Monday, December 13, 2010

♪♫ It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! ♪♫

Which around here means it looks a bit like Santa's workshop EXPLODED. ;)

I've been busier than a Christmas elf these past few weeks; finishing commissions and last minute orders, trying to paint a few eBay offerings, making all the Christmas gifts (we're committed to hand made here) while trying to deck the halls a bit, and do some baking.

The first project was the dining room china cabinet, which turned out very festive if I do say so (try to ignore the hideous plaid wallpaper, hehe)...

I collect teapots, and these are a few of my Christmas favorites.

The stockings are hung by the, woodstove, with care. I'm not overly fond of the cutesy snowman, and have been meaning to cross stitch something with which to replace him for YEARS, but well...the best laid plans and all that. ;)

And tonight - the TREE!! The photo here is way too dark, but you get the idea - lots of glass ornaments and beading, with multicolored lights this year...

It feels soooooo good to finally have it finished, hehe. :)

Work continues in the studio as well, and this little guy listed on eBay this evening...

There's something so cute about Christmas mice, don't you think? Maybe it's all those Beatrix Potter tales I read as a child, but I'm having enormous fun with these little meeces. ;)

Next up: Commissions, painting La Befana, and baking like mad: toffee, bourbon balls, peanut butter fudge, sugar cookies and pizzelles for starters, and if there's time, thumbprints and Russian teacakes.

How about you?? Are your halls decked and gifts bought or made? Come on, make me feel better - I can't be the only one in last minute panic, hehe?!

That's about it for now. I SHOULD be off to bed now, but there's a meteor shower in a few minutes, and I'm not one to miss wishing on a falling star. ;)

Until next time, wishing you all the *magic* of the season!
♥ Carolee


Yalco (Chris) said...

Everything looks great there! Very festive. We just finished decking the halls here over the weekend. We tend to do it in stages. (especially with a new kitty this year) Still have gifts to buy for my wife. Feeling a little stressed about that. She's not a fancy gift gal, so I'll come up with something, even if it is last minute.
I love your painting by the way. The amount of detail is impressive.
Merry Christmas to you!

faerie enchantment said...

Your photos are amazing, such holiday magic!
Happy Holidays!

Lee said...

Wishing I had your energy! I can't remember a Christmas when I was so far behind in decorating. Makes me a bit sad but there is always tomorrow!
Thanks for sharing your pictures~really puts me in the holiday spirit!
Thanks for sharing!

PS Love your festive teapots-but I must resist-I do NOT need another collection! LOL

mermaiden said...

I have that same teapot! The white bunny with the wicker-like handle! And i love Beatrix tales, too. My 3 yr old is obsessed :D

Designs By CK said...

Your decorations and tree are lovely. The new painting is adorable!

Happy Holidays Carolee!

Chris :-)

Debbie Goode said...

"Magic", that kinda sums it all up does it not? It all looks wonderful!

Sunny Lee said...

I truly feel the Christmas just looking at your blog~

Linda said...

I agree, I love mice,and Beatrix Potter's creations were always an inspiration. This ones so cute, adorable, and beautiful decorations.Lindax

Rhonda Roo said...

you're doing fine. :) i know this because i am sitting under my tree, which i JUST finished decorating almost, and am surrounded now by tons of boxes and rubbermaid that needs to find its way back to closet spaces before my mommy goddess arrives on wednesday.

otherwise known as She Who Will Help Me Bake.

(in the nick of time)

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE your china cabinet is MOST inspiring!!! Love the berries and greenery and bunnies and teapots nestled all snug in their beds....

and trees with lights beads and glass just cant EVER be wrong!!

Happy holidays to you and yours!!