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the finished Grinch stealing Christmas lights in the snow

The Wild Little Drummer Boy

My friend asked me last January to make some outdoor Christmas decorations for the next season. She wanted two separate Grinches stealing Christmas lights; one for her and another for a friend. (You can’t say I didn’t have enough advanced notice.) And after the last several months of juggling work life and domestic duties, I wanted nothing more than to bury myself in sawdust and just make stuff.

My jigsaw and I hadn’t seen each other in such a long time. We had a lot to catch up on. So there we were in the basement, cutting shapes out of plain wood boards, just like old friends who need no reacquainting.

I flipped on the radio because I needed a different tune than the one that was stuck in my head non-stop for far too long. You know the one. Read more…

cut pieces of wood, laying on a table covered with drop cloth

DIY Snowflakes and Christmas Trees

Hello, Friends!

Sending you tidings of great joy and yuletide cheer from the land of Unrelenting Wind. Sheesh! Can you hear that? I swear my pine trees are bending down to touch their toes out there. Speaking of toes, if somehow this wind gets really ugly and I land myself in Oz, I’m hoping for a pair of ruby slippers. I mean, come on. They’re red. Read more…

Statue of the virgin Mary

Like a Virgin… Sure, Who Doesn’t?

Here in the States, ’tis the season for local radio stations to interrupt their regularly scheduled programming to play songs, around the clock, about some old guy in strange clothes, entering illegally into your home, leaving suspicious packages for you to find. Hmm. It’s the only time of year EVERYONE loves snow so much, that entire ballads are written about it. And virgins! Oh, never are virgins as hip as during Christmas time. Everybody, pro-virgin or not, sings about virgins. Gotta love a virgin.

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