Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category


My Ornament Tradition

The ornaments were a simple shape this year. I needed a simple shape, and this year I really needed help.  It’s been a whirlwind around here!  Thankfully, there were elves – I mean employees – who did the cutting and sanding for me! Months ago I’d found this great jigsaw puzzle map, and had printed […]

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Planning for a Happening

Another beautiful day in Portales! The 18th Annual Holiday Happening was held in the ENMU Ballroom, and once again the room was filled with one glorious holiday table after another, friends and families laughing, enjoying the grand decorations and a delicious dinner. The dishes are cleaned and put away, and like 50 or 60 others, […]

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Christmas Time

Oh yes.. it’s Christmas Time!  My house is decorated, I’ve got Dean Martin singing Christmas classics as I drive along in my car, and today is the annual Holiday Happening in Portales. Altrusa International has kept the tradition going strong for 18 years, and it’s always a wonderful way to begin the season. Here’s my […]

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Peli Gets an Ornament

It was time to make the Christmas gifts, and Peli was ready to help. Good thing!  Because they were all about her this year. One hundred little kitties, ready and waiting. Peli’s jet black, just like all our cats have been… but we decided walnut brown would be a good Christmassy color. They needed pretty […]

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Nutcrackers

When I was a child, you didn’t just pop into one of the many stores lining the streets and choose items from a huge array on the shelves.  This was especially true because I lived in a small town.  And so I remember very vividly the first time I laid eyes on a toy soldier […]

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It’s Time for Trees

Oh, the fun I have with these jewels! When the first cold front hit New Mexico, I was ready and waiting with my trusty glue gun and my beautiful pile of old jewelry. It seems I’m better with a glue gun that I am with a camera.  Just can’t capture the depth and richness of […]

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Making Mountains

Some years are just better than others at giving us ornament making suggestions. On the year you take a trek to see Mt. Everest, you’d have to be crazy if you didn’t try to capture that on a little piece of wood. And so, with much joy, we made some mountains.  A happy memory of […]

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Celebrate Me Home

Kenny Loggins comes on the radio singing “Celebrate Me Home”, and I get tears in my eyes.  It’s a Christmas tradition I apparently have no control over.  It makes no sense.  The lyrics seem to be about someone longing to be home with loved ones, though he’s on the road.  I’m right here in my […]

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My Christmas Tree

I remember it like it was last month.  Standing in the front of the church building, gazing into the eyes of my prince charming, listening to his vow to love me, cherish me… and I’m about 92% sure that he promised to always buy me a cut spruce tree the day after Thanksgiving and spray […]

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Thirty Years of Tradition

As you know, I’m a chronicler.  Love to have things all organized… so it was only a matter of time before I did a little report on my holiday tradition.  We’ve been making them every year since our first Christmas together in 1983. These commemorate special events.  A new millennium, my gift-shop opening, G’s big […]

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Christmas Jewels

When December rolls around, you know what I’ll be doing. Yes… time to make another Christmas jewel box. I loved putting holidays pins, old watches, and snowy old ear clips on this tree to be auctioned at the Holiday Happening.  I know the money raised will bless people in our community, and I hope the […]

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Reader’s Digest Santa Claus

  On a very hot and steamy August day in Houston, my sister and my niece had a Christmas craft planned for our family reunion.  I have this Reader’s Digest Santa made by our Nana… one of my truly prized possessions.  So it was a special treat to sit around the table folding those little […]

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