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Happy Christmas!

25 Dec

Here’s a hastily photographed sneak peak of my centerpiece for tomorrow–er, today’s Christmas dinner!

I think it might need more peppermints, don’t you?

Of course, my favorite place for these soft peppermints to be is in my hot chocolate, dissolving slowly and deliciously:

The fire is a definite bonus, of course.

And no Christmas Eve is complete without the greatest of all Christmas movies–no, not A Christmas Story.  No, no, not Elf.  No, not It’s A Wonderful Life, either.  No, not Die Hard!

I mean The Muppet Christmas Carol, of course!

Stay tuned for an update on whether my cooking experiments tomorrow pan out–I’m pretty sure the cheesecake will be edible! the potato gratin, though, will be anyone’s guess–and to find out if I cave and put more peppermints on my centerpiece!


In which I request volunteers from the audience

2 Dec

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is officially permitted to begin!  Are you excited?  I’m excited!

But while I’m excited about Christmas, I’m already thinking about next year, and I need a few volunteers from the audience.

Here’s the thing: I like to do crafts.  I like to make crafts for people.  I love making crafts for swap partners or gifts because I feel free to try out new things and stretch the creative muscles a bit, so I’ve decided that in 2011 I want to make 11 crafts for 11 people (that’s where you come in).  Interested?

Here’s how it will work:

1) Comment on this entry! The first eleven people to comment will get a slot on Charis’ Year (Almost) of Crafts Calender (feel free to recommend a better name for this project when you comment). Be sure to leave an email address where I can contact you, and mention any dietary restrictions or fiber allergies!

EDIT: All the slots are filled! Thanks for participating, everyone! <3

2) Each person will be assigned a month (if you’d like a certain month–your birthday month, for instance–let me know, otherwise the months will be assigned at random)

3) During your month I will make you something, and send it to you.

4) I won’t tell you what I’m making for you.  And I won’t promise that you will like it. But I will promise that it will be something created by me just for you, and that it will be in the mail to you by the end of the month (I make no promises about when it will arrive).

Some Notes:  Feel free to mention likes and dislikes in your comment–‘I love Doctor Who stuff’, ‘I hate the color green’, ‘I collect things with rabbits on them’, etc., or just list some random facts about yourself (favorite books, activities, personality quirks, etc.).  I’ll interpret your comments however I feel like interpreting them but I will take your preferences into account because I am making something Just For You.

There is no telling what that something might be.  I may knit you something, or paint you something, or bake you something, or I might write you a story or make a video.  I reserve the right to make something strange and/or completely useless, but whatever it is, it will be creative.  Once you receive it the whatever-it-is will be featured on the blog.  Hurray!

Edit to mention: If you’re outside of the US don’t let that stop you from signing up!  I will still mail crafts internationally!

And because a blog post without pictures is just a bunch of words, here are the arrangements that I did for our Thanksgiving tables this year:

Featuring green and orange flowers, mini pie pumpkins, brown craft paper, orange raffia, the Parfait Glass Trio, with the Trifle Bowl as the headliner.  Special guest appearances by the elbows and coffee mugs of my relatives!