Above is the aftermath of my Christmas breakfast. The menu: sausage pie, hammentash, coffee, cocoa with mini marshmallows & whipped cream, eggnog with freshly grated nutmeg.
As you can see, my setting theme was decidedly peppermint-y. Not planned from the outset, but started pulling things from my collections o'stuff, and that's what happened. Also: I only eat food shaped like triangles. Also: The tomato on the sausage pie looks like a heart.
Put a sticker (little repro vintage strawberry) on the Christmas cracker, just to make it cuter than it already was! Linens are from different tag/estate sales.
My Christmas cracker revealed a yellow crown, a red & white whistle (how fitting), and a joke: "What can you make that cannot be seen?" Answer: Noise. And boy, can I make a lot of stuff that can't be seen.
Hammentash, purchased at the grocery's bakery, heated up slightly. When I saw these, I was like: "Haman's hats!!!" Gotta pay tribute to Jewish history. Even if it's not Purim.
In 2003, my sister Jane & I were heavily into... altered books & the like, so it was the various accoutrements from that art form that inspired my Christmas (or New Year's) card that year.
Besides being one of my all-time favorite winter birds, the Cardinal has a great song, which is "Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!", so I thought it be fun to "cheer" in the new year with this little guy. Anytime I can combine some bit of trivia with an illustration is a good time for me.
Also a good time for me: YOU having a Merry Christmas! Do so, wouldya? ;-)
In Christmas of 2001, after the attacks on the World Trade Center & the Pentagon, there was a renewed feeling of patriotism in the United States, with American flags everywhere & on everything. Because of this, I decided to combine Santa with Uncle Sam (making him "Uncle Santa") in the classic "I WANT YOU" poster, but replacing US's dour expression with a more jolly one.
Just a small break in the onslaught of Christmas cards to show you the baking that occured yesterdog. Sausage pies are a traditional Christmas morning staple in my family, but I make these pretty much any time anyone comes to visit. Unless Mr. Pig comes to visit, then we don't rub our pork-eating ways in his face. It just wouldn't be friendly-like!
2000's Christmas card (and I mean it this time: it really WAS 2000) centered around a peace theme. Doing a "Christian spin" on the yin & yang sign, I implemented the Lion & the Lamb, who co-exist in the Peaceable Kingdom.This design was a rubber cut print-- much easier to do than a linoleum cut! On a personal level, I had been through a lot that year, having been both diagnosed with & healed from cancer all within a 5-month period. Not a "fun" time, for sure, & not one that I would care to repeat, but all the same: it grew my faith in God, softened my heart, & gave me a first-hand knowledge of His healing grace. What this experience taught me about the character of God helps me now, when going through hard times. Testify, y'all! :-)
ETA: I'm a bumbyhead. This card was actually from 2002, not 2000 like I initially said. Doh!
I love this poem written by Eleanor Farjean (or Farjeon), which is usually sung to a traditional French melody -- I always knew it as a hymn. This was my inspiration for 2002's Christmas card, as the words are beautiful; the message hope-filled.
As the words and images of this poem/hymn conjure up quilt images for me, I wanted to try to create that look. I did all the linework for this card on a piece of acetate, and glued pieces of fabric (some vintage; some not) to the back side. I then placed this on another piece of paper onto which I had drawn the brown "stitching" lines. (Now I would be able to do all this in Photoshop, but keep in mind that this was the year 3 B.P.) Color-copied the whole thing on one side of 8.5x11" sheet, folded into quarters.
I do a fair amount of American Sign Language (ASL) illustrations for educational publications, so decided to go this route for 1999's Christmas card. The words I chose are the four that are highlighted during Advent, for which a new candle is lit each week. The candle color order goes lavendar, lavendar, pink, lavendar, so those became the background colors for each kid.
1998's card was fairly simple, with individually-done linework, & featured some great marbleized and gold papers. I love this Bible verse from James, and handwriting all the cards proved to be a great way to memorize it!
For Christmas of 1997, I made a lacing card in the shape of a gingerbread man. It was made from craft foam that comes in sheets. The features were painted with acrylics, and then shadows were drawn on with Sharpie. I remember that making these required the purchase of a smaller hole punch, which I am proud to say I still own & use to this very day. I packaged these with lengths of white yarn, cuz I was too cheap to buy shoelaces for all of them. Oh, if I had only known that in the future I would see bundles of shoelaces for sale @ flea markets, who knows what direction my card-creating life would have taken.
If you can't read my handwriting, it says "Season's Eatings!" on the back. The Har-dee-har Factor is off the charts!
No Christmas card from me is complete without EXPLICIT INSTRUCTIONS on how to use said Christmas card. I still use my sample guy as a tree ornament.