Patti Edmon Altered Attic: The Ice before Christmas

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Ice before Christmas

I just deleted 30 emails... aside from the swap group I belong to, a few blogs I follow and one from Alice's dance studio, they were all offers I could not refuse. Free shipping... only four more days.... last chance... save 50%... final clearance.

Last Sunday's snow storm was followed by an ice storm and my kids spent a day and a half at what was to be their finals - and fun - last week before winter break. I had my projects lined up and my plan in place for each day... wait, like John Lennon said, life is what happens when we're making other plans?

To infuse a bit of holiday spirit, Alice and I baked cookies yesterday afternoon while dancing around the kitchen to Harry Connick, Jr.'s Christmas CD.

Squishing the too-sticky dough through her fingers between pirouettes and kicks she felt like a little kid again. We had fun.

But her dance class was canceled and by early evening she was not happy. She wants to DO something.

I empathize. What is this called... cabin fever?? My arthritis has been complaining a bit more, and though it has shortened my days, the house is decorated and the most important shopping has been done. Thank heaven for the internet!

This year was supposed to be different. I envisioned making dozens of small gifts for those I cherish, in my studio with music, well, a bit too loud, steeped in the warm depth of all the reasons why I cherish those people. Along with doing a Christmas card, they'll most likely have to wait.

Each day has been laced with a unique blend of tension, anticipation and drama sprinkled with newly made memories. I am thankful that last year I made a few small reminders of my philosophy, well, most of the time.

The limbs on my beautiful trees arch low to the ground; hopefully, they'll remain intact to blossom again in spring.

They are captivating and an interesting parallel for life on the inside. Beauty, beads of life encased in ice, a bit off kilter but surviving.


My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Patti.

Your art work is beautiful.

Wishing you all the best for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hope you are feeling better.

~*~Patty S said...

a bit off kilter but surviving ... says it all Patti!

life moves SO fast and things ... so many things pull and tempt us!

Love your holiday creations and photos and baking with Loved ones...does it get more special than that

fa la la

paper-n-soul said...

Beautiful photos, Patti. Beautiful art, as well. As always. I was thinking about the year we made puzzle piece ornaments and what fun that was. I put them on my little trees every year.

On advertising, I just saw someone posting one of their items on FB as "great for Valentine's Day". Sigh.

May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.

Anonymous said...

How fun!

I hope you have a beautiful holiday!

Karin Bartimole said...

Hey Patti, love all your images and holiday creations - they are beautiful gems. I am so with you, thinking this year would be different, and it will be, but not in the way I'd originally thought. Not one cookie will be baked, nor an ornament hung... guess that will be left for another year. the upside is, stress has been fully released! Now if the construction zone would make an exit :)
Wishing you and your family a blessed and beautiful Christmas/ love to you, Karin

Gaby Bee said...

Your holiday creations are stunning!
Love your art work!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Creative New Year!

Gaby XO

Sharmon Davidson said...

Such a beautiful post, Patti, made even more so because of your eloquent words. I love all your pretty little handmade Christmas creations! Time passes so quickly- I know what you mean about "maybe next year". I'm thinking I might be ready for next Christmas if I start NOW! <3

Evie said...

Love your artwork - and also loved seeing your kitchen - I'm so nosey!! Merry Christmas!!!!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Wonderful post and I love how well you photos go with it! I love the art ~ they must be your creations ~ so beautiful Patti! Blessings ~ Katie


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