Newcomers and experienced Lighted Christmas Ball makers gathered side by side to bend chicken wire, push, and poke into a roundish shape. Lights go on next and voila.. all one has to do is connect the ball to power and get it into a treetop.
A nice way to promote yourself as an artist, is to record a Christmas song. A free Christmas song, of course. Meb, from Montreal, studied music, was part of a band but now records on her own. She counts Françoise Hardy, Rufus Wainwright, Kimya Dawson and Joni Mitchell among her influences. La Neige, the free song, is recommended whilst drinking hot coco and is very stress relieving. More Meb on Myspace.
Meb - La Neige
Jonathan and Anne,
I saw a link to your site on how to make the balls on lifehacker.com.
I watched the video and was so taken with the story that I had to bring it down here to the Gulf Coast.
I hope it catches on here like on your street!
--Steve Dallas Johnson
But despite the sunshine, and the company of financier Jay Barrymore, the Harry Potter actress had a permanent face like thunder.
Perhaps she had been having difficulty explaining why she was pictured recently enjoying an evening out in New York with a fellow student who happens to be a glamorous Spanish rock star.
Miss Watson, 19, is taking a degree in art and literature at Brown University, an Ivy League institution in Providence, Rhode Island, while 26-year-old Mr Barrymore remains in London.
Given a five-day break for the Thanksgiving holiday, she met him in Jamaica at the weekend for what many observers felt could prove to be 'make or break' for the couple's 18-month relationship.
Judging by her expression, the smart money is on 'break'.
The actress, who has built up a fortune of more than £10million playing Hermione Granger in the Potter films, began her degree course two months ago.
Last week, the Daily Mail pictured her smiling at an ice-hockey match with Rafael Cebrian, a second-year student who plays in a Spanish band called the Monomes.
Dana and Jane Blais have been growing Christmas trees at Hidden Meadows Tree Farm in
How did you get into Christmas tree farming?
“I more or less started around 1985. I’m trained as a forester, and at the time I was a county forester in
How did you end up in
“My wife, Jane. She just happened to have some property here when I met her. I had my Christmas trees growing in several other locations, and this property is well suited to growing Christmas trees. So, we started growing trees here also.”
Do you still have trees in other places, too?
“Actually, now I don’t. I did buy land in
What is the size of your farm?
“Three hundred total acres, about 40 acres in trees. We are expanding. We have about 35,000 trees here now, and I think it’ll be another 10,000 or so. And I’ll be able to plant about 15,000 in
What types of trees to you grow?
“Fraser, balsam and
How many trees do you sell each season?
“Right now we sell an average of about 4,000 per year. We are open for choose-and-cut. We also sell into the wholesale market – Rotary clubs, fire departments. Jane and our daughter, Heather, also make beautiful wreaths, which we sell here.”
What is your favorite part of growing Christmas trees?
“I like all of it. I do like to put trees in the ground, to plant them. But I like the whole process.”
What is your least favorite part of growing Christmas trees?
“Dealing with diseases and insects. Sometimes it’s very difficult to control. The summers of 2007 and 2008, we had a tremendous amount of precipitation, which led to a big increase in a certain root disease. We’ve started putting in some subsurface drainage. Since Fraser is the most susceptible, I’m planting balsams and Canaans in some of those places.”
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
“I like to hike. I like it here in the mountains. And I hope the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl.”
The reindeer ornament is designed by Prairie Schooler from the
Gift of Stitching magazine (Dec 2009 issue).
Stitched on 32 count Jobelan with DMC threads.
As it doesn't snow at Christmas in Australia I changed some thread colours in the design.
Stitched by Sue in Australia.
These designs are from the book 'Made in France'. Stitched on 28 count antique white Cashel Linen with DMC threads.
The reading angels are for 3 friends I have met through our love of reading.
Stitched by Sue in Australia.
I hope you all had a Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Quilting to all those who are rushing to finish their quilts for Christmas! A few years ago, I decided to make quilts for my kids(four boys, 2 girls) for Christmas! It was a labor of love and one of my favorite gifts to give!
The quilts took a lot of time, but well worth the time! The toys and electronics are long gone! The quilts are still being used! I know my kids will remember their quilts. There is something magical about a handmade quilt or a handmade gift! The saying holds true-
"Those who sleep under a quilt sleep under a blanket of love!"
I felt inspired to make little doll quilts for my shop. My little daughter loves to play with her doll quilt and dolls. I've been happily stocking my shelves at Hall or Nothing! I'm also excited to join the U Create Holiday Boutique coming soon!
You will see Childrens reversible aprons, Mother/Daughter aprons, Christmas Bags and more