Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Doesn't look much like Christmas as the temperature has been above 0C for several days now but since three of my Christmas events took place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and I have 11 of the 20 copies of "The Book" that I give as Christmas presents printed and bound, it was a good week.

First, of course, was our M.E.E. Christmas party on Tuesday night. We meet in McClure United Church and the basement is always beautifully decorated for Christmas so when we arrived to set up, it was already quite festive.

Gifts from M.E.E. at each place

Gift from Barb S. of teensy beads

Two tables for the savouries and the one in the back for sweets and the punch.
As the food comes in....

The punch and the beginning of the sweets!
Each year, the club supplies three Christmas trees. Members who bring in six ornaments can enter their name in a draw for one of the trees and one third of the ornaments contributed. Many of the long-term members bring in ornaments, but having won the draw previously, do not enter their names.
The tree draw...
Some of us sitting around visiting....

Tina lead a trivia quiz about Christmas songs and movies. Our table won and each person received this wonderful glue package! 
Glue spreader, glue bottle, glue bottle covers and glue tips!
Oops! Marg lead another Christmas Carol quiz. Our table missed one answer and two tables tied and Joanne supplied the tie-breaking question. Was  very close. 

Our club is SO incredibly blessed to have Tina as a member AND that Tina has a laser cutter!  She has done so many wonderful projects for us (and gifts us quite often with laser poop!)

For Christmas, she made some wonderful RL Christmas ornaments and gave each of us half an ornament that we had to meet up with the possessor of the matching piece. When we met with that person and reported in, she gave us a choice of keeping the ornament that marched or a different one.

I received the doves, matched with Holly and she received another ornament.


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After the food and games, we moved our chairs into a circle for the gift exchange. In the past couple years, we have done the "left and right) story (or something similar). This year, Joanne found a "left, right and across" that involved much chaos and was great fun!

Then Joanne read us our annual Christmas story. This year's was Berkeley Breathed's "A Wish for Wings That Work".
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While Joanne was reading the story, Bev passed around a bag that contained gifts for each member.

 Mine was this wonderful inch tall ceramic piece.

My Christmas gift from Cheryl S. was two utility knives (with blades)

AND this wonderful LED magnifier! 

It has two settings of lights - one that is direct and one that is general!
 My dear friend, Cheryl H., won one of the Christmas trees and ornaments in the draw. Although she lives in Nova Scotia, she had left her Christmas angels with me to enter.

It was one of the best M.E.E. Christmas evenings that I can recall.

Wednesday:  Several of us who worked at W. D. Cuts School in the past met for dinner at Luisa's on Perron Street then four of us went on to the Arden Theatre to attend the St. Albert Community Band Concert.

Thursday: Almost all of us who have attended the condo potluck over the past year got together for a wonderful Christmas meal.

Just the beginning of the food!
 What an incredible "get-together" of friends!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

M.E.E. Christmas Party tonight

Tonight is our M.E.E. Christmas party. It's a lovely day with temperatures above 0C so no worries about having to cancel as we had to a couple times last year. (We cancel meetings, etc., when the temperature dips to -25C with the windchill.)

I put this together for my exchange gift. The table is an inexpensive one that I did up with a black lacquer finish and added the brass drawer pulls. The vases are some I made years ago with red paint and a sparkle varnish overcoat. The Christmas tree tray filled with goodies was purchased at our last meeting. (Those items are put in place with moveable glue so they can be used in other scenes, if desired.)

Hope to report more tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

And the STASH just gets BIGGER....

At our regular meeting on Tuesday, we sold out the last of the donations to the club from Janet Mann and Lorry Saunders along with a big donation of freebies from member Carol K.

I hadn't planned on buying anything but there were a few things that I had missed before so....

Tina had two bags of  'laser poop' to give away tonight....and Joanne and I were lucky enough to win them! GREAT picture frames!

From the sales table...
A Philip Aitken pewter plate (British Columbia) that I picked up for friend Marijke in New Brunswick.
Two nesting tables from NAME National 2010 by Wes and Judy Krueger.

