I hope you are enjoying this holiday season with all the candles you want in any orientation you see fit. I’ve left you all in the lurch as far as a tutorial for a seasonally appropriate craft and for that, I’m sorry. You’re smart though…you’re reading this AND getting my jokes… …right? I bet you could probably comment below and post a link to share something you’ve made this year! Yes! You get right on that, and I’ll update this post with the homemade things after THE HOLIDAYS!
I have made some things! But I can’t share those things right now since my Secret Santa will be reading this. It’s just… I didn’t want to leave you with NOTHING this year. It’s certainly been a tough one. What I really want for you is some peace. Moreso, than Jesus-Peace or Hippy-Peace, I want for you the Peace-O-Mind. After all, ’tis the season for public and private buildings alike to display in-your-face traditions you may not necessarily agree with; maybe you’ve even suffered some special Christmas trauma in the past that gets revisited… every… year and you just can’t wait for this period of time to be over. In any case, I’m displaying a shining example of the third person effect because you can display whatever you want as far as I’m concerned (as long as it’ll slap a smile on your face). I enjoy this time of year mostly for the weather here in south Florida: a nice “open all the windows” breeze and a coolness in the air that oddly seems to be shifting more and more to January.
Nice weather is unarguably nice.
Along with Peace-O-Mind, I want for you to feel a sense of pride in being the example of the tolerance that you want to see from others, and as you wrap up this holiday season I hope you’re greeted with the tolerance required for others to overlook ALL of your insensitivities. You said you “get” my jokes earlier, right? (because you should be laughing now)
So, no lessons in clay today but please do check-out the “third person effect” linked above – it’s an interesting excerpt from a book that would make a wonderful gift for the genious in your life. Whether you’re celebrating in the revelry or reveling in the bah-hum-bugery, there are serious matters out there in the world and before we put on our thinking-caps to churn out some solutions, now is as good a time as any to slice off a generous piece of peace-o-mind.
I found out that I’m going to share a piece-o-table at an upcoming craft fair with Emily and Richard the litterer biters! It’s called The Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar and Indie Craft Fair and apparently there are more of these-type local craft venues than I was ever aware. It’s my first time being involved in a craft show and in case you can’t tell by my tone of voice, I’m very excited.
[highlight] Happy Holidays and thank you for reading. [/highlight]
Homemade Holiday Gifts 2011
(more pictures to come as I can to post them)
Pre-Christmas Big Bad Wolf Hoodie
People just can’t get enough of my elf-son. Before you ask – no, we didn’t make the elf-hat it was bought at the Hallmark Store. If you recall the Wolfman costume my wife made for my son, using the same material, she sewed a wolf hood on to my hoodie! Awesomeness!
Last-Minute Megaladon Necklace
I made this megaladon fossil-tooth necklace for my brother, Chad, who’s a pastor and also surfs. The best part is that I sculpted the big tooth from a Sculpey clay that hardens to a rubber; no accidental stabbing!
Secret Santa Sister
For my sister Jamie, I made a hardware bracelet with sentimental “big brass nuts”. I also made her the above blue necklace charm depicting waves; it’s made from a type of Sculpey that glows in the dark. “Yar! She be a mighty fan of the ocean!” The finishing touch on the charm was a custom wire setting.