Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Look Back

When I started looking at images from 2011,
I soon decided that it would take me a year (!!) to
make all the mosaics.
So, I decided to try to pick my favorite image from each month.
Here is my look back at 2011.

A Look Back at 2011


It was a difficult year for me with the passing of Mr. Dragon.
But there were also moments of great joy and beauty.
I look forward to 2012.

Wishing YOU well and JOY filled 2012!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Tale of Two Bears

Today I'm going to tell you a tale of two bears.
When Mr. Dragon and I first moved to Galveston Island,
we discovered their holiday festival called
For 38 years, Dickens has been centered on
The Strand National Historic District.
Parades, strolling carolers, roving street entertainment --
all dressed in Victorian garb.

That first year, we made a trip to San Diego
for a professional meeting for Mr. Dragon.
On the waterfront, we found Mr. Dickens Bear.
He was perfect!
His top hat, velvet vest ... with his heart for all to see.
I sighed over him and we made the trip home without him.
Or so I thought.
But on Christmas Day, Mr. Dragon surprised me with 
Mr. Dickens Bear.

Christmas Bear

This year, Mr. Dragon is no longer with me.
My first Christmas without the love of my life.
I decorated the house, inside and out.
I put up two trees and today,
two days after Christmas,
I came home with the Court Jester Bear. 
I love his old loved look.
It just seemed right.

Christmas Teddy Bears

Two friends who can tell each other stories
and can bring a smile to my face. 

There are other Christmas bears who have their own stories.
Several more bears who dress in Victorian garb,
but their stories are for another time.
I have done well this Christmas.
I miss Mr. Dragon, but I know he would want me to
*suck it up and get on with it*.
No tears were shed ... until THE grandson ... on 
the other side of the country said:
"Merry Christmas Nana Snap.
Santa came to visit and this time he got it right!"

Wishing YOU well and JOY filled holidays!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

May traditions
that you treasure most
and all the festive plans
you've made
Bring sentimental Christmas joys
and memories that never fade.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Christmas Tea This and That

Every morning this month I've been getting up and making 
tea in my Christmas Cardinal/Poinsettia Mug.
I found the mug and teapot at Homegoods last year.

Christmas Cardinal Teapot and Mug

It's a BIG mug (Gibson Elite China) and filled with
Twinings Christmas Tea, gets the day off to a wonderful, warm start.
Twinings Christmas Tea is a black tea with a little cinnamon and cloves.
In the evening I have Twinings Winter Spice.
It is camomile tea spiced with cinnamon, cardamon and cloves.

Twinings Christmas Tea

Just in case you haven't noticed,
I love cardinals!

Cardinal Christmas Wreath


I missed getting to the gym this morning.
On days when I miss walking on the treadmill,
I try to walk into my village (weather permitting). 
Off I went with a list of books to look for at Half-Price books.
This book wasn't on my list!

Nigella Christmas 

But Mary at Home Is Where The Boat Is was very impressed
with Nigella Christmas. In fact, she even gave a copy away!
I didn't win (!!) and when I saw this at the book store I just had to give it a good look and I ended up bringing it home.
I'm glad I did. 
My mouth has been watering and tummy growling all afternoon!
It's worth the price for the recipe for the poinsettia cocktail!
I love butternut squash and look forward to trying butternut orzotto.
It's a beautiful book and I probably should have picked up a few extras for gifts -- great price at Half-Price Books!

Thanks to our tea party hostesses.
These are just a few of the tea parties in the Land of Blog.

Wishing YOU well and a wonderful cup of tea!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Santa Has Been Seen in Town!


Santa and his elves have been seen all over town.

Santa Claus Mosaic

In the forests, in the candy shops, in front of homes.

Santa Claus Mosaic

He's checking his list ... checking it twice.

Santa With His List

Getting ready for the big night!

A big thank you to our hostesses:
Mary for Mosaic Monday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

Wishing YOU well and a JOY filled week!

Friday, December 16, 2011

It's Almost That Time!

It's almost that time!
Santa is getting ready to load his sleigh with all the toys
his friendly elves have made. 

Santa Postcard

Both of these postcards are reproductions.
There is no artist, publisher or date listed for either one.

Christmas Elves

Santa is also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and just plain Santa. Many cultures believe Santa brings gifts to the home of good children during late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve. The modern figure is a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of Clement Moore's 1823 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. 

Wishing YOU well and a JOY filled weekend.

Thanks to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Tea For One

Christmas Tea For One and a Snowman!

Christmas Tea for One

This is another Bella Lux teacup.
This cup has more berries. 
I think the white berries represent mistletoe.
Another wonderful handle.

Christmas Teacup

Thanks to our tea party hostesses.
These are just a few of the tea parties in the Land of Blog.

