Archive | December, 2011

Glitter Christmas Bulbs

9 Dec

Oh, I’m pretty much in love with these.

I took some replacement Christmas bulbs and FINALLY used some of the gorgeous micro-glitter I bought a long while ago on sale. Sometimes stuff is so pretty I want to make sure I have a project that does it justice, like that glitter, but I’m trying hard to do projects that utilize what I already have.

To make them, first I used scotch tape to cover the metal end. Then I held that end while I sprayed adhesive to the glass and shook glitter all over it. Any kind of glue would work, I just wanted to try spray adhesive. And let me just say, it sucks to get that all over your fingers, so wear a glove or something if you use it, too. You probably already knew that.

Don’t forget to put the extra glitter back in the container! I rigged up some foil holders so the bulbs could dry upright, but I’m sure you could just lay them gently down after a couple minutes. I think using clear glass bulbs gave them a nice luminosity, but any kind would work.

The pictures just couldn’t capture how sparkly and bright these bulbs are! I may add wire hangers by wrapping thin wire around the metal end and then making a loop to hang them, so they can be  ornaments for the tree. Or I may make more and glue them to a wreath. For now, I’m content to look at them in a bowl.




Peppermint Bark

6 Dec

It’s funny how our taste buds change. In the last couple years, I have become so crazy for mint. I used to buy candy canes for decoration, but now I eat ’em all up. And while store-bought peppermint bark is yummy, I knew if I made some from scratch, it would be way better.

I used this recipe, with a fancy bittersweet chocolate and a good white chocolate. And plenty of smashed candy canes. And it’s true. It’s amazing. And like my friend B. says, “It tastes like Christmas!”

More Things To Love About New Orleans

5 Dec

Last Saturday was one of those times that I thanked my lucky stars that I live here.

I have been meaning to visit The Music Box, an “interactive musical village” that is in our neighborhood, and we finally made it over. What is there now is the first phase of a planned  full-scale musical house called Dithyrambalina designed by the artist Swoon.

I tried to write a description of it, but you really should just go to the site I linked to above and look at the pictures. It’s like a little dreamland. We have tickets for the last musical performance this coming Saturday, and I can’t wait.

At night, we rode our bikes down to the river and took the ferry to Algiers. That in itself is fun because I love to go down to the riverfront. But for the first time, I got to see a Christmas bonfire. It’s a tradition in the area, and like the Mardi Gras Indians, it is a little mysterious.

The bonfires are also called the “feux de joie” (fires of joy) and seem to have begun between 1880-1900. The best page of information I’ve found so far is from Louisiana Folk Life, even if it isn’t able to give definitive answers. I suspect there aren’t any, really, which keeps things a little odd and mysterious. And just makes it more wonderful, in my opinion.

This year, the bonfire was special because the artist Jana Napoli’s installation called Floodwall was burned to the ground. The piece incorporated hundreds of drawers found in the city after Katrina, meant to help document what we lost after the storm. Burning it was a symbolic letting go. It was moving to me, and beautiful, with glowing ashes swirling around above our heads and the fire burning hot.

I didn’t take pictures, so here is a link to the newspaper’s photos of the event. Of course there was a choir, and a second line to the site. Music is a must with everything down here.

My heart was so full-up with love for the city and the people in it that day. Happy, happy day.