I lucked out and an uncle of one of the elementary school kids that was cast as a oomph-loompa came to help. He is a professional theater tech guy that works up in Portland. He mainly does lighting, but got him to work on set pieces. He talks my language and was fast. I liked that. I was able to get the big wagons that will have Charlie's house on one side and a junk piles on the other side rolling and framed. Nice!
Meanwhile, on the other side of the stage, I got other people to start the set for A Star is Born. I was ask to be the Tech Director for the Pentacle Theater fundraiser that my friend Jeff is directing. We were able to get all the platforms legged and the stairs built. All that was left was to paint.
We started a couple big props... one guy started a boat that I want to look like a giant paper boat... and my friends the Jefferies started the Candy Man cart.
I am impressed with JaNay's artistry. I showed her a picture of some candy and she made the perfect wheels for the candy cart. She's a keeper.
I didn't make many plans, nor a model for this set. I was trying to get Christmas stuff done. I have this thing that I need to MAKE Christmas gifts. I really did start in October. It just takes so long. I made 20 or more headband/ear warmers. Hannah liked them. She even took one before Christmas and wore it everyday. I decided that gift was a hit and told her I would make her one for every day of the week or of every color I own. I also made these slippers for Lillian. This is what I would call a Pinterest Fail. LOL. At least she likes them. I also started this giant blanket for Chad. I will have to blog about it later... since I am still working on it.
My favorite creative effort was this gift. I looked up the Family Crests for Myles and Ray and got them money clips with the coat of arms I found for their names. I had to special order one for John. It didn't make it here for Christmas. I researched the last name and wrote out the information I found. I was fun, so I decided to do the same for my friend Jeff. I was able to find his coat of arms and then I drew a new one that combine his coat of arms with his friend's coat of arms. He seems to like it. It's not as clean as the computer drawings I found... but it turned ok.
Christmas was actually quiet. We thought about going to Bend to visit for a couple of days, but Hannah got sick and I didn't want to give our germs to Carol and to my dad, so we stayed home. Kimber, Ray and Ben came to play for a couple of days. I love having them come! We went to see the Hobbit movie. I actually liked it. Kimber worked on her Christmas projects. Lillian and Ben had endless hours of fun and play. They started Christmas Day at our house and we opened presents and stockings. Ben liked his Iron Man toy from Hannah best... but he did like all the presents he was gift... with the exception of the Cars hat I made him. Oh well. At least I know he doesn't like any hats. At least the hat I made Ray fit this time.
I got John the pole saw he said he wanted. (He traded it for a multi purpose tool). He also got some work clothes.
John gave me an iPad. I really wanted one and he found a way. Nice boy. My favorite gift was a book my parents put together about building their house. It made me cry. My crazy memories are not a figment of my imagination. :) I also loved the chat I had with my mom about that gift.
Reading the story I have to laugh. If I wasn't there for nearly all of it I would never believe it. It is surprising that that guy that she said came to visit, didn't have the government take us all from my parents. Even my kids don’t believe my stories… not to say that they will now.
Truly this is my favorite gift. I will treasure it forever… but I will treasure my fond memories, and the lessons my parents taught me even more. I have to admit, it was hard not having water or electricity or attached rooms. Beans for 3 meals a day gets old. Close quarters is a drag. Frozen undies off the line are not that comfy. And I still don’t like house work all that much. And yet… I still love fresh baked bread(if my allergies would let me eat it). I still love still line dried towels. I love a good thunderstorm. I love canned peaches. I love a good roaring fire and the smell of pine. Most of all I love the family you taught me to serve by watching my parents serve and sacrifice for us. The book is the cool, but my parents are way cooler!
Hannah got a warm coat... lots of Broadway music - cd and sheet music form...
Lilli got some clothes... a jewelry box... shoes... a movie or two...
I even got to visit with my Granda White for a couple minutes while I sat there.... oh and Kimber, Ray and Ben came for about an hour. They went for a little drive while they were at at Eaglecrest with the Jessops. Ben won everyone's heart... of course. Eventually, Hannah and Sarah sat by me and tried crochet. Sarah never got it, but Hannah started to get the hang of it. Her piece did look a little like a fish, but Laynie loved it and claimed it as her scarf. Sarah tried to teach Hannah how to knit. Hannah did not get that, but Sarah was pretty good so she made knitted headbands.