Thursday, December 15, 2011

Picture The Holidays - Days 12, 13, 14, and 15

I'm late on my daily photos for Picture The Holidays. I was working on a project that needed to be finished. In keeping with my attempt to keep this season simpler, I chose to wait until today to catch up. It was a productive day, I finished my holiday decorating, got all the decoration boxes back in their closet, and began wrapping presents.

Day 12 - A Whole Lot Of Happy
We were to capture a happy face.
This glass ornament always makes me smile!

Day 13 - Simply Divine
The definition of divine is:  of, relating to, or proceeding directly from God   The ultimate gift of love was when God sent his son to earth as a baby. Angels were sent directly from God to sing the glory of his birth.
This angel sits on top of  small tree in my extra bedroom. The tree is filled with sweet, feminine things; tiny hat boxes and hats, shoes and purses, and beads and miniature glass balls. I looked a long time to find a really pretty angel.

Day 14 - Sincerely Yours
We have become so used to our Internet, cell phones, iPads and other electronic gizmos that we rarely send or receive handwritten notes or cards. Christmas time is different though.
I look forward to mailing my Christmas cards to friends and family and receiving greetings from them. I was sorting through my old Christmas cards, about 43 years worth,  when I found several cards that were sent to us by my Grandfather.  Looking back through them, I realized he signed his name different ways; Papa Culps, Papaw Culps, A. F. Culps, Pop Culps, Dad Culps, and Pop C. To me he was always, Papaw Culps. I noticed his handwriting became more shaky as he reached his late 80's and early 90's. I made the ornament  in the picture from one of his cards. I hesitated cutting it up, but now I'm so glad I did. Every year this hangs on my tree in honor of my Grandfather.

I posted two photos on this day. This old card and envelope are about ten years old. A friend of mine had all her cards mailed from Santa Claus Station in Santa Claus, Indiana. I knew you could do this, but this was the first time I had seen one. You mail your cards in a large envelope to the postmaster and they will hand cancel the stamp with their  beautiful postmark.  I want to do this, but Christmas cards are always last on my list. Maybe I should do them in September and have them ready next year!!!

Day 15 - Got Gifts?
The prompt was to make a tag from one of our photos. Since my printer is about out of ink, that wasn't possible, so, I just took a picture of a gift.
I had to wrap some presents today in order to photograph one for the prompt. I'm having fun setting up these little photo shoots. It's beginning to come a little easier. Of course, part of the credit goes to the lovely ladies I share classes and galleries with. They are a constant source of inspiration.

I'm feeling pretty good about the holidays now, things seem to be coming together nicely!!



  1. You are capturing the holidays in such wonderful ways. I love that you have kept your cards for long, amazing. I did not know you could have your cards post marked from Santa Claus station, that is so cool. Your ornament, made me smile too, glad you chose it to be your first photo, sets a wonderful tone for the rest of your post.

  2. Cathy - glad you gave yourself permission to be late - who needs the extra stress? That Santa ornament brought a real smile to my face - he is a whole lotta happy indeed! Glad to experience a tiny bit of your holiday preparations!

  3. Cathy,
    You asked me where Steph sent me to learn about shaped bokeh. She sent me here It was much easier than I thought it would be and lots of fun. I just made my own shapes and didn't buy the kit, although that looks like fun too. Have fun with it.

    Jody (Joddo)

  4. I love the ornament you made from your grandfather's card. What a sweet way to keep him close during the holidays!

  5. I love this post, each picture and story makes me happier and happier. You are so creative with your photo themes, love them all.

    Thank you for sharing and making time in this busy season.

    Have a merry week!!


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