Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Christmas Star

I was recently asked to share my favorite holiday decorating tip. I thought and thought and all I could come up with was a story to explain why we think a Christmas star belongs on top of the tree instead of an angel.
When my daughter was 2.5 years old, her daddy passed away. It was a sad time and happened right before the holidays. So, trying to keep everything the same and happy, I put up a Christmas tree one day while my daugther was at daycare. I put the most beautiful angel on the top. Of course my thought was not just about beauty, I truly thought we needed an angel looking out for us.
Well, I was excited to pick her up and bring her home. When we finally got home I lit the tree, and showed her the pretty site. When I asked her if she liked the tree she said it was very pretty but that "daddy could not see it". We will skip the tears that started to fall and move on to the moment that made all the difference in our future holidays. When I asked her if she thought the angel was beautiful, she explained that is was, but that the tree needed a star on top so that daddy could see it. The angel needed to go somewhere else.
Of course I went out and bought a star, one that lit up, and put it on the tree the next day. I bravely asked her that night what she thought of the tree. Her response was totally different. She told me it was beautiful and that now daddy could see if from heaven. AND that he liked it too.
These comments still bring tears to my eyes 12 years later and, of course we ALWAYS put a star on top of the tree. It doesn't have to be lit and lately we use one that she made with popsicle sticks, but it must be a star.
So this year's decorating tip is to use a star on top of your tree so that loved ones who have passed can see the tree. This was for the post on Go visit to see other tips.

As a little aside to this story I will add that for the first year or so after her daddy passed she was somehow connected to him. Out of the blue she would tell me that daddy liked or didn't like something or she would explain what he would do. Once when I painted the bedroom green in an attempt to "move on", she commented that she thought it looked pretty, but that daddy hated it because he did not like the green. She was totally correct! I still say that she was connected to him in ways that only the very young can be and my experiences made me a true believer.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shawnee is having a giveaway for an adorable apron. To get another chance at winning, I am supposed to post information about D-Lux 57 website. Cynthia Berman at D-lux 57 is the creative genius who designs the wonderful aprons on her site. Check it out at .

In addition to having some of the cutest aprons, she has a wonderful idea for all of the moms and grandmoms (maybe dads and grandpas too) who cook with their little ones. She encourages you to take lots of photos of the kids cooking in their apron with their special helpers (parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.) When they outgrow the apron, fold it up with the photos and their favorite recipes, then store everything in the keepsake envelope she provides. And voila, you have a wonderful heirloom to share when the little ones are grown. I love this idea!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Splat Catchers Save Your Clothing!

We all love aprons. Vintage, modern, frilly, simple, colorful, humorous, or sexy...we covet them all. But sometimes we need a quick and dirty (pun intended) clothing protector.....hence the "splat catcher"! They are quick to make and perfect for: saving your clothes from the dreaded mascara drop; covering up that expensive dance costume so your child can eat after spending 8 hours in the gym; protecting school or work clothes while you eat a burger in the car; and lots of other situations.
My daughter made these for the autistic classroom so the teachers could quickly cover the kids during lunch and art projects. Basically they are a towel with a fun fabric top and they attach quickly with velcro.
If anyone is interested, I will prepare a tutorial. Just let me know in the comments.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Carols in Latin?

Okay, maybe you HAD to take it, but some of us actually enjoyed Latin. Really! Now my daughter is taking it and she loves it. Of course, the teacher makes all the difference, and hers is truly inspiring. They even got to go to Rome to see all the things they had been studying.
We found a fun site that posts Christmas Carols in Latin. For any of you die hards who might be interested, here is the site....