Tuesday, December 29, 2009

East Coast Blizzard of 2009 December 19-20

The East Coast Blizzard 0f 2009

Here in Connecticut, we didn't quite get the blizzard that everyone else got on the East Coast, but we did get about 15 inches of snow. And it came on the week end so we don't have a snow day to make up at school.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Around the House

Christmas Around The House

I thought I would share some pictures of Christmas at our house.

Tired Dogs
Reflection Of The Tree
Except for the crooked top a perfect tree.
Candy Cane Soldier by Diane Little
Sly (a Charleen Kinser creation) Guarding the Stockings
North Pole Village
Santa Hats
When I was talking to our granddaughter on the phone and said, Ho, Ho, Ho,
she wanted to know if I was wearing
my Santa hat. Christmas was so very magical for her.

A Small Poinsettia For A Small House
Creating A Gingerbread House With Closest Beast (a Charleen Kinser creation)Looking On

Country Santa, an original creation.

Christmas Moose

This Year's Christmas Cards

Christmas Card

This is our Christmas card for this year, a collaboration between Grammy and granddaughter. This was a actually painted last year, but used for this year's card. We hope to make it a tradition.

Making Cookies 12 19 09

Making Christmas Cookies With Aunt
I have a private family blog for staying connected with family and posting family photos, and don't usually post family photos on my Melange. But this was such fun, I thought I would share these photos. Our granddaughter was having a sleep over and I had bought cookie dough to make cookies. When I asked her if wanted to bake cookies, she said, "No, my Daddy told me I can't bake cookies". Later whe was upstairs with Auntie, and Auntie said, "I want to bake to cookies" and the response she got was, "me too".

And so it started out with a, "Grampy, look, we're baking cookies!"

And ended up flour hand prints everywhere.

Snow Day December 9 2009

Castle For A Princess and A Give Away

Give Away
I created this blog on February 3, 2009 so that I could participate in my daughter's blog ( http://www.inspirationflirtation.blogspot.com ) challenges. She has since gotten busy with other things and hasn't posted recently. According to my blog count this will by my 100th post. As I have seen with other blogs this is cause for a celebration and a give away. It has been a while since my last post for a few reasons: I have been busy with the holidays; I have been spending as much time as possible with our granddaughter, I have a day job which because it is teaching also translates into a night job; but most of all I couldn't decide what to give away. I would like it have been something that I made, but if I wait for that to happen, it could be next year before I post again. So in the interest of of moving on, I decided to give away the book pictured below. It is Making Gifts With Rubber Stamps by Sandra McCall. And if you are not a rubber stamper, the ideas can be used with other media. I will do a drawing on January 10, 2010 for the book. I will put every one's name into a hat and have my husband draw the winning name. To be eligible please leave a comment on this post with your email. If you are the winner, I will contact you for a mailing address.

A Castle For A Princess
At a recent visit to Barnes and Noble I found a book on craft ideas for a princess.
I had put the book on the stairs to take it upstairs before my granddaughter could see it since I wanted to collect supplies so that I would have what we needed when she saw the book and wanted to make something. Well, she spied the book before it made it up the stairs, but luckily we had the supplies for the project she wanted to make, a castle for her 3 inch high set of princesses. And of course the princesses needed a prince which Grammy drew with a pencil and glued to a piece of a paper towel roll. Our princess wanted him left as he was, no need for coloring. This has provided countless minutes (we don't do anything for hours yet, although this comes close) of entertainment, as the princesses change clothes a few times, go to to ball, get married, and then do it all again.