It is one of those weeks where I have been working on Christmas decor, putting away autumn and deciding what can go to the thrift store. The house was a total mess for two days with boxes everywhere. This year, as I unpacked boxes worth of decorations and knickknacks, I asked myself if I loved it, or if it was just to add color / part of a collection / or acquired in haste. This crystal reindeer is very special, a gift from my mother many years ago. I found the little sleigh that is the perfect size at a thrift store about five years ago, and they have gone together every year since. This year I set them with red taper candles in crystal candle holders with greenery candle rings. I put it on the guest bathroom counter.
I have a collection of Santas that I do like a lot. Well, some of them. I asked myself, do I really like this one, or did I pick it up just to add to the collection? Seven of them will stay. Five will go. I display most of them on the Victorian corner shelf, next to the tree.
I got the tree up and decorated with our collection of ornaments, each one unique. One thing I like to do is put textured balls in the interior of the tree, next to the ‘trunk’ of our artificial tree. It adds depth to the reflected lights and gives you a little surprise as the ornaments are discovered within the branches. In this photo, you can see a red one just above the North Carolina ornament, and a green one deeper in the tree to the left of the red one.
I put my favorite Santa near the mini-quilt stand. He is so whimsical.
I am determined to reduce the amount of stuff, particularly for projects I now know I won’t do. Four years ago, I received a huge amount of wreath making materials from a friend and I have used a bit of it for charity wreaths. But the place I was making them for got a bit picky about what they would accept. More about that on my post Making Holiday Wreaths. Anyway, that year, I gave away the big tub, but kept several large bags of large picks, gold sparkly ornaments on posts, artificial flowers, and a few other things. But, you know what happened last year, no wreath making then either. Now my enthusiasm for doing this has waned, so I am passing along the rest of the wreath making materials to someone who would like to have them and would actually use them. More boxes of Christmas stuff went out the door too. My sedan was fully loaded, with the back seats down to accommodate all the donations.
We did a toy drive recently, gathering at the outlet mall for coffee and donuts on a really chilly day. I thought this row of really colorful cars was wonderful. I wore my white faux fur hat with a pretty bow pin with rhinestones on it. I know, I am such a magpie, LOL! I did get a few comments on it.
We found these adorable stuffed animals for our donation, isn’t the little pink hippo-unicorn cute? My Sweet Babboo liked trucks, so we got one of these steel ones that should hold up to kid play.
While we are talking about charity donations, a couple of months ago I saw a news story about a teenager who was raising money to buy wheelchairs for children in need. The idea was simple, recycle a product that most of us throw away and that usually isn’t recyclable – plastic bread tags. You know those little plastic tabs that hold the bread bag closed, and they come on many products not just bread. Danielle Cares for Chairs collects them, and sells them to one company that is able to recycle them, called Scarce. This is ridiculously easy, I just keep a small bag in the drawer in the kitchen, and throw the tabs in when I have one. Then I can mail them off when I have a bunch every few months. Do you have some of these lying around that could assist in getting a needy child a wheelchair? You can mail them to SCARCE c/o Danielle Cares for Chairs, 800 S. Rohlwing Rd (Route 53) Unit D, Addison, IL 60101.
For my birthday, My Sweet Babboo took me to my favorite restaurant in town, Champa. He told the owner, Helen, that it was my birthday, and she brought out this lovely dessert for me. The picture is not great, as I took it with my flip phone, but it was delicious! It is a mango cream cake with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle. Yum!! Helps to be a regular customer, as this lovely treat is not on their menu!
The Safelight Quilt project is coming along well. My friend Kathleen did the quilting on this one, and she really went to town! Gorgeous, isn’t it?
I did a bit of sewing this past week and finished the assembly of the red and white quilt top. I went with the mountain peaks setting. Mine will have a simple pantograph.
In the mail this week, I got a package of blocks from Suzanne D. I don’t have your email to send you a personal note, and I want you to know that your blocks came at just the right time! I needed 10 more to finish a top, and now I can work on assembly instead of making more blocks myself. Thank you for the helping with this project!!
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What are you working on this week?