Up until the second week of December, I always feel so organized…. Then, before I know it – the blues creep in and the Holidays are right here… right now! Have I forgotten someone? What if friends stop by unexpectedly?
Here’s an easy & quick idea to give when visiting family or friends and use up any leftover pumpkin seeds.
On a recent trip to Cedar Creek Gallery – I enjoyed the beautiful exceptional American Craft. As I wound my way through the gardens, galleries, past the amazing pottery, stained glass mirrors, jewelry, blown glass bowls and ornaments; the coolest purses ever… wood work, metal work… I entered the back gallery and be still my heart!
I knew John had been busy again! Creating a wonder of botanical offerings from the Cedar Creek Garden!
The ‘tree’ base was an amazing piece of pottery by Richard Aerni. It looked like a tree, but I knew it wasn’t any ordinary tree. I looked to see if anyone else was around, then contorted myself on the floor to see what John had done.
There is bamboo, magnolia, wood shavings for baskets or caning as garland. This takes pruning to a new level! I was looking at a deconstructed, reconstructed work of art… an arrangement of giant proportions. It is seamlessly done and as I worried I might be discovered Entwined in the tree, I skillfully used my yoga training and untwisted myself, then stepped back and enjoyed the master’s vision.
Several years ago I was having a conversation with an actress between takes. She said she had an agreement with her husband regarding categories of gifts – they must be either – Shiny, furry or involve real estate.
Often there comes a time… when you just have to step away…
For the past 3 years every holiday we celebrated was in a nursing home; many of our family traditions had to be put aside.
Although wonderful to be spending it together, it was never private; visits seemed far too short or confined.
There is only so much decorating one can do in a shared room with limited space.
But there was nothing like the smile on my Mom’s face when the new Seasonal wreath appeared for her door, or a tiny Christmas tree which I decorated in all of her favorite colors was revealed!
Color co-ordination – pleasing to Mom!
The tiny tree was a gift from my friend Barbara – who’s husband had died. Barbara understands the kindness of little things to delight, and the space restraints in these times of transition. Continue reading →
Two years ago, my husband Phil was in the Emergency Room. It was freezing cold inside and out – so when Phil was wheeled off for a C-Scan – I ran across the street to purchase a fuzzy aqua blanket & grabbed the December 2010 issue of Food & Wine Magazine.
Back in the ER, wrapped in the blanket, I settled in for a long night, passing the anxious time with a little Food & Wine… Husband fine.