Thursday, December 6, 2012

"Tis the Season

My sister and I were experimenting with our iPhones at dinner the other night.  The light was low because Joe really likes the atmospherics, though I like to see the dinner I've carefully prepared!  Betty has the new iPhone5 and I have the 4S.  So we wanted to see the difference in quality of pictures.  Not much, it turns out.

Christmas Cactue in bloom

I like this image and put it on my phone as the wallpaper.  Then I tried cropping it and putting it here as the banner image for the header.

Hours later and with no success in the process, I called Kimmie for help.  I sent her the raw image as an email and in minutes she had it cropped and sized appropriately.  

We still don't know what I did wrong, but she said next time I want to change my banner image, I should just call her.

Blown Egg painted by Kimmie

Over the years we've gotten together to make tree ornaments.  This is one that Kimmie made a long time ago.  Maybe even before she was married.  It's one of my favorites.

I made this about 20 years ago, I think.

Decorated with leftover scraps from a wedding dress I made for a client.

My father taught me how to blow eggs many years ago.  He was so good at it he could blow out the contents with only a small pin hole at either end.  I'm not so good.  

With sharp scissors, I pierce each end of the egg, carefully turning the blade to create a slightly larger hole to make it easier to blow into, and blow out the contents.

It's easy to mod podge tissue paper over the egg and cover the holes, then decorate it; it stays quite strong that way 

With a long needle (I use a beading needle), it's possible to pass a thin wire through the egg so that it can be hooked onto the tree.

Maybe I'll make more eggs this year...


  1. Hi Sallyanne, Such pretty ornaments. And all the nicer because of their fond memories. Your banner photo is lovely. My son bought our family each a Kindle Fire. I spent probably a good half hour typing and retyping my password to log in. I am not the most savvy when it comes to these things so I can understand your frustration. Oh well. At least we have family members who can help.

    I hope your Christmas was warm and wonderful.

    1. Thank you, Grace, for your encouragement. computers and their assorted relatives are a bane and a blessing, don't you think?

  2. Hello Sally Anne,

    Came across your blog on the "fig" item.
    just Gave a jar with candied figs away, and was returned the same favor.
    Since I am a foodblogger I have to write about it.
    Thanks for your story on figs, I love these little delights
    of texture and taste.

    Hope to see you at my blog,
    with love the Dutch Cook

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm not terribly active, though I try to be. I will definitely visit your blog!