My Rare One and I did not make a gingerbread house this festive season. Instead, we painted and decorated a Christmas Bird House Village!
A tiny A-frame bird house made me think of a Christmas tree, so I painted it in shades of green and stuck a whole bunch of bling on it to represent ornaments. The wreath around the bird house entrance is made from a couple of intertwined glitter pipe cleaners.
Continuing the bling and glitter theme, I then painted this medium-sized bird house blue and white. I shingled it (rather shakily) with blue and gold glitter card stock. I continued the blue theme with some self-adhesive blue bling on the sides. Another gold glitter pipe cleaner wreath and gold beads around the bottom and voila! Ready for some gay birds to move in!
My Rare One completed the large bird house at the centre of our village tableau. Apart from a glitter pipe cleaner wreath and some glitter snow on the roof, she did not take my easy route of just sticking on a bunch of bling. No, she instead painted all her decorations on the house with the teeny-tiniest of brushes! A candy cane fence and perch, a Christmas tree, the pre-oven festive turkey, a cheery snowman and twinkling Christmas Bell lights -- all meticulously painted by hand!
I apologize for these kinda crappy, blurry photos I took. Too much eggnog, I guess, LOL!
This month's full moon altar honours Sankta Lucia, Scandinavian Goddess of the Winter Solstice. Wearing her Crown of Light and bringing gifts of coffee and saffron buns, Sankta Lucia welcomes the returning sun after the longest night of the year.
My Sankta Lucia statue was a gift from my sister a couple of Christmases ago. Here I've placed her on a silver beaded altar cloth, surrounded by mini-lights and holly leaves with bright red berries. Around the altar's perimeter is a selection of large old and new Christmas tree ornaments.
The two old ornaments on the left belonged to my maternal grandmother. Every Christmas at the family hotel, a huge 12-foot high, real Christmas tree was put up in the restaurant dining room, covered in large glass ornaments specially brought from Switzerland in the 1950s. These are the two which my Mom and I were given after her passing. My sister also has one. They are cherished family heirlooms!
The two new ornaments on the right were both purchased by me over the years. The sacred spiral of life one I got in Winnipeg about 30 years ago. The one of snowy winter branches with red berries I bought here in Edmonton about 5 years ago. I love them both!