January 18, 2016

winter window

Winter window! How do you like our snowflakes? OK a photography note - I had the bright idea of throwing in a couple of black-and-whites, like I usually do, and I realized once the post was assembled, that among the more ivory toned photos, they just kind of look like a weird white balance mistake, but no it was intentional, and I actually took the photos in B&W so I couldn't go back and match them like the others, and WHY am I explaining this? Because.

So how about those snowflakes?? The vision and art direction was a la moi, but the talent and skill came 100% from my very clever and artistically gifted husband. Can you believe some of those snowflakes??? Did you see the little house? Did you see the swirly tree?? He cut those out with an Exacto knife. I am in awe. Julia and I really wanted a tiny gnome to stand by the cottage, but he wasn't sure how do that. Maybe next year we'll have a tiny gnome. We had a winter snowflake window last year, but I decided that MORE IS MORE, and we needed to step up our game this year. Several evenings were spent in cutting (Andrew) and taping (me).

I have to say, the whole thing brings me great joy. I did not grow up in a house where there was kid art on the walls, or paper chains, or any kind of seasonal whimsy. The idea of decorating to please a child's sensibilities was just not something that ever occurred to my parents. Somehow even without paper chains, I survived my childhood, but it was very important to me to bring that element of kid friendliness into our lives when Andrew and I had Julia. (The funny thing is, I'm not sure how wowed she is by any of it LOL. She was like, oh next week can we put up Valentine's hearts?) I hope on some level, even if it's much later, she remembers and is happy about the way we've tried to honor the seasons/holidays and make them fun for her.

This is how printing one's photos becomes Very Important (print your photos!!) - in addition to serving as Memories, photos also serve as Evidence. If she complains about anything she didn't like about us when she's an adult, we can grab our photo album and say, "But look! There were paper chains!"

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  1. Melissa, I just love this. Its so easy to get caught up in making a house pinterest worthy and forget the little gnomes and fairies running about making memories. Andrew is a snowflake genius but I think we'll stick with our coffee filter ones as the girls WILL HAVE a snowflake window today. xoxox

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    1. oooooh snowflakes made from filters,you know I plumb forgot about those, I adore those as well! i hear you my friend. these days I feel like just having my house on the clean side makes it pinterest worthy HA HA HA HA. good gravy do we really live in a time where where there exists 'pinterest worthy' bwahahaha? oh social media......

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  2. It's gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not sure I can pull it off but I'm envious and it's gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. i'm thinking of starting a mail order snowflake business ha ha!!

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  3. that's insanity! i want.

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    1. I'll rent out my husband's hands! right after I insure them. :)

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  4. So, so awesome. I want!!!

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    1. thanks Bethaney, isn't it so fun? next year I'll do all the snowflakes myself. You guys won't be nearly as impressed HA HA HA.

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  5. This is so extremely beautiful. We have snowflake ballerinas in the dining area, and a paper chain across the front picture window, and snowflakes on the window and screen door, but NOTHING this pretty. I'm envious as well!

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    1. I was just telling Bethaney up above, that next yr I'll try and replicate this and do it myself and no one will be impressed LOL! I'm trying to figure out how we can top this for Valentine's Day. I don't think it's gonna happen! tee hee

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  6. Day brightened.

    Thank you!

    Allison
    sunshineinthekitchen.com

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    1. I must say - I gotta claw and scratch my way into surviving winter gloom! Lots of lights and cute things go a long way :)

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  7. Wow! Those snowflakes are amazing! The last time I made a paper snowflake it turned out looking like something chewed up by a dog. Mr. Andrew has mad skills!

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    1. MICHELLE! Ok can I tell you, I came across some old blog post the other day and I saw some darling comment from you, and before THAT I had been thinking oh my goodness I am going to have search out your email and write to you because it's been AGES since we've chatted, and now here you are!! You must have been hearing my thoughts through the air!!! I miss seeing what you're up to on your blog and you're not on Facebook, aaaaaah! Are you on Instagram by any chance?? We could email like regular people ha ha ha, but I do so love my chat served up with a side dish of photos lol :) I hope you and your kiddos are all well and doing fabulous!! I'm so thrilled to hear from you!!

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    2. Hello!!! Yes, I've been lurking about for some time now but my online life has changed so much that I rarely comment anywhere anymore. I still always read your blog, though, because I do so enjoy keeping up with what you've been up to! I'm still not on Instagram or FB... I'm like a little old granny who has no use for those "new fangled" technologies.

      Life is good! My babies are growing too fast - my littlest is three now! It's so wonderful and heartbreaking to see them grow.

      I'm still on email - I haven't ditched that yet - so drop me a line anytime!!! xoxo and God bless you and your wee family!

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    3. Ohhhhhhhhhh how I wish I could somehow get you on Facebooooooook! Did you know you can have private Instagram accounts? OK I'll put a sock in it now. I haven't been on Pinterest in ages and ages and ages for general viewing, I feel like we used to chat quite a bit there! I finally persuaded a friend from Hawaii to join FB - she held out for years and years and years ha ha! She caved due to family pressure, she got a new baby niece, so she finally joined so she could see photos. I remember when I first joined. I was very anti. My sis in law convinced me! And now I think I really would feel cut off from humanity if I were off of it! Isn't that WEIRD and bizarre?? Our society has become very bewildering.

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