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Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow and holiday music...

At this time of year they seem to go together don't they?

I've just now started to dig out my Christmas albums, sorting though, getting rid of those I no longer care for (I know, how awful, but tastes change). I bought a new cd at Target the other day. It's pretty good - all piano music - $9.99 for a two disk set. I got the last one at our local store, but you may be able to find a copy.

I've always been more of a traditional holiday music kind of girl. And for some reason I've always had a fondness for Bing Crosby. I don't know why. I didn't grow up listening to Bing (though did see The Andy Williams show many times), and I never watched old black and white movies until I was in college. Still, it's just not the holiday season for me without hearing White Christmas by Bing at least once.

My other favorite music comes by way of Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra (though that's relatively new), The Carpenters, and last years acquisition - Josh Groban's Noel.

I even have a couple of John Tesh holiday albums, as well as Michael Allen Harrison. It's a mixed bag I guess, but still all fairly traditional in sound. And how could it possibly be Christmas without Charlie Brown?

Today we had a surprise when we woke up to an inch of snow here on the valley floor. That doesn't often happen. And when it does happen at this time of year it's either well before or well after Christmas. I've never actually had a white Christmas my entire life! lol

From a holiday travel point of view that's a good thing I guess, but just once, a white Christmas would be nice. Sigh....I've often joked that if I want a white Christmas I'm going to have to make a trip to the mountains. After all these years I'm starting to think that's not such a joke.

There have been a series of storms moving across our area for the past few days. For us most of the forecast was pure hype. We sat looking at our green grass and watching the tv reports (which around here means all day coverage of the 'Arctic Blast' or whatever a particular storm has been labeled) as the first storm wreaked havoc to the north of us.

The second storm didn't affect us either, but hit farther north into Washington State. The third system, the one today, hit us, as well as towns farther south and none to the north, though they did all have snow flurries throughout the day. We woke up to about an inch here, but it melted by early afternoon as the temperature warmed up. By mid-afternoon we had quite a blizzard and another inch fell and remains on the ground tonight.

The next storm is due tomorrow afternoon. It's supposed to dump 4-6" of snow across the entire state, following up with a layer of ice. We'll see what happens.

It's funny how warm the low 30's can feel after having day time highs in the mid to upper 20's. We're not used to those types of temps in this area of the state.

As I finish this post there are five more days until Christmas Eve. Are you ready?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Simply Skinnies - Open Theme

The Simply Skinnies challenge is an open theme.

I chose Christmas.

This piece is collaged with various papers, the clock face and numbers are stamped, and the snowflakes are punched out and then glittered.

Monday, December 15, 2008

MMM - Gold

The challenge at MMM is to use gold in the artwork. I chose to work with all gold.

The tag is cut from gold metallic paper, and then I used wrapping paper, torn, cut, and collaged, plus stickers (peace, joy), and fibers. The stars are mounted with double stick tape to add dimension.

I discovered how hard it is to scan or photograph something that's entirely gold. It does not come out looking the same as it does in person. After scanning, photographing and messing with both, I finally settled on this photo. It still doesn't look quite the same as in person, but gives a better idea of the gold metallic used.

Please click on the image for a better view.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday Photo

Early dawn....

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