I just realized something. This will be the 5th year in a row we aren’t going to have a Christmas tree. I thought it was the third, or maybe the fourth, but 5??!
I think I make Ebenezer look like Cousin Eddie of National Lampoon fame. Shame on me, but that’s what happens when you’re a snowbird I guess.
You know how I figured it out? I was looking at my past ‘wreath’ posts and the one from 2014 mentioned it. I guess blogging comes in handy for stuff like that. But I said it then and I’ll say it again, ‘there’s no direct correlation between my self-esteem and how pimped up my house is this time of year’.
But mind you, there IS a direct correlation between my ability to create and my self esteem, so every year right after Thanksgiving two friends and I head to the Berkshire Botanical Gardens (‘BBG’) to volunteer to make wreaths for their upcoming fundraiser (how’s that for a segue?).
BBG does a fabulous job of providing the volunteers with tons of materials that line the walls of a room about 100′ long x 40′ wide. You name it, it’s ours for the taking…acorns, pinecones, ornaments, gorgeous wired ribbons in every color and pattern imaginable, dried fruit, mesh fabric, feathers, pods, spray paint, all sorts of greenery. I could go on, but suffice it to say we are limited only by our imagination, and I think you’ll soon agree imagination is one thing the ladies who volunteer all have in common.
Case in point…
I put this next one together. I made use of some silver spray paint and sprayed some magnolia leaves and clear ornaments to bring some bling to the party, because what’s a party without bling?? Certainly not one I’d want to attend!
The wreath in the middle was made by my friend. She hand painted the inside of faux poinsettias red and I love how they turned out.
This is her signature style wreath. You can see the one she did last year here, which I think you’ll agree has a similar feel. She likes her feathers :).
Most wreaths sell for well over $100, so our time and effort is well worth it! Do you have a favorite?
it better be mine…
In other news…
Our very short Christmas shopping list is complete! We went to the Mall this week and got it done in one tortuous day. (Have I mentioned I dislike Malls immensely??) My gift of a new iPad came early. I’ve been
bitchin‘ complaining about my old one for weeks, so I kinda knew Santa would get me one, but I couldn’t wait. (Have I also mentioned patience is NOT one of my many virtues?). My old one is about 6 years old and was driving me nuts, crashing nearly every five minutes.
Remember when I mentioned I’ve gotten into chess? Well, I’d be playing on-line and nearing the end of a game and the iPad would crash. Of course, it was only the games I was winning when it did that. Or maybe I’d be commenting on YOUR blog, and type everything up, then it would crash. So I’d end up leaving you an inane comment like ‘great job’, ‘looks great’, ‘you’re the bestest’. You know, the kind of comments we all role our eyes at. (Come on. You know you do.).
I ended up getting the iPad mini 2. Don’t you just love how Apple designs everything so you need to get a new cover when you upgrade?
Oh, and I made some more cookies this week. One is an old favorite, but another is new to me and definitely going in the cookie rotation! Just what I need. More calories. They’re sandwich cookies filled with dulce con leche and covered in ganache. I’ll try to share the recipe soon, but in the meantime here’s a pic of three of them. Just in case you’re chocolate ganache challenged, they’re the three dark ones in the center. I brought these cookies to a luncheon and I’ll share the pics of her lovely home soon too. So much going on this time of year, posting once a week doesn’t seem like it’s enough!
Now go ahead and be a wisenheimer and leave me a comment saying ‘you’re the bestest’, ‘great job’ and ‘looks great’. I promise I won’t roll my eyes…