Welcome to The Day After.
Actually, it’s never too bad at our house. As soon as the stockings are emptied, before the unwrapping begins, someone goes and grabs a trashbag and we clean as we go. Still, at this point we are left with dozens of boxes that need to be put somewhere, and gifts and stuff that need to be put away in an already full house.
The space under the tree is empty. (My dream is one day to have a not-cheesy-tree-skirt…and a real tree. I can’t stand fake ones, but such is life at the moment. So no giggling at mine.)
Stuff needs to go someplace… soon…
One of my fave gifts this year is a new coffee cup! I’ve been wanting one that is just mine and just right (I’m rather picky.) Living in my folk’s house, I’ve just used theirs; I mean, it’s not like we’re gonna unpack a kitchen box or 12 just to find my favorite coffee mug. So here is my new one! I actually picked it out; Kiki and I were shopping and I loved it, so she “snuck” it into my shopping cart, lol. We do that when she’s Christmas shopping for me. (Gosh, at World Market this year she picked out a bunch of stocking stuffers for me, put her little handbasket in my cart, and had me look the other way while she placed them on the counter and the gal bagged the stuff!) Yeah, obviously I paid for my own stuff, but it’s the thought that counts..?
It’s beautiful, a white-on-white design. The picture really doesn’t capture just how pretty it is. I adore little wild birdies – the other gift she picked out for me (again, while we were together, this time at the tree festival!) was this little snowy, pineconey guy that I set with a couple of my other birdie friends –
Oh! Here are some pics of more craft – gift projects. One is another ‘thrift shop plate and cups’ jewelry holder for one of my nieces. Her room is painted with these huge circles on the walls, so we were so excited to find this plate!
The other is a stuffed animal (well, it might be an animal. I dunno) that is made from a sock. This was a last minute gift (for Kiki’s stuffie friend) so altho it would have looked nicer with an embroidered face, I just used a Sharpie and called it good. It only took about a half hour or so to make. Would’ve been quicker if I’d sewn it on the machine but everyone was in bed so I didn’t want to make noise (the sewing room is across the hall from my parent’s bedroom.)
Well, it’s nearly 2pm, so perhaps I should go take a shower now. I hate to leave the quiet of the moment, as everyone else is out and about and I have a little time to myself – which is rare here. I am loving it! However, they will be returning soon, so I guess I should get dressed or something….
Hope everyone had a wonderful (at least mostly wonderful) Christmas!