Dec 29, 2011
Hello...Get out your party horn and don your party hat as it is time to reflect and celebrate.
I will take this time to ponder...the year past and the year to come...
I think it wise to make more music...
To kick up my heels and do a little jig....
To smile and think of vegetables....when you are healthy you can cha-cha-cha much better...
Spend more time in the sunshine...while not forgetting the importance of sunscreen...
To be kind and friendly....to those you pass by on your journey...Hello There!
Spiff up your surroundings...you neighbors will be grateful...
Take some "Me" time...you know...curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea...hmmm...
Make time to visit with your family and fun friends...
Be a good citizen...help others...and do good deeds...
Enjoy every minute of every day...
While you prepare your tasty party snacks, choose a snazzy outfit to wear to your fancy party or maybe you will be staying at home with a bowl of popcorn to watch a sentimental black and white film...let's do a little happy dance and hum your favorite tune...as 2012 is going to be a shiny new year of possibilities...
Let's take'o'cup of kindness yet...for Auld Lang Syne....
Have "Here is a hand my trusted friend" fun, Jody, your friend with a sparky new calendar
Dec 21, 2011
Hello...Everyone has been scurrying about shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, mailing, cleaning and trying their best to create a Merry Christmas for those that we love. Let's sneak a little moment for ourselves to remember our Christmas's Past.
Looking through the Penney's Catalogue...circling the toys that were under consideration in your dreams. Sitting in the backseat of your parent's station wagon looking in amazement at the twinkly Christmas lights.
Shopping with your Mother to buy a little thoughtful present for your very best friend...knowing for sure that it would be just what she wanted.
Finally...Christmas Eve would arrive...always the longest afternoon known to mankind. In my case...trying to stay out of the way as my Mother and Father finished up the last minute errands...trying my best not to bicker with my brother and sister...for fear of Santa getting a last minute memo of my misbehavior. Then finally we would climb into the back seat and drive to my Grandmother's home.
Dressing in your fanciest nightgown....and then the long night ahead. So much to ponder...where is Santa now? Did Dad put out the fire in the fireplace in time? Will the snow slow down his journey? Oh goodness...how did we ever fall asleep?
Waiting until 6:00...the acceptable time to knock on our parent's bedroom door...after a night full of visions of sugarplums.
Yes...Santa had been to our home. The unwrapping, the shrieks of delight, checking to see what gifts your sister or brother were opening. Divine Bliss..
I believe it is good for our hearts to look back...smile...and try to recreate that magic for those that we love. Let's remember the child that dwells within all of us and treat them well.
So...with "Little Tin Horns, and Little Toy Drums. Rooty-Toot-Toots and Rummy Tum Tums...Let's Have a Jubilee."
Have silly "Sugarplum Dreaming" fun, Jody and the rest of us in FunTown
Jami...thank you for the happy little fellow on wheels and the Santa in the convertible. Merci Beaucoup.
Dec 17, 2011
Hello...My goodness...Christmas is just days away. Santa and the fellows are getting organized for the big night. We received a postcard from the North Pole...that was very thoughtful as they have places to go and people to see...
The Parcels are being stacked to insure proper delivery. They are truly making their lists and checking them twice. Everyone is bustling about.
Santa is making sure that all of the elves are busy at work. Sometimes they like to stop, put their little feet up and have a piece of cherry pie...this way they have the energy to carry on....Santa encourages this as he wants everyone to be happy. All you need is one grumpy elf and it spoils it for the others.
Mrs. Santa is busy making chocolate Santas for the Moms and Dads. She is very considerate that way.
The tannenbaums are ready to make the holiday magical. They are sparkling and twinkling just as they should
So...enjoy these busy days and be rest assured that all of the gang at the North Pole are right on schedule.
Have silly "visions of sugarplums dancing in your head" fun, Jody
Dec 13, 2011
Hello...It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here. Today I want to share with you my love of glass ornaments....starting with my friend Debbee Thibault's beautiful collection. Several years ago Debbee took her famous designs to Germany. Debbee wanted to create heirloom treasures that would stand the test of time. Each ornament is mouth blown and hand painted and then placed in a charming holly berry box. I love my Debbee tree...
It was such fun trimming this tree...When I opened each box I smiled...I am so proud to have Debbee's ornaments and her friendship. She truly is as charming as her artwork.
As you see... I do love charming ornaments....
Be gentle with your treasures....
Have "Jack Frost Nipping at your Nose" fun, Jody
Dec 9, 2011
Hello....While watching the news this morning, I shivered while they predicted snow for many regions. So I thought today I would share some of the chilly fellows that reside here in FunTown.
On the North Side of Funtown...we have a little cluster of Snow Families. We don't see them as often during the summer months...for reasons obvious to us all. Billy Blizzard is a tad jittery...especially after reading an article about global warming in the "Hip-Hip Hooray Gazette." He is very proud that we recycle in FunTown.
This is Joe SnowBall...a door-to-door salesman here in FunTown. He represents the "Warm Woolly Mittens Company." He is a top-notch salesman...in fact he was offered a promotion at the home office...but...he refused because it was south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Here are the "Twinkle Twins"...Eddie and Freddie...they are very energetic fellows. They share a newspaper route and you can see them early every morning riding their bicycles up and down the streets here in Funtown. Freddie has a difficult time throwing...and many times we have to look in the flowerbeds for our papers. That's okay...because they are very polite.
