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December 16, 2011

Peeking in

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Having a peek – that’s what I’ve been doing this week.  As we approach the holidays, my days seem to get busier, but I’ve still been trying to peek in on all of you.  And here we are at the weekend before Christmas already!  We have a Christmas party to go to tomorrow, and I am at the point where I really need to take inventory of what I have purchased so far and what I still need to get.  Anyone else ever do that?  Forget exactly what you’ve bought so you have to refresh your memory to make sure you didn’t forget anyone?  I suspect I will be full of “to-do” and “to-buy” lists over the coming week.

Continuing with peeking in, here’s a little peek at some of those details that I love so much about my Christmas village.  As I explained in my previous post, I try to change up the look of my village each year by displaying a few different pieces and arranging them differently.  Different this year is my dining room picture-window display, which I imagine as a quiet seaside town in Maine.  I showed you this picture in the last post, but here it is again in case you don’t want to scroll back to have a look:

Here’s a piece I haven’t always displayed because it doesn’t always have a place to fit in:

This ice fisherman didn’t come with the frozen lake, but I thought they worked well together.  Can you see there are actually fish there under the “water”?  If you look back up to the first picture, there’s an ice fishing shack in the background too.


This skating pond has been a favorite of the cats in my life for many years.  When clicked into the “on” position, motorized magnets make the skaters swirl about their frozen pond, much to the delight of mischievious kitties who enjoy swatting the tantalizing figures.  Cedric has already been “cow tipping” by the dairy barn this year, by the way!


Here’s a piece I don’t think I displayed at all last year – “Vineland Estates Winery.”  Here you will find details you might not expect in the typical lit village houses, such as:

wine bottles and glasses


and grapevines

I meant to show you this picture in my last post, but somehow it got away from me.  You don’t mind if I add it now, even if it has nothing to do with what I’ve been talking about right?

This is what happens when you accidentally leave the shutter open for 8 seconds while pointing the camera at your silly dog dressed up in Christmas lights.  It’s kind of cool, though, isn’t it?

Then that picture made me think of this one:

I had seen both Robin and Holly trying out this form of abstract art done with Photoshop, so I decided to play too.  I started with a picture of my glowing snowman and followed directions given in a tutorial.  If you’d like to try too, Holly has a link to that tutorial in her post to which I linked.

My whole family is actually home tonight – hubby and both daughters- so I’ll be stepping away from the computer and chores and shopping tonight for a rare family movie night.  Hubby seems quite excited about it and has gone out and bought us boxes of movie candy to enjoy, despite the fact that he’s making us spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight.  I guess I’ll just have to find some room to fit it all in!


  1. A great fun post, Karen. I enjoyed it and your neat close-up photos. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — December 16, 2011 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Bob! There are other details that I haven’t photographed yet – maybe I’ll put up some more if I have a chance.

      Comment by Karma — December 17, 2011 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  2. Those abstracts are fun, huh?! 🙂 Love the detail in those little houses – I’d be tempted to leave them up all year round!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — December 16, 2011 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

    • It was fun to play around. I’ll be curious to try some other Photoshop tricks – maybe this winter when the holidays are done and I am tired of looking at snow! Most of the houses have snow and Christmas decorations on them, so that ends any thoughts of not packing them away – not to mention the space the village takes up!

      Comment by Karma — December 17, 2011 @ 8:07 am | Reply

  3. Karen…I love the pictures. The falling snow makes so pretty. My village is very small this year.

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — December 16, 2011 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Mom. The snow is a WordPress thing – they always turn it on for the month of December; I think its pretty neat. I’m glad you still use your village, even if it is small. Sometimes a small village is all I have the strength and energy for!

      Comment by Karma — December 17, 2011 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  4. Ah, this post is wonderful, and I love all these photos of Christmas things. Cool abstracts too! 🙂

    Comment by KatiesCameraBlog — December 16, 2011 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

    • Hi there Katie! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Comment by Karma — December 17, 2011 @ 8:10 am | Reply

  5. I love your little village, thank you for letting us get a closer look 🙂
    I usually have a Christmas gift list of things I want to buy, and I check them off as I buy them…. or in the case of my best friend, I make a list as I buy the presents for her family (it’s usually a whole bunch of little things) so I can list them on the customs form without forgetting anything.
    I’ve tried the abstracts, too. Very addicting, aren’t they? (If only I had more time to do more!)

    Comment by TheDailyClick — December 17, 2011 @ 5:54 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. I’m usually much better about the list-keeping, but for whatever reason, I was not this year! I have items piled on my dresser and in my closet, awaiting wrapping. Ooh, that’s something else I still need to buy – wrapping paper!

      Comment by Karma — December 17, 2011 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  6. This was such a fun post. Your little village is wonderful. I enjoyed the peek inside. 🙂

    I have to take inventory near Christmas, too. I tend to shop throughout the year, buying things when we’re traveling or as I see them. By the time December rolls around, I’ve forgotten what I have and don’t have. To make matters worse, my husband hides things in his closet sometimes and we don’t see them again for years. We found two pretty pink t-shirts for our granddaughters hidden in there this year. I’m sure the t-shirts are too small for them now. 🙄

    Comment by Robin — December 17, 2011 @ 8:06 am | Reply

    • Ooops. Meant to say thank you for the link. Thank you. 😀 Those abstracts are fun, aren’t they?

      Comment by Robin — December 17, 2011 @ 8:07 am | Reply

      • Thank you Robin! Love the eye-rolling smiley face! I feel certain that when I go through my purchases, I’ll be sure to realize I’ve forgotten someone I needed to buy a gift for!
        I did have fun with the abstracts. I’d like to try some other Photoshop tricks that I’ve seen too.

        Comment by Karma — December 17, 2011 @ 8:15 am

  7. Fun post Karen! I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of your village and chuckled at the thought of the ‘cow tipping’! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — December 19, 2011 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

    • Sitting here looking at the village right now, it appears that “tree tipping” was the name of Cedric’s game today!
      Thanks Tracy.

      Comment by Karma — December 19, 2011 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

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