Well, it's that time of year.....

Well, it's that time of year.....

    


    The mad rush of shopping and visiting is upon us once again, but this year it is different. Truthfully,  I am kind of happy about it.  Don't misunderstand me, I am not happy about the virus that has spread non-stop lately. Rather, the pressure to cook and clean and shop and decorate and wrap presents and ruminate over what I should get someone and worry if they will like it.... and whatever else has to be done is off. I realize, the Earth is not going to fly off of its axis if I don't complete all of these so called necessary tasks. The guilt is gone. None of that stuff matters in the grand scheme of life. Nobody is going perish if I buy them the ugliest bath robe known to man. What does matter is all of the people in the world who are food insecure and on the verge of being homeless due to this virus.

     I was held up in traffic twice this week due to long queues of cars awaiting their turn for free food. It brought tears to my eyes as I sent up prayer and thanked God that I am not in the same situation. I have so many things to be thankful for this year and here I am feeling suffocated in my safe little cocoon. My goal for the rest of this year as well as 2021 is to remember all the many blessings in my life. My other goal is to extend people loads of grace. So Many of us are  teetering on the edge and doing our best to keep it together. The next idiot driver who cuts you off, or drives with his indicator on for 5 miles probably has a tremendous amount of things on their mind.....It is not a personal attack, just a thoughtless mistake.

    So please, take the pressure off of yourselves and extend grace to others as often as you can.


    I have mostly been making Santa and Mrs. Claus dolls and being a lazy slob. Just feeling kinda funky, and smelling rather skunky. I just lack any ambition and don't even want to shower or get dressed. Dry shampoo can only go so far. I know I am not alone with these feelings and I know they will go away eventually.

    Here are some of my dolls. I hope they make you smile. I have sold some on eBay, and a few are still listed. Enjoy!

    Please stay safe and sane, and do things that bring you joy!


I made this couple for Susie Mendoza


Santa and Mrs. Claus like to do ballroom dancing in their spare time.






Shh.....Mrs. Claus wears her jolly pantaloons on special occasions






See you on December 24th and try to stay off of the naughty list! You know who you are!

Comments

  1. What a wonderful sentiment; very well put. Thank you.

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  2. Carrie, thanks for the reminder. I promise to extend grace to others throughout this holiday season and beyond. Your Claus couples are so charming.

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  3. Hi Carrie. Great post. All I can say us just keep going. We will come out the other side of this. But it is terrible and heart breaking and still worrying regardless of how well off we are compared to others. Tough times. And your dolls are beautiful! Great job. X

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    1. Thanks Shannon. We will make it with help of our mini diversions.

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  4. I treasure my Claus couple and happily look up at them every day from my work bench, where nothing much is happening but it redirects my thoughts and keeps a smile on my face. You are a treasure Carrie and thank you for your great reminder and generosity to others.

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    1. I love ya Susie Q! I am really trying hard, especially when people we are close too are not adapting to the new normal. I just can't be bitter and negative, that is not why God put us on this Earth. I'm stuck here for however long it takes, I want to be happy.....I may have a long wait.

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  5. Oh Carrie! What incredible pairs of the Clauses' you have created! I love all the unique personalities and expressions, costuming and souls! You are going to make so many mini people delight to have these dolls in their collections!

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