Nov 24, 2015

A Santa I forgot

Hello people.  How the heck are you?  We'll enjoy nice weather this week, and I think I will get the outside decorating done. 
I put a sprig on each door, no bows, and drop bunches of cut greens into galvanized tubs.  Boom.  Done.  I like the grapevine tree on the front deck as I did last year so that will be easy too.  As much as I would like a live tree there, it never materializes.  My house looks the same every year, the only difference may be which tubs are used.  Do you have a set theme and use the same every Christmas or do you try to do something different?
 
I did some research on printers and will pick it up tomorrow morning.  I hope it supports Windows 7 and there will be no issues with installation.  My current is out of warranty by only 9 months and they have already stopped making models that take that cartridge, and I won't be able to purchase it much longer either. I also stopped at the shop again and they informed me that they may NEVER get those boxes.  Their scanners are showing "not available".   
 
I found quite a few CD's from years ago and discovered many forgotten images on them.  One that I hope she doesn't mind my sharing, is the last Santa I painted, for Sampler Farmer Carol.  The online albums of her fabulous samplers inspired me to get back to stitching.  I studied them, made shopping lists, discovered new designers and old favorites, enjoyed her gracious tolerance of my questions, her help and advice.  I wanted to show my appreciation and was also itching to paint one more Santa (on gourd).  
She was involved at one time with Handwork and stitched models for Carriage House so I included those leaflets along with a roll of linen in a burlap sack.  When I saw the photo, I wanted to pick up the brushes, but I gave it all away several years ago when I stopped painting.  If I remember correctly he was about 7 inches tall, maybe 8.
 
Maybe one day in the future... but I seriously doubt it.  I am NOT an artist and without training, it was difficult and frustrating once the project became detailed.  I don't have that patience any longer.
 
We got our bird for dinner, a fresh one.  I was surprised to see on the labels that the frozen had 8-12% injected solutions.  The fresh had 3% and no antibiotics.  AND - I found dry cottage cheese!!  After years without a source, we will be making sweet cheese pierogis for Christmas Eve this year.  I tried with regular cottage cheese and it wasn't the same so we are thrilled that we can once again make them, first time since Mom passed.  Our Christmas Eve dinner was always cheese (and potato) pierogis, smelts, cole slaw, beet relish, and Christmas Day was the Italian dinner. 
 
I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.
 
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22 comments:

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

love your simple front-door decorating. perfect for me! wishing you happy printing....
L

Anonymous said...

I would say you are definitely an artist! I love your Santa's face.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Lancy

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I will be over for dinner! House looks fantastic!

Robin in Virginia said...

Nice looking Santa, Marly! We don't decorate much, but I typically go with the same. I like your grape vine wreath. Did you make it or find it some where? Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Love your home as always, so prim and inviting. Mmmmm, pierogis...Kielbasa, my favorite foods. Miss my Mom's cooking. I have never attempted making pierogis and I have my grandmother's recipe. That's all I need is another addition to my long list of 'To Dos'.


Hope you have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving...


Barb

Truus said...

Love the Santa you have painted -it is lovely!
Your decorations are inviting. My decorations for Christmas are always simple and almost the same every year.
Greetings Truus from Holland

Jacqueline said...

Your outside decorations are perfect. Clean and simple.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

C. M. Designs said...

Sending wishes for a happy, healthy, joyous Thanksgiving with your family.
The Santa that you painted is beautiful. What talent you have !
I usually have a wreath on my front door and garland and lights on my pole light...always red bows.
Charlotte in Va.

Farmhouse prims said...

I love, love your decor. It looks like something out of a magazine. And you Santa is awesome. I admire you wonderful talent. Wishing you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving. Lecia

Vickie said...

YOU ARE AN ARTIST MY FRIEND!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Carole Z. said...

Marly, YOU ARE AN ARTIST! Your painting, your stitching, your decorating, etc. and your kind heart to your family shows just
how talented and blessed you are. I love pierogies made with dry cottage cheese, sweetened. I also have a recipe for cheese squares (that's what my mom called them) that I make with dry cottage cheese, egg yolks, Carnation milk, etc. The egg whites are them whipped and folded into the cheese mixture. They were usually made for our Polish wedding showers. Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you and your family.

Carole

Cheryl Reeves said...

your Santa is wonderful. .you're an artist to me, making beautiful designs.
Love the pierogies too.

Melody said...

Your decorations are lovely. Your Santa painting amazes me. Even if you declare you are no artist, I disagree. You captured his eyes so well especially. I think they are difficult.

Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.

Mary said...

What a wonderful Santa, I have been thinking about from door and small porch decorating, I have not come up with anything yet. I guess it is time to hit Pinterest. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

debbie haggard said...

your Christmas Eve dinner reminds me of my polish Grandma. Miss her (and her cooking!). have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly, love the porch display, looks great...so does your Santa gourd, wonderful painting.Happy Thanksgiving,Francine.

Linda said...

Your door decorations are wonderful and NOT an artist That santas face is so real
Love him Have a Happy Thanksgiving
Linda m

jan said...

Marly, I absolutely love that gourd santa. I have a Santa head painted on a gourd (east coast, so not yours) that I bought years ago, and it's my favorite of the many, many santas I have. ...jan

Sweet Sue said...

well marly, i just finished prepping YOUR sweet potato casserole for tomorrow, it will always be on our holiday table, every. year. i like that it's just the right amount for a pie plate (from one can of sweet taters), and can be doubled depending on need, and super easy/quick ~ so thx again! happy turkey day:) xo

Barb said...

Your Santa is beautiful!! I like the simple Christmas decorating. Our neighborhood tries to out-do each other with UGLY blow-ups!!We do simple live garlands around the window and door and candles in the windows. I am threatening to try to have a "How to decorate tastefully class" for this neighborhood. My DH says no one would come!!

Margaret said...

You are amazing -- that gourd is just wonderful. No training, but it sure looks like you can paint! Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds delicious. Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!

Carol said...

You are an amazing artist and friend. I love my Santa and he is my favorite Christmas decoration. I know I never say thank you enough, but there's no way possible to tell you how much I appreciate the Santa and your friendship. Hope you're having a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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