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Enter the Silly Season

December 19, 2010

As I am sure you have all guessed, I, just like many of you, am in the midst of what I call the “silly season.” Not silly because I don’t like Christmas, silly because often times trying to get everything done is stressful and overwhelming, even when I’m usually quite organized (not!).

This year I only made a few parchment cards, that went to a few special friends and a few special clients. Along with that, is all the baking, shopping (thank goodness for the internet, as most of my gift getting was done that way), various other preparations, work, and of course, family dramas. This year there is no shortage of that last thing!

Coupled with all that, the weather here has been bitterly cold, unusual for this time of year. In fact we’ve been on average 20 degrees colder than normal, but it looks like it’s finally starting to warm up a bit. Had a snow storm (okay, not quite the amount of snow some of you gals in the UK and other parts of Europe have gotten, but more than what this area gets) and that was followed by an ice storm! The night of the ice storm one of the transformers on the utility pole across from my house blew out, and was on fire. Luckily electricity to my house was not on that pole. But I have to tell you, there is nothing scarier than watching one of those transformers on fire, crackling away. On the downside, the cold weather has sidelined me. The arthritis in  my fingers has been acting up, and nothing I do has helped the swelling and pain in my fingers. It’s been darn near impossible to even hold the majority of the tools, and I can forget painting when my fingers get like this. I lose a lot of control even if I were able to hold the brush.

And so the blog has been unwillingly put on the back burner for the month of December. For that I truly apologize. Working on the blog has given me quite a bit of pleasure this year, and I really miss it right now.

Which brings me to a question that has been floating around in my brain.  I would like to ask you, the readers, what other series would you like to see within these posts. I have been working on what I hope to be a fabulous line-up next year for Designer of the Month, but I would like to add another series, perhaps one that will come out about 4 times a year. What are some of the things — ideas, techniques, possibilities — that you would like to learn about, read about, discuss, that you don’t see in other forums/magazines? Please leave your suggestions in comments or send them to me via the Contact page.

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Hanukkah.

  1. December 19, 2010 7:44 pm

    Merry Christmas to you as well Chiara! I’ve been terribly busy with holiday preparations and have not been in my craft room in over two weeks. We’re getting cold weather as well, but I’m lovin’ it! Stephen is now home for 3 weeks so I don’t think I’ll be very creative for a while yet. I’m so sorry to hear about your arthritis acting up. I have it in my elbows, hips and knees and have been having painful episodes, especcially during the night. Wishing you well with many happy hours of parching!

  2. December 19, 2010 9:06 pm

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year to you and your famil as well, Chiara.

    I haven’t been doing much crafting for almost a month now either and I think a lot of us are in that environment at the moment!! It’s been the coldest on record, since Dec. 1st…and continues with each new day…for us here as well and it’s playing havoc on my post-polio issues so that hasn’t helped with my crafting either. Once the holidays are over I’m sure we’ll all get our mojo back!!!

    I’ll have to do some serious thinking about suggestions and get back to you on that one. You do such a wonderful job at covering just about everything it’s difficult to come up with something immediately :))

    Happy holidays, my friend!!

  3. December 20, 2010 12:25 am


  4. Katy Kasar permalink
    December 20, 2010 4:30 am

    Hi Chiara – and to all the other avid parchers who are a part of your super blog –

    I am so sorry that I do not have more time to participate at the moment Chiara – for me it`s not the rush of the Festive Season that is taking up all my time – it is my Tutpr Diploma Course – I have been doing it since June and am still only half way through – I always knew it was hard work, but I didn`t dream it is as intensive and time consuming as it is – still, hopefully the second half won`t take as long (hope, hope) –

    I am so sorry that you are suffering with your poor fingers – that must be awful for you at any time, let alone as a parcher – I am sending you healing hugs, and hope you get some relief quickly – that goes for any of the other ladies out there who have ailments of any kind, but especially to those whose ailments affect your parching –

    I do always read your blog Chiara, and thankyou for all your hard work – you are doing a fabulous job, and I have learned so much from all the different subjects you have covered –
    I look forward to more in the New Year, but in the meantime I would like to send you, and all your readers a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, GOOD HEALTH AND EVERY HAPPINESS THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR OF 2011 !!

    Thank you Chiara – have a lovely Festive Holiday Season – I will try to participate more when I can –

    Take care, and keep warm and safe –
    All my love and hugs, Katy xx

  5. SueJ permalink
    December 20, 2010 5:01 am

    Merry Christmas to you as well. I hope it is a peaceful one for you.
    Whatever you come up with I am sure it will be interesting. I look forward to following your blog in 2011.

  6. December 20, 2010 7:54 am

    Good Morning Chiara,
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…it has been quite a year here in Maine…we don’t have much snow on the ground but it is coolldd…I had to really push myself to get my cards finished I guess I was not much in the spirit…like Vickie D. I lost my little peek-a-poo doggie( Thatcher) from a blood disorder 3 days after Thanksgiving and it broke our heart..he was 7 years I have had to give that push…
    On another note I to have rhumatoid arthiritis and have been having infusions for the past 3 years…Remicade…I have to tell one and all it has made a huge difference in my life…it doesn’t stop the arthiritis but it slows it down and relieves alot of PAIN…see your doctor (specialist) about it..there are different options..the 2 1/2 hr infusions has been well worth it otherwise i would not be able to parch and would definetely be walking like an old lady…sooo ladies we have to do what we can to keep parching…lol
    Hugs to all…

  7. dorita permalink
    December 20, 2010 9:28 am

    Oh, Chiara, im so sorry for your arthritis! Winter isnt nice with your fingers…Please, take good care of you, stay warm and get well soon.
    Happy Season, darling.
    Much love

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