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Things Got a Little Out of Hand: The Christmas Edition

I decorated the house for Christmas this weekend. Now my whole body hurts.

The Sparkle Tree: I declared I could not get one more piece of bling on it. Then Charlie was all, "You missed a spot, but I'm not telling you where." I think he actually wants to see my head explode one day.

The Sparkle Tree: I declared I could not get one more piece of bling on it. Then Charlie was all, “You missed a spot, but I’m not telling you where.” I think he actually wants to see my head explode one day.

The Family Room tree: This one has all the ornaments we've collected over the years, from my childhood to the new Spiderman one the Monkey got this year. The Joy bucket took a beating when the tree fell, but it's hanging in there. I'll do some repair work on the paint before next Christmas.

The Family Room tree: This one has all the ornaments we’ve collected over the years, from my childhood to the new Spiderman one the Monkey got this year. The Joy bucket took a beating when the tree fell, but it’s hanging in there. I’ll do some repair work on the paint before next Christmas.

The Table of Santa Tribulation: where we can very considerately mapped out years of abuse heaped upon that poor child at the hands of his parents. We figure it will save his future therapist some time.

The Table of Santa Tribulation: where we can very considerately mapped out years of abuse heaped upon that poor child at the hands of his parents. We figure it will save his future therapist some time.

The Advent Calendar: each envelope has a verse that corresponds to an ornament for the Jesse tree.

The Advent Calendar: each envelope has a verse that corresponds to an ornament for the Jesse tree.

Wine Bottle Advent Wreath: the labels need to be reworked. That might happen this year. It might not.

Wine Bottle Advent Wreath: the labels need to be reworked. That might happen this year. It might not.

The Dining Room Table

The Dining Room Table

Gold mesh, flung on the floor in a fit of rage because it would not cooperate. It's all sweetness and light in my house at Christmastime.

Gold mesh, flung on the floor in a fit of rage because it would not cooperate. It’s all sweetness and light in my house at Christmastime.

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Wishes in the Mail

My friend has a birthday coming up. Sitting around waiting for my body to heal from surgery gives my mind all kinds of time to dream up ideas. So I decided to send her birthday wishes in the mail.

Outside of the box: wrapped with washi tape. I told you I’m obsessed.

Accordion-style card in the box: sending all sorts of good things her way, including a rainbow, glitter unicorn…

…and candles for birthday wishes.
Here’s hoping they all come true!

 

 

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Please, Mr. Postman

Yesterday I got a Christmas card returned. Yesterday, May 14. It was postmarked December 1. That’s a problem. For starters, Christmas cards a big deal around here. They are planned far in advance and mailed precisely on December 1. Where has this card been for the past five months?!

It shakes my unshakable faith in the post office. And I adore the post office. This is not my only issue with the mail. See, I’m throwing a party. It’s allegedly for my friend, but it’s really for me. I need to have a deadline to unpack the new version of the old house, and the threat of guests are about the only thing that will make me do it.

The pyschocrafter took over and I made the envelopes and it’s all ridiculous. But now, some of the people on the list are telling me they didn’t get the invitations. That obviously led to pacing and swearing and panicking.

And what I don’t understand is why the post office would turn on me this way. I love mail. I’m kind to postal workers. I enjoy stamps. I’m the best thing they’ve got going for them. They should hand deliver my parcels with joy. I think it’s clear, I’ve lost all perspective on the world.

And yet, I’m compelled to plead: Please, Mr. Postman, deliver de letters. De sooner, de better! (See now you’ve turned me into a bad version of Motown Act!)

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Glitter Festivus

red christmas ball ornament in treePretty much my whole life I’ve had a kid Christmas tree: unmatched ornaments from all different places, macaroni construction, lots of pipe cleaners and blinking lights. The past couple of years Monkey Boy couldn’t be trusted not to mess with the tree, so it was lights only. I actually kind of liked those trees the best. Very simple and pretty. This year, for the first time, we’re having two trees. I can’t bring myself to get rid of the kid tree, but we have enough space in this house to add another: a grown up tree.

I may be crafty, but when it comes to this sort of thing, I’m lost. I tried to go to the store to look at decorations and got so overwhelmed, I left. My friend Andrea has been crowned “Queen of the Glitteratti.” She is amazing at this sort of thing. I begged her for help. She met me at a store and did a “Lunch and Learn” on Glitter Festivus decor. She helped me make selections for my grown up tree and then pushed me out of the nest to get my sparkle on.

glitter berry sticks

It's obvious Andrea is a city girl when she tries to convince me these glitter berries look "natural."

