The Advent of Santa: Day Six

December 7, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Posted in art, Christmas, country life, country living, faith, family, free knitting patterns, gifts, Holidays, knitting, Life, love, marriage, photography, relationships, Santa Claus, shopping, socks, stockings, yarn | 8 Comments
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When we were children, my sister had a santa that looked much like today’s Santa. I have no idea how she came to have him, but I distinctly recall he belonged to her for some reason.

I am holding a brand new give-away … details further on in this blog.

As the years went by her Santa hung on the family Christmas tree each year and when she became an adult and moved out, her Santa stayed with the family collection at my parents’ house. I always liked him because he had such a wonderful, old-fashioned look.

When my husband and I were on an autumn vacation up in Clayton, New York–in the Thousand Islands area–a couple of years ago I found this Santa in a shop and had to buy him because he looked so similar to the one I recalled from my childhood; I think he is charming.

Yet Another Gift Idea for a Guy

As I mentioned a few posts back, my son came out recently for a couple of nice, long visits. I have missed him so much since I moved to New York, and though he has come out here a few times the visits were usually too brief. This fall he stayed for a couple of weeks at a time, twice. It was wonderful.

We love to cook together, and to sit quietly working on our laptops — me working on my business, him working on his. While he was here we often sat at the dining room table doing. He is a partner in Bumpy Pitch, a boutique t-shirt company dedicated to the lifestyle and culture of soccer.

Among other things, he is a graphic designer and has just opened his own Etsy store for a new venture, Flying Junction, selling awesome posters he has designed that pay homage to New York subway car roll signs. For his posters he carefully reconstructs the original lettering by hand and does not rely on fonts at all. This is remarkable, and results in authentic, vintage looking reproductions of the actual, original roll signs.

As for the name, “Flying Junction”, according to Wikipedia a flying junction is “a railway junction at which one or more diverging or converging tracks in a multiple-track route cross other tracks on the route by bridge to avoid conflict with other train movement”.

We have the one pictured here hanging in our dining room in a simple black frame and it is a striking yet simple piece with strong eye appeal. Of course, I love looking at it and knowing it is one my son’s creations.

Each of his posters is individually designed and professionally printed with UV protected ink on premium, archival recycled matte finish stock. He is offering free shipping on all orders placed before December 15th, so rock yourself on over there and see if he has something just right for a guy you still need to buy something for

And in knitting news … I have patterns stacking up that need to be published. I will get them finished as soon as I can, but just cannot possibly do one this week, I don’t think. However, I do have this photo to offer of a miniature stocking I knit last week to match the long, long, long Christmas Stocking I knit for my daughter this year (see previous post for a photo of that). This one is about 8″ or 9″ long and will hang on the Christmas Tree.

As for the give away I mentioned above … here are the details. As a business woman and publisher of knitting patterns and artistic products (prints, note cards, etc.) it is good business practice for me to expand my email marketing list. Toward that end, I gather email addresses from readers and customers so that I can send out emails about my products or things I am interested in. I normally only send out about 1 or 2 emails per month, although around holidays I sometimes send out 2 to 4 per month … because it is good business practice to do so.

I am saying all of this because I want to do a give away, but I also want to gather email addresses as a part of it. If you would be willing to be on my mailing list and to receive 1 or 2 emails per month, a little bit more around holidays, then please do sign up and I will enter your name in a drawing to win one of these cool prizes:

Grand Prize: A signed, limited edition print of my painting “Elegance of Being” from my 2010 Art Show, “Moments”.
First Prize: Any five of my knitting patterns, winner’s choice, as computer downloads.
Second Prize: One set of eight notecards (with envelopes) featuring various oil paintings from my 2010 Art Show, “Moments”.
Third Prize: Any one of my knitting patterns, winner’s choice, as a computer download.

Rules:
A. Sign up on my mailing list using this sign up form. Note: You must confirm your subscription to the list to be eligible for the drawing.
B. Do not use a yahoo email address.
C. If you are already on my mailing list please don’t sign up a second time, just leave a comment on this post and I will manually add you to the drawing.
D. One entry per person.
E. Enter by midnight on December 31, 2010 to be eligible.
F. Drawing will be held on or before Friday January 7, 2011
G. Winners will be notified via email and will have 72 hours to respond, otherwise prize will be forfeited and awarded to a secondary drawing winner.

