Our Governor's Holiday Card. The artist chose the perspective of looking into