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Truly Christmas 2013

We had our annual Truly Christmas event last night at our church. It turned out wonderful. Good food, good people and good music! The group that came to play for us was called Purely Acoustic. Three sisters who truly have a love for and the gift of music. It was a blessing to listen to them.

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I haven’t heard yet how much we raised last night, but our charity’s this year were One Roof and PTC Women’s Ministry. The Women’s Ministry makes heart shaped pillows for breast cancer patients. They supply several hospitals in our area.

My three youngest boys were servers once again, along with their dad. The boys fuss about it a little right before we have to head to the church, (I think it’s more about having to wear those ties! LOL!) but once there, they are happy and pleasant. Plus, they enjoy any bit of time they can have with their friends.

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They immediately head into “help” mode when it is over and help me gather my stuff, load the car, and assist anyone else they see that needs it. (I think it’s mostly so we can get out of there and go home quicker, but… it’s still helpful!) I thank them profusely for helping me out with the event on the way home, and they seem happy that they did it.

Guy and JJ started serving when they were 7 & 8 (I believe), so this is old-hat to them. This sure helps them out if they ever decide to wait tables for pay! Harrison didn’t get to start until he was 11, but this was his second year and he got to team up with his best friend Tucker. They did a great job.

My only regret (and it seems that it is this every year) is, not getting enough pictures. So busy greeting people and making sure everything is going well, that I don’t get to think about what I might want in a picture later. 😦

At least I got these.

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I only ended up having to make one snowman. And THANK GOODNESS! I never would have gotten them both done. It was a long and tedious process. A great medium for smaller projects, but just too much for something this size. Here is where I got the recipe Paper Mache Clay. Then I painted him white, sprinkled white glitter all over him, and finished it up with Mod Podge sealer. It’s heavy.

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The snowman looked pretty good on the stage, but ended up being kind of hidden with the various instruments of the musicians. Ahh well, Frosty will be there through December, so he will get lots of stage time!

Here are the 300 ornaments in baskets ready to pass out at the end of the evening. I did not have to tie all the red bows and stars on them. A special thanks to the other ladies that did that part! And a thank you to Becky and Branndan for helping fill them.

Learned how to do these here.

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I pulled my cabin out of retirement this year. Dusted it off, patched it up and fixed the little smoke motor in the chimney. Oh, and I got some hot chocolate scented smoke oil for it. Smelled wonderful!

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Can you see the smoke coming up the chimney?

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Mailbox on the cabin centerpiece

I had a nice group of ladies at my table and enjoyed the evening very much.

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Good times, great friends!

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Next year I will not be on the TC committee, so will have more time to spend in my studio making a new centerpiece. I am SO looking forward to that! 🙂

(Update on the studio progress coming soon.)

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My hair! I did an up-do deal. I had to watch about 4 tutorials to even attempt it. But for my first one… I think it came out okay.

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Now to clean up my messes and get ready for Thanksgiving! So grateful it went well and that it is over. 🙂

Maybe now I could hibernate through the rest of the winter. Please?

🙂

hi-d

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Merry Christmas To All

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Hoping that this finds you well and happy.

I am planning to be a better blogger in 2013!

🙂

hi-d

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Bringing in the New Year Celebration

Well, it’s here! Happy New Year!

I had the pleasure of spending my evening with eight great guys!

Don’t worry Ma… it’s pretend bubbly!

Of course I didn’t get to “hang” with them the whole evening, but enjoyed hearing them make yet another movie or two, and laugh while playing their Splinter Cell game (kind’of like our “hide-&-seek”, but with ninja or military or some other element to it. They are in teams and then try to get the “code” out of whoever they catch… whatever… I don’t know, but they LOVE it and have SO much fun!) I called them up just before midnight for our toast and to say what our New Years Resolutions were.

One boy said, “To be a nicer brother.” Oh, be still my heart!! Sure wish it were one of mine.

🙂

Welcome 2012!

Let’s be nice to each other now, k?

hi-d

 

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All the Presents Were Wrapped…

…and the bows in place.

The tree was lit up,

and there was a smile on my face.

T’was then that I noticed,

The destruction at hand.

A naughty little girl,

Had chewed up the land.

EVERY.

LAST.

BOW.

WITHIN.

REACH.

😦

The naughty little culprit.

Shame on you, Lulu.

You must wait for Christmas!

🙂

hi-d

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Read and Learn

I can’t help it… I have to share this. After collapsing on the couch today for some “me” time, I decided to catch up on some blog reading. I came across this post over at Peg-o-leg’s Ramblings, and laughed out loud. It sounds so familiar.  So, I thought I’d share it. And by the way… Dave and the boys have brought up all the christmas decorations from the basement… but after reading that and seeing myself…  I am not doing the tree this year. I’ve already cleaned the house and decorated as much as I feel the need to do! I’m pooped. And if they want the tree… they will have to put it together and decorate it themselves!! Just say’n.

Not against family decorating and all… but when they get to the age where they think it’s a “chore” for them… it makes me feel a little better about all the years past that I thought it was a chore! 

