I decided to silkscreen my Christmas cards this year. And I had this little doodle/design stuck in my head. Finding time to do it... not easy.
But one day was just THE DAY. I didn't even clear off the table (always a mistake, where do you put the cards to dry?), I just realized I had an hour and could get a bunch done.
Burning the screen. Once that is successfully done the rest is cake.
The first prints pulled.
I had planned this to be on mint cards with gold ink. But... wasn't loving it as much as I thought I would, so I tried other colors, too. Pink!
Brown. That's the color I ended up liking best. The gold is very subtle on it (too subtle, some would say).
I had to make dinner - so I had The Girl help me print some.
As long as the gocco is out, might as well print up a handful of moleskine notebooks, too.
I tried to get a shot of the ink in the sun, it is shimmery and I like it.
So the design? Nutcracker! No wonder I had it stuck in my head! I tried to represent each part of the ballet in some little doodly way. Not loving these as much as the last time I printed my own cards, but they're fun.
These were a little harder than Costco cards. Buying cardstock and envelopes, designing the card, printing the card, trimming the photos and taping them inside... But I'm glad I did it. And now I already have ideas floating around for next year's card.
Always a fulfilling sight: the mailbox is full! Check and check.
I wish I could send one to all of you. Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Number of kids who wanted to go out in the snow: 1.
Number of kids who went out: 3.
Number of spiders found in boots: 1 0 (false alarm, whew!)
Working (she had to hitch up her dad's snow pants, as she outgrew hers by far!).
Not working (but I'm just happy he deigned to join us).
Working (on a snow fort).
Taking a break from working. She deserved it. She did most of our driveway, and then our neighbor's longer driveway! They may never know, since it's STILL SNOWING.
Didn't want to fight him on the gloves, we both agreed on mittens.
Someone wanted to go in, but just to keep him out for a few minutes more, I told him he could after he walked to the end of the street and back. Snowing so much I couldn't see him when he got to the corner!
We got our tree a little earlier this year. We all wanted a little extra Christmas cheer, I think.
And it's perfect.
Our 3rd year of the 'little tree' and by now everyone is in love with little trees! This year we picked out an alpine style one, which was the only thing our last two trees were lacking (style). So I am thrilled with this little tree that we picked out during a snowstorm for a steal.
We TRIED to scale back ornaments, because this beauty would be gorgeous with the bare minimum... but that's hard to do (so, yeah, the Star Trek ones are still on there)! Some new ornaments are some bottle brush animals from west elm. They are SO sweet.
And a couple new snowflakes, including this one, which is a duplicate of what the girl wore in her hair for her Waltz of the Snowflakes dance in Nutcracker.
I wasn't in the mood to get out the garlands this year. As sparkly as they are... they're fake. I hate touching them. And they're kind of a pain to put up, esp. on the stairs. But the girl was disappointed ("It doesn't feel like Christmas!"), so yesterday we worked together to put them up. And then all was right with the world.
Everyone was happier, so I guess I just need to deal with the fake!
So happy, in fact, that while waiting for Dad to get home from a late night at the office (boo!), I put on White Christmas (the ultimate in Christmas cheer!) for background, but ended up snuggled on the couch with all three kiddos, who were all so into it, that I just let them stay up late to finish it.
(Grabbed this with my ipad)
So funny because though it's a family fave, this year the boys actually paid attention to the plot for the first time! Way more fun ("Oh no, she totally misunderstood!"). And the girl had much to say about little girls too young for pointe shoes, and how hard Judy's routines are. This little girl, when she was 1 or 2, no lie, used to watch the Abraham number while dancing around, then 'AGAIN! AGAIN!' when it was over. So I'd rewind it (VHS!) over and over. Love her.
We have been busy with a couple of Christmas surprises, too - but we will have to show those later!
Trouble is definitely brewing at the old post office. It appears the yanks and rebs have joined forces in an attempt at better delivery times and customer service.
Little do they know, however, that the police have a plan and are taking their places. Poor Jim there, is hanging on for dear life because he took so long getting his gear on. Rookie. The other coppers had a good chuckle about that.
Will the standoff hold? Did the yanks/rebs bring any ammo? Will their getaway pirate ship work on land? Will customer service improve?
Meanwhile, in (blurry! Stupid night shots) space, barbarians have taken control of the space station. Captain Koko looks to the sky, praying for help before laying down her sword in surrender.
Our cute red straw wreath died. Bummer. It kinda did the trick from November - February.
I THOUGHT we'd have a new door by now. It looks worse for the wear since we ripped the storm door off last year. Last summer (UGH! Not even THIS summer!) I started scraping it to repaint, but the guys doing my siding then were like.... yeah, that's not gonna work, get a new door.
And.... we haven't.
But at least it's not a PLAIN old ugly door. It's a FESTIVE old ugly door.
Found the idea here. I sprayed it gold (it's what I had), and from start to painted it took about 7 minutes. No lie. This goes on my list of 'Hopefully I'll Never Have to Plan the Church Christmas Party... But If I DO". Cheap and FAST, and would look great hanging. I almost didn't even paint it, the wood looked cool, too.
But I'm glad I did!
Also, best observed from a distance. Our front steps are impossible to keep ice-free (it's a perfect storm) and are quite trecherous right now!