Friday, January 2, 2009

Bubble and Baubbles



It is rare that I make enough of a new item that I keep any for myself. This fall I spent more time than usual putting together "winter items" for sale at craft fairs and on Etsy. I am pleased to say I have a few snowflakes and glass ornaments to call my own at the end of the holiday season.

Our tree looks so lovely this winter that I do not want to take it down. I went a bit overboard on the lights this year. I used 600 miniature lights, a string of LCD lights shaped like snowflakes and 4 strings of bubble lights (a favorite at our house). Trust me this eclectic tree would never make the
pages of "Better Homes and Gardens". All I can hear when I look at the tree is my inner 10 year old child saying "Ooh, the colors are so pretty".

I wanted to show you the etched glass window hanging that I received as a Christmas gift from my mother and stepfather many years ago. The glass panel is recycled from the church I attended when I was a child and where my husband and I married. When our church was remodeling to modernize the building, the window panels from the 1920's teaching wing were saved for reuse. The church's Studio
Workshop and UM Women's group etched, framed and sold these at their fall "Harvest of the Hands" craft show.

Did you notice my cartoon self in the right margin? I saw this idea on Jude's Blog and just had to add my own. Right now I'm a couch potato, but wait and watch...I am forever thinking that I will lose all those pounds that have been sneaking into my life over the years. I'm determined this year is going to be the year I make it work.

Wishing you peace today and everyday where ever you may live in this world.

6 comments:

Bethel of Bethania said...

G'day Chris
That etched glass window hanging is so special isn't it - I love things that tell me a story especially a story of my life...
Good on you with the getting fit I started walking in May can't say I've lost weight but I am feeling a lot better ... all the best ... OOroo ... Bethel

The Calico Quilter said...

It's wonderful to have something as special and meaningful as the etched glass to have in your home. I think your Christmas tree is beautiful, too. My ratio for decorating trees is 2/3 ornaments and lights to 1/3 tree! Ours is pretty eclectic too but the ornaments have a history. I got lazy and bought a pre-lit tree but I would like to throw a few more strands on it, especially something interesting like the bubble lights.

Jackie said...

In my opinion, you can never have too many lights or decorations on a tree! Your is GoRgEoUs!

Thank you for sharing the story behind the etched glass. I love stories like that and I know this must be an extra special treasure to you and your husband!

Jude said...

What beautiful decorations, and some made by you... wonderful!
Now come on, you've completed the first move, I've been motivated by my family but we've put our 'mini me's out in public now, we've got to show the world we CAN do it....
I'm having a day off today, I'm shattered!!

quiltcrazygal said...

Beautiful items, thanks for sharing. Jenna Louise

Gwen Buchanan said...

Chris I think the lights are the best part of Christmas! gorgeous tree.. no wonder you don't want to take it down...

...the etched glass is beautiful... I love it.. and to know it has special meaning from a life lived before.. makes it even better...

A most Happy and productive 2009 to you!