Outtakes ( A Merry Christmas to All!)

I have to credit myself on not going completely decoration crazy….at least not this year. I know that everyone insists on posting pictures of all the same things (trees, lights, tacky trinkets), but mine bring me particular joy and cheer along with the rest of the decorating crowd. Last year, I had but a couple things on my table to remind me of the holiday. This year, I had the works.

Our fine little tree. Although artificial, I have to admit that it doesn't look half bad.

Our fine little tree. Although artificial, I have to admit that it doesn’t look half bad.

Our kitty (who looks rather grumpy in that photo) and a fine angel top our tree

Our kitty (who looks rather grumpy in that photo) and a fine angel top our tree

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A parade of ornaments.

A parade of ornaments.

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My hutch display

My hutch display

The santa band is as old as I am and is one of my favorite Christmas things. Plays a bajillion carols and is annoying as a flustered chiguagua. I love it with  all my heart.

The santa band is as old as I am and is one of my favorite Christmas things. Plays a bajillion carols and is annoying as a flustered chiguagua. I love it with all my heart.

Mickey and Mischief the donkey looking sharp.

Mickey and Mischief the donkey looking sharp.

 

 

One of the few good things about working Christmas Town last year was that I taught myself how to make rather decent bows.

One of the few good things about working Christmas Town last year was that I taught myself how to make rather decent bows.

Merry Christmas my fine feathered readers, may peace and most festive colors follow you!

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Outakes (some of the spoils)

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This movie, while not necessarily the most complete plot I’ve seen in Pixar, is probably one of the most beautifully animated films. The music and the visuals are truly a treat, and it is thanks to my glorious Aunt, Uncle, and cousins on my dad’s side that I now own this.

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Looks like a slab of marble, but is actually a wonderful hand crafted soap gifted to me by ZeldaStark. The company is Sweet Harvest Farms, and this particular soap is Teah Par Ti’ and it contains “Palm Oil (sustainable), Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Green Tea, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin E” according to the label. I’ve mentioned a deep love of craft soaps, and this one has only further deepened that feeling. I have enjoyed it beyond words already, and I only received it recently.

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Some Christmas tunes gifted by the lovely Baloo. Considering my slight sadness at not adding to my Christmas music the last two years, I was beyond excited.

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My parents know me well, and it doesn’t help that I’m the only one around to eat it all….

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A most perfect project bag made by the ever-talented ZeldaStark. I have been in desperate need of such a product, and I could not have wished for one more lovely.

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From left to right: a handmade ornament (ZeldaStark of course, the girl is a crafting beast), a hand carved “hug” from the Global Gecko ( vendor who came to the Christmas event at the park. I wanted everything in her booth, but I could only happily afford this wonderful little carving.), and this wonderfully perfect little tiger friend ( gifted so sweetly by Baloo. He heard I wanted one of the park’s tiger ornaments, and this is the one he picked up. The one I originally wanted was cool, but this little guy is by far superior. I was instantly charmed the second I saw him.)

Merry Christmas to me 🙂