Behind My Red Door

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Whatcha Working On Wednesday

It's cool but sunny day here Behind My Red Door, and before I head off for some errands and more Brady sitting, here's my Whatcha Working on Wednesday post. One big chore done and checked off the list was helping DH rake and clean up the last of the leaves. Yahoo and the neighbors across the street kindly cleaned up theirs so my garage is no longer full of them. With the leaves cleaned up,that left it clear to put up our outside decor. This year we cut back on the lights we are using. We often light up many of the shrubs out front, but in an effort to be more environmentally sound, we eliminated some of those and kept it very simple. (And it had NOTHING to do with the fact that it was frigid and our hands were numb by the time we got this half of the house done! LOL)

I have also been making some gift tags and our Christmas cards. I have made all our tags and cards for several years now. I love the personal touch I can put on them. Depending on who will receive them, I can age them or not. I generally pick a design and lay out and them make several different color combo's. Our card this year is done using a graphic that I purchased years ago. I seem to be drawn to gingers this year:

And here are some of the gift tags I have been making using stamps.
I was invited to join in on this cute Christmas question and answer tag and I thought it would be fun to do to end this post.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both - I used checked and plaid Kraft paper and bags.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial German twig tree - but I use lots of real greens!
3. When do you put up the tree? It's up! Usually the day after Thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? Because it goes up so early, I take it down soon after Christmas as I make room for my Snowmen.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yum! Can I have a splash of rum in it?
6. Favorite gift received as a child? An entire wardrobe of hand made Barbie clothes. My mom stayed up late every nigh for weeks making them!!
7. Hardest person to buy for? My in-laws
8. Easiest person to buy for? Jen
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Can't remember!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? White Christmas
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? September usually
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes, but it was a good one!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Potato Kugelis
16. Lights on the tree? mini white
17. Favorite Christmas song? Too many to choose!!
18. Travel at Christmas time or stay home. Stay here
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yes
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Prim Star of course
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Both - We celebrate Swedish Christmas Eve with DH's family and traditional Christmas Day with mine
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? nothing - I love it!!
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? colonial inspired ones in old aged colors
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Prime Rib, Potato Kugelis, Roasted Vegetables
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I truly just want good health and job security for my family and friends.
If you haven't been tagged with this yet, I invite you to join in the fun as well. I hope you are having a great start to December and not feeling the stress of all that needs to be done this time of year. I realize my perspective is different now that I don't work outside the home, and don't have to rush to school functions and meetings, and do my shopping and chores with little ones underfoot. I remember when everything took twice as long with my two "helpers" by my side!! I am enjoying that they have their own preparations to handle now!!
Next time I will share more about the Potato Kugelis I keep mentioning!
Until next time - hugs, Linda