Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

"Every year it is the same. First the tree and the box of lights are taken to the living room, where the furniture has been moved to leave a space by the front window...". Thus begins our book Grandmother's Tree, and it is still true. I have just put up the Christmas tree and unravelled the lights to wind and drape about the branches, as we do every year.

The ornaments are next. "Rustle, rustle through blankets of tissue paper as the inhabitants wake from their year-long sleep" .. the elf whispers "Wake up, wake up, it's time."

The inhabitants of my box of ornaments include paper birds, feather birds, Santas, an orchestra of plastic angels, the Hasbro "Dolly Darlings" of my childhood, tiny crochet Amigurumi dolls from Chinatown, and more.

Grandmother's Tree, written by Avril, celebrates 55 years of decorating our family's tree in all its lovely disarray, with its bent tinsel star, homemade ornaments and other family memorablia. The book can be ordered from my Etsy shop at a Christmas special price of $15 Can.

At the last watercolour classes before Christmas I have been teaching wet-into-wet techniques with Christmas ornaments for subject matter. In just two hours the results were merry and bright as well as reasonably proficient. So to all my watercolour students, Well Done and Merry Christmas!

Lesley at sea blue sky abstracts has a delightful giveaway this week, so hop over and have a stroll through her virtual gallery too.


  1. These are so beautiful! Your style really somes up all that is warm and cosy about this time of year. It's so nostalgic too, really brings back all those fuzzy childhood memories of Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing it with us :)

  2. One of the joys of recovering from the computer crash that hit me today is being able to see this beauty of a Christmas posting from you!

    Best wishes. xo

  3. for some reason the links to your book are not working?

    I have just put up my tree and now I am a grandmother and through your blog have got to know Avril, I feel a connection to your book so must investigate further.

  4. Thank you Valerie! I have redirected the link to my Etsy shop while we sort out a programming glitch with the website.