Friday, December 23, 2005

more Christmas

Hey, how about that, we've got sunshine today and blue sky and puffy clouds - a real rarity here. It's finally gotten cold here, cold being a relative term. But our apartment's concrete block construction that is so good at keeping the heat out in summer is also excellent at keeping the cold in in winter. Chilly.

I've been good, tho scattered. I have three different projects I'm trying to finish up soon, inc one present that I've got to give away that I forgot still needed a bit of work. I hate it when that happens. I did a manic Gilmore Girls viewing and have now, unfortunately, finished season four. Boy I'm hoping there's a gift certificate under the Christmas tree so that I can get season five, which is already out. That's about all that's been going on here.

Just for kicks, here's a pic of some of our seasonal decorating. You'll notice our little tree is up high on a cabinet, out of kitty reach. I have fake holly branches scattered beneath so there is no place for a kitty to jump to - that's done an excellent job at keeping everything safe. The other kitty deterents are the soda cans that you can barely see mixed in with the glass xmas trees there on the right of the buffet. The cats hate it when they knock the cans down - ah the scary noise they're coming to get me - so that keeps them away from the tree as well. Yes, it's unsightly but you have to have priorities.

I was smarter this year and have the gift bags propped up against the wall. Last year I had them flat and Pokey insisted on jumping up there and sleeping on one large soft one in particular. She was small enough to jump up around all the "traps" I had set up.

Up next is a close-up of the Christmas tree skirt one of the Tentmakers appliqued for me. I sent one of these to my mom and dad this year to decorate their christmas cactus with.

And a couple of Santa Bobs to say hello. The short, tipsy one on the right is new this year. I was making him to send to my folks but fell in love with him instead. They got an upright, more traditional looking Santa that I made a few years ago (he's not used - he's been soaking up the atmosphere of love and giving...)

Tonight is a small dinner with a few friends. Woohoo. I was supposed to be making jambalaya, which I love but is a lot of work. Now I can put that off a few days and get back to my stitching instead. Ya'all take care and if I don't write before then: Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all.


Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Tonya! I don't know where to start! First off your xmas decorating is soooo wonderful! Can you come do my house!

But the xmas tree skirt is to die for! I LOVE it! I need to come over and have those tent makers make me some things - that is all just so way cool.

The bobs are adorable, everything like that you make is just too cute.

I do have a really dumb question - I'm going to show my world ignorance here. What religions are in Egypt? So basically do any celebrate Christmas the religion part? And do they celebrate the Santa part? And if they do what does an Egyptian santa look like?

The Calico Cat said...

Lovely vignette! (Those deterrents would not even be noticed if not mentioned. I kno what you mean though. I bought an artists metal Menorah so that the nosey cats do not knock over the Waterford Crystal one....)

I loved your comment about the gift soaking up love.....

Holly said...

And a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you too! Your place looks so Christmassy and fun, Tonya. I love it!

Hunter said...

Your decorations are wonderful. I, too, love the tree skirt. And that "traps" are not visible in the picture to me.

Happy holidays.


Granny said...

Tonya, looks very festive! I love the things you've had the tentmakers make for you!

Judy L.

Anonymous said...

Love the tentmaker tree skirt! And all your decorating...

It may have been warmer in Denver than Egypt for Xmas... It;s been in the 60s for datys, and I gotta say, it does NOT seem like christmas to me!