merry making

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We’ve been busy decking the halls (pretty much the same way we did last year…so I thought I’d just give you a link to those pictures instead of taking duplicates.) This year, I’m happy to report, I didn’t injure myself, which made the decorating infinitely more enjoyable.

How many cookies can one person bake? Well, my friend Rachel, over at Ideas Baked Fresh, is way ahead of me. 360 dozen? What the what? But, I am making 6 different kinds this year, and 5 different flavors of chocolate truffles. The house smells like I imagine the Keelber elf tree kitchen does…warm and cinnamony and buttercreamy 🙂

I’m crocheting like a nut, and I think I’m coming down with a fresh case of what Jeff likes to call “crocheter’s claw.” (Where my hand sort of takes on the shape of a claw from all of the crocheting.) I’ve also fallen victim to “knitter’s paw,” another Jeff-ism. (This is a malady where the sufferer actually gets blisters on her/his fingertips from too much knitting.) And it all happens because I convince myself that yes it is possible to crochet/knit 50 scarves in three weeks 🙂

So, I’m off to bake and create. What are you up to?



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  8 comments for “merry making

  1. December 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Your house looks very festive, Melissa!!

    • Melissa
      December 12, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Aw, thanks! More to do yet, but we’re almost there 😉

  2. December 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Gorgeous!! Merry Christmas, Melissa!!

    • Melissa
      December 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Thanks, Michaela! Still have to put up the greenery garlands and decorate the stair ballusters. 🙂 so much to do, so little time.

  3. December 13, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Very Christmassy Melissa – I love your fireplace 🙂 Do people in the US not use tinsel?

    • Melissa
      December 13, 2011 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Charles! Yes, we do 🙂 Our tree is only half decorated. Still have to put on the candy canes, traditional ornaments (along with my European glass) and tinsel.

  4. Rachel
    December 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Love the wreath! I may go all out on the cookies, but I don’t decorate at all most years, so you’re way ahead of me on that route!

    • Melissa
      December 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Thanks for commenting, Rachel! My decorating has become a little more minimalist since the first years we were in our house. I use to decorate every window and doorway with greenery garlands, fairy lights and ribbon. It took me days. As Thoreau would say… “simplify, simplify.” 🙂 xoxo my cookie making Goddess

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