Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Did you know it is almost Christmas?  Then the end of the year?  Seems like only about twelve months ago we were doing the same thing!

No matter what your Christmas plans are, I hope that your travels are safe and your days joyful.

Merry Christmas!
From the workshop of metal trees and red gift tags.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December Distractions

I am focusing on Christmas preparations, I really am.  But, I am also easily distracted and often wander off doing other things. 

In a previous post, I showed a stamp I carved which was a pattern from a Kleenex box.  The pattern on the box actually had two designs and I only carved one of them.  A few days later, after looking at the other pattern off and on, I carved that one too, which is a reverse of the first pattern.  I had fun stamping out a page using the two stamps and different inks.
 I also stamped one of the designs on brown kraft paper.  It would probably look better if (a) I could carve a symmetric design, and (b) I could stamp in a straight line. 
I also tinkered with something Christmassy for addressing envelopes for Christmas cards.
Last but not least, one of my favorite things every year is receiving a Christmas letter from a faraway friend.  Every year she stamps/writes the letter in rebus form.  I cannot believe how she has outdone herself year after year.  It is such a hoot to sit down and figure out what her letter says.  I always take it with me when I go visit family and it has become one of our most fun traditions to laugh at everyone's wrong guesses until the whole thing is solved.  If there was a rebus Christmas letter hall of fame, she would be the main rock star there.
This might have been posted sooner except for the fact that when I took all the pictures, my camera card was in the slot on my computer and not in my camera.  One might say, doesn't your camera have a message on the screen that says no card is there.  Yes, it does.  But since this is about December distractions, all I can say is, I was too distracted to know the card was not in the camera, and I totally missed the message on the camera screen.  I hope I am less distracted in the new year.  I might be much more productive!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Magnetic Field over my House

Happy December (nine days in already?)

I don't know if there is a magnetic field over my house or if solar flares are bombarding me... but I have had electronic issues most of the year.  The latest was when my computer died. So I had to get a new computer and learn new things (like trying to figure out what new names they now call my old programs.. sigh...)  I don't even want to go into it all, but I am plodding along, trying to return things to normal, trying to re-establish files, pictures, music, etc.

But what I do know for sure is that this is a great time of year.  Because people drive around with reindeer antlers on their car and no one thinks it is odd at all.

And take my word for it, next year is going to be a really, really, really great year.  It just has to be!