On Thursday, Nick, Casey, L and I met up at the Blue Fox Café for breakfast - it's one of the more popular (and tiny!) brunch spots in town, and nearly impossible to get in on a weekend, but since it was a Thursday morning, we waltzed right in and enjoyed a scrumptious meal before walking back to our place for a day of NFL football.
I worked on the Peacock Jacket while the first game was on.
Art Project: Peacock Jacket, Part 2
Part 1 is here, if you missed it.
I worked on the tail feathers of the peacock off and on this past week, whenever I had a few minutes.
Next up - the roses on the back, plus a decorative element.
A close-up of the roses.
L and I hung out and slugged on the couches for the rest of the evening, and on Friday, I left him to his own devices while I got the Christmas decorations out. Last year/2020 marked the first time in 15 years that I put out all of my decorations, and I'd enjoyed it to so much I pledged to do it again this year. It's a big boost to my mental health to see my beautiful collection, and the sparkly lights just make me feel happy.
You can scroll backwards through my "Christmas Decoration"-tagged posts here, or start here in November 2020 and work forward post-by-post to revisit my massive collection. I photographed every single piece last year, but this year, I left a few pieces still packed (the Victorian-themed items, and the porcelain Santas).
I started by clearing off most of the décor-friendly surfaces and then pulled out the lights and pine garland and decided where I was going to put everything. Since our layout/furniture changed from last year, I had to make a few adaptations.
Looking through the kitchen.
I moved Vizzini's corner scratching post into the bedroom to make room for the tree. It is wired to that centre post between the deck doors so that "someone" can't pull it over. Our deck doors are slightly askew due to decades of settling, so the wire fits through even while they are closed.
I then lit my smaller tree (and you can see my littlest tree on the pie safe in the back right) with plain white lights. I did blue on it last year as well, but just didn't feel like it this year. Lighting trees is murder on my hands...death by a thousand scratches!
"Oh, I remember this delicious toy!"
Vizzini enthusiastically started gnawing on the branches immediately, so I squirted perfume all around the bottom branches of both of the main trees. Our house was redolent with Shi by Alfred Sung for a couple of days, but he left the trees alone all weekend.
"That was a mean and lowdown trick, Woman."
He hid under the bedcovers until I was finished.
It took just over 6.5 hours, but I finished just as L got home. Here's the pie safe corner, near the kitchen.
The small tree on the left has all the cutesy mice (these ones here) and House of Hatten (here) decorations on it.
The big built-in bookshelf got the "Be Merry" swag that Emily made me.
We'd moved our Vampire Church and figurines to the corner above the smaller bookshelf, and put the convex mirror over it. See me in the mirror?1
This is my small tree, which sits on top of two back-to-back bookshelves (games, CDs, and DVDs live on them). Mom made this beautiful quilted table cover for us around 20 years ago - I have to hide the corner tassels, as Vizzini likes to chew on them and attack them.
This tree is all space-themed, with my Star Wars and Star Trek decorations (see here), and anything else that's blue, aqua, purple or "space", including moons, stars and suns.
I added plaid ribbon around the pic of Cat, Karen, Yvonne and me at the Fluevog Silver Style Party.
On the wall further to the left, I put two of my creepiest nutcrackers, my Funko-pop Cthulhu, and a mini "Nutcracker" story book.
This Santa figure is on a side table near my couch.
To the left of the TV. Last year, we had a different TV stand/unit, so this was a new frontier. I added some holly garland to the framed gold waxed rubbing, and a gold tree and "A Child's Christmas in Wales" mini book to the Tolkien shelf.
On the left of the TV (as you can see, lots of football happening), are my snowman figure and the sledding elves.
Our bar got the heavy décor treatment this year, looping the lighted garland around it. This is the display here from last year, which went around our old TV unit.
L's side has all the decorations that are more him. That's his stocking, made by Mom from the same fabrics as the big tree skirt.
On my side, all kinds of shopping decorations (it's like people know me).
I put a nutcracker on the top shelf of the bar, along with the decorations from places we've been (Vegas, NYC, Scotland).
Onto the big tree! I used some pale yellow thread and suspended the three light plastic finial/balls from the ceiling with clear thumbtacks.
Vizzini remained in hiding the entire time. What a chicken-cat!
"I was keeping warm, that's all."
L and I hung out and played board games in the evening, and were up early on Saturday to join Nick and Caro for brunch at the Ruby.
- Turtleneck - Jacob, thrifted; last seen here in April under a haori
- Dress - Chetta B, consignment; last worn here in August to visit the Japanese Tea Gardens with Mom
- Sneakers - Steve Madden, thrifted; last see here in August for a walk with Betty
- Jacket (below) - Danier, consignment; last worn here in February
After 6.5 hours of standing and decorating the day before, my poor feet were so tired. I needed an outfit that I could incorporate my sneakers into.
Masked up - gold stars!
- Beret - Parkhurst, consignment
- Silk scarf - Elaine Gold, Lazy Susan's
- Velvet gloves - Cejon, thrifted
- Mask - by Mom
My accoutrements were easily stuffed in pockets or into my backpack while I shopped.
Although they got wet, these shoes really saved my feet, which I rested for the remainder of the weekend.
- Leather/chain wrap - local
- Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
- Earrings - thrifted
Caro came with me to WIN for a little bit - she found a vintage Christmas 1974 Wedgewood plate, "For serving chocolates!" she exclaimed, for only $5.95.
I spotted this Brutalist-style ring on one of the jewelry displays immediately.
It's definitely got some age, and it's good quality, although there are no markings on it.
I didn't find much else, but this purple cotton dress came home with me. The dark patches on it are rain-water.
"I can't believe you aren't paying attention to me."
The dress is odd in that it's a single piece of fabric. The neckline is a hole cut in the centre, with the only seams going from wrist to underarm, down the sides to the hem, which is not...hemmed.
It was only $11.95.
It's far too long on me, so I'll probably chop a few inches off the bottom so I don't trip on it. I suspect this was the base layer for a Ren-Faire/SCA outfit.
From WIN, I wandered up Fort Street and had a poke in the Velvet Crease, MONA and Vanity Fair Antique Mall. I only found one thing, but it's a doozy.
I am not fond of this ponte jersey fabric, but it's a good high-resolution print. I dislike it when prints have a white background, but I will survive - this is the only place you can see the lighter backing.
The sides are trimmed front and back with gold pyramid studs, and there is a gold zip down the back to just above the waist.
I found this at the Velvet Crease - they are a good shop for dresses. This dress is new with tags still attached, and was sold at W&J Wilson, a very classy local retailer, est. 1862. That's about as old as you get in Victoria.
And it's washable for when I spill cheese and chocolate down the front of myself at a party.
It's by long-time Canadian manufacturer Joseph Ribkoff, which has been around since 1957 (about them here). I see this brand in other shops as well as second hand quite frequently.
I'm excited to wear this - we're having a small Christmas party this year, and this will likely be my dress. Flush with my shopping, and feeling chilled from the rain, I napped with L and Vizzini before we all hung out and played boardgames into the wee hours (one of us tried to steal elastic bands). Sunday/today is another day of chilling out on the couch and watching football.
And that's a perfect weekend!
And how are you, my friends? How's your weekend going? It is raining where you are?