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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Annie's Owl Tree...with a Horse



Coming in the front door of our home, looking into the family room you will spy Annie's Owl Tree.

This tree has become a tradition within the last few years. Annie is an owl fan...and she knows her stuff. Barn owls are her favorite...but all owls are admired and read about.

I started this little tree for her a few years ago and the word spread. Gifts of owls for the tree were joyfully received and added to the branches.


The large fellow in the lower right corner is new this year, a gift from a friend. It's there among the other owls...and...a little brown horse.


In early December, this sweet package arrived for Annie. A generous gift from the talented artist Angela Hillstrom from Of Cloth and Hand. 


Annie beamed and, without hesitation, placed him on her tree.


And so...Annie's Owl Tree now includes a noble steed. Among the owls... a little something different. Something not quite like all the others. A horsey with a shining presence all it's own. He brings an unexpected something special to this little tree. Something "special" like my girl...and the dear friends who bring such joy to her life with gifts of owls...and a little brown horse. Special indeed.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Enjoy the day,
Robyn





Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bits of Christmas and Candlelight


Here are a few more pics of Christmas at our house. My decorating is simple...greens and items from  my collections...candles and lanterns...and a few pieces of red transferware.

It seems every year fewer and fewer boxes come down from the attic. With one wing still not able to reach higher than eye level, whatever is in all those boxes was not missed in the least. 


This coverlet piece is green...love the fine fowl.


Antique ice skates...also green.





This painted chest was my Christmas present last year.


...a little candle light








Enjoy the day,
Robyn

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Tree


Annie and I decorated our Christmas tree this afternoon. She oohed and awed as we pulled out the ornaments from her childhood, as well as those from her dad's and mine. We talked about the people no longer here who we miss every day, but even more so at Christmas.

Both of my parents were artistic. My father built me the most wonderful playhouse when I was five. It was built from his heart, without the benefit of plans. It had a white picket fence in front, real shingles on the roof and a Dutch door in the back. One of my biggest regrets in life is that I don't have one picture of it. But, I can see every inch of it in my mind's eye.

My mother sewed our curtains and jumpers, and our little house sparkled from her touch. That magic touch was never more evident than at Christmas time. Each year a Christmas candle, bought at church in early December, made our home glow. The candles came in tall glass containers (they were actually altar candles) in jewel tones of red, amber, blue or green. My mother always came home with a red one. We lit the candle on Christmas Eve to await the Babe, and it burned for an entire week in celebration. The glow of that candle was magic.

This year my mother has been gone for ten years...my father for thirty.


Years ago, when I was teaching, my mother painted this sweet Nativity set for me. I put this on my window sill in every one of my classrooms...parochial school...you could do that kind of thing. This is the first year since I lost my mother that I have been able to get it out again. I like seeing it again.


When my parents retired to Florida, my mother did lots of crafts. I have many ornaments on my tree that she made so many years ago. My father even got into the act and painted some clothespin soldiers. They are all there on this humble fir...the handy work of two people gone so long...but always, always in my heart.


Hope you all are enjoying Christmas memories...and making new ones.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bits of Christmas 2014


Hello friends! We are just back from Amelia Island and, between unpacking and loading the washing machine, I thought I'd share a bit of Christmas. 

You might recognize Allegiance in the pic above. Allegiance is one of my dolls that I decided to keep and she has now become my "alter ego". She recently found a new friend...Fiona Fox...an early, well loved Steiff fox. Allegiance took a liking to Fiona immediately. 


Allegiance is wearing a very early red calico dress. She thinks red is her color. I agree.



A couple of my red and green samplers.


Can you see the shoes? They are a wonderful green color and sport milk glass buttons.




I found this sweet, white Santa this past summer.


He has such a kind expression.


A collection of Norma Schneeman's ornaments nestled in baskets in a very large wooden bowl


...a sweet man in the moon




An antique Santa ornament sits atop early holly gift boxes.


Lots of red and green popping up at Mugwump Woolies!


I hope to be back with more bits of Christmas later this week. 

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Hope you are all are staying well and enjoying the spirit of the season.


While in Amelia Island last week, we got into the spirit during our first Christmas party of the year...a festive and fun occasion with our Florida Bar Board of Governors family. Annie spent some time with all of her favorite people at the party. 

