i know i haven't been here
but here's a few reasons why:

old stairs.

new stairs!!!

making christmas cards

painting presents

wrapping presents

the idea for the christmas town card came from mary engelbreit's home companion
dec 05/jan 06 issue....it is actually a kit you can purchase from paper source
however this one is a little more put together on my own but using their
fantastic idea....

the tags on the presents are from martha stewarts holiday handmade gifts
special issue...they were made for the tree in the magazine but i love how
they turned out as tags...every year i try to come up with something
new for tags and this was perfect!

if you have been wondering where i have been...
i have been cutting, pasting, gluing, dabbing, cursing, giggling,
clapping my hands, frowning, singing christmas songs,
attending kids nativity plays and christmas concerts,
baking cookies, making gingersnaps, sweeping up sawdust,
watching christmas specials, knitting on the damned death
blanket, sweeping up pine needles mixed in with sawdust,
making paper chains, saying "not around the tree, no
running around the tree",
and lastly, loving the christmas season...
this is SO my time of the year....