This is "Bo-Bo"...Yes, he is lots of fun at parties here in FunTown...He is always making us laugh as he tells us funny jokes and he always remembers the punchlines. If the music is lively he will remove his cap and "Twist the night away..."
Finally...this is" Mr. Van Der Freezy"...he is retired after many years of service at the "Warm Woolly Mittens Company." We all love him very much and we lovingly call him Uncle Pudgy. He still gets out and frolics with the rest of us on snowy afternoons. After sledding he invites us back to his home for Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and Mrs. Van Der Freezy bakes her famous Snickerdoodles for us all to share.
With all of this chatter about blizzards...I do believe that I am going to put on a comfy sweater and listen to some holiday music on my Victrola.
Have silly "to frolic and play the Eskimo way" fun, Jody...don't forget to put your mittens in your pocket...
Dec 4, 2011
Hello...and Ho-Ho-Ho...How could this be? The calendar turned to the last page....this could only mean one thing....Yes, it means that December is upon us...and once again, I am running around like a frenzied elf who has lost his candy canes. I have not decorated my house as yet...don't tell anyone, but I still have not packed away my Halloween...yes it is in a pile in the spare room.
Today as I wondered what to blog about...I visited a cabinet that houses some of my Santas. My thought was that I would get in the mood...Bingo! Above is a Santa that I made in 1999.
Here is merry band of music makers. If you look closely...you might notice that the little fellow with the squeezebox seems to have hit a sour note as the cymbals player next to him is casting him a dirty look of disappointment. These little guys are performing daily here in FunTown and twice on Saturdays. They do a great jazzy version of "Oh Tannenbaum."
Santa is happy to discover that it is December, as you can tell by his expression that he is dreaming of cookies and hot cocoa. Take a gander at "Snitzer" the reindeer...he is not too thrilled, as he is driving solo. I read in the "Hip-Hip Hooray Gazette"...our little hometown newspaper in Funtown...that Snitzer lost a bet and now he has to go it alone. Poor Snitzer...these holidays are exhausting for many of us.
Little Snowflakes is enjoying his treasured trophy that he won at the Funtown Snowball Toss-Off. He is acting a bit show-offy...not only is he a champion...but he has finished his Christmas shopping. Lucky him...
Miss Jingle Belle is getting last minute alterations on her ball gown...She is a contestant in the "Little Miss Sugar Plum Beauty Pageant." She has been practicing her baton twirling routine for the talent competition. She isn't very good at the catching portion of her routine...so she is hoping to gain extra points with her fancy dress. She has been baking sugary cookies for the judges to butter them up. This is not the way to win the "Miss Congeniality" contest.
This our front door. My husband Tim decorated our front door yesterday. My poor Apple Fan is in desperate need of some "sprucing up"...literally...
Off I go...back to my sewing room. I hope that all of you are "decking your halls."
Have silly "merry and bright" fun, Jody
Nov 29, 2011
Hello again....I have been slow to update you on my latest adventure as I have been down for the count with a bad cold and cough...Ugh...This is Paul Gordon, artist extraordinaire...in front of his charming home in Martinsburg, WV. When I say charming...I mean very charming. He was a gracious host to all of the gang that gathered to celebrate the holiday.
What is Christmas with out a warm and fuzzy teddy bear...fortunately for us Pat Murphy brought some charmers. As usual. We all need a teddy bear or two to remind us of the child that lies within us all. You might want to put a MurphyBear on your wish list.
Leslie McCabe pulled the wool over our eyes by hooking some beautiful pillows and Christmas stockings. Leslie paints with colorful wool...she must find the wool from rainbow sheep. You just want to touch them to feel their warmth.
Meet Allen Cunningham...yet another famous artist. His dolls are famous and his holiday figures are a sight to behold. He is as charming as his artwork...plus he looks just like Johnny Depp. As you can tell...I think the world of Allen.
This is Dara DiMagno ...a very talented jewelry artist. She makes one-of-a-kind pendants with vintage photographs and findings. Once you start to look at them...you will become enchanted by her wit and talent. You can't help but smile and giggle when you start to explore her work.
And here is Stacy Bear a multi-talented artist. She is a painter and a soft sculpture artist. Whatever she makes is so full of whimsy. She has been featured in many magazines over the years...so she may be familiar to you.
Deborah Hartwig...a charming and colorful soft sculpture artist who makes the most clever pin cushions out of velveteen and creates the most imaginative little works of art.
The next day we went antique shopping in Hagerstown. Here is Jack, Allen, Fred, Nancy, Dominick, Pat, Leslie and Paul. We were good little Americans...as we stimulated the economy that day.
I know that I prattled on and on, but it is hard to compact a magical weekend into a few paragraphs. The word "talented" was bandied about...but it was true. Paul's studio was filled beautiful artwork and the nicest of people. Truly. A wonderful way to let the holidays begin. So Merci Beaucoup to all of you who "decked the halls" with all of us.
Nancy Michler, Pat Murphy, Leslie McCabe and me after a tasty breakfast. When in West Virginia...enjoy the biscuits...it is an unspoken rule.
Have "comfort and joy" fun,