Thanks for all the tree skirt lovin'. You guys are so sweet.
I am finally coming up for air from that secret project with the December deadline. That's a sneak peak up above. And now that I'm out from under the panic, I've started to think about decorating for the holidays. Yeah! The boxes came down, and we even dug into a few Sunday night while listening to Christmas music. At one point we had on Barbara Streisand's "Jingle Bells?" which is a really fast, slightly different version of the standard. I loved it when I was a child and it seems to have that appeal, because my son feel under it's spell this year. We ended up having sing-offs, girls against boys, to see who could get the words out correctly and with the music. We girls won every time! We could even annunciate, the boys ended up slurring words and losing tempo, they never even made it all the way through the song without laughing. I highly recommend it as far as cheap entertainment goes.
...Anyway, when I opened the boxes I remembered that last year, after being inspired by an article in Mary Englebreit's Home Companion (I think it was about Margo Tantau??), I covered a couple of ornament boxes in Christmas giftwrap instead of leaving them plain. Every year a friend sends us fruit from Harry and David and I find those boxes to be perfect for ornaments, they wrap that fruit so carefully. But that box is ugly, so wrap it I did with paper used on Christmas morning. Having forgotten about it, it was a pleasant surprise. I've seen old Christmas boxes on ebay, but never bought any, they were expensive. Maybe I'll wrap a few each year with the paper used that year, I don't know.
So anyway, on to the "more skirt love" part of the post title. Like I said yesterday, I love skirts, especially the kind you wear. At artfest one year my friend Amy took a class by Rice Freeman-Zachery on turning jeans into a skirt and then altering the skirt. Amy had the brilliant idea to make a Christmas Holiday skirt. I wasn't in that class, but once I saw Amy's skirt, I had to copy her idea. Here is the skirt I made for myself out of an old pair of jeans that I had already patched once (the rectangle patch). I used new and vintage material and of course added some pom-pom fringe as well as other trims. The little velvet bird was a gift tie-on from Martha Stewart's K-Mart Holiday line (a couple years ago). I also made a skirt for my daughter (which I can't put my hands on today) that she hated and never wore. Humf. She was 12 at the time, I can't really blame her, it does have that "sweater lady" look about it. Of course, I choose to look at it as more funky, but it could go either way. I made two more for my friend's daughters, and they loved them. Here's a picture of theirs.
It's really pretty easy, so worth the effort even though kids grow out of them by the next year. Just make sure they'll actually wear it before beginning.
Well, there you go. A totally random post. Kinda all over the place, just like my brain today (or is it most days?). Hope your finding it easier to focus. One hour before the school bus arrives...must.get.something.done. (Laundry and dishes for starters, oh joy!)