Good luck to you, I hope you win!

Well, it is snowing hard today and the wind is blowing. I have to put some soup on for dinner, so must be off now.

Warm wishes,
~firefly

Copyright © 2010 J. L. Fleckenstein ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Advent of Santa: Day Three

December 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Posted in art, baby, Christmas, country life, family, gifts, Holidays, knitting, Life, love, photography, Santa Claus, snow, socks, stockings, travel | Leave a comment
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The Santa I showed on Day Two of my advent has met with a wee bit of misfortune and is in the shop for repairs.  Meanwhile, the fellow standing in the middle here is his temporary stand-in.

For Day Three of The Advent of Santa (which I should have posted yesterday) I offer you Candle Santa.  I bought him at Macy’s in Los Angeles about 26 years ago or so.

He is a candle, and even has a wick coming out the top of his hat.  Who could ever burn a candle made to look like Santa?  I certainly never could.  So, he has been save with me these many years.

I pack him away each year in the same nice big cube-shaped box he came in, with the same straw packing material.

My, how time goes by.  But this fellow looks no worse for the wear, really.  And, he has never had to go to the shop for repairs.

We continue to have snow, and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

~firefly

The Advent of Santa: Day 2

December 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Posted in baby, Christmas, country life, country living, dogs, family, gifts, Holidays, knitting, knitting for babies, Life, love, pets, photography, snow, socks, stockings, yarn | 3 Comments
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It snowed heavily for much of the day yesterday; after about the first hour or so it started sticking to the ground.  We got several inches of snow, and the dogs had a particularly good time romping in it.

In today’s Advent of Santa you see a second Santa Claus from my collection.  This one my son bought for me in Colorado when he was about eleven years old.  He was visiting with his father before Christmas, and saw this Santa in a shop window.  I love how whispy and ethereal this particular Santa is, plus he has great sentimental value to me because of the connection with my son.

Speaking of my son, his English Bulldog is boarding with us on the farm for a while and, being a Los Angeles-raised Bulldog who was born in Texas, yesterday was his first time in the snow.  The first moment I took him outside he instantly looked all around excitedly and started snapping at falling snowflakes, trying to catch them in his mouth.

He ran around, jumping belly first into the snow and then twirling around, making his own version of snow angels.  I had never seen a dog making snow angels before, and I couldn’t help but laugh heartily.

He isn’t trained on the electric boundary fence yet, so I have to take him out on a leash, and he was running this way and that pulling me along, joyously jumping into the air (quite a sight to see a chubby, short-legged bulldog doing that) to try to catch the snowflakes. He is definitely a snow-loving dog.

This morning did his first ice-skating on the frozen autumnal pond that has filled in out by our grand old willow tree.  He took one step onto it and started skating around before breaking through.  Such a cute little guy, and so much fun to see him discovering an entirely different world.

I just finished this long, long, long hand knit Christmas Stocking for my daughter.  I will release a pattern for it next week sometime, but wanted to show a photo of it today because it is long and skinny like the Santa Claus in the top photo.

This is knit from two hansk of Foot Notes Sock Yarn I purchased from Fiber Optic Yarns (Kimber Baldwin Designs) last winter.  The two colorways I chose were her low contrast Batiks, Tomato and Pale Watercress. Amazingly, because her hanks of yarn are so generous in yardage, I still have plenty of left over yarn. I even knit a miniature version of this stocking for the Christmas tree, and still have plenty left over. I think will knit a pair of real socks for my baby grand-daughter from the remaining yarn … and even then will probably have some left over!

It is snowing again, the Nutcracker ballet is playing on the television in the background, and I am feeling rather Christmas-ie all up and down and inside and out.

I hope your advent of the season, whatever it is, is going well.

Until tomorrow …
~firefly

Copyright © 2010 J. L. Fleckenstein ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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