Category Archives: Christmas


I just realized it had been over a month since I last posted.  Have been busy with the usual holiday activities.  The family here celebrated Thanksgiving with a dinner at Carol’s.  On the first Saturday in December, I had my annual Holiday Art Sale.  Sales were good, but very few people came.  It was the same day as the Chatham Open Studio Tour.  Will try to have it earlier next year.  Here is one picture of me talking with one of the customers.IMG_0905  Then on Monday of the following week. my painting group came for our annual Christmas luncheon.  Lots of yummy food and good fellowship!  Unfortunately, I forgot to make any pictures.

On The following day my Bible study group met to make Christmas cards for the visitation list at our church.  Here is Sue Klase with one of the cards she made.  Our Bible Study group leader, Nell, has a broken ankle from a fall in her home, so she couldn’t be with us.IMG_0907  Today, Saturday, the annual Christmas party of the Newnam family (Carol’s in-laws) was a busy day with about 46 at the luncheon.  We had a few snowflakes this morning, but it didn’t last long.  Here are some shots of the biggest crowd I have ever had in my house at one time:IMG_0910IMG_0915IMG_0914IMG_0912IMG_0911IMG_0908 Since there was a big UNC basketball game at the same time, Mark rigged up a device that would show the game on the wall of my living room so the folks would not miss the game.  It worked out well, and UNC WON–yeah !IMG_0909  Don’t know if I will have time to post again before Christmas.  If not, hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.     MERRY CHRISTMAS!








Strathmore Card contest

Strathmore Paper Company is sponsoring a card making contest.   The rules are to use a Strathmore Card as the base, and use  any medium.   I am submitting these two for consideration.  For the first one, I drew the outline of the leaves on the watercolor paper (140 lb.)  Then watercolored, using the negative painting technique, and outlined the leaves with brown Sakuro Micron pen.

Leaves card








On the second one, I stamped the bough on white card stock near the top.  Then stamped the ornament once on green, blue, lavender cardstock.  The images were cut and layered to make a 3-D ornament.  Embellished with a Sparkle pen, and colored the hanger with gold pen.  Glued to bough with tiny gold cord bow. This was layered with the 3 colors of cardstock to the Strathmore card.   This iswhat it looked like.  The stamps were from Outlines Rubber Stamp Company, which is no longer in business.

3-D Ornament

This is a nationwide contest, and there will be entries from professional as well as amateur artists, so the competition is pretty awesome.   Wish me luck.   Cash prizes are $500. $250 and $100, plus $50 worth of Strathmore supplies.  I will know how I cam out in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you soon.