Monday, December 24, 2007

Bah, Humbug

Hello all! So there were some wonderful naming suggestions. I really loved a lot of them, but unfortunately, many of the ones I loved best were already taken as domain names! So, what I am going to do, is collect the suggestions from the previous two posts, and if you posted in those entries, I'll do a random draw and send that person a mosaic. Also, if you comment in this one, I'll include you in the drawing, but I probably won't actually draw until after Christmas, so you'll have several days to post!

We did get quite a lot of snow. A couple of feet, over two storms.
Here is a photo taken from my back door during storm #2. Look at the chair at left for reference. We got about another 10 inches from this storm!

So you can see we got quite a lot.

Now some mosaics pics. Here are some I did for people as Christmas presents- I did one for Kim, for her mom, a dog bone leash holder in shades of red. Which I forgot to photograph before sending out.

I also did this little star for baby Sam-

It's a smallish star, and I use loads of tiny pieces of mirror, so it literally twinkles. These are available for $25, and I just love them.

I then did another frog-

And two custom mirrors for someone's nieces-

This one is for a ten year old girl who loves pink-

There is a lot of sparkle in it, as I used a lot of mirror, but it will hopefully be something she'll enjoy, even as an adult.

I also did a mirror for a teenager who is kind of in a goth/wicca stage. I did this in shades of purple,with Amethyst, Agate and Hematite, and then made a little document explaining the healing properties and ancient uses of these stones. Hopefully she'll dig it.

Here's one with no flash.

I really love using stones with specific properties... love, grief, calming of the mind, etc. Or sea glass... I enjoy it when someone special orders something, asks for specific colors/combinations... it's fun to take what they have in mind and try to create something unique that they'll love. The 10" round mirrors are $75, so I've been selling a lot of those lately!

Oh, and I did FINALLY come up with a name. I'll be letting everyone know in the new year what that will be.

As for the Humbuggery, well, this year it just doesn't really feel like Christmas. Maybe it's because this is the first Christmas since Ad died that we haven't had some or all of his family with us. Maybe it's because we're all sick, and my aunt is also sick and is not coming, so it'll just be the 4 of us. And because we're all sick, we're kind of apathetic about the whole thing. But it's fine.

This year we cut back on how much we spent on each other, and took on more families in need to adopt.

I took three teenage girls, at least one of which is a mom. I got them these-

They love Bath and Body Works stuff, and use the bags for purses or diaper bags. I also ordered a bunch of those crazy warm soft socks, and sent them along to be tucked into the bags.

The little kids are always snapped up fast, but older kids, and adults don't get chosen as quickly. A few years ago we had a grown man, and we bought him a new hammer, some books, and a warm coat. So it's things like that that do get me into the Christmas spirit.

But, this year, for the most part, I'm really not feeling it. Maybe I will tonight. Or tomorrow. We'll see.

But I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas. I'm something of an agnostic, with varied beliefs, but for me, Christmas has always been more like a thankgiving, a time to really appreciate what you have, who you have in your life. To spend time with people you love, and to help other people in need.

Even though this Christmas is a bit sad, and I'm sick, I am very aware of how fortunate I am, how much I have. How much I love, and am loved. For this, I am grateful. I hope you all have a holiday full of love and happiness. And remember to take a look at everything you have, and be grateful, as you never know when it may be gone.

Much love to all of you.


Anonymous Michelle said...

Your mosaics continue to amaze and inspire me. I love how you incorporate stone properties into the projects.

I think it's incredible that you adopt people for Christmas, what a kind thing to do. I'd like to do that next year.

If you feel jolly, great, if you feel bah humbug, fuck it. Go with what feels right to you.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

I cannot wait until your store is up and running. Your mosaics are just gorgeous - and I love the little star you did!

This is the first year Kris and I will actually be at home instead of at my parents' house, and it just doesn't feel like Christmas to us either.

I hope you have a lovely holiday.


2:57 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

beautiful pieces of art....
have a wonderful Christmas, i only wish i knew what 'wonderful Christmas' was..oh well..
you take good care of yourself..

6:48 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Can't wait to see what you chose for a name.

Have a lovely holiday!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

Love to you, Annie - feel better soon!

9:36 AM  
Blogger katiedid said...

Beautiful mosaics, as always. I love that you put in the specific stones for the goth kid - you're so thoughtful!

I hope your Christmas got better or, at the very least, that you were able to enjoy your family's company even though you were sick.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Hope you're feeling better, Annie. Your mosaics are so lovely! Sounds like you had a bus holiday season filling orders. I hope you'll be sure to give yourself some time off.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

I hope you have a peaceful holiday and get to relax and actually enjoy yourself. Not because it's expected over the holidays, but because you actually feel peace and happiness. And I hope everybody can stop being sick soon. Being sick just plain sucks.

I adore the frog mosaic, and the black one is lovely too. You are very talented.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

I love that star mosaic! I think it's my favorite one so far.

And I also think that adopting the families is a wonderful thing to do, and it's so awesome that you remember the adults in need as well as the children. Sometimes a small kindness such as that can have a tremendous impact in their lives.

9:36 AM  

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