Studio Musings

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A White Christmas & a Boxing Day Surprise

Had to take a 'housie' - it looked so cute all decorated in snow
Who says wishes never come true? 

Yesterday morning, we woke to a Winter Wonderland; the world outside our door decorated with a liberal coating of snow.  And it hadn't stopped snowing; there was more softly drifting through the chilly air like party confetti.  Snow Day!!!!

This being Seattle - we weren’t sure how long it would last.  By some accounts this was Seattle's eighth White Christmas since 1909!  Which is how we found ourselves wandering the neighborhood in the early morning light, drinking in the sights.  Pre-coffee, pre-presents, predawn, just us and the snow.

wandering the neighborhood in the half-light before dawn

Cherry trees limned with snow

It was a wet, heavy snow and I love how it highlighted all the little tree branches. 

These are photos of some cherry trees.  The snow made it easy to see the variations in branching patterns between different tree species.  Even the littlest branches of the cherry trees provided nice stark, dark lines of contrast.   That’s likely the reason they were also my most successful tree photos.

What an amazing way to start Christmas morning!  And sure enough, by late afternoon, the snow had begun to melt.  Today, there's still snow on the ground, but it's gone from all of the trees.

Snow equals Snowflakes!

In celebration of our first Snow Day in forever, our first White Christmas in even longer, and as a little gift for Boxing Day, I'm putting together a free bonus snowflake tutorial for anyone who has ever purchased my Snowflakes and Stars tutorial, or one of my snowflake kits.  This includes people who have taken one of my Snowflake workshops. 

How do you receive your copy?  Simply let me know where and when you purchased the tutorial (to the best of your memory).  On New Year's day, I'll send you instructions for the snowflake pictured in my earlier post, Hoping for Snow, (and below).  It's a 'decorated' version of my basic snowflake.  Make sure you include an email address, or some way to contact you!  If you send me a picture of one of the snowflakes you made, I may include a little extra bonus.  Yep, a little bribery because I'd love to see your work.  :)

Don't have the original pattern?  Purchase it between now and New Years, and I'll send you the bonus instructions, too. 

I'll send out instructions for this beaded snowflake on New Years

(Speaking of snowflakes, if there are friends who have a Cricut cutter and would like me to share how I made the paper ornaments, let me know.  They were really easy; the snowflakes are stock images that I combined with a circle frame).

 Happy Boxing Day! 


  1. I was there for the white Christmas in 2008. That was cool!

  2. YaY! You got your White Christmas. How fun.

    1. Thank you! The White Christmas was such fun, more so for it's rarity.

      What's more, the snow has already melted from most of the sidewalks and roads, while it's hanging on in many of the yards in our neighborhood. So it's easy to get around, but we still have some pretty white. Best of both worlds!

  3. Growing up in the PNW ... I know just how rare a snow day is! I always enough snow to make a snowman ... but that only happened once or twice that I remember. Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas!

  4. Living in Edmonton, Alberta we usually have a white Christmas but this year we were threatened with a brown Christmas - so sad. But a miracle happened and we did get snow, it was beautiful unfortunately we now have -37 C weather. Happy New Year and may all your wishes come true.