You may remember Mrs. Claus was on extended holiday over the last month. She arrived for the parade on December 8 and then stayed over for our Once Upon A Homespun Christmas a week later. I'm always amazed at the town folk on parade day. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE outside is a "believer." But of course....there was a lot of "talk" too.
And it wasn't about presents.
While the grand lady from the North was here, I felt bad as we really didn't have any place for her to stay. It was seeew random. Showing up with an Elf along with Blitzen weeks before is super mysterious. Rumor is... Santa's been keepin' secrets as she made countless reference to 'mysterious disappearances" one night a year. But I know Mrs. Claus. She's determined and won't let her sorrow bring her way down. She did hint (she seems to hint a lot) that she did find a friend in a frosty lookin' Snowman. An odd comment to make, but who am I to judge? My only thought? She really isn't seeew "fine and dandy" and appears to be having a Hard Candy Christmas...
Obviously I care seeew I gave it some thought. I could have offered her a room at the "Mothership's" but there was "no room at the Inn" as the extra room is now a sewing studio (go figure). I could have offered her the beach house but that's too far. There's always my place, but I have a strong policy in which I don't fratinize with the help. Plus, she brought Blitzen and A.) I don't have Reindeer Parking and B.) I don't want little Elves running around my house magically appearing places. Creepy.
Seeew...I offered her lodging at the next best thing....
Chateau Maison De Ferme. Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha.
This is where Mrs. Claus set up "camp." It's not as elaborate as the North. I get that. What do you want from me? But she enjoyed it just the same. In fact, she enjoyed it seeew much that not only did she bake up several new samples "All Through The Night" and each and every night of her stay, she even baked some gingerbread! But here's the kicker. As some of her gingerbread men were singing and dancing to a "fa-la-la-la-tridillee-dee-dee" kind of thing, they fell off her bake sheet.
What's a girl to do? She couldn't serve them. They were like...dirty. And broken.
"Good heavens, my dears...don't shed a tear! We'll simply applique you onto a quilt...seeew have no fear!"
And she did.
And not only did she applique her broken gingerbread onto Deck The Halls, but she found every other little morsel on the floor and applied them...too. I think she's depressed.
However, as I mentioned earlier, her sorrow didn't appear to be bringing her waaaaay down, as she didn't stop with the gingerbread quilt! Never the under-achiever, Mrs. Claus went straight to work on my Chateau Maison De Ferme by raiding Bonnie Sullivan's patterns for All Through The Night! And this is where I started noticing her earlier story wasn't adding up. How could she be seeew happy if it was a Hard Candy Christmas?
I decided to investigate.
She started with "Seven Santas." Uh...one isn't enough? Is she the one getting bored? It's ok though. We get it. We ALL know what's REALLY going on. You don't take Blitzen and run off with an Elf weeks before the big day for any ole' reason.
Oh look....how reflectionary of her. "Tis The Season" shares a moving portrait of two Christmas icons meeting one another for the first time. Is this the moment that shouldn't have happened? Should a Snowman never have been allowed to get seeew close?
To most of us..."Believe" is a Josh Groban song or a mystical thought to cherish through the holidays. For Mrs. Claus...it's therapy.
Just believe girl. This too shall pass.
Would this be an appropriate time to let you all know we've got kits available of this?
Um, is this considered "stalking?"
Are we like...cyber stalkers? Did you know I have one? It's true. I do.
OMG...what did she just hang?
Zoom in! ZOOM!
I knew it!
Just two stockings hung by a Chateau Maison De Ferme window with care.
The question is though...which one is she? Or do we even need to ask? Peace or Joy Mrs. Claus!? You can't have both! She still believes in the Wonders of Winter I guess!
OMG. Hold up. Scroll up. SCROLL UP! Wait. Ok....is that "Mittens" in there?
Is it possible she's getting "Smitten With Mittens?"
Hold on to your spray Mary Ellen...but could Santa be innocent?
I'm not sure I am on board with all of these Snowmen Self Portraits. Sketchy. It's starting to look like there is one Four All Seasons!
What's that? She's coming back?
Quick...to the other side.
Awwww...how quaint and obscure. Creating a facade of magic and merriment while indoors somethig is going down!
Uh...what exactly is she growing in there? Pine?
And look...there you have it. Another snowman. Except...that one has wings seeew something tells me we don't need to worry about him.
She's clearly trying to pull the wool Over The Rooftop on Santa by putting out her stocking. The nerve. What does she think this is? The Chateau Maison De Ferme is not that kind of establishment! This is not the place for a "Hard Candy Christmas!"
Oh my gosh! I hear her footsteps!
Could she be leaving?
Now is our chance!
Is that like...a memorial? Whose trinkets are those? Is someone sleeping up there?
She's a...how do I put this lightly?
Well, my dear boys and girls... Mrs. Claus is a "Hoarder."
Oh my...I hope I don't find a cat up there when I remove the decor. Or worse...a Reindeer!
Here's to some hope and holiday inspiration! ~ Brian