a deeply sensitive and compassionate man. Pops, I love you!
Later, we went over to Cub's Nana's house, which was decorated beatifully. Candles and lights, music, and red everywhere. By the time our unplanned dinner took place, there were eleven of us around the table enjoying a delicious ham and so much more. Cub's Daddy finally showed-up, too. His boss gave him the day off. So he helped his mom with the clean-up before dinner and some of the vegetarian dishes, which were quite yummy. Lots of food, wine, conversation, and peace-making.
And Cub was a real trooper. She opened lots of presents, napped when she needed to, and kept us all entertained with her imaginative stories and games that she makes up; after dinner, turning each of us into an animal of her choice then taking a "photo" of us with her new magic wand!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable day yesterday...filled with magic and love.
"...A voice, a chime, a chant sublime, Of peace on earth, good will to men!"
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Here's wishing everyone a very joyful and blessed holiday.
May it be filled with peace.
Cyndy and Girl Cub
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
After daddy left, Cub and I did a very rare thing for us...WE NAPPED!
When we woke-up late afternoon, it was so nice to put on some holiday music, sit down at the table together and paint-up the ornaments. So much fun. I feel so blessed to have such a sweet little one to share things like this with.
I told her tonight, she is the MUSE of my being. I told her I never created half as much before she came into my life. Funny, I think she really understood that. She gave me the biggest smile and said, "Really, Mama?"
Now that she is asleep for the night, I will glaze them and when dry, thread some fancy holiday ribbon through them...raffia looks real pretty, too- for a different look. They'll be perfect tied to wrapped presents...a nice little "extra."
I've already hung some on our tree!
And here is some fudge I made in the quiet hours late friday night. I have to say, I've been a little more than afraid to try fudge again after a big disaster last year!
But I trust The Small Object and The Chicken and went with the recipe they use this time.
So smooth, so easy...
I'm very happy with the results.
I'll make another version and along with the cookies we've yet to bake, I'll put together little plates for a couple of neighbors...Maybe I'll even take some to work if there is any left.
We've been dipping into the stash!
Happy First Day of Winter and Happy Hanukkah!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
After wrapping some teacher prezzies, making, eating, and cleaning-up lunch fixin's, it was off to Long Island to visit my Grandparents.
Friday, December 19, 2008
cider (or apple juice). Stir to help along the melting hots.
When its sufficiently heated to your liking and the candies have melted completely, it's ready for you to enjoy. Don't forget the cinnamon stick!
Isn't it the prettiest color?
Yes, we had our first substanial snowfall today.
I took this photo out of my classroom window and my students made fun of me...of course!
No matter how old I am, I will never stop being fascinated by snow.
What are you enjoying these days?
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Ahhhhhh. That's a big Sigh of Relief 'cuz today we reached a verdict. Jury duty is officially over. I finally feel like I can get on with the joy of the holiday season. I didn't realize how much that responsibility was weighing on me until I walked out of that courthouse this afternoon.
Last night, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed by life in general. I was in need of what Nikki referred to on her blog as a "brainless craft." I tried to handsew during the television version of A Christmas Carol, but wasn't feeling it. So, thinking of Whimsy Love, I decided to finally give those button bouquets a try. Turns out it was just the thing I needed. All of those brightly-colored buttons soothed my soul.
Don't they have a cheerful qualitly about them?
I love that Ball jar salt & pepper shaker. I found two on ebay, for like, $4.00. I bought the buttons and green floral wire at JoAnn's. When this was finished, I tried really hard to think of someone who would appreciate receiving this as a holiday gift. Sadly, I couldn't think of anyone.
So I set this little bouquet of cheer in the middle of our kitchen table....And a certain little someone admired it immediately upon walking into the kitchen this morning.
The nice part is, there are many possible variations to this project...So many styles of buttons and jars and someday...I will make the perfect little button bouquet for somebody special.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I was up verrrrrry late last night working on the fabric napkins for Cub's Nana. Why is everything turning out to be more difficult than it looks these days? Bah-humbug! Even my little sachets are begining to give me problems. Truth is, if I'm going to do this sewing thing, and I AM...then I really need to invest in a rotary cutter, mat, and a good long wooden yardstick to make my life easier!
A Christmas Story
Christmas In Conneticut
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
It's A Very Muppet Christmas Movie
It's A Wonderful Life
Meet Me In St Louis
Miracle On 34th Street
Muppet's Christmas Carol
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Olive The Other Reindeer
Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer
The Great Escape
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Polar Express
The Preacher's Wife
The Santa Clause
The Shop Around The Corner
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
This nativity is making us so happy. Cub has been going over to the tree often and playing with all the people. That's why Mary isn't wearing her head covering in this photo.
Here's the whole set, backdrop, cardboard manger, and all.
I love Playmobil even more for this!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I stumbled upon a tutorial for this candy tree last night. I had just about completed Cub's felt tree (post after finishing touches), and was looking for Emily's felt trees from last year for some inspiration. I love them!! This candy-tree is a good idea, but it calls for t-pins to hold the candies in place...not great for my grandma who can't see, but an adorable decoration none-the-less. Have I shared how much I love gummy-savers? If there is time, maybe I'll indulge. It's just too cute not to!
There. I'm feeling better already. Tomorrow I'd like to share some felty-tree love and some
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The chocolate-graham crackers were actually pretty good. They were a hit at work, too. Unfortunately, I didn't get to photograph them. I'm concerned about them melting, though. So, I'm still exploring the world of holiday goodies. Tonight, I found these, Savory Spiced Shortbread by Sunset. I am oh so curious about them as I love Indian (inspired) foods. However, I don't know how friends and family will feel about them. Also, I keep coming back to this Peanut Butter Fudge recipe.
Again, I'll have to test-drive, but at least I know fudge will store well for up to a week.
Tonight, I think I'm going to take it easy and work on the Felt Cone Christmas Tree for Cub's room and definitely begin to wrap some prezzies!!!