or the ability to function on less sleep!
since Thanksgiving, it's been pretty busy around here
because we have a whole new space to decorate for Christmas and because we brought 40 years of collected Christmas "stuff" with us, we had decided early on that we would open and go through
Every. Single. Box.
a process that has taken us a while to do
so far we have put up 5 trees and I have 2 other small ones to finish
and yesterday we took TEN boxes of usable Christmas decor to the local Humane Society's Thrift Shop and donated it
here is what we have up so far
the family tree is covered with hand made ornaments from our daughter, our dear friend that was just here visiting with us, and this year an ornament made by Mr Cute!
the Radko tree is all hand blown ornaments
once again I'm reminded how sweet it is to have them close enough to be part of our daily lives
there are a few more odds and ends to be finished, but the house looks like a Christmas fairy land
earlier in the week I packaged up this year's hatz and mittnz and shipped them off to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota
most of the hats in this year's box were made possible by my sister giving me a bag full of wool/mohair yarn that she acquired somewhere -- yeah!
right after the beginning of the new year I'll start on next year's batch, right now I'm knitting mittens for a name I pulled off of the local Giving Tree
I'm still marveling at how well the use of the silk organza over the background worked to tone down the color
just a few more of these to do!
this piece is coming along nicely
yesterday was the last of the MANY dental visits I've had since we got here -- in that time I've had 3 teeth pulled, several fillings, major cleaning -- the result of no dental insurance for years and years that kept me from going when I should have --- I'm really happy to be through all that, and now it will just be the ongoing visits for cleanings and minor stuff -- feels good!!
time to get moving -- there are still things to do, and I might even get into the studio this weekend!