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Watercolor Gargoyles and Ivy

I’ve been keeping a secret for months now.

In my watercolor class, I painted two gargoyles. I’d chosen two of my husband’s favorites, and I was thrilled with the results. (How many gargoyles do we have here? I thought I’d counted all of them when I was doing this project, but then I found another one the other day that I’d missed! It’s a good thing I’m not the one responsible for feeding them.)

I was able to sneak away and get my artwork framed for him for the holidays unbeknownst to him. I’ve had them secreted away in my office closet ever since.

He was thrilled, and they look great!

Gargoyles and Ivy Watercolor

For now, they’re on the mantle, to keep them out of harm’s way, and I’m really happy with how they turned out.

Gargoyle Left

Close-up of the left one.

Gargoyl Right

Close-up of the right one.

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Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ho Ho Ho 2014

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The Puzzle Globe

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3 ...to 540

Almost halfway...

Taking Shape...150 pieces left

Only the tricky pieces are left...

Success!

Save your strength…

…it’s gonna be a busy weekend!

I can’t believe the little elf in the above photo is 5 years old now!

However and whatever you celebrate this time of year, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Worth the wait

Not only will the holidays be merry and light, so will the posting here at The Casual Perfectionist, while we spend it entertaining loved ones. I’ll be using this time to showcase some photos I’ve entered in the Cute Kids Contest at The Denver Post.

…and today’s photo is of Claire waiting for Daddy.  This was taken two years ago!

Click here to see it at The Denver Post.

Click here to see it at The Denver Post.

We hope you & yours have a wonderful holiday, and may whatever you’ve been waiting for…I hope it was worth it!

Can’t I open just one?

Not only will the holidays be merry and light, so will the posting here at The Casual Perfectionist, while we spend it entertaining loved ones. I’ll be using this time to showcase some photos I’ve entered in the Cute Kids Contest at The Denver Post.

…and today’s photo is a precursor to the one I shared last week.

Click here to see it at The Denver Post.

Click here to see it at The Denver Post.

As all the gifts start to pile up under the tree, I think the Baby Claire in this photo is verbalizing a sentiment on all our minds. 😉

Opening Presents is Exhausting Work

Today, I was looking through some old photos for a photo contest we have running at Mile High Mamas, and I found this. As soon as I heard about this contest, this particular photo popped into my head, and I couldn’t wait to see it again. It is one of my all-time favorite photos.

It may or may not be the wallpaper on my computer monitor as we speak.

Opening Presents is Exhausting Work

Click here to see it on The Denver Post.

Can you believe that was four years ago??

General Blogkeeping & a Sneak Peek at a Review of Winter WonderLights

I’ve got a project brewing that requires me to stir it more often than it did before, so I’m going to be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays here at The Casual Perfectionist. I also reserve the right to switch that up at any time, but if you know me, you’ll know the thought of ruining the little pattern this will create on the month of December on the sidebar is enough to make me break out in hives.

In fact, I had this post written yesterday, but I couldn’t bring myself to light-up a random Tuesday on that little calendar.

So, what’s happening today? I’ve got a writing piece featured at Mile High Mamas! It’s a little review I did of Winter WonderLights, at The Wildlife Experience.

Here’s a sneak peek of our adventure:

Claire was so excited to see Santa that this is what her face looked like the whole way there.

On our way to see Santa

I love it so much that I made it my Twitter photo.  🙂

She got to see Santa AND tell him what she wanted in her stocking. He had some good goals for her. I’m expecting a better-than-average month.

Big Hug for Santa

Wanna know more?

Click here to check it out!

Click here to check it out!

Picture of the Day: The Aftermath

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The Aftermath

The Aftermath

This is one of my all-time favorite photos of Claire.  We took this on December 25, 2005.  Three years ago!?  Claire wasn’t even a month old yet, and it was the first time we’d stayed home for the holidays.

When I think of “home for the holidays,” this is the image that pops into my head.  I love it!

Picture of the Day: Exploding Star

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Exploding Star

Exploding Star