December 2, 2011
My Favorite Time of Year!
I love Christmas time. My most fond memories are the moments when my mother had me and my 5 siblings create things for Christmas. Everything during Christmas time with 6 children becomes an event. We would all make Christmas cookies, each with our own bowl of dough to create what we could imagine up with green and red sprinkles, Santa cutouts, etc. We would create garland made from nic-nacs around the house, gingerbread houses etc, all useful ware as gifts for the extended family members. Decorating the tree was the best event of all, with 1000 of beautiful ornaments that we had to carefully place on the tree, careful not to break any. It was all magic to me.
Last year my husband came home with the ultimate no-no...plastic Christmas ball ornaments for the tree. With a grimace I thought "where on Earth will I hide those for the rest of our lives"...
However, as it turned out, it turned into the best thing ever! One day as I was chatting with my sister, i happened to have paint lying around and started half-hazardly doodling on one cheesy fake gold plastic little bobble and noticed it was becoming quite fantastic....Hence a new event was created! Painting Christmas ornaments. Since I have twin 3 year old boys (who you can see on my studio wall) who love to dabble with the brush, i decided we would have a little party inviting a handful of my nearest and dearest from LA and their children to come participate in some ornament decorating. So, thanks to my husband, off i went to get a barrel of plastic ornaments at Target and Rite aid...a little glitter, some pom-poms, Elmer's glue, some Tempura paints. If you wanted to do this yourself, you probably could decorate right onto the gold or silver or red or whatever plastic color you get...I chose to paint some of mine white (with white Primer water based paint that you can get at any hardware store)....So our party is tomorrow and I promise to document it.