I think this turkey is hideously ugly and not in a good way:
The turtles are fun. I'm assuming the artichoke slices are decorative.
I think the snake opens up to put something inside and the radishes(?) are decorative.
For early christmas presents, my parents got French mustards, chocolates and loads of empty gift bags. Kinda cheesy to send just the bags but my stepmom loves them. Plus my folks can be hard to buy for. I found a great place to order specialty pistachios, like garlic- and chili pepper-flavored, but now my Dad just orders them for himself. Bother. (By the way, I highly recommend the Atomic Hot Chili Pistachio Brittle.)
Anyway, these are a couple of the new gift bags I made using classy Hoffman batiks:Thanksgiving wasn't a big deal here. My husband and I went out to lunch for Lebanese food, which was good but nearly as good as Tabboule in Cairo. And then for dinner I just walked a couple of buildings over to get some yummy takeout Penne Risi et Bisi and Tiramisu for dessert.
Thanksgiving can be a hard holiday for me. My mom was such a fantastic cook and she always outdid herself for the holidays. I just know how excited she would have been for me to be living in Europe. And I'm feeling awfully far away from my family and friends. A bit maudlin at the moment, but that will pass quickly.
We did watch Bell, Book, and Candle with Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. Love that movie, although I hate how boring Gillian is at the end - the primitive art is incredibly cool. This movie counts as a holiday movie since it begins on Christmas Eve. And since it's about witches, I thought it was fitting for the last day of my Halloween decor. It's a very groovy movie with bongo drums and Jack Lemmon. And a much better movie with Stewart and Novak than is Vertigo although I'm sure many would disagree with me.
Yesterday I trashed the apartment taking down Halloween and putting up Christmas. Still have boxes piled up all over the place. What a mess. The sun is making a return visit, so I need to go out and soak it up. I can tidy up another day. I have several links for you and other things I wanted to mention, but that will wait too. Enjoy your weekends.