More of the Christmas collection. I found out after all these years, my kids have always thought that stuffed 1950s Santa is scary. They’re right! Ya. now that I think about it, I’d hate to wake up in the middle of the night and find that thing sitting next to me! It’s right up there with happy scary clown man! He has a bit of an untrustworthy look. Like he’d make a creepy neighbor. And that body of his…so undefined! Poor Santa. Kind of goes along with my boy that came up to me one night when he was about 2 and asked if Santa was going to scratch us? He knew about the naughty or nice song and that Santa checks up on him all month to see how he’s doing. He was always in some kind of trouble so he’d been contemplating the consequences. I said, “Why would he scratch us? He said, (totally serious) “Because he’s Santa Claws!!!
Rainbow bright. Do you knit? This scarf was really an excuse to make and wear pom poms! There’s something about winding that yarn round and round. Adding new colors then tying it off around the middle and fluffing and trimming the sheesh out of it to see what you’ve created. One of my favorite Christmas ornaments is a pom pom my boy made me in kindergarten. It hangs on the ugliest most beautiful tree on earth. I’ll show it to you one day soon.
My rainbow scarf was knitted with #10 needles using all bulky wools. A variety of baby alpacas, Spud & Chloe super bulky and Linie 292 Sal. If you don’t knit and want to, write me…I’ll talk you into it! kimi.
I haven’t done an advent calendar in years. A small creature that ruled the attic for a time evidently couldn’t resist even the smell of chocolate and ate our old one right up. After I saw what Isabelle did at Dos Family, I decided to whip up a tree of my own. My boys will love this advent calendar with little origami boxes and Chinese red envelopes stuffed with cash and Lindt truffles! Am I missing anything?? I didn’t think so!
How to make a Christmas advent tree calendar. It’s easy. The most time consuming part for me was folding the boxes. I had a vision, you can use whatever you want, but for me it was a fold-a-thon!. This tree only takes a couple hours to make. Even faster if you don’t use spray paint. Seriously, the plaster sets up in just 30 min.
Have fun if you decide to make it happen. kimi.
Do one thing everyday that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt said that. I’m not a fan of scary movies, I have no desire to scuba dive. Those are just 2 things that scare me. If I dial it in a bit and make a smaller scope, ya, so far this week I’ve done something scary everyday. The things are non life threateningly small. Painting those vintage cowboy boots was one. Having my eyes dilated as part of my exam was another. Do you have any idea how easy it would have been to say I’d come back another time for that? Ya, back probably never! I have a thing about eyes. What if they accidentally poke my eye out with some kind of gauge or flashlight while checking around in there.
Have you seen the movie Chasing Mavericks yet? I loved it! One of the lines that stayed with me was about fear. “Fear is healthy, panic is dangerous.”
My yoga teacher challenged us to think of the thing you’d do if you knew for certain you couldn’t fail. WOW! I know what it is, Jump! I’d jump! Jump off of anything and fly til I landed. Or jump from building to building. Just go for it!
I’m gonna start by giving ol’ Eleanor a shot. I’ll make sure I do a scary thing everyday, write it down and see what comes out of it. Doesn’t have to be hugely scary, just something that kicks up some fear. Do it with me. Or at least give it some thought. I think you’ll be amazed by how brave you really are!
More fear from California Pixie:
UPDATED 11/29/2012: This was a fail!
I’ve been painting shoes for years and haven’t had a pair crack and peel like these did. The paint did not adhere to this leather at all. When it started to crack on the creases (as soon as I walked out of the house) I was able to peel the paint right off the boot like when you peel glue off your hand. Anyway. Here’s a pic of the boots now…all back to normal. I got lucky! My mary janes and clogs I’ve painted held up fine. I guess the whole idea is just a little iffy! This was a waste of time but good to know, I’m stumped!
So…consider yourself warned!!! :) kimi.
When I found these boots my intention was always to paint them. It took me a while to actually go for it. It takes a fair amount of courage, some special paint and a ton of crazy. Especially to dive into cowboy history! They are a little shiny and new looking for now but that will wear a little and if it doesn’t I’ll hit them with a tiny bit of polish. Only a tiny bit just to cut a tad of the sheen. It’s a fine line. Anyway, I love how they turned out!!!
I’ve painted a lot of boots and shoes. For some reason, I’m not usually a big fan of the available color palette OR I’m just a freak and demand to have things my way! Whatever it is. It’s fun. I prefer leather dye but that only works on natural undyed leather. Paint is a great alternative but it does have a drawback. If the shoes get a lot of wear, the creases sometimes crack the paint layer and expose the original color. It only happens a tiny bit in the natural creases of the leather. For me, this isn’t a big deal, I just touch em up. Sometimes it looks really cool and you can just leave it. All just depends. Something to consider if you’re gonna go for it!
The before. They were cool but I had a vision!
I use Cova Color that I get from Tandy leather. It’s acrylic paint. I want to try regular acrylics next time cuz that would open up a LOAD of color choices, but I’m not sure how it will wear. If anyone has experience with this, please share.To get a nice opaque color, it takes several coats depending on the color. Red tends to take a lot of paint. Kelly green, not so much and gray? Just a couple coats. Look close at the pic above and you can see brush strokes. That means you aren’t done yet…more paint! Work in layers, don’t glop it on or you might be a little sorry.
The tools. A wide brush to get a lot of paint on and a little guy for getting into points and corners.
It’s up!! The second the big dinner get’s put away I start bringing the Christmas boxes down from the attic. This collection of vintage glass bulbs started years ago with my very first older than old box of Shiny Brights from the local thrift shop. Some of it’s from my great grandpa, my grandma and my friend Clyde who showed up here one day with a big box marked ‘kimmy’. It was full of his old ornaments. He raised his kids on those glass bulbs and as the years passed, these beauties were replaced with the new and lucky me got the old! I LOVE being the recipient of people’s well loved goodies. My aluminum wonderland’s on timers this year so we always return home to the warm glow of the 1960s. I’ve already watched the Grinch cartoon and listened to 2 full days of Burl Ives Holiday Radio on Pandora! It’s heaven on earth!
