Monday, November 26, 2012

Blessed in Holiday Best

Oh my gosh, it's been too long since I've last posted.  Again, finding the time has been difficult, but I got up extra early this morning to squeeze in the time!  First, I hope everyone had a blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!

 (a zen-doodle type of turkey in my art journal, 
done in permanent ink pens and watercolor paints.)

Our holiday was kinda spread out, into the course of a couple of days, starting with a big home-cooked breakfast with my kids while watching the Macy's Parade...

 (Dear Son In Law found some game/app where you could balloon-ify yourself,   
so here I am, dressed in my elf-like holiday best!..  ha ha!)
Later, we had a small turkey dinner, just me and Dear Son.  Then, we had a big family get-together, for dinner at my daughter's house on Friday!  (Yes, I have to adjust to taking turns with the in-laws now, but that's o.k.)...  With the exception of setting the marshmallows on my sweet potatoes on FIRE, we had a wonderful holiday!  (Actually, we thought that was pretty funny, once we got over the initial sense of alarm, and the fire was OUT!..  No fire department required!  After scraping off all the burnt-black mess, I was relieved that the sweet potatoes still looked and tasted pretty good!)

Anyways, our Fall season has been a beautiful one, and we really are blessed in that it's stuck around so long as it has, I suppose...

 (Here is an art journal spread I did for a prompt at Artists in Blogland.  Below shows a 
removable tag, where I added a bible verse to the front, and some journaling on the back.)

But in the last few days that we've most recently walked our dog, it's become increasingly clear that Old Man Winter is definitely knocking on our door.  Oh, he's being polite for the moment...

Teaming up with his long-time sidekick, Jack Frost, they're still warning that their time is nearly here, with temperatures dropping, frost now replacing the morning dew, and the scattered flurries that have fallen several times now.  I find myself dressing in layers again, before I head outdoors...  The trees are starting to look bare, but oh how I love the smell of wood stoves from street to street, from random houses 'round about our neighborhood.

Back home, I breathe in deeply, that sweet aroma of home-baked goodies coming from my very own oven! 

It's tradition...  Every Halloween we make and decorate our Great Pumpkin Cookies! (recipe HERE.)

...And this year Dear Daughter (who teaches Spanish) and I made some Pan de Muertos too!..  a simple little treat, but delicious with my morning coffee!

Next, I baked some muffins for our Church Bake Sale!

  (Sweet Potato-Oatmeal Muffins, and Chocolate Chip-Banana Muffins)

Dear Son really loved the homemade cornbread I made recently!

And just look at the new cookie cutters I bought on clearance, at my local Walmart!  I'm such a kid at heart, and you just know I had to have them!

I can't wait to find the proper occasion to make some fancy-schmancy cookies with these!..  and while on the topic of princesses, here's another journal page I painted recently for a group art prompt.  She's a damsel in distress, who really didn't need a prince, or some knight in shining armor, to make her problems disappear, or for her dreams to come true!

Well, as the weather's gotten colder, I began looking to my patterns for some crocheted fingerless gloves, which I always wear over another pair of regular store-bought knit gloves for double the warmth!  Now, I have people asking me to make them some too!..  So, during my free time at night, I'm working on that!  I've been doing a couple different styles, but HERE'S a new pattern I tried, by Sugar Toe Babies.

 (So darn CUTE with the little scalloped wrist ruffle!)

Here's another pair, made from the same pattern; but without the scalloped ruffle, and I just added a few more rounds to cover right over the knuckles.  That's the way I like 'em!

I recently got a new cell...  or should I say "smart-phone"?  Whatever it's called, I can make and receive calls and messages on it!  Yes, THAT much, I know how to DO on it!...   The thing is, it's bigger than my old phone, so I had to crochet all new little totes for it... or "cozies" you may call them.  Not only do I make them because they're cute; but I make them for protection against dropping it to the floor, and then from the certain damage that would otherwise most-definitely occur if I just threw it into the dark and mysterious black hole which I call a purse!...  Of course, once I made one, I just couldn't stop there!

 (black, denim blue, Gryffindor-inspired crimson-and-gold, sage green, Twilight-inspired crimson-and-black, and pink)

And as you can see below, I even made a couple in peppermint candy-type stripes and colors, just in time for the holidays!

Well, that's about it for now, but I feel good to be caught up a bit!  This weekend I dragged out the boxes that contain the many "faux" branches of my faux-but-much-beloved Christmas tree!  I had a great deal of rearranging to do, so the job was never completely done by Sunday afternoon, like I hoped; so now my plan is to have it gradually up, lit, and fully decorated by mid-week.  From there, I'll work my way from one end of the place, to the other, redecorating my home in holiday cheer!  The radio stations are playing all the Christmas classics, and I'm starting to feel that holiday spirit!...   With all due respect to whatever you celebrate or believe, I just hope you're feeling it too! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Chatty Crone said...

Gosh it looked like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. sandie

Happy Crocheter said...

Hi Tina!

I love all your crafty things and especially those fingerless gloves with the scalloped edges. Thanks so much for sharing.


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

WOW!! You have been busy!!!!! LOVING your journal pages!!! LOVING those trees!!!!

craftattack said...

Great post, you have been a very busy bee. Love your zen doodle turkey! Hugs, Valerie

Faith said...

Lucy, your always so busy and moving about smartly...thank you for stop over to visit your old friend Ethyl..and talking bread with me...this is a keeper recipe I am thinking, on the down side if there is doesn't fit in the toaster LOL, I have to flip it around and put it the other side down...too funny....but good...I hope you get a chance to try it out...Did you notice the giveaway at my place for the..for the SharpCrochetHook & booklet...if your interested stop over and let me know...drawing is closing this week....

Leann said...

Hi Tina

Wow so much going on with you. I just got a smart phone too - I had one of those nextel walkie talkie kind for 10years, but it still worked. It's hard sharing the kids on the holidays with their in-laws I know it. Harder is not seeing our Texans. We won't see them till we go for the wedding in April :( Too long!

Enjoy all the blessings of the season!

Carolyn Dube said...

What a busy time you've had! I love the balloon photo! All those tasty treats make we want to get busy in the kitchen!

Audrey Pettit said...

Hi Tina!! Was so happy to hear from you on my blog this morning! Looks and sounds like you have been very busy but very blessed this holiday season so far. Except for setting fire to your sweet potatoes, of course, it sounds like Thanksgiving was wonderful! ;) Love all your projects and baking you've been working on. I think it's so fun that you dabble in so many different projects and arts. Your journal pages are beautiful. Really love the fall one you did, and your crochet goodies are fabulous, too. I just got a smart phone a few weeks ago, also. Loving all that you can do with it, although I still have much to learn! Hope you continue to have a blessed holiday season, my friend!