Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Once upon a time, oh, about 40 years ago more or less, I went to a class at our local library and learned to do reverse glass painting. It was one of several craft classes I attended there. A fun way to spend an hour or so while the kids were in school. I learned how to make corn husk dolls, and a variety of other things as well. I think this was my first reverse glass painting, and then I went on to Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, and when I got good at it I did some butterflies and flowers. But this was my first. Click to enlarge, of coursef. It's getting a bit shabby these days, but somehow it has survived. We bring it out every Christmas. The poor thing is in a cheap old frame, which is much the worse for wear. Each year I tell myself I really should get a decent frame, and transfer the glass and the backing to the new one. But then I get caught up in whatever is going on for the holiday, and I never do it.
So it remains in its sorry state, along with the "Christmas dog" that my oldest made when she was very small. That consists of a piece of orange construction paper cut into an irregular shape, which we put on the tree every year. And then there's the construction paper star my youngest made in kindergarten, with the gold glitter outlining it and making a smiling face inside of it. We hang that every year too.
This is my tree this year.
I really can't put up a tree any more. Just too work-intensive. But some ornaments just have to be displayed. It's a very nostalgic time of year, isn't it?