If the festive lighting isn’t enough, you get a huge holiday hug when you step into the front porch. A hug from this bookcase that I cover with fabric & Christmas stockings. One year I realized people coming in saw this bookcase littered with curios & objects d’art & such, so opted for seasonal by wrapping like a gift with a Christmas print. Over the years I’ve added real stocking & many from Yves Roche – they commonly do a new edition very year.
On top of the cabinet is my Nutcracker collection – the blue was a gift a few years ago, the middle is the one I’ve had the longest & dates from when we moved into the house, the third is a broken one I found at the curb – he stands tall for me. The clown is another found object (see: Clowning Afround ). Godzilla was picked up at Fan Expo a few years ago. St. Elvis was bought at yard sale for $5. These three are permanent guardians, the nutcrackers only come out for Christmas.
This print was, at one time, the mantle covering, but I wanted something brighter for inside, so this more tradition print ended up in the porch. The fabric gets stapled to the book case at various points, as do the stockings. I may invest in something new for next year or swap things around once again. Change is good.
Covering the front bay window is this net – which many visitors assume, because of my east coast background, to be a fishing net but it is actually a hammock. The balls are my partners & date back to before we met. I decided not to use any balls on the tree & now they all get hung out here along with other sparkly bits & garlands. The Santa belonged to a friend who since moved back to the east coast. I think my favorite is Robin swinging on the side there.
The Merry Christmas & some of the ornaments were gifts from my partner’s aunt. She knitted covers for used restaurant milk creamers to repurpose them as bells. Christmas is more about the memories that people have brought into my house than the gifts (well the gifts are fun too) 🙂
Thursday – January 23 – Hot Damn! It’s Queer Slam – 7:30 – Buddies and Bad Times Theatre – featuring ‘Yes The Poet’ https://www.facebook.com/events/577900226377507/
Richard III – Stratford Festival
June – Capturing Fire 2020 – Washington D.C. capfireslam.org
All’s Well That Ends Well – Stratford Festival