Monday, December 13, 2010

Normal People

What do normal people do when it is 2 am and they cannot sleep?
Do they make a winter wonderland for their departed relatives?
Is it just me? Am I admitting this?

Since I've exposed my quirks frequently here
 I will go one further.
My father's clock and the crystal ball?
I do stuff like this in my home...tuck in something that tickles
my fancy, the meaning observed by no one but me.

The Big Ben an homage to time passing.
The crystal ball, a hat's off to my 
Great Grandma Mamer, said to 
be a witch of sorts, at least to the extent that 
she would predict the sex of unborn babies. 
Also a query as to what the future
 holds if the past is represented here.

Remember we were discussing normalcy....?

The Z collection, a gift from darling daughter.
Photos of natural items discovered in our yard,
 then formed into Z's. 

Still not sleeping, of course everyone decides to 
make a coffee filter wreath around 3 am?
 Probably should do this when more awake, 
or you receive burned finger tips from glue gun.

An old friend around for many Christmases.

 Merry Merry!

I'll be napping this afternoon- just leave a message.



just call me jo said...

Love your insomniac display. Engjoy your nap. I love the Z pictures and the little stuffed doll and wreath. Cute cute.

Debbie said...

Whenever I come here, I feel like I'm steppping back in time. I think it's the sepia photo effects, and all of your wonderful decorating skills.
Hope you get some rest today.
I love what you did with the trees and snow last night.

D.B. said...

Love it!! As a life long insomniac may I recommend Advil PM - it's a good thing. Everything looks beautiful, the homage is a wonderful idea!

Bead and Needle said...

I'm thinking you do some of your best work at that time of the morning! I love that you decorated for the special all those little touches are. LOVE Hannah's Z picture (OK, you knew this was you frequent Z Gallery? LOVE that store), and Prim Santa and the new wreath, though you might have needed the coffee to stay awake tomorrow morning!

Beatnheart said...

Good Morning fellow insomniac! Yes 3 in the favorite time..I do deep breathing exercises but I don’t decorate...I love those drawers...where did you find them.. Also any tuts on that fab coffee filter wreath? Lovin your look and your blog... Cynthia

Malisa said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your photos! I think you created a most lovely homage to loved ones no longer with you during the Christmas season! I am a vintage photo collector. If you visit my blog, you will see my photo Christmas tree!


Blondie's Journal said...

You do better at night than I do during the day! I am loving all of the festive goings on in the p.m. at your place. The wreath is the best one I have seen so far!

I hope you get some rest. the Z pictures!


My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Love your Christmasy display and I LOVE the piece with all the little drawers. Could I be nosy and ask what you store in the little drawers?


Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh HAPPY smiles this morning for me on my visit to your lovely blog....Your vignette is GORGEOUS & I LOVE how it all ties together....hahahahahaha....YESsssss....Burns from the hot glue gun would be an appropriate reminder at 3am that you REALLY should be in bed....!!!

Enjoy your nap(s) throughout the day....!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

Faded Charm said...

Sorry you couldn't sleep....I go through stages of this myself, but I usually don't get up and do anything, just lie there thinking about all I need to do.

Beautiful vignette with such meaning and I like your coffee filter wreath......I really needto make one of these for myself.

I think I'll try to sell it, but if it doesn't sell it will fit nicely in my office where I do have some touches of blue.

Hope you have a nice week....last week of school for the kiddos which means I get to stay home more:)

Take care,


Robin Larkspur said...

Sweet and cozy vignette, love the coffee filter wreath!! and the crystal ball! Enjoy your nap! Merry wishes to you!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adore the grouping of B&W photos and loved objects...and all the rest you did in the wee hours of the morning. Regret that you were having trouble sleeping...hope it's a passing thing!

Bittersweetfolkart said...

Your home is wonderfully shabby ..and I love your studio.
I do enjoy my visits here ~

Olive Cooper said...

Love the Z print and the Christmas things tucked into the photos. As a former psych nurse normal people scare me:0}

Claudia said...

I am enamored of your vignettes. Love that you add a little quirkiness to make you smile.

You know, I was thinking I needed a wreath hanging from the stairs. Maybe a coffee filter wreath.....


Jane said...

Sorry you were having trouble sleeping but you sure made great use of your time! I love the family photo display. I cherish old family photos and this is something I would definitely do.
Hope you got a nap!

time worn interiors said...

You poor thing, I hate when that happens! But I do the same thing go get on the computer! I don't try anything with the glue gun, I burn my fingers up when I am fully awake, can't imagine what I would glue If I were half asleep! Maybe you will sleep better tonight!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

What a great idea..the Christmas for your loved ones who've passed. I Must Do This!

Can I do it at a normal hour, though, or is it only to be done at 3am??

Beautiful..and I love the "Z's" I may have to do that too..but not in "Z's" understand..not that I don't like "Z's" you see..but one would wonder why I had chosen "Z's" instead of "C's"..

{Can you tell I don't get much sleep either?..but I would KNOW not to use a Hot. Glue. GUN..I'm just sayin'...}

Razmataz said...

At least you were productive!. I do love all your bits you have arranged soe beautifully!

