Tentatively going downstairs to investigate, the insomniac and the eldest offspring found the 10-foot tree lying on the floor. After righting the tree, it was discovered that not only were most of the ornaments broken, but to add insult to injury, EVERYTHING was covered in doggie diarrhea. Kaos had rather odd bathroom habits, always finding it necessary to bury his head in a tree or bush before going about his business. We deduced that was probably what he was attempting to do in the Christmas tree that morning. Luckily for the spouse, he had already been called in to work at 2:00 a.m. and did not have to deal with the cleanup. The youngest stood by and sobbed helpfully, while the insomniac and the eldest dragged the stinking mess outside.
Almost all the special ornaments collected over the years were broken that day, and a new Christmas tree had to be hurriedly purchased along with a new set of multi-coloured lights (all the white lights were sold out by then). Since that year, even though Kaos is no longer with us, holiday decorations in the Gothic Mansion consist primarily of pine cones and antlers and old Christmas postcards; durable items which are hard to break. And although the lives of many ornaments were lost in the Great Tragedy that year, we still speak of it with much laughter accompanied by the shaking of heads, and it has become a new cherished memory for the family.
|Kaos still got a present that year, regardless. Watching him open|
them was really the highlight of Christmas for all of us ...
Taking a cue from her Sainted Father, who used to take old Christmas cards and apply them to scrap pieces of wood, the insomniac started a collection of antique Christmas postcards that year. It has proven to be an excellent way to decorate, with the added bonus of being cheaper and much more durable than glass ornaments.
|The original Santa ornaments created by the SF. |
They've been repaired so many times, it's not even funny.
Lately, the insomniac has started scanning the original cards, printing them out and pasting them onto a piece of cardboard; the final touch being the addition of lots and lots of glitter (she prefers Stickles glitter glue which is available in a gazillion colours and has a nice sharp point, enabling extremely detailed glitter work). The edges are aged with a Distress Ink Pad - the Old Paper colour gives a lovely weathered look to the piece. Working with a copy leaves the postcards in their original condition, on the off-chance they might actually be worth something to a Real Collector some day.
As always, click the image to view the larger size, then use the RightClick-Save feature to make use of the samples for your own crafting purposes.
|The SF made little stands for his Santa ornaments.|
The insomniac can't be bothered and
props them up against any available vertical surface.
|Displayed with dried flowers from the eldest offspring's annual|
“Mom, I feel terrible that I forgot your birthday again this year!” bouquet.
His memory is almost as bad as his mother's ... ;o)
This next card provided the inspiration to use peacock feathers in this year's brown, gold and black display on the buffet ...
|This year, peacock feathers ...|
|... next year, sea shells.|
Unlike a true postcard connoisseur, there is no particular rhyme nor reason to the insomniac's Christmas Postcard Collection, but she does have a special fondness for those with angels; especially angels with deer. The unsurpassable favourite is unquestionably the dead bird postcard, but despite numerous eBay searches she has never been able to find another. Cards are chosen strictly for their aesthetic appeal, no matter their condition (there's always Photoshop) or what language the holiday sentiment is expressed in.
|For the Croatian/Bosnian readers ...|
|For the German readers ...|
|For the Scandinavian readers ... sorry, no deer.|
The insomniac had every intention this week of also including instructions for do-it-yourself votives made with dresden trims and pages removed from an old book, as well as glittered stars and bats made from those same pages, but decided mid-week it was of paramount importance the kitchen chairs be painted black before last night's holiday party instead. Perhaps because one no longer participates in the Christmas Shopping Frenzy at the mall in search of new ornaments, there remains some deep-seated need to recreate that feeling of panic, compelling one to undertake unrealistic kitchen makeovers three days before the next batch of company arrives.
In any event, be sure to gather up any small glass containers for next week's votive instructions, which you will definitely be able to complete before Christmas Day. But they'll look just fine displayed all year long, in case you decide your kitchen chairs need painting this week instead. A word of warning, though ... they are glass and they will break.
|She is displayed year-round up in the real third-floor attic sewing room, |
but comes downstairs for Christmas ...
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. And also wishes you Compliments of the Season. Goodnight, my pretties.