With just days before Christmas, it seems like the day that would never arrive is suddenly coming up too fast! I’ve no idea if I’m prepared, but since I haven’t even begun wrapping gifts, I’m guessing that I’m not as prepared as I should be. Since I didn’t have much time, I tried an experiment today and skipped the fountain pen, chose four colors and went straight to watercolor. Lately, I’ve just been in that dreamy state this season brings out in me. Today actually started out poorly and just got worse from there, but luckily the evening has returned with the glistening lights and lovely ornaments to help me forget any stress. Well, not all of our ornaments would be classified as lovely. Some are downright silly. But each one is a little memory of some kind, nestled happily in the branches of our tree. As I look at them now, it feels as though I’m looking at a holiday scrapbook of sorts or in the case of glass ornaments like this one, gazing into a crystal ball. Each memento is a reminder of happy times and they always make me smile.
This is such a busy time of year and trying to get everything done in order to enjoy the holiday break properly can be a bit stressful. It’s been tough these days to sneak in a painting and a post, but I’m still managing to do it. I’m not sure if anyone has the time to read these posts this week actually, but I’ll keep blathering on like I always do, just in case someone might be listening. Back to the topic at hand, the thing I love about our ornaments are how wacky and random they seem to be. There’s no visual theme of any kind which creates a funky patchwork of colors and textures. It’s like someone wandered into an attic and found an old box of discarded bobbles and toys and literally threw them at the Christmas tree. The end result is a surprisingly lovely concoction which ends up having plenty of holiday charm.
Scanning through the memories hanging there, I realize what makes this tree so special is that it could only be sitting in our home. Nobody else would have thought to put those two particular ornaments together or well, even chosen that funny looking one currently hiding under the red glass ball. It’s our unique personality, come to life in a glittering spectacle that makes its appearance only once a year. Each year, though we think we already have too many things hanging there, we’ll manage to add a little something from our travels. A tiny addition that helps the story grow each and every year. And no matter how stressful the day was, I’m content. Lost in this quilt of love made up of our crazy little collection of holiday ornaments.
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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Deep, and Cobalt Turquoise in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
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