A Cottage Muse said...

Sorry you couldn't sleep but loving how creative you were!!

My favorite is the "Z" collection, great idea!!

gail said...

hmmmm....I could use your great grandma or her crystal ball right about now because I'm DYING to know what my daughter will have tomorrow!!!
love that folk art doll in the pics...

Jules said...

Well next time you can't sleep feel free to come decorate my house :)

You have a real gift for interiors.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jillayne said...

I like that - sliding things in that have meaning to you, adding layers of memories through objects - very cool.
I also really like the coffee filter wreath - I dyed a bunch of filters months ago on a rare day off when I knew I had the whole day home alone. The next day when hubby went to make the coffee he remarked on the dire shortage of coffee filters when he knew for sure he had just bought some...??? I fessed up but pointed out that as I had dyed them with coffee, we could still use them - in a pinch!
That night he came home from running errands at the grocery store with three jumbo packages -in case I had another day off coming any time soon!
Hope you had a good nap...zzz!

My Grama's Soul said...

When I wake up at 2 am I usually go out to the kitchen and eat!!!! You ARE THE SMART ONE! (O:



Vicki said...

I do love how it all turned out. I hope you are sleeping as I type this!

erin said...

i woke up at 4:30...not for the usual reason, but the fact that the smoke alarm battery was going dead, so it started to "chirp"....and then i couldn't wait for the sun to come up so i could take pics of our winter wonderland! lovin your vignette.

Tammy said...

A beautiful vignette!
Love the "z's" clever!!
Hope you are sleeping well tonight!!
Tammy :-)

Jacqueline said...

Z...why be normal?

Linda said...

Just love what you've done here! I'm a late nighter, too! I've just discovered your lovely blog and am looking forward to reading more...I am a new follower!

Lis Bommarito said...

It's perfect. Well, except for the sleep deprivation part, it's perfect. Really. What a handsome man, your father, and a wonderful tribute to the Ghost of Christmas Past.

glor said...

If this is what you come up with at 3:00 in the morning then I say you should be up more mornings! This is a fabulous display! The wreath I'm gonna have to try. Thanks for such a wonderful walk through. Have a great day and nap.

Curtains In My Tree said...

I am glad to know other people are so hyped up this time of year they can't sleep right alone with me.
I have had a terrible time sleeping, like you 2 or 3 am and my body says us get up.

I have my Mom & Grandma pictures out and just thought why haven't I encluded my grandpa so now I will. It is so hard for us left behind, sort of speaking.

My little sister lost her husband in Sept and is having a terrible Christmas, please say a prayer for her.

I absoluty love your arrangement and like all your drawers also LOL

I want a coffe filter wreath also.

Love and blessings

Tina Eudora said...

Love the homage to family Suzan!
I have a spot like that too with photos of family long passed. For some reason it gives me comfort to have them close by and remember them especially at this time of the year!
I even light a candle most evenings near them to say "Hi, I love you".
Maybe it's age but I feel closer to them now than I ever have...
Oh and I love the coffee filter wreath! Ideas with that concept could be endless....
Tina xo

Rebecca said...

Hi Z
Hey maybe that is my problem... I sleep like a baby, no 2 am's for me. I bet I would get a lot done!
YOur displays look great. Love the little special things tucked in. Haven't tried a coffee filter anything yet... on my to do list.
Many Blessings today

Romeo said...

Well it's obvious that you and "her" share some of the same um...."traits". I can usually find "her" playing with vignettes when "she" is not in bed sleeping. HOWEVER, they sure don't look as wonderful as yours do! Seriously gorgeous and LOVING that you create using those things which have meaning to you! Yep, I think that next time I can't sleep I'm going to come on over to your house - MUCH more interesting and fun! Of course if it's okay with Howie ;)

Purrs! Enjoy your nap!


Romeo said...

Well it's obvious that you and "her" share some of the same um...."traits". I can usually find "her" playing with vignettes when "she" is not in bed sleeping. HOWEVER, they sure don't look as wonderful as yours do! Seriously gorgeous and LOVING that you create using those things which have meaning to you! Yep, I think that next time I can't sleep I'm going to come on over to your house - MUCH more interesting and fun! Of course if it's okay with Howie ;)

Purrs! Enjoy your nap!


Brenda Kula said...

Hey, maybe you do some of your best stuff when insomnia hits! I love to make vignettes out of memories that only I understand. Seems to make it more special that way.

The Boston Lady said...

And to think I usually stare at the television or read... Now I am inspired because I love your tribute to loved ones and I am most curious who that "old friend" is. And anyway, why be normal? Loved this post. Ann

Carole said...

Now I know why they really call you Z....or maybe it should no ZZZZ.
Haha nosey!
Ok maybe I'm not getting enough sleep either.
At least you put your time to good use. I love the wreath and the relatives on the shelf.

Hope you finally got some rest.


Jeanine Burkhardt said...

CoZy!*!*! Calgon TaKe-Me-Away!!! Love the nostalgic fab old clock...
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Beatnheart said...

Hiya! just got your comment...ha ha...Should i take a picture of the last bottle of Gypsy that I have. Great minds think alike!! Wish I bought a case...