Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Foggy Nights and Christmas Chaos ~

Hello There:

Do you like fog?  Oh my, the entire Wlassak household is in love with fog.  Misty days, foggy nights.  We had a very eerie and foggy night recently.  It was 3:00 am and we found ourselves out front involved in an impromptu "photo session" ~ 

The creeper in the photo isn't really a madman killer.  That's my son.  Isn't this an eerie picture?   Seems this photo would have been more appropriate for a Halloween blog post.  But ~ alas ~ you can only take advantage of the fog when it visits.  I don't recall any fog during Halloween time this year.  So...Christmas fog will have to do.

Did I mention that it's been crazy busy around here lately? certainly has.  

Starting with this innocent piece of black poster board ~ 

Which eventually became this Welsh stove-pipe hat ~ 

I can't take credit for constructing the hat.  My husband concocted a pattern and built this hat from scratch!  

It truly looks like a traditional Welsh hat, doesn't it?

So, you're probably wondering why anyone would need a poster board Welsh hat, right?  

Well, I was asked to create an art piece to be published in a book of Welsh Nursery Rhymes.  The book will be published and for sale just in time for the Los Angeles St. David's Day Festival at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood on March 3rd, 2013.

Each contributing artist was given a Welsh nursery rhyme and they were to create an art piece influenced by that rhyme.

Here's my rhyme translated into English:

Hen Wraig Fach

Little old woman living in the valley,
Ragged clothes and heavy clogs.
She had a calf named Twm
Who was quite poorly a long time ago.

Little old woman giving the calf some milk,
But the calf refused it.
Well she then became angry.
O dear! She slapped him.

Little old calf running like mad,
And she was shouting, "For God's sake!"
Following a calf across the country
Oh friends, what an experience!'s the piece I created to go along with my rhyme ~

As you can see, the focus of my piece is from the last verse.

I have to give my daughter a huge amount of credit.  She does a lot of modeling for me.  That's her acting as the angry little old woman.  She's wearing the hat my husband made!  What fun we had modeling and snapping photos.

Busy, busy, busy!

Oh...look at this lovely piece of nature found attached to the eaves of my house ~ 

This amazing piece of goodness is now on my Christmas tree.

Speaking of Christmas...are you absolutely overwhelmed with it?  I find myself dreading the reality of my Christmas decorating.  I love to look at it once it's done, but doing it is so crazy.
Although I admit, my family room tree is always fun to decorate.  It holds all of our silly, older and mix it up ornaments ~ 

Hah!  I didn't realize until I saw this photo that the tip top of the tree seems to be swaying with the weight of Jack Skellington.  I think I like it.  It adds a bit of whimsy, somehow.

My giant beast of a living room tree is another story.  Not so fun, but I love it when it's done. It's 9 feet tall ~ 

...and, I wrap the lights up and back down every single limb.  It takes forever and a day to wrap lights like this.  But....the effect is much depth ~ 

And here's the finished tree ~ 

By the time we're done with all of this Christmasy labor we need a a few of these ~ 

Yummy Mimosas!

And, maybe a few of these as well ~ 

Along with all of the odd-ball photo sessions, Christmas decorating and art projects, I've also been working on my Tiny Tale Art ~ 

I'm super happy with the way my little stories are printing up on calligraphy paper ~ 

Each Tiny Tale print comes with a little story that I wrote.  The print image is 4" x 6" on a single sheet of 8.5" x 11" HP Premium Plus Photo Paper.  The corresponding story is printed on 8.5" x 11" calligraphy paper.

If you are interested in purchasing any of my "Tiny Tale" art prints for holiday gifts, now is the time.  My 50% off holiday sale is still on.  But, I can't guarantee Christmas delivery beyond Dec. 14th.  However, the sale will continue through Dec. 19th. Any prints that sell out will not be re-stocked until January 2nd.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

P.P.S.  Just wanted to put in a good word for this poor frosty soul ~ 

This Jack Frost Humpty Dumpty is waiting for a good home ~

He's sporting the shiniest vintage silver belt buckle ~ 

If you're interested in this hand-stitched "gnarly-doll", he can be purchased for 50% off in my Art Shop.  He's funny and big and looks incredible sitting underneath a Christmas tree!


Raige Creations said...

we get it here in the mountains regularly. I love it. and the best part is the sun usually burns it off and I get to enjoy a sunny day too.
love it - and have done several blog posts about it too. Various moods for various fogs.

Gerushia's New World said...

Oh...I love a foggy night and morning that burns off into a sunny day. The best of both worlds!


Bobbypin Bandit said...

Fog is so interesting. In Southern AZ we don't get too much fog, so when it happens it's wild! That is a creepy yet awesome photo of your son!

I adore the hat your husband made, and the image your daughter contributed to! I love that she is like, "put em up, put em up!" Too funny. What an awesome contribution to that festival!

Your tree looks great! I love the colors, and of course, Jack is wonderful.

I feel totally overwhelmed, too. I decided to hand make everyone's gifts, because I wanted to save some cash and avoid the mall, but now I just feel frazzled.

Oh well! Tis the season, right?