Monday, December 22, 2014

Seeing Red, Part V

Our Christmas houseguests are about to arrive.
We're ready.

Wishing you all a Merry, Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seeing Red IV

All is calm. All is bright
Waiting for the Holy Night...

Junior's at his usual post.
 Waiting for a tasty bite.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seeing Red, Part III

Julenisse on the Loose!
I made this toy julenisse (the Norwegian gift-bringer) for our youngest grandson
and posted it with a tracking number.
The Julenisse has taken a side-trip to Forest Lake, Minnesota!
What? He's making mischief already?

Meanwhile, I'm wrapping packages for grandsons who will come for Christmas.
When they arrive and survey the premises for the first time, they always say,
 "So, Nana, which of the presents are real and which ones are fake?"
They know me.
 As a magazine stylist, I wrapped empty boxes to create instant Christmas sets...
I still do. It's an inexpensive trick for creating festive excitement in the house.

This year, there are no fake presents.
 Each red-and-white box or bag has something in it for the participants of
Grandpa Al's Busch Gardens trivia game.

Grandpa Al writes a trivia game every year.
 After candlelight services at church, we come home to rowdy game-playing while I get a light Christmas Eve supper on the table.
Postcript: Julenisse has moved on to Saint Paul.
Will he make it to Des Moines?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Seeing Red II

Target's red-and-white logo promises eye-popping styles and they don't disappoint when it comes to wrapping papers and gift bags. Also, the post office offers an array of packaging for sending gifts. Lines are getting longer to get my giddy up!

Snowflake pillows popped off the end-cap at Target
 as I whizzed by. Snowball. Snowflake. A theme is developing...
At Books-A-Million, I was promised this chevron canvas bag for $5
 if my purchase reached $25. It worked out.
My Christmas guests will be spotted easily at the beach!

Putting the finishing touches on handmade gifts...


Friday, December 5, 2014

Seeing Red, Part I

Call me the Queen of Affordable Style,
dime-store decorating,
and Christmas ephemera.

Inspiration for this year's Christmas decorating plan
began with a set of greeting cards based on Lucy Pettway's 1950s quilt called "Snowball."
 Lucy belonged to the Gee's Bend, Alabama quilting group.

Once I limited this year's Christmas colors to red and white,
I was off to see what I could see.

First stop, IKEA. Surprisingly, not in much red and white this year so we came home with sparkling pear and apple beverages and a couple bottles of Dryck Julmust with jolly tomte labels.

Would you believe? Red and white tissue boxes?

Ho, ho, ho!