Thursday, December 30, 2010

more parties, loot, treasure to boot...

to my undying delight, i won sadie's Gypsy Queen Solstice giveaway!

here's my beauteous bounty.

just in time for milla's rad post about romany inspiration.
there's nothing i want more than to pile on my jewelry and all my earthly favorite skirts and petticoats and traipse through the land, a nomad and a wanderer. and yet there is also nothing i want more than a cozy homestead with a garden and lace curtains and pretty silk lingerie bags (below) filled with delights.
all the cozy luxuries of home...

the dilemmas of too-many-choices. i should be a gemini. always a torn soul, too many things i want to make and do and see and be....until my heart is continually exploding in delight, awe, and scatterings.

zack and rebecca had their big annual holiday bash. it is always on the 27th, (darin always has to work) there is always a white-elephant gift exchange and an ugly christmas sweater contest and a gingerbread houses.
also special drinks, a group portrait, cheese, a bonfire....

this year we even had glow sticks and hot buttered rum. dammmnnn fine time. 

rebecca explains it all.

addie just informed me that christmas is supposed to go twelve nights, starting on the 25th and continuing until january 5th! she is still playing sufjan's christmas album and baking goodies. this all sounds fine and dandy to me, lots more jollyness and feasting and wassailing the oak trees. rebecca says that twelfth night was traditionally marked by misrule and reversals, and also marks the beginning of carnival season which continues till ash wednesday. wow!
no rest for the merry round here.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

customer appreciation: Norah's Christmas in Norway

there is nothing i love more than getting photos of happy customers wearing vintage items from my etsy shop.
i had so much fun this december sending out packages all around the world and imagining them being given as happy christmas gifts or worn for special holiday occasions.

the lovely and sweet norah from norway ordered this velour sweater for her man for christmas. 
look how dashing he looks in it!
she reports that it is perfect for snuggling, awww...

and even better: he gifted her a pair of slippers with similar stripes!
what a sweet stripey couple!

thank you so much, norah, for sending me the photos and for your wonderful enthusiasm.
you make me love etsy even more.

Monday, December 27, 2010

a very beatty christmas

although one never quite knows what to expect with our quite unruly family,
one thing you know for certain is that celebrations will be crazy.

that someone(s) will dance.

that there will be cats,
and mikie will be goofy and loud.

that i will wear a festive apron.

that there will be way too many good homemade treats, and that mikie will point at them.

and that darin will bury his nose in a book and read for a while in the midst of the madness.

that someone will get in a big rollicking argument (addie and mikie this year, and look how innocent she looks) but luckily it will be short-lived.

that conversation will be lively, and everyone will be trying to get a word in edgewise...

that i will make people dressed in cute vintage clothes pose for photos, like the ever-willing em.

that pops will stumble over his words quite endearingly (this year while reading an abridged version of the nativity story ((on his iphone no less,)) he mistakenly called the "babe" the "table." sweet pops.)

that we will all have tons of fun opening our gifts to each other because we LOVE surprising each other and making each other happy.

and joey might even try his out right away,
especially if it has anything to do with backpacking...

but mostly that we will be warm and cozy and festive and silly and happy together.

this year we missed my brother matt and his wife amy and their three rad rowdy wondrous kids.
they had a cozy white christmas at their own home in utah this year for the first time ever.
we had to take a sisters pic without amy, pffft?!!

meanwhile, the festivities continue through the week and my head is still spinning!
hope you're all enjoying this crazy bright time in the midst of winter.

is your family as crazy as mine?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

may your day be merry and bright

christmas is here.
after all the madness....

from a (one!) quiet night watching the eclipse with my sweetheart. the clouds magically parted just at the peak of fullness, and after hours of thinking i was going to miss it due to weather...i did a wee jig in the driveway. we were out there until 2 just soaking in that strange radiance.

to making wassail with mama at the solstice party...

which turned into more like a crazy-dance-party...

to a trip to the mall (!?) with my fun and cheery sister. in which i proceeded to buy myself (well, my household ;) a pound of Sees candies.

days at the bookstore wearing dresses that make me feel festive.

this one came from becky at our booth-day.

to addie's fancy cocktail party last night.

with tiny festive drinks made with cranberries and peppermints, creme de menthe, cocoa, milk.
apricot liqueur and grapefruit and violet and all manner of wondrous concoctions.

and lots of cat love.

and caroling down the midnight streets.

ruebi, an old and wonderful friend who is a new mama that lives in the city, told ryann and i "i hope you know how romantic your life is. you have all your girlfriends around you and your community and you are all here for each other doing fun things together." i loved it, it made me stop because yes, it is something i do know, but sometimes i forget. and my town seems small, house seems shabby, errands seem mundane.
and then in a glorious moment i know again that making a commitment to your small town and community is a pretty beautiful thing. and that all that matters is the love you give and wrap yourself up in so cozily.

and then today, off to see darin's family that lives in the bay area and play with this little spunkster all day.

darin's brother sinjin, skateboarder extraordinaire.

and at last, after all the rushing...quiet time. a fire in the stove, my favorite holiday movie in the vcr, sees candies in my belly, cats tumbling and playing all over the wrapped gifts, and a whole lot of love.

i actually cried this morning because christmas has gone too fast. i have to figure out a way to slow down time, to make every moment stretch, to find calm and stillness within myself even in the busy days. (enya helped a little from time to time this season)
i can't complain about too much fun, it's just that i love it all too much, and it flies.
but i do have peace in my heart tonight, and i will remember this feeling.

merriest christmas to all of you out there in our lovely world.
i hope it is a most magical day.