Decorated for Christmas?

Ok, so I had big plans to at least start to decorate for Christmas this week and this is as far as I have gotten...

"Christmas 2014 Before 1" - McKinney, Texas
And there are still boxes in storage!  It's been a crazy week at work so I've been getting home late, but I have managed to decide what my theme, it's not really a theme, but what style I'm going to be going for this year.  I am thinking: a mix of home-made in 50's modern colors (i.e. the traditional red, green, and white with some turquoise and pink thrown in there) with some classic mercury glass and more old fashion decorations.  So I'll be using a lot of the ornaments that I have, minus the jewel tones and pastels, plus I'm going to make some new ornaments and decorations.
"Christmas 2014 Before 2" - McKinney, Texas
I'm going to see if hole punches will punch through sheets of felt to make garland (that's what the picture above is, the pieces of my garland project and some glittery ornaments because, well, glitter) and I've got some ideas for some paper ornaments too (with more glitter!).  I'm hoping to have a few things at least started this weekend, so look for those over the next several weeks.

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Our First Innovative Individual - Tracey from Diggin' It

It is no secret that I love Diggin' It.  MANY times I have said that I was going to stop by for a minute to check out the new goodies that are always coming in and say hi to Tracey and I have ended up staying the whole day!  The ever changing, always fun collection of items for sale aside, a big reason that I love Diggin' It and can easily spend an entire day there is Tracey. Tracey is hilarious and loves to talk...to anyone...about almost anything.  So I was thrilled when Tracey agreed to be my first Innovative Individual and, surprise, surprise, doing the interview meant spending the day with Tracey at Diggin' It!  YEA!!!
"Tracey Interview 2" - McKinney, Texas

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Coming This Week - First Innovative Individual Interview and a Big Question Mark

Innovative Individual, what do you guys thing about that as the title for my interview series?  If you haven't noticed I like alliterations, so...On Wednesday we're going to have our first interview, whatever we end up calling it, with my friend Tracey.  She is the owner/heart & soul of Diggin' It, the "indoor, outdoor emporium and local artists market," and oh so much more.

"Tracey Interview 1" - McKinney, Texas
And I'm not quite sure what we're going to do on Thursday yet, but I'm leaning toward Christmas something.  I'm generally not a holiday skipper, but I'm going to start decorating this week and I think I'll take you all along for the ride.
"Ornaments 1" - McKinney, Texas
Before I sign off for today though I have to tell you about my trip to the store yesterday.  First, I live in Texas, just in case you weren't aware, and Texans generally don't do well in adverse weather conditions...any adverse weather conditions, i.e. anything other than complete sunshine and sometimes even then.  Now, before my fellow Texans get riled up that I'm insulting them, guys, I am a native Texan too and you have to admit that it is crazy hazardous to your health to be out on the road when the weather's not perfect down here...and not because of the weather.  Anyway, we have been getting down to and below freezing for the past week or so and Saturday evening it started to sprinkle.  (I know you're all holding your breath now.)  Well, there wasn't much of anything to freeze overnight, so Sunday morning was fine, but the sprinkling continued throughout the day and I had heard that it was supposed to snow a bit overnight.  I didn't think much of it, but when I got to the store yesterday evening you would have thought that we were in for three weeks of bury your house/avalanche educing weather!  There were shelves all over the store that were completely bought out...But it was things like milk (pretty normal), frozen waffles (I guess for the kids, but...), turkey hotdogs (umm...), and onions (so confused).  Seriously, what are you people making?!?

*"Ornaments 1" is for sale through Diggin' It, me, and now various images can be purchased through Fine Art America.

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12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum

As I mentioned last week when I gave you the mini tour of my studio, I was invited to a press conference at the Dallas Arboretum last Thursday.  I was thrilled to be included on their press list and I'm guessing I got on their radar with my post about the fabulous Chihuly exhibit.  However they found me, I was very excited to get a sneak peak at this year's Christmas exhibit.
"Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas 2" - Dallas, Texas
The 12 Days of Christmas is a classic Christmas carol and the exhibit consists of 12 large gazebos, each one depicting a day in the song.
"Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas Rings 1" - Dallas, Texas

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MAST Tour 2014 Part 2

In starting Part 2 I realized that my title is redundant because MAST stands for McKinney Artists Studio Tour...hmm...McKinney Artists Studio Tour Tour 2014 Part 2, yep, that's some good grammar there.  Ah well, for the sake of consistency we'll stick with my improper English and move on to our second set of artists.

"MAST 2014 Funky Junky 1" - McKinney, Texas

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