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Creative Juice #222

Creative Juice #222

Merry Christmas! May God’s Love indwell you today and always.

  1. Beautiful (and humorous) embroideries.
  2. Zentangle + pottery.
  3. A quilter grows through the years.
  4. An Andy Warhol exhibit from two years ago. I missed this article when it was first posted, but I was happy to come across it now.
  5. The story behind Handel’s Messiah.
  6. I love libraries. Here are how some decorated for Christmas.
  7. The story behind “Silent Night.”
  8. A quilter photographs her many quilts.
  9. The prettiest Christmas cookies I’ve ever seen.
  10. Verdigogh always looks so Christmasy to me. Here’s how several artists interpreted it.
  11. This blog definitely gets the best reader comments. You guys are all going to have to step it up on ARHtistic License. (Let that be one of your New Year resolutions.)
  12. This might be too late for you, so you might want to bookmark it for next year: how to sew gift bags.

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol


When I was a little girl, I watched a cartoon show called Mr. Magoo, about a little old curmudgeon who was near-sighted and hard of hearing, which caused him to get into all sorts of trouble, of which he was blissfully unaware.

In 1962, they produced a Christmas special featuring Mr. Magoo as Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. It was televised annually for several decades, long enough for me to memorize the songs (but don’t ask me to sing them today).

A few years ago, I realized that although other Christmas specials I’d enjoyed as a child were still being shown every December, I hadn’t seen Mr. Magoo’s in ages. Just for fun, I googled it last month and found it on Vimeo. I’m posting the link so you and your children can enjoy it as well.

Video of the Week #285: Christmas Wish for a Soldier


Wordless Wednesday: Thorn Bush with Christmas Balls



Christmas Tangles


Every December I create some Christmas-related Zentangle designs. Here’s what I came up with this month.

This was a string that was suggested in Tangle All Around, the Zentangle group I’m part of on Facebook. I executed it with the patterns florz, IX, therefore, tipple, hurry, cubine, echoism, Hollibaugh, ixorus, ynix, doo dah, fescu, moonpie, mooka, springkle, drupe, dyon, tagh, dribbetz, onamato, three & three, sez, Kathy’s dilemma, and knase:

Because the string above is circular, I decided my theme for December 2020 would be Christmas balls.

Fellow blogger Alice Hendon, who administers Tangle All Around, came out with a new book last month, Life in Tangles, which is a collection of designs created by Tangle All Around FB group. Of course I bought it, and I thought this design, reel, by Sandra Strait, would make a good Christmas ball:

Here’s a ball based on the pattern drupe:

The next one uses the patterns puffle, huggins, bucky, and flux:

And this ball is my favorite, using arukas, sweda, snail, coil, and printemps:

If you’d like to see my Christmas tangles from previous years, click on the links for 2019, 2018, and 2017.

From the Creator’s Heart #286


Creative Juice #221

Creative Juice #221

Only one more week till Christmas.

Hallelujah, Handbells!


One of the things I miss most during this pandemic is the opportunity to play in my church’s handbell choir, Ringing Praise. I love the camaraderie with my fellow ringers (they are the nicest people). The sound of bells lifts my heart, especially at Christmastime. I’ve put together a little virtual concert of Christmas music. (And if this is not enough for you, you can listen to the handbell post I put together last December.)

Joy to the World:

Solo: Angels We Have Heard on High:

Coventry Carol:

All I Want For Christmas Is You:

Sing We Now of Christmas:

Christmas Fanfare:

Fum, Fum, Fum:

A Midnight Clear: A Christmas Nocturne:

We Three Kings:

The Bell Daze of Christmas:

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer:

Silent Night:

Wonderful Christmas Quilts to Make

Wonderful Christmas Quilts to Make

Every December I wish I had a Christmas quilt to put on our bed. Making one is on my never-ending list of Things To Do. Maybe by next year.

Many generous quilt designers post free patterns online. I’ve collected a baker’s dozen of some of the prettiest Christmas quilts on the web. Some are traditional, and some are more modern.

These quilts are from AllPeopleQuilt.com (Sorry, I was unable to copy the photos; you’ll have to click the links to see the beautiful pictures):

From Amy Smart’s DiaryofaQuilter.com:

Modern Christmas Tree tutorial

Peppermint Pinwheel tutorial. The directions are free, but you’ll need a Dresden Plate ruler (which is nice to have—I have one!)

From CluckCluckSew.com:

No Point Stars.

Found on Quilt Inspiration:

O Christmas Tree

Tonga Pointsettia Quilt

Peppermint Candy

The Holly Jolly quilt is the one I’m most tempted to make. I love scrappy quilts, and I have lots of odds and ends of Christmas fabric left over from other projects. I might make four times as many blocks and add some borders so that I can make it queen sized.

Iconic Christmas Music


For your listening pleasure during this holiday season, here are some of the best ever performances of some of the best ever Christmas music. I hope you will bookmark this article and listen to a little bit every day this month.

I was introduced to Handel’s Messiah when I was in high school. It was a tradition for our premier chorus, the Tower Singers, to sing the Hallelujah Chorus, along with all chorus alumnae, at the annual winter holiday concert. I go to live performances of Messiah whenever I can. (Not this year, of course.)

Another favorite for Christmas is The Nutcracker Ballet. We went as a family several times when our children were young.

When I attended Duquesne University, our Music School Chorus performed Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata. I still get chills when I hear it.

Benjamin Britten wrote this lovely Ceremony of Carols:

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio:

Here is just one small portion of Hector Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ:

British composer John Rutter has written many carols. You may want to visit this playlist from his Christmas Album.

Edward Elgar, best known for “Pomp and Circumstance,”played at graduations, also wrote this beautiful “A Christmas Greeting”:

Camille Saint-Saëns wrote this Oratorio de Noël: