Sunday, December 11, 2011

Where is MY Holiday Spirit?

Hi All,
I just stopped in at Dawn's The Feathered Nest to get a Holiday Spirit Adjustment! Dawn is such a busy woman and has time to make the sweetest ornaments and art and gifts. Check out her adorable snowman ornaments! I just love visiting her and seeing what she is creating now! I feel a bit of the spirit coming over me already...

So I dug out my little 2' tree. It is already lighted and decorated. It looks a little dull and sparse this year for some reason. Maybe that "country style" is not thrilling me as much as it would if I added some color and sparkle.  It has a rusty birdhouse topper, which is due for a paint treatment. Then if I just add a bunch of mushroom birds and and little birds nests, some pinecones and some snowflakes and glitter, it should pop a little, don't you think? Okay, I'm off to Michaels!

OR NOT!  I almost forgot that I'm grounded! I had a pretty major surgery on my right foot about 10 days ago and I have 5 more weeks "off my foot" to look forward to.  I can't drive, and I need to use a wheelchair. This is an odd state to be in, as I'm so independent and ready to hop into the car and shop any chance I get. Didn't I just spend days at Pier 1 and Homegoods searching for the perfect comfy chair for my "confinement"? Looking forward to being able to walk pain free, though, and not begrudging my 6 weeks!

Meanwhile, I look around me and find my own nest needs fluffing in a bad way. I wheel my chair to a messy spot and actually organize and clean it as I go along. I groom my houseplants and nurture them with organic fertilizer. I keep the kitchen clean and do the laundry. There is no escaping the fact that I am home and I can do these things! I don't have to run off to another meeting at the Senior Center or work or go shopping or visiting. I can relax and improve my immediate surroundings!

Clutter in every corner!
A few days ago I started channeling Grandma as I edged the wheelchair cautiously into the craft area of my living room-not an easy task, as the space had become really messy and overcrowded. I dragged everything I could get my hands on out to the kitchen table, so I can do something creative.  I'm starting with a tiny shadowbox in a windowed soap box. I have some collaged cards in the works and maybe some sort of banners. I have been wanting to recycle those soup boxes into something, so I'll see what I can create!

Craft room (some of it!)
Once I get snipping, glueing and stamping, the creativity should begin to flow. Then I'll wrap and embellish those small gifts I bought for the family at all the craft fairs this fall. (I am determined not to give any gifts that are imported from across the world at great expense to the environment--my little statement this year!) I have hand-made baskets, luscious locally made soaps, fresh pot holders, cozy alpaca socks, hand made jewelry, my own framed photos and cards, and maybe a big batch of rum balls to divvy up between everyone. I'll reuse brown paper bags as wrapping paper, embellishing all with my stash of scrapping supplies and my own gift cards. I will, yes I will!

Winter Wonderland
Okay, It's working, the Holiday Spirit is coming on. I can feel it--I'll get my holiday letter ready to send off and get to work!

I will...

Sending out my Holiday Spirit to each one of you!


  1. Dear sweet Sherry...YOU INSPIRE ME dear friend!!! As I sit here and read your wonderful post, the Christmas spirit washes over me....I wish I lived nearby so I could pick you up and we could head to Michael's together!!! Wouldn't we have a grand time??? I will pray for your speedy recovery sweet friend so life can return to normal for you ~ but it does seem wonderful to slow down a bit as life always whizzes by. You are inspiring always, your kindness and sweetness ~ here's to us both enjoying this beautiful time of year!!! Take good care of yourself so that foot will be better in no time ~ hugs and love, Dawn

  2. Hi Sherry,
    Thanks for helping me get over my little pity party I was having today! Just listening to you lifted my spirits and made me stop and think for all that I have to be thankful for. I hope that you are up and around soon. I know this must be difficult.

    Keep up the crafting and creating and you'll heal right away.


  3. Hi Sherry, It sounds like a nice opportunity to stay home and enjoy your space and connect to it in a fresh way. I hope you are feeling ok and wish you a strong, healthy recovery. Your house plants look so healthy and beautiful. You can see the care and attention you give them!

  4. Sherry- Hope your foot mends fast! I can't imagine being off my feet for that long. My thoughts are with you! ;)

    Christmas sure came fast this year, and even though we are only a couple weeks away, I'm still not as excited as I usually would be. Hmmm... I really don't know why! All the same, I hope you have the best of Holidays this year!!

  5. Sherry -
    I am so sorry you are laid up with a "bum" let right now -- but this is the perfect opportunity to relax and just let the holidays happen - this may just prove to be your easiest and best yet. I hope your recovery goes well-
    Happy Holidays!


  6. Hi Sherry, take care of that foot. Boy! I sprained my ankle when we were in Sri Lanka and it is still healing 5 weeks later. Two friends had surgery on their feet for bunions and it took months for them to get back to normal. Sure is hard when you can't get around properly, but sounds like you are finding ways to keep busy. I just had lunch with a friend today. She had her little tree up and was playing Christmas music. This is the first year I've not done a thing and I'm not quite sure why. Maybe I'll get a tree up this weekend and will start playing Christmas music in the car. Happy holidays to you! Best wishes, Tammy

  7. What a difficult time to be grounded Sherry, yet you sound quite upbeat. It looks as though you will make the best use of your time tho'.
    Best wishes to you.

  8. So sorry to hear that you are grounded, but hey - if you can spend time fluffing and crafting, that's not so bad! :)
    LOVE your ideas for Christmas, Sherry!!!
    Big hugs,


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