Besides taking care of routine things - around here, that means balancing check books online, feeding the parrots, picking up prescriptions, running the sweeper, making the bed, cleaning the kitchen - I've been rummaging through my studio, pulling out various supplies that can be used for Christmas ornaments.
I left my "red" stage behind toward the end of summer (meaning, just a few short weeks ago) and am quickly regaining entry back into my "pink" stage. This means that at least one of my tables downstairs is barely visible through all the pink ribbons, feathers, glitters, fabrics, etc. It's a pink frenzy that could possibly be mistaken for a misguided former Mary Kay Cosmetics consultants' mad laboratory.
As you know, I'm really, really trying to not purchase additional arts and crafts supplies. You also know that there are some exceptions to my rules. In fact, there are probably more exceptions than rules. Anyway, I'm low on little craft birds so it was absolutely necessary to visit Dollar Tree yesterday. I found cards with three white craft birds (doves, maybe?) on them! Okay, granted, they were not the quality that you can pick up at, say, Michael's or Hobby Lobby. But, if you douse them with a bit of white glue and sprinkle generously cover them with glitter, they're pretty cute.
Part of my stored stash includes a bunch of little (2-3") wreaths that I decided would make cute nice round swings for said birdies. Here is what they are looking like so far:
You really can't tell from the pictures, but some of the birds remain white, covered with (none other than) white sugary glitter, while others are pink from (you guessed it) pink sugary glitter.
Every time I think of pink birds I always think of the beautiful flamingo. That's a lie. Every time I think of pink birds, I always think of those pink plastic flamingos that were used to grace so many lawns years ago. Then, I'm reminded of a time my guy friend and his buddy partied a little too much (which wasn't unusual for them back then) and set out on a plastic pink flamingo trek. I have no idea how many lawns they hit that night. I can only imagine what those little old ladies had to think when they looked out onto their lawns the next morning to find their beloved plastic birds in what I will call compromising positions.
See what happens when you get older? Your mind involuntarily wanders to years and years (and more years) before and you remember things from then with a much crisper memory than the one you use to recall the things from the day before. Not that I'm all that old, of course. My BFF, Janet, refers to herself as being in the "Youth of her Old Age". Maybe I'll start referring to myself as being in the younger years of my aging process.
Okay, back to ornament making.
Being a bird person, I'd love to find a new and fresh way of using these birds in ornaments. Any ideas? I mean as cute as they are, birds on top of birdhouses, looking out of birdhouse holes, swinging in wreaths, and perched on shoulders have been done zillions of times. Are there other ways to use them? And no, don't say "Sure, in a stew..." - maybe we should have some kind of a contest.
Which reminds me - I still haven't come up with this month's Giftaway package but everyone who comments on any of my October posts will be entered.
Oh - I almost forgot. I have a dozen clear glass Christmas balls (bought at least five years ago), minus two that I broke, and am drawing total blanks - we're talking absolutely no brain activity here - on what to do with them. I started these:
but I feel like I'm looking at vanilla gone bad. Halp!
Hoping to come back tomorrow with Giftaway news...