Dec 8, 2013

A sampler and a song

Greetings to all!  I hope your weekend is going better than expected.  I have snow again so you know how crabby I am.  I did the sewing to complete my latest projects and then tried a little decorating.  Again.  And once this idea popped into my noggin, the engine started.  Decorate around the samplers and don't be concerned about Santas.  This is more me.
And I absolutely love this.  I took a large round mache box, covered it in one of my unframed pieces, filled it with dried fruits, and happy happy happy.  This is my gray tree.  All tin, or gray metals.

My other Schooler Santas were moved to the 3' tree in another room and I hung the heavy snowmen and Santas on the four foot. 
And my finish for the larger green Santa included a tassel for his hat and I added the recommended cinnamon stick bundle.

I woke up with a cold and plan on putzing with decorating the rest of the day.  Just when I put all the boxes away and decided not to do more, the samplers sucked me in.  Most of my smalls and unframed pieces are still packed away from the drywall dust but I will be tearing through those today.  I miss seeing Dorothy Allen and others. 
I may have three boxes for sale if Barb doesn't let me know by tomorrow if she still wants them.
And I received a fabulous package of Santa charts (some of your favorite Schoolers) from Connie.  Her generosity may spill over to you!  She asked that the charts I can't use be passed to stitchers that could.  More on that this week.
Thanks for the kind words regarding my cousin.  She and her sister live in Minnesota so I don't see them often.  She asked her sister not to tell us that she has been having some problems in the last two years and Pat honored that which is why we were so stunned by the news.
 With all the Christmas music playing, it's easy to have one get stuck in your mind.  Mine is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Sinatra, Taylor, Garland, Carpenter - anyone's!
I have my own version so hum the tune while you read my version.
Have yourself a merry little menopausal Christmas
Let your mood be blue
From now on, your hormones
have control and rule
Have yourself a menopausal Christmas
Make the yuletide fun
From now on, your emotions
tend to sharpen your tongue
Here we are in our olden days
Sane and youthful days long gone
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Now do fear us and move on
Through the years, we all will be together
If the mood allows
Hang a hormone patch upon the highest bough
And have yourself a menopausal Christmas, now

Here we are in the Santa line
With our wishlist in bold pen
Youthful dreams dancing in our heads
of tighter skin and estrogen

Through the years, we'll all become impatient
Fighting tears somehow
Hang a warning sign upon the highest bough
I'm having myself a menopausal Christmas, now

Back to decorating.  Maybe more later!
Enjoy your Sunday, stay safe, thank you for visiting.



Cricket-bug Corner said...

Ha! Love it! You decorate beautifully!

Jacqueline said...

It appears to me that you have done a lot of decorating, and with an artist's eye I might add.

The song lyrics just cracked me up.

Hope you get over your cold quickly.

The Evening Stitcher said...

Love the song, Marly! Your decorations are problem is I decorated around the samplers AND added the Santas! Wasn't going to do much this year...but here I am....constantly pulling stuff out and rearranging..Your boxes are gorgeous! Have a happy day!!

Melody said...

Ha! Love your lyrics! How creative you are! Your decorating looks fabulous. Love your look and style.

Hope your cold disappears quickly.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

I'm right there with ya ~ going through mentalpause right now myself!
love your decorating, (and your wry sense of humor)

Kathy L. said...

Love the decorating. I said I would not pull as much out this year, we shall see.

Great song oh so true.


Maggee said...

You are a hoot! So talented too... that green Santa with the tassel and cinnamon sticks--too darned cute! Your house is beginning to look a lot like a primitive Christmas to me! Great job, despite being sick. Which I hope passes quickly! Hugs!

karen said...

Love your stories, love your decorating and love your samplers!

karen said...

Love your stories, love your decorating and love your samplers!

Judy said...

lol...great lyrics! Quite the composer you are! Totally agree--the furnace is on--the windows are open! Husband is watching football with 3 quilts on him..I am in tshirt and shorts. Your decorating is beautiful. And the green santa is perfect.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Robin said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your decorating! I love the gray tree and the base it is in! Well done, Marly! And thank you for the laugh out with your mentalpause lyrics!