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So, go ahead and click on over to Peg-o-lets Ramblings and read the Little Red Hen’s Christmas story. It gave me a much-needed chuckle!

🙂

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Truly Christmas Centerpiece #2

This particular centerpiece was inspired from where our proceeds were going this year. We found out that the Red Cross has pulled out of Coweta County – due to lack of funds – and so the fire department was raising money for an Emergency Fund to replace what the Red Cross would do. The money we raised this year at Truly Christmas will all go to that fund.

So, I thought it fitting that we have some of the women firefighters and some EMT’s or even some firefighters wives here for the Truly Christmas event. Sadly, it didn’t work out for any of them to make it. The singing group, that came from Tennessee for us, sat there… so someone got to enjoy it. But I was VERY bummed that we didn’t have any firefighters.

The figures are all sculpted out of Super Sulpy clay, baked, painted and sealed. Baby Jesus’ face is from a mould. The base is a wooden plate that I bought at Michael’s Craft store. I drilled five holes in it for the acrylic rods to go threw. I needed them to poke out the bottom so that I could light up the rods. The rods take light up to the star, and in the star is one LED light that shines right down on Jesus.

I painted and sealed the wooden base, painted the bottom part of a hat box and glued the wooden base to the upside-down painted hat box.

(I am SO NOT good at taking pictures of my projects along the way. 😦 )

Remember… you can click on any photo to see it bigger.

Here are a couple of shots of it in the dark. I had to put it in the bathroom and set up my tripod to get the full effect of the star and rays of light.

It may make its way to the firefighters after all. Will keep you posted.

🙂

hi-d

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Truly Christmas Centerpiece #1

This year I made two new centerpieces. One was more of an assembly type deal, and the other one was definitely hand-made through and through. I also had another table that I used my “Woodland Christmas” scene on from 2008.

The centerpiece that I made for my first table was a giant snow globe. Well, that was the intent. (It resembled one anyway.)

It was “assembled” by first finding and buying a large round vase. It looks kind’of like a big fish bowl.

Then I constructed a base in which to glue my pieces for the snow-globe “scene”. I bought a round piece of wood that would fit nicely down in the bottom of the bowl. It doesn’t have to fit exactly, but you don’t want it hitting too high up on the sides of the vase. You want all the weight distributed as evenly and as low as possible. Don’t want your vase breaking and going all over the table! That would be very unfortunate. 😦

I painted the base with several coats of white paint, sprinkled with glitter and sealed it at least two times. You want a good indoor/outdoor sealant – so it can withstand a while in the water.

Then, I drilled a hole in, approximately, the middle of the piece of wood to insert (and glue) a small tree. I had found a nice looking plastic deer and two fawns, a tree stump with three squirrels on it, and glued them all down on the wood. Use a waterproof glue. I use E6000. It’s potent… so open a window – or get silly – whatever you prefer.

I sealed all of it again. Even the deer and tree. (spray sealed the tree before I glued it in.)

Now, I bought several bottles of Aqua Gems, Water Gels or whatever brand you have at your local craft store. They are in the floral department and look like a bottle of clear marbles. They are actually, clear (or you can buy colored  ones) little balls of gel. They feel neat. But the best part is that when you add water to them… they virtually disappear! Thus… enabling you to suspend items in your “snow globe”.

What did I need to suspend, you ask? How about SNOW or glitter! It is a snow globe after all! Anyway, just sprinkle away and watch the glitter fall onto your scene, but some of it stays on the tops of the different balls of gel. It’s really rather cool. Now, I better tell you that before you sprinkle in the glitter, you need to get the bubbles out. Either use your hand or use a long skewer to get as many of the bubbles out as possible.

If you can, find a bird to suspend in flight… that is the coolest part of this for me. But I couldn’t find one that matched my scale, so I made my own out of sculpy clay. Painted him, and then sealed and re-sealed him. He worked out just perfect. I should have also made some cardinals to be in the tree – that would have brought in some red and looked nice, but I ran out of time. You can make whatever suits your fancy, and put it all over the globe! Wherever you put it… it will stay.

(There is a little glare of light on his left eye, it’s not painted white.)

Just before the dinner event, I turned on four submersible lights and layed them on the top of the gels. They kept flipping around on me and shinning up, so I slid a piece of clear plastic (from some clam-shell type packaging) on the clip part in the back of them, and that kept them stabilized for me.

I placed a cool piece of cloth under the vase and added some glittery ornaments and snowflakes around it. (In hindsight, I wish I would have elevated the whole thing a little.)

The favors for the tables guests were their very own snow globes. I found these neat plastic snow globe bottles at Michael’s Craft Store. I put a little tree and a fawn in each one, some glitter, silicone, distilled water and bam… snow globe! Now… just a side note, I wouldn’t put the trees in them if I were to do it again. They kind of discolored the water a little. 😦 They still worked.

It was a very difficult piece to get a picture of. But you get the idea.

So…

I guess I’ll show you the other centerpiece in the next post, I still have laundry to catch up on, and craft messes to clean up, oh, and Thanksgiving to prepare for. 

🙂

hi-d

 P.S. Thank you Amy C for the good shot of this all lit up.

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