This is just the tip of insanity. I’ll be serving it up all month! Enjoy and Happy Christmas!
Mammoth Mountain, California. Snowboarding cold and still sunny! Go be with people you love! Just a little way to say Happy Thanksgiving!
I promise…you walk in with a big basket of these lovers and you will get the esteem boost of the century!!
Click HERE for recipe, instructions and more pix! Trust me! This butterhorn roll recipe is tried and true! It’s what I’m bringing to dinner…well, and a chocolate cream pie because eating pumpkin pie is torture!
What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Dat nacho cheese!!! Hahah…so stupid! And I’ve been telling that since I was 8. I think I heard it from my Dad. At the time I only knew nachos to be the kind with that melted down brick of mystery cheese poured over stale chips. I have to say, I can look at those and avoid like crazy but if I’m really hungry and take a bite, it’s over!
Sometime when you’re not starving at a carnival, try making nachos at home. So easy and homemade beans make em even better. To make the beans, I use this recipe. It’s sooo good! It looks involved but it’s really not. It takes 3 hours but most of that is the beans and the stove doing their thing with you checking in a few times along the way.
Chips, beans, cheese. If the beans aren’t hot enough to melt the cheese, put it in the oven for a few minutes. Then hit it with lettuce, olives, tomatoes, lime, salsa and lots of guacamole! It’s a happy snack! Hahaha…dat nacho cheese! I love that joke!!!
(updated 11/25/12 at bottom of post)
I did a photo shoot for one of my best pals, Allyn from Allyn Scura Eyewear. I’m so excited!! Her and Scott want me to pick a pair for myself but I can’t decide!
Which ones should I get?? Those black beauties in the top pic are called the Parker. They’re GREAT but I already have some chunky black glasses. I want to go for something I don’t have. They’re all so cool! I’ve finally narrowed it down to these 3. If I get the Tirza in blue I’ll have them made into sunglasses with vintage green lenses.
Help me out! Leave a comment and tell me which ones are your favorites. I’ll enter you into a drawing to win a pair of Allyn Scura brand glasses for yourself.
Click on any of the pictures to get a closer look and to browse their site… it’s a little slice of eyewear history! They sell tons of great vintage frames, too. You’ll love it!
Winner picks from Allyn Scura brand of eyewear (click HERE for styles). Have fun and good luck!!!
Update (11/25/12): BIG thanks to all who voted. Pixie reader “Ang” won the big prize and I can’t wait for my Tirza in blue!!!! Thanks again and HUGE thanks to Allyn Scura Eyewear!! kimi
THANKS soooo very much for stopping by and helping to make this such a fun thing for me! Make sure you check in this week. I have a surprise for you!! This is my birthday month and Ill be sharing some of the goodness! Who doesn’t like a prize…and it’s a good one from my friends at Allyn Scura Eyewear!
The pixie is just over 6 months old. Some of you have been here since the beginning and others found me yesterday. You’re coming in from all over the world! I LOVE reading your comments and finding out who’s there. To be a little sentimental I picked a few of my first posts for ya today. Have a great day and don’t forget to check in again this week for a chance to win a really cool prize! THANKS!! kimi.
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Every year I love this day! I tend to spread it out all across the month, actually. In some ways I haven’t changed at all. I dress the same…I’d still wear that awesome coat if it fit and I have the same brown wispy hair. I’m still that little girl, but I’ve done a ton and each year I think about my family, my friends, my home, you know…all my stuff. My life. I’m thankful for it and every year I am even more and more grateful for these 2 people for giving me the good life! I spent last weekend with them. Just the 3 of us there for most of it, chatting and laughing. What a great birthday present!
I bought my first vintage dime store floral print at a yard sale in Glendale California. That town is filled with little old houses and the little old people were still living in them at the time. I acquired tons of great stuff while living there before we moved to the beach. I’ve had these hanging in my red bathroom but the steam from the shower was starting to get to them. They’re from the 40s. One of them hung in my Grandma’s house forever til she gave it to me. I moved the collection to the kitchen where I can love em up everyday! Hanging that many pictures on the wall can be a challenge. I included a little kimi advise at the end of the post. Ha, not that you asked for it, but you know…cuz I can! Back to my project…now I have to decide what to put back on that gorgeous red bathroom wall. Happy day to ya!!!
Tips for hanging pictures on a wall.
I’ve seen some pretty cool ideas. One where they cut the shapes of the frames out of newspaper and placed them on the wall so they’d know right where to hang the picture. FAB idea!! But I’ve never done it, too efficient, doesn’t allow for the variables that change my fate constantly.
I like a looser looking cluster of pix. Not super precise. I don’t know how it does it, but when you step away and look, this method makes me pretty happy!
Trick! If you get one hung up and it’s too high or a little too low, don’t forget you can adjust the hanging wire on the back of the frame instead of banging another nail into the wall.
Look what I pulled out of the archives (mending pile)!!! At lunch with a good friend, we got talking about politics. Well, actually to call it politics is a stretch, we were talking about the Obama bobble head doll! Then she said, “Remember the year we all wrote in Ross Perot??” I do! haha…I totally do! That was the first year I was gonna get out and vote! I even watched the debates which qualified me to talk the talk like I actually understood it all. When election day came, I was doing who knows what and totally forgot to vote. So…I really didn’t write in Ross Perot but I have this tshirt to show for it! I’m not going to miss my chance to vote this time! Happy election day!