The week before we left we made personalized mugs for her many friends.  We bought white mugs, Annie decorated them with smiley faces and dots in gold, then we baked the mugs so that the oil based paint stays on after washing.

Annie bought a Santa hat for her special friend Mr. Gene...the gentleman who gave Annie the President's Award this past summer. The hat reads, "I 'VE BEEN GOOD THIS YEAR". The perfect sentiment for this special friend. He's the best in Annie's book!


You can see Annie's mug in this pic...Mom forgot to take pics of the nine mugs all together.


Annie also spent some time with Mr. Gene's lovely wife, Sheila. They had tea in the lobby at the Ritz and read Annie's favorite Christmas books together. Mom enjoyed a couple hours of down time. (Thank you, my dear friend!)

It is so nice to have friends that enjoy spending time with our girl, and go out of their way to show her how much she is loved. 

Have a wonderful week!

Enjoy the day,
Robyn


*antique red dress from Kathy Barrick
*antique Steiff fox from Early Country Antiques








Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mugwump Woolies Cards


I have been remiss in my blogging lately. It has been one thing after another. It's that time of the year!

Above is a photo of my Christmas creations for 2014. They went to my friend's shop in Dade City and I am happy to say they have all found new homes. If you look in the lower left hand corner you will see my Mugwump Woolies Cards. This is something I have been having fun with...cards from pics from my blog...my photos of my personal collections. They have done well and I have sent a few reorders out. I am thinking about offering them here...on my blog...starting in the new year. Any interest? 

Once again the Mugwump house is way behind...our tree is up, but not decorated. We have a trip to Amelia Island on the calendar...Annie and I did a homemade Christmas project for her friends that took some time...I had a request for another Santa and had to pull out all the stuff that that entails. My sunporch is a big mess when I am working. It's been busy!

Hope you are all enjoying the season. I hope to visit you all soon.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn




Monday, December 1, 2014

A Southern Colonial Christmas


This year my Christmas decorations are embracing my Southern roots. After Thanksgiving dinner every year we head out to pick greens. Usually we just find pepper berries...this year we scored magnolia leaves as well. Nothing says "Southern" like magnolias. 


I worked on the mantle today. The Carole O'Neill painting is one of two oil paintings I have that were painted by this talented artist. It is her version of an Edward Hicks painting...one of the many paintings he did titled  Peaceable Kingdom.




Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. With Thanksgiving comes another blog anniversary for Mugwump Woolies. As M.W. begins it's fourth year, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to visit...and especially taking the time to say hello. 

And so...the adventure continues.

Are you decorating...baking...shopping and wrapping?

Enjoy the day,
Robyn



Thursday, November 27, 2014

December Kitchen Window


The stockings are hung...in our kitchen window for the month of December. These early knitted "candy cane" stockings have aged to a soft red and warm ecru. The small black and red socks are early as well.



This sweet "Santa & Tree" is the work of the very talented Angela Hillstrom of Of Cloth and Hand. He is wearing black britches and his red coat is an old striped fabric. Can you see his wonderful  socks? His wee socks are red and white striped!



Another pair of early socks join Santa, a few vintage fir trees and antique red mittens atop a stack of early painted pantry boxes. Santa is very interested in all the goings on here at the sink!


This lovely red cardinal is also the work of Angela. Like Santa, he is all hand sewn from early fabric. He's nestled in a wreath for the month...a great vantage point for Christmas cookie baking!








And, of course, my two loves...long ago in Williamsburg.

I really had fun putting this window together this month. I love black and red together...my teenage bedroom was black and red and I still love it all these many years later. I was thrilled when I spied Angela's Santa with his black pants...and especially his striped socks. He was my inspiration! 

Red and black...stockings and mittens...trees and greens...some of my favorite things in my kitchen window this month.

And so the countdown begins!

Enjoy the day,
Robyn 

You can visit Angela Hillstrom's website here http://www.ofclothandhand.com/ to see more of her wonderful creations. Thank you, Angela for your talent...and your friendship.

p.s. My email is down...I can receive but I'm unable to reply or send. I hope to get it working over the weekend.  If you're waiting on me, I'll get back to you asap.