I cranked out four cakes today. Four! I should have quit while I was ahead. I could have spent the time inking my Christmas card. Mistakes were made.
Dear Diary, Please make it stop!
Dear Holiday Diary, After a week of decorating, I still am surrounded by doodads and ditzies just begging to be made into some form of centerpiece, swag or other holiday shimmery thing. It doesn't help that I keep looking up at my cupboards with the memory of this ceiling I spied while in Denver. Thanks... Continue Reading →
Dear Holiday Diary
Dear Holiday Diary, I thought I would take some notes to document Christmas 2016. Danny keeps saying flying to Tahiti would solve most of my problems. I wouldn't have to decorate. The kids could join us and we could skip the gift exchange. He's dreaming. This is a transformative time of year for me and... Continue Reading →
Holiday Overachiever Meets Christmas Disasters
Like most of you, the holidays require time for planning, cooking, baking, shopping and celebrations. I add drawing illustrations to that list. No matter how organized, there's never enough time and mistakes can be made. Add four birthdays to the Lindau mix and my Type-A, overachiever, perfectionism is really tested. But that doesn't stop me... Continue Reading →
My 50 Faves and How to Join!
After losing my dad in October, my poor mother had looked forward to coming to our home for the holidays. She hadn’t traveled since his heart attack in 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed her trip to our house over Thanksgiving. She wasn’t feeling well last week, but packed her bags. My family had driven to ski... Continue Reading →
You Still Have a Chance!
I have spent hours sketching, drawing, crafting, cutting, slicing and pasting my Christmas cards in a sort of elf-like assembly line without the elves. While up to my elbows in paper scraps, I looked forward to that blissful nirvanic state attained after slipping them into envelopes. A lot of love goes into each card and... Continue Reading →
10 Susieisms from Holiday Movies
It's important to make time for yourself especially when your calendar is full. https://media0.giphy.com/media/jBfp1FL3KOgr6/200.gif You can't do everything well. Pick one or two things and focus on them. http://pixel.brit.co/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/tumblr_mc7f86q4751r5e3noo3_500.gif In this season of "I want that!" and humongous wish lists, be grateful for what you already have. http://s2.thejournal.ie/media/2013/12/god-bless-2.gif We all want to be included. Celebrate... Continue Reading →
Elfish Holiday Survival Tips
If you are a little behind in your holiday shopping, decorating, and baking, don't get down on yourself. You can always regift, dim the lights and order from the bakery. https://45.media.tumblr.com/fd7602e45e86f8df61f8eb80135947c8/tumblr_myaefftUym1qdbxo3o1_500.gif This is the time of year when everyone believes in Santa and Christmas miracles. If you don't, keep it to yourself. https://45.media.tumblr.com/91fe880e56cc9795582a08129af25909/tumblr_myafrwMfLx1qdbxo3o1_500.gif Embrace your inner... Continue Reading →
Twelve Warning Signs The Holidays Have Taken Over
The holidays are never perfect. It's a hectic time of year and somehow they always take over my life. Although I dream of a wonderful holiday where everything has been carefully planned and executed. Stockings hang near a roaring fire. Wrapped presents are piled high around a decorated tree. Family and friends gather round the... Continue Reading →
The Nutcracker Sweet – A Video
A few days ago, I mentioned a few of my Christmas traditions, but excluded my favorite. There were many guesses. Some readers were right. BAKING. We used to watch my daughter, Courtney, dance in the Nutcracker. I had an idea. I could combine the two! I saw an adaptation of the traditional gingerbread man on... Continue Reading →