Holiday mixed media & ee cummings

I’m eager to share some of my holiday projects this year! But first, a quaint, darling poem by ee cummings:

[little tree]

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid

look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

*      *        *

I’m busy flitting about making holiday this & that, planning our party (which involves lotsa latkes). I thought I’d share my latest projects, made mostly wood and paint:

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I loved creating this next holiday “scene”. This project, by “Thoughts from Alice,” is her drawings of free downloads that you can cut out and add dollar-store LED lights, little trees and snowy effects to.




I wish I had stencils. Instead, I rely on copying a stencil I like and a little luck…..




Giant wooden snowflake (omg the angle cuts):


That’s the new wood and mixed media projects this season. I love Pinterest for inspiration. But I really love Margie Romney-Aslett’s spark the event tutorials and also the 12 artsy ornaments of xmas, hosted by Christie Tomlinson.

Here’s some of my favorites from last year. Cigar boxes and antique ornaments:




Whitest white flour ornaments that mom and I made:

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These are made with Modge podge and sewing antique music paper, from Margie Romney Aslett:

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This year’s mantel is rustic, old fashioned (in our terribly modern home~lol):


I find this time of year gets better and better as I grow older, slower, wiser, and way more creative…Happy Holidays everyone!


33 thoughts on “Holiday mixed media & ee cummings

      1. I guess it’s the light here as well as the heat. Christmas decoration for me is all about banishing dark and cold. I’m still not sure what the alternatives to candles and firelight are. The search goes on…

  1. What a lovely collection – you’ve inspired me. I particularly love your cigar box rooms which I’d love to crawl right inside of. They’re magical. Enjoy your latkes!

  2. I especially like this line in the poem:

    look the spangles
    that sleep all the year in a dark box

    I would have put quotation marks around the line, but cummings probably would not approve. Your final arrangement of all has such an interesting appeal, like, I want to say, not professionally decorated (in a good way).

    1. Thank you Barbara, I’m delighted to get your thumbs up on the casual crafty look. And, i like your eye for that poem and that line. Aren’t we all hiding our bright spangles, hidden away somewhere deep, all the year long?

      1. When the mood strikes me! 😉
        I actually just did a post of the crafts I’ve done recently! You should check it out if you get a chance 🙂
        But I love the idea of crafting, but time doesn’t always allow for it

  3. I was just in Ottawa at the National Gallery and in the bookstore saw an Egon Schiele book and thought of you. I really like his florals as well, in particular one of his sunflower paintings. Wonderful stuff.

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