Wishing YOU well and a wonderful cup of tea! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 3 of Snow People!

I'm sharing more Snow People that I found around town.


Mosaic Snowmen

Snowmen Mosaic

A big thank you to our hostesses:
Mary for Mosaic Monday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

Wishing you WELL and a JOY filled week!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

More Snow People

I LOVE Snow People.
So, I decided to continue the post from Friday
with some Snow People from Pinterest.

A Cheese Ball Snowman

Snowmen from a Handprint

A little burlap and some felt and a happy snowman is made!

That's quite a nose my friend and who's that in your hat?
Source: via Snap on Pinterest

Source: via Snap on Pinterest

How about a Snowman Christmas Tree?!!!
Source: via

A big thank you to Natasha for hosting:

Wishing YOU well and a JOY filled weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Snow People

More postcards published by Darling and Company, Seattle.

"It is hard to imagine a winter without snow creatures, but Bob Eckstein, in his History of the Snowman, can find no proof of their existence before the Middle Ages. They make their first appearance in the 16th-century, travel to Colonial America with its abundance of snow, flourish in 18th-century Northern Europe and Russia, and, like so many other whimsical and ephemeral creative pursuits, bloom in the Victorian era. Sadly, the middle and late 20th-century see the advent of artificial snowmen,but technology gives, even as it takes away, and snow people are now being celebrated via the internet -- perhaps the perfect medium for these transients. The picturing of snow people flourished in the penny postcard era (1890 - 1920) when many thousands of Christmas postcards featured these merry creatures. The illustrators, not content with everyday static snowmen, showed them in a variety of activities - walking, playing, courting, spying, cooking, and even melting. Families of snow people were pictured as well as their snow companion animals. There are 30 postcards in this collection."

Snowman Postcard

Gertrude Caspari was the artist for this snowman carrying his hat.
Caspari was a very important childrens' book illustrator in Germany.
She was known for her bright colors.
The original was published around 1911.

Snowman Postcard

No artist, publisher or date are given for this charming postcard.
Even the tree is smiling and waving!

My thanks to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

Wishing YOU well and fun filled weekend!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas This and That

I have really enjoyed visiting all my blogging friends
and seeing all the wonderful holiday posts.
I thought I'd share a few with you.

The first is from Susan Branch's wonderful blog.
This is her magical Christmas list.
Do you have a list?


The next stop is Stamping Mathilda.
She's making tea lights.
Each day she features a new one.
So pretty!


Last (for today), is Lisa at Moore Minutes
with her handmade knit stocking advent calendar.

Wishing YOU well and a JOY filled day!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Tea

I've been out shopping again!
My latest adventure took me to Cornelius Nursery.
I wanted a poinsettia and a Christmas cactus
and while I was there I enjoyed all the decorations ...
especially this table filled with sugarplums of all kinds and a tea canister!


I love the handle on this tea cup
and the wonderful red and green of the holly and the ivy pattern.
 There is no decoration on the interior of the cup.
The bottom of the cup and saucer read:
Bella Lux
Gracie Bone China
by Coastline Imports.

Christmas Tea

This tea cup reminded me of the book:
A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg and illustrated by Warren Hanson.
It is the story of a young man's reluctant visit to an elderly aunt at Christmastime 
and the unexpected joy it brings.

One year the book came as a set with a teacup.
I remember gifting the set to a friend who often talked about her Aunt
and the joy they shared over a cup of tea. 

Thanks to our tea party hostesses.
These are just a few of the tea parties in the Land of Blog.

Wishing YOU well and a wonderful cup of tea! 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Memories

Welcome to Winter Wonderland!
I just had to share this shot.
It is the first thing you see when you enter Blue Leaf in my village.
Oh, my!
Christmas Overload!!!

Christmas Wonderland

On to the memories with some help from Blue Leaf.
A smile came to my face when I saw the Christmas Village.

Christmas Village

I remembered being a little girl and visiting my grandmother for Christmas.
She had the most wonderful Christmas Village around the bottom of her Christmas tree.
All the different buildings were made from cardboard.
The roofs had batting on the top with glitter (of course) to look like snow.

Christmas Village

There were churches and shops and lots of bottle trees all decorated.
She even had some small houses in her Christmas tree.

Sweet memories!

I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

Wishing YOU well and JOY filled week.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pygmy Falcon

The elephants weren't the only critters I visited with during

This is the African Pygmy Falcon ... the smallest raptor in Africa.

Pygmy Falcon

What a cutie!

Pygmy Falcon

Very photogenic and patient with everyone who came up to see her.
Pygmy Falcon

But, she did get fluffed up when the sparrows started to
bug her. Sort of: "Ha, Ha ... you can't get me!" 

Many thanks to Misty for being our hostess for Camera Critters

Wishing YOU well and a JOY filled weekend.