What is Rudy Day ? .....

I've always enjoyed Christmas. The decorations, the flurry and, of course, the real meaning but always felt let down on December 26. It was all over in a flash. All the planning and doing was gone in a minute. Finally I found the OC ...not the tv show but the Organized Christmas website which led to the Magical Holiday Home Forum. I don't even know how I found it but I did. And they had this wonderful thing called Rudolph Day....Rudy Day to most of us.....that lets you think, plan, dream about Christmas at least once a month on the 25th. And the best thing was I found more people out there just like me ! Crazy about all things Christmas. Well, almost obsessive. But to my family and friends that think I'm nuts half the time, I just want you to know there is no cure for it so don't try to find one. I wouldn't want the cure if you could find one anyway.
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Last Christmas in July project...but the cutest!

I have a friend named Sherry that hates my style of decorating. Most of it anyway. We have a running discussion all the time about my snowmen with teeth and my pumpkin with teeth. They creep her out. For me, the uglier the better.

I love this little guy. He is the final project that I worked on in my Christmas in July party. Yeah, he is ugly but that's what makes him so cute!! I think I'll name him (or is it her) Sherry.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Altered Christmas Notebook

I went shopping at Staples the other day and came across a wonderful new find. They are now carrying eco-friendly notebooks that have plain kraft paper covers. They had spiral notebooks in several sizes, composition books and a few other items. I was so thrilled to find the spiral notebooks that I didn't really check out the others. Just inside the front was a page with pockets. I thought this would be great to carry with me in the car to jot down notes. I'm always seeing a great idea in a store and then totally forgetting the details about it when I get home. This notebook will be great for writing down ideas or recording what I have bought for everyone, including the price and where I bought it. The front pocket page would work well for putting receipts.

It's not a real fancy cover but then I didn't want a lot of embellishment on it. I can see it getting knocked around in the car and having buttons and baubles and bows all over the floor of the car. I'm sure I'll add to it sometime.......I just can't leave well enough alone!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Christmas in July Party

.......was really held in August but two days late isn't so bad. We had a great time. Not as many came as I had hoped but I guess not all are as "organized" as I am or as excited about Christmas all year as I am. Not that I don't enjoy all of the holidays but there is something so special and sentimental about Christmas.

I decorate a lot at Christmas. I tried to downsize one year but my 2 (adult) daughters, neither of which live at home anymore or help to decorate, had an absolute fit. So I have created a monster and have to live with it for a while.

Back to the party.......we watched 2 Christmas movies, ate breakfast casserole, and crafted for about 4 hours. After they left, DD27 (one of the above mentioned whining daughters) stayed for 4 more hours and 2 more movies. We had a great time.

The snowflake clipboard was made by DD27. Mine is the other one. I think she is going to have mom's creative gene! She did a great job! We both want to add a few embellishments but probably need to go shopping first LOL. Some projects have to sit and "simmer" for a while before they are complete. These were so fun and quick, we just HAVE to make more for our friends.