This table is very reminiscent of the table that belonged to Vern's parents. The legs are a bit different but the top, skirt and bottom shelf are very much the same.

Love the fruit tray and the Christmas tray of goodies. The necklace is lovely and will enjoy using the macrame plant hanger in a scene.

These towels are beautifully done and can definitely use them somewhere.

I need a baseball bat for Vern's Attic and this was so beautifully done (and inexpensive) that I had to have it! Certainly easier than making it myself.

Thank you, Carol K., for these things.
Three blocks of Fimo (black, labelled lavender (but looks more burgundy to me) and turquoise.

About 12" of thin wires that can be used to wire LEDs!
 I also got about a 2' x 2' piece of lacy fabric from Carol. I took a picture of it against my red couch but there is not really anything that will do it justice. A bit stiff but will work for drapes/curtains that don't have to be pleated.

Know where some things will go eventually but some (as always) are on hold for that 'perfect' place to put them.

So what else is new? LOL!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Early Christmas

A neighbour called me yesterday morning. She was cleaning out 'little stuff' that had belonged to her mother and asked if I would be interested. Of course, I said "Yes".

May be able to make some Western sculptures from these.

Various animals and birds. Some are 1" scale.

The 3 angels in front are adorable and the other pieces are great little Christmas pieces.

Beautiful cameos...and the four small ones will work as jewellery.

The two deer will work on a fireplace mantle. The doll will work in a high chair and the Santas and Snowman can certainly be used in a Christmas scene.

Choral singer, three angels and a seated woman.

Love this little elephant. Might paint it ivory and use as a little put-about.

Odds and ends. The glass leaves (lower left) are wonderful.
Will have great fun finding places for these.

Thanks Heather.

Monday, November 13, 2017

BIG Catch-up

Sorry it's taken so long for me to check in.

I went to Peterborough to spend Hallowe'en with my grandchildren. The second night I was there was the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest. One family was away at a hockey tournament so wasn't as big as usual but was a great time.

Jonah and Sean's entry

Aunt Lorraine and cousin Ella's entry

Holly and Julie's entry (forefront) and  the other family's entry (background) - a VW van to match Mom and Dad's 60s costumes.
Had a great time with Sean, Julie and the grandchildren. Was there to see Jonah move up to intermediate class in archery and saw some of Holly's dance classes.

Came home on the night of November 3 (to winter) and on November 4, a group of miniature friends joined me for a Mini Day Out where we decorated 38 mini tables for Meals on Wheels. Special thanks to Judy S. and Bev A. who kept plugging away all day and did about half the tables between the two of them.

 All the tables we finished.

Fellow Board member, Joan (who drives for Meals on Wheels) and I delivered them to the Senior Centre on Thursday night as we had a meeting of condo owners there that night. The co-ordinator called Joan Friday morning and told us how pleased she was with them and how wonderful everyone thought they were.

A couple weeks earlier I had found a bag of artificial snow at Dollarama and since I was out of miniature salads, I decided to make some on Saturday.

I took about 5 cups of the 'snow' and put a cup each in five 7" x 8" ziploc bags. I then chose 5 different shades of green acrylic paint  and squirted about a teaspoon of paint in each ziploc bag and mooshed it around until all the snow was covered.  Then I emptied each bag on to a separate sheet of paper towel and spread it out to dry.

When it was all dry, I combined everything into one large ziploc bag and, ta-da, salad. I gave the miniaturists who wanted some a smaller ziploc bag filled with salad and some whole red peppercorn for cherry tomatoes.
 In a way, I was disappointed in this particular bag of snow in that the flakes weren't as finely cut as the last bag I got years ago. On the other hand, there are some nice bigger pieces that will make good pieces of lettuce for sandwiches.

Cheryl H., who joined us from Nova Scotia, brought strings of bead angels that she bought at Michael's. She carefully took them apart then made wonderful little angels for us.

These are just under 1/2" tall.
Last week was busy with meetings but other than a breakfast with old co-workers tomorrow, this week looks pretty quiet so far.