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Who Will Notice?

My Charlie Brown Christmas decor
My Charlie Brown Christmas decor

Quirky Christmas decorations. I’ve always loved the quirky seasonal decorations that can easily be overlooked while driving down any street in the Park Cities. Each year in late autumn I replace the three Fabian Aralia trees on the ledge of my front porch wall with three dwarf Alberta Spruce trees which I then decorate for Christmas. My unprofessional decor takes no more than thirty minutes to complete and doesn’t cost me a dime. I love it, and it makes me smile. The next time you’re in my hood, drive by slowly–like ten miles an hour. Only then will my Christmas greeting catch your eye. Don’t blink! Otherwise you’ll miss it.

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Too Busy to Post

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something intelligent. This is just a quick fix for the moment, because my graphic design jobs have me overwhelmed. The creature you see in the above photo is the “Patsy Ann” doll my mom named me after. If it hadn’t been for eBay, I would never have known what she looked like. She was the tallest in Effanbee’s “Patsy” group and was popular from 1928 through the 1950s. About ten years ago, I did a series of promotional pieces using her. From time to time I will be reusing some of the images for my posts. She is also used in my logo/mark/brand that is in a bad need of an update which I plan to do in the near future.

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Third Annual Jingle Bash

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Handmade and deliciously tactile. It’s funny how small this world is, but I wouldn’t have known about this group, etsy Dallas, if it hadn’t been for a collaboration between my client, Katy Trail Animal Hospital, and Rhonda Warren, who specializes in custom design and letterpress paper goods. Without this coincidence, I wonder how long it would have been before I finally discovered this little pocket of wonders in my own backyard.

About the Jingle Bash. For the third year in a row, the Jingle Bash, Etsy Dallas’ handmade holiday shopping event, will offer up the very best in handmade apparel, bags, jewelry, home décor, accessories, art, pottery and more from over 50 hand-picked artists, crafters and designers. This year, the Jingle Bash will be held at The Palladium’s Lone Star Room (within the Gilley’s event complex just south of downtown Dallas at 1135 S. Lamar), a larger and more spacious venue than the former and beloved Sons of Hermann Hall. For more detailed information visit their website.

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And the Best Costume Prize Goes to:

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Anna and Steve ready Gabe for action. This little fellow was one of my last, but not least, trick-or-treaters. Custom designed and made by Anna, this attire is definitely not your run-of-the-mill variety. I could not stop laughing. Especially when he kept trying to escape from his mask. Years from now, when he is a fully grown young man, he won’t remember the outfit. But fortunately there will be plenty of digital proof to show him that he actually wore silver lamé in public.

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Trick o’ Treat

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Prepared for the onslaught. And the troops are ready. Goodie bags filled with a mix of novelty toys and candy has been my Halloween custom for many years. And as usual I relied on Oriental Trading for the items. This year’s trick is Alien Test Tubes of Slime which is meant to gross you out but is not recommended for consumption. And the first treat is Werewolf Hair (cotton candy). Unfortunately, it is no longer on their website, so I can’t show you what the package looks like. Instead I’ll show you what I used last year, Toe Jam Cotton Candy. The last, but not least, treat is Decayed Bone Powder.

Usually there are at least 50 kids who drop by. But it varies so much between the years, that I have no way of gaging on what to expect and be prepared for. Three years ago, there were 90. Last year it was less than 50. But if the Rangers win tonight and play on Halloween…

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Ah Hah! Caught!

Bertha and Bubba
Bertha and Bubba

Snuggling or spooning? Bertha, the red head, and Bubba, the one wearing the devil’s collar, sleep in separate beds when the temperature is higher than 80 degrees outside and higher than 72 degrees inside. That’s their choice, not mine. Gauging by their overnight change in sleeping habit, they have determined that fall has officially arrived. And none too soon! Especially after yesterday’s ninety degree high. So it’s official.

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Blog Set Up Trial

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This is just a just a trial run. There is a lot more to add and delete before this blog is ready for public viewing. So bear with me. Eventually this post will be eliminated and replaced with something you will actually want to read. Maybe not. Actually, all future posts will be mostly large images. My copy will play a subordinate role — it will be written only to explain what the photos are all about. I’m more into visuals than words. I am neither a copy writer or a journalist.

This is the first WordPress theme that I have ever built from scratch (as in starting with an empty box). It’s been a huge, long, painful learning curve. Building my website was a piece of cake (though it was labor intensive with many long hours) compared to learning all the coding and PHP required for WordPress. AAARRRGGGHHH!

This trial run is also to see if all my categories show up in the left sidebar. I’ve entered them, but they aren’t showing up when I refresh my post window. And then there are the tags. Heck, what’s the difference between categories and tags? They seem redundant to me.

So here goes… I’m about to click on the “Publish” button.