I would rather have your white stuff than the sleet and ice pellets we are having at the moment!

Robin in Virginia

CalamityJr said...

Love your decorating AND your lyrics! Thanks for sharing.

backporchcarver said...

Love what you have done with your trees, very cool.Got a real charge out of your "song".Really like what you did with the sampler and the box,with the dried fruit.

gracie said...

Wonderful the song! But I especially like the decorations.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your decorations!

moosecraft said...

Oh my goodness! Absolutely LOVE your customized version of that Christmas tune! Your decorating is perfect... just enough to say Merry Christmas and keep it cozy and happy, happy, happy!

Lanie said...

Love the decorating, Marly! And if Barbara does not claim her boxes, I would love to have the opportunity to purchase them ... don't even care which ones they are ... sadly I missed your last offering :(

Vickie said...

Ha! And I was wondering why no one writes new Christmas songs anymore!

Primitive Stars said...

Oh Marly, everything looks wonderful sweet trees you have. blessings Francine.

Kathy Gill-Hopple said...

Why a great song! So creative, you spill over into poetry! Merry Christmas.

C. M. Designs said...

Everything is beautiful and comical in your own way..
You just have a talent and knack for decorating simplicity which makes everything look "just right".
Please don't be sick for Christmas. Have a merry and healthy one.
Best wishes,
Charlotte in Virginia

Barb said...

Your song made me laugh out loud. When it is 10 degrees and I go out on the deck to cool off, I think I'd better watch to see if the neighbors send the people from the funny farm to my house!! I love love the decorating!

Chris said...

Your decorations are lovely. The trees and the oranges with it all.

Penny said...

I'm having another menopausal Christmas myself.... seems like it's been going on for years!! When do these hot flashes and mood swings end? And when do I start thinking straight again? (Not that I ever really did, but now it's just ridiculous....) Love the new lyrics!
Great decorating, Marly.... always so perfectly done!

Rugs and Pugs said...

You have such great style! Everything looks wonderful.
Love your menopausal song. You always make me laugh.
Just read your previous post. I am so sorry to hear about your cousin. A few years ago I had a cousin die of Alzheimer's and she was only in her mid 60's. Such a devastating disease.
LOVE the carved spool Santas!!!
Hugs :)

Faye said...

Gorgeous stuff Marly!!!! I'm playing catchup as I've been sitting at the sewing machine (happily) sewing for others.... And, I'd best get off this ipad seeing how my alarm will go off at 5:15..sigh :( But I wanted to catch up on your posts.... And can I say the Gray tree has me spellbound... You are a genius!! Using you run framed sampler to wrap around the base.... Great idea~ ok, I gotta sign of... PS loved the poem/song!

Carol said...

Love your gray tree, Marly, and the green PS Santa is adorable. I stitched him a few years back only did my usual tiny over one finish on him :)

I'm right there singing with you--what's with this sagging skin all of a sudden?! Ugh!!

Feel better soon...I'm just coming off a week of being sick myself.

Jean said...

Love the song and the decorating inspiration -- the mache box was genius! Hope you feel better soon.

Lida said...

I love your trees, but I adore your boxes and samplers, they are stunning! Maybe I can do something with my old boxes, must be possible!
Wish you a merry christmas time and hope your menopausal time goes by! Mine finally is!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Your gray (tin) tree is a huge hit with me ! Beautiful !

Angie said...

Marly, can I just say 'Thank you' for putting a smile on my face every time I read your post. This blogging you do is good stuff! I'm not quiet there....but gosh, the things I have to look forward to. Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

Marly, love all the decorations! You have a good eye and a creative streak for song lyrics! Hope you feel better soon!

Margaret said...

Your decorating is gorgeous! So many trees! Seems like colds are everywhere. DH spent the weekend being sick too. Ugh.

Simply Victoria said...

Your primitive decorating is gorgeous, especially the gray tree. Love the new lyrics - I'd be a mess without some herbs to balance me out.

Pam in IL said...

Your decorating is so lovely! Your version of the song is great and I'm gonna be singing your version from now on, lol.

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