Everyone! Look! I, karen the uninspired and uninspiring, made THE most fabulous, rustic Christmas-ish centrepiece! Hooray!
Okay, too many exlamation points.
I have this fabulous bowl/vase thingy with a bird motif on it, because I lurv birds. I got my girlie and The Man to go out and get me a bag of pine cones from a nearby park. I filled up the bowl with the pinecones, some cinnamon sticks, and some curls from the skin of a clementine. Then I set it on this crazy little silver dollar-store tray, added my little birdy buddy who I found in a thrift shop, chopped a branch off my golden cedar and VOILA, awesomeness. Oh, and I threw some oranges on the tray for colour.
You know you like it.
My mother in law was kind enough to give me a big hunk from her juniper bush. Apparently juniper is the good luck bush, and has some biblical significance, but I am NOT a bible person, so I'll leave that up to y'all to meditate upon. I like the Christmasy look of it. The smell is a cross between a Christmas tree and CAT PEE. HOORAY!
YOU CAN TIE A RIBBON AROUND ANYTHING AND MAKE IT FESTIVE, APPARENTLY.
That's a picture of my grandfather in Poland beside the juniper.
Oh! Everyone! Here's a romantic story for you! See those FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC rustic Santa stick guys in the square glass vase? WELL, one day I was looking at Christmas decoration stuff online, and came across a site that featured easy, do-it-yourself crafts. I freaked for the Santa sticks, and pleaded with The Man to make them for me. Then one night I went out Christmas shopping, and when I returned home, he surprised me with them.
He had sneakily collected some sticks at a nearby park one afternoon when he was out with the kids, and then he quickly painted them all up when I was out one night for a couple of hours.
ROMANCE AT MY AGE!
Damn, I love those crazy Santa sticks.
You have no idea.
At MY house, this year we fill the bowls with FRUIT, MOTHERF***ERS.
THAT is how WE roll.
I don't know...it looks pretty, right?
Charming table of Santas.
Luckily, my son has stopped messing with the letters for fun. "LEON" does NOT spell "CHRISTMAS."
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...
Do you know how much I lurv Santa?!? I FREAKING HEART SANTA. If someone gives me a card with Santa on it, that is GUARANTEED to be saved FOREVER.
I love you Santa! SNIFF! xoxoxo
I got this card a long time ago from a friend. It's a reproduction of a German postcard from the early 1900's. My son says he hates it because Santa looks like "a lady."
freaking Santa Claus....so awesome.
True story! I made this little clothes peg soldier when I was in grade 1. I concentrated so hard while I was painting it, that I didn't realise I'd painted the face sideways to the body. So, soldier buddy looks over his shoulder forever. This is not a big deal, but it IS so typically KAREN that it's a little bit painful.
suck it in....drink up all the Christmas...
Stained glass Santa in the window
my poinsettia survived a whole year
hey! Any idiot can make RICE KRISPY SQUARES.
Why not make SUPER SQUARES?!? You know you want to try it.
karen's Super Squares
5 cups of HEALTHY cereal. NO glucose fructose, damn it!
( I used: 2 cups honey nut cheerios
2 cups bran flakes
1 cup organic bite-sized whole wheat )
5 cups marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
1 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
on medium heat, melt butter and marshmallows in a large pan
when that goo is melted, remove from heat and add cereals and stir quickly. Then add peanuts and chocolate chips and stir till combined.
dump into a buttered 9x11 baking dish and press down to fit. When cooled, cut and use your hands to lightly mold them into rough, sticky balls.
Seriously--everyone loved them, and they are crammed with fibre.
Happy Holidays, everyone!