Making Owls

Our house has been over taken by OWLS! Some are pretty owls…


And some are kind of crazy owls… We joke that they are actually Honey Badgers. We are so immature, we just can’t quit watching this YouTube video of the Honey Badger.


The owls have been sent around the country as Xmas gifts, these 2 went to my niece and nephew in Seattle. Isabella requested one made by me with very specific colors, BJ just wanted Dan to make his.


and they’ve been added to a Xmas quilt… I made this quilt for my mom.


Thomas contributed this owl to his G-ma’s quilt


Hmm I wonder who made this “owl”


Even Daniel got into the fun of making owls. Actually a few people that came by our house in Dec. made an owl. My friend Michele, our neighbor Victoria and of course; Daniel, Thomas, Dan and me.



Daniel made his owl tall, skinny and goofy just like him. He also packed it with lots of rice so he could throw it at his girl-friend, watch out Megan!


Dan and I spent every evening for a few weeks working on owls. It was our stress de-compressor through the holidays. It also prevented us from getting anything done on the renovation!IMG_5267IMG_5269IMG_5273IMG_5288

This was my favorite owl, it lasted for 1 whole day before it was given by Beth as a last minute Xmas gift.


Glass Blowing

In Dec. Glass Axis has their annual glass sale and open house, where you can come in and blow a glass ornament for $25. Even though we live right down the street and  working with glass is one of my art mediums of choice we had never attended this even until this year. After finally attending Thomas and I have decided to make this a yearly Xmas tradition. This year Thomas made an ornament for his grandma.

First you pick 2 colors that you are going to dip your hot glass mound in. Thomas chose blue and green.


Then you heat it up in the fire, very hot!


Next you blow some air into it while your assistant turns it for you.


Voila the final product.


Thomas was very proud of his creation, and his grandma was very happy to get something besides a clay pot for Xmas. (the glass curly-Q hook still had to be added, so this wasn’t really the completed bulb.)


Getting our Xmas tree

We try to always go cut down our Xmas tree from a you-cut farm. I say try because a couple years the tree farms had such pitiful selections we actually did have to go to the YMCA to buy a tree. This is not generally a fun family trip, although Dan always tries to make that way. It’s usually cold and snowy and one or more kids does NOT want to be going and usually I don’t either. But for some reason this years Xmas tree adventure WAS the perfect family trip. Maybe because it was sunny outside and just slightly chilly. Or maybe because we actually found a Xmas tree farm that wasn’t just some guys back yard that needed to be clear cut. Or possibly it was the stop for UDF peppermint ice cream on the way to the farm. Whatever it was we all had a great time with no complaining, and lots of Xmas music for the 45 min drive.

This was the first tree we saw but since we found it within 15 seconds of walking onto the farm we thought we should keep looking.


The farm supplies you with a saw and sled to cut down your tree and haul it back to the front of the farm.


Another good looking tree, but a little to fat for our house. We have high ceiling so tall trees are OK but we have a small house so I think the tree needs to be skinny. I always lose on that one though and we end up with fat trees year after year.IMG_6294

This looks like a good one too…


Then somehow we ended up with this scraggly tree. No one seemed to notice the weird shape when we finally chose it. It’s definitely a skinny tree, now that its in the house I actually think its too skinny.


I started the initial cutting


Then Thomas finished it up…



Thomas was being very dramatic about pulling the tree back.


They even had a wreath picture spot so, of course, we had to take more pictures. Notice the smiling faces!



Too much brotherly/ sisterly love and it turns into a wrestling match



We will definitely return to this farm in the future! Cackler Family Farms