Christmas Village

Christmas Village

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 
Ev'rywhere you go; 
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again 
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow. 

Of course, there are no five-and-tens anymore. The modern equivalent is the flea market, which is where the Christmas Village is held every year. It was an insane frenzy; a madhouse of people. But it was also festive, and cheerful, filled with decorations, ornaments, trinkets and treasures.

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Get Your Jolly On

Get Your Jolly On

It's three days before Christmas. No doubt you are making lists to gather the last of what you'll need for holiday gifts, parties, and family get-togethers. Did you forget anything? I thought I hadn't, then I received a JollyVoxBox from influenster with some free samples of goodies that help dot the i's and cross the t's off of your Jolly Holiday list. These products each give you one less thing to stress over as you prep for for family and friends, presents and merry-making. 

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I Got Presents!

I just thought I'd take a moment to share with you the lovely gifts I received for the holidays.

My wonderful friend Lani conspired with Matthew Perry Bretherick and got me this lovely pewter clutch with skulls detail from Shi. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

My brother-in-law supplied the lovely purple paisley silk scarf. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Mr Spashionista did a great job picking wonderful presents for me this year. Here's a stationary exercise peddler I've been wanting (yes, really). Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

I love this purple floral cover for my Note tablet. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

He really outdid himself in the jewelry department. The bracelet features some of Alphonse Mucha's pieces depicted in charms. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

If the necklace looks familiar it's because I already own a companion piece in amethyst. Like it's mate, the amber necklace is from 1902 and was made in Prague from Sworovski crystals. Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Later today we'll treat ourselves to a home-cooked steak dinner.It's supposed to snow tomorrow but we're already planning our after-Christmas shopping strategy.

How about you? Did you get what you wanted for the holidays?

Fa La La La Friday: Here's My Card

We interrupt our regular Fashion Friday - just for this week, I promise - to bring you tidings of comfort and joy. xmas20125x7onone

As you all may know I am an artist (or I think I'm an artist, depending on whether you like my art or not). It normally takes me a long time to finish a piece, but a hand injury earlier this year has precluded me doing anything artistic at all. Two weeks ago I decided I would attempt to do a holiday card, figuring I'd never be able to finish in time given my injury and everything else I had to do.

As you can see, I was clearly wrong.  Rendered in Poser Pro 2012, postworked in Photoshop CS5. It was the angel iconography all around me that inspired the image, entitled, "Angelic Message". So here is my card to all of you. The inside reads, "May the joy of the season remain in your heart long after the holidays are over".

Thank you for making my holiday season a happy one!