Christmas tree glitter sticks

The hard part for me is looking at buckets like this and visualizing how any given piece will look on my tree.

mesh rolls

I'm not gonna lie, I thought this stuff was some weird wrapping paper for years and avoided it, as I usually prefer a gift bag.

tree top glitter sticks and bows

Andrea says if you don't have a tree topper you like, you can just shove a bunch of picks in there and it'll look "poptastic."

blue christmas tree

The problem with spending too much time with the Glitteratti is that you start to want things you have no business wanting, like a blue Christmas tree. And we could orange mesh on it!

glitter peacock feathers

... and glitter peacock feathers. Wouldn't those be awesome?!? When I said I had to find a way to have these, I was escorted to the cashier. Friends don't let novice friends huff glitter.

In this season of giving, my gift to you dear reader, is Andrea. I brought my Flip Cam along so you too can be a Glitteratti. Here are her instructional videos:

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Season Change

Today is the first day of Advent. Despite my very strict rules about no Christmas until December, I was not consulted on the liturgical calendar. Now we move from the Season of Gratitude to the Season of Grace.

Before we move on, a quick recap of Thanksgiving pics, just because they make me happy.

Turkey handprint

That Monkey Boy can be such a turkey

Thanksgiving cupcakes

I downloaded the cupcake toppers from http://www.skiptomylou.org

Thanksgiving cupcake

No one even guessed they were gluten-free. They ate them right up.

Advent Table

Today I put up the Advent table. There will be no more Christmas in this house until December 6, the feast of Saint Nicholas.

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PsychoCrafter

messy garageThere is part of my brain that makes stuff and plans parties and mentally stores images I like as if I were ripping them from a magazine. I don’t try to make these things happen, it’s just how I process my world. I jokingly call it the PsychoCrafter part of me.

During my sabbatical, I’ve had the chance to explore a little of this area. I’m not huffing glitter or sniffing my glue gun. I’ve just been poking around to see what’s in there. It’s like finally deciding to clean out your garage and realizing there are more than just a few boxes to sort through. I gotta get all this insanity organized.

So I’ve decided to give the PsychoCrafter her own blog. I’m gonna make stuff, plan parties and rip digital pages from magazines and blogs to show you what speaks to me. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, go see me over there. There may be some interesting stuff in there among all the craziness. You never know.

No worries, I’ll still be here: swearing at my little town, sharing the misadventures of Monkey Boy & Baby Daddy, talking about red houses and whining about my various ailments. No matter which place I see you, it’s always nice when you drop by.

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Sock Monkey Baby Shower

Misty at her baby shower

Misty at her baby shower

This weekend we celebrated life. It was my birthday (maybe you heard something about that?) and also, we had a baby shower for my friend Misty, who is expecting her first child. I’m so excited for her.

The second she told me she was pregnant I insisted I would throw her a shower. Of course, others were involved too. She is loved by many. I sent her a handful of ideas from blogs I liked. She’s having a boy and loved the idea of a sock monkey theme with vintage toys and candy. So a party was born.

baby shower penant

I cute out 192 triangles from craft paper for penants Katy Kat hung all over the patio.

It should be noted for the record: I was really more the party dula. I came up with a lot of ideas and prepped them. (And by “came up with,” I mean swiped them from other party blogs) Katy Kat did the labor to bring this party to life. I was very “helpful,” offering all sorts of suggestions for improvement on her work while she was on a ladder hanging ribbon banners from the ceiling for me. She threatened my life on several occasions. I tried to remind her of the greater good. Then I hid. I did not offer ice chips. I think she would have pelted me with them.

Misty loved her party. She praised my OCD in way that thrilled my soul but likely terrified Baby Daddy and Katy Kat for future parties, “It’s like every corner has another little surprise! I love all the detail.” It’s so lovely to hear compliments for my PsycoCrafting.

Once again, my photos fail to do justice to all the work everyone did. While I got a lot of credit, others did a much of the work. I appreciate their efforts tremendously. Now we just sit standby to meet Baby Fox in a few weeks. Can.not.wait.

Oh My Gluestick invitation

So adorable: invitation from OhMyGluestick.com: we made the penants to resemble the banners on the invitation

sock monkey cookies

Kelli Marks outdid herself on the darling sock monkey cookies

milk & cookies

milk shots and cookies

banners

party lights

party lights with globes changed to match the color scheme. this was the point when the other hostesses began to mock me.

red and blue soda

I was forced to go to Wal-Mart for Strawberry Crush and Blue Jones Soda. That's how much I love Misty. Or how insane I was about this party.

sock monkey centerpiece

sock monkey centerpiece

chair name signs

name signs for the back of the chairs

candy station

Auntie M was in charge of the candy station and make it look like an old fashioned candy store

close up of candy

water bottles

OhMyGluestick.com also did the custom labels for the water bottles

wagon of gifts

baby gifts in the wagon

party favors gum ball machines

party favors: vintage gumball machines

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