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Four Christmas Mermaids and a Merman!

The first mermaid of Christmas was in my stocking. I hung it in the mermaid bathroom with the other flat mermaid ornaments. It is the one in the middle of the top row, under the shelf, holding the heart.

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The second mermaid of Christmas was this beautiful bathmat from my oldest daughter Julie.

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It is by Anne Hall of Anne Hall Designs. http://www.annehalldesigns.com

My sister Dorothy gave me a mermaid cut from an oil can holding a guitar! She joined our other oil can mermaid in the bedroom.

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Nephew Greg and Rebecca gave me a merman. I only have a few of them and they are all holding tridents. We found a special place for him tucked under the carved wooden mermaid.

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Here’s what he looks like. I had to turn off the flash so the wall is the wrong color.

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I got a beautiful leaf ornament for my Fall tree from niece Emily and Nick so wasn’t expecting a mermaid too. But then it turned out my delicious Cacao Prieto dark chocolate bar also contained a picture of a mermaid being carried by a sailor. I squeezed them onto the wall by the door.

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Perfect!

Pumpkins!

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I downloaded a pumpkin seed package graphic for my treats this year.

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One (looking huge because of the angle) is hanging at the top left of the very crowded Fall branch. We definitely have to move over to the other windows and get more branches next year!

Wooden Hearts

For the longest time I just had the wooden heart bowl. And then one day I bought a small carved wooden heart. It ended up in the wooden bowl and then of course a few months later I bought another wooden heart which joined the first. So when I saw the small striped heart at Arts Night Out last week I knew where it belonged.

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Maximalists 

“My home is a maximalist paradise awash with mesmerizing discoveries.” says Nanette Lepore in the latest Traditional Home (September 2015). 

I found this quote a few minutes before heading out to Artwalk Easthampton where we stopped by the Thread Arts Collective and were introduced to the work of Eli Helman and his “maximalist pen and ink illustrations.” I purchased a card of “Guitar” – a mesmerizing discovery and a great addition to our guitar illustration collection!

www.elihelman.com

Sidewalk Sales

My first stop during Sidewalk Sales is always the Smith College Museum of Art tent. I found this gourd giraffe in the bargain bin for only $3.00.

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I tried him on the top of the china cabinet with the other gourd animals but realized he definitely needed his own display area.  The recently resurrected CD cabinet turned out to be perfect.
Another find at the museum was a tin paisley heart. I’m putting it away for Valentine’s day but first I paired it with a heart I made several years ago which never came down after this Valentine’s Day.

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After the museum,  I headed downtown for all the usual stops. For the second year in a row, I tried on a dress at the Artisan Gallery but ended up buying a pair of shoes. Could this be a new tradition? 

Felt Food

When my long distance granddaughter got a play kitchen for her birthday,  I thought it would be fun to make her some felt food.  I started my felt food crafting with needle felted fried eggs.

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Then I made some needle felted pancakes topped with butter.

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I keep finding new inspiration:

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Peanut Butter Cookies – I just had to make these, I love the fork lines.

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Tortilla Chips – I saw similar ones at a craft show and thought how fun!

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Bow Tie Pasta – One day I realized these would be really fun to make with pinking shears.

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Broccoli and BowTies – one of our favorite actual dinners recreated in felt. The sun dried tomatoes and broccoli are needle felted. This is just the beginning…

Shelfies

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One of the three shelves on the wall next to my side of the bed. From left: a New Orleans tomb from my sister Dorothy and her husband Tom, a candle holder with a bird on it from Nonotuck teacher Michelle,  a frog candleholder,  a picture of husband Paul and I, another frog candleholder, a picture of Paul as a teenager in a frame that used to have a baby picture of my father in it, the small cedar souvenier jewelry box I bought at Lost Colony as a child (its top is open and it is overflowing with pins), an owl candleholder from niece Emily, a little ceramic owl that was in my stocking one year,  a picture of teenage Paul and me (you really can’t see this or the tiny box from Denver friend Louise in front of it or the little purse with a beautiful embroidered peacock from friend Jen behind it) and a glass box with a bird on it from former Nonotuck parent Becky.

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The top of the bookcase in the upstairs hall. The framed pictures of New Orleans were taken by my father.  The apple is from a Nonotuck parent (as the director I was their teacher), the metal hand which says Hope underneath is by Bill “Hillbilly” Healy (we bought it in Brattleboro), in front of it is a felted fuzzy wuzzy I bought at a fiber fair, and next to that a carved wooden mouse I bought at the Chicago Christmas Market, behind them a carved wooden alligator from Africa that we bought from a booth at the Poconos Blues Festival, on the right side the two button blocks from the Country Living Fair and a vase Jen gave me for Christmas filled with tulips from Nonotuck Sandy.

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The shelf in the downstairs bathroom with sun tiles mostly purchased in Texas, tiny flowerpots, a candle in a sunflower base from a Nonotuck family, and a small glass box from Nonotuck teacher Maria. And this week’s cup is from Molly’s wedding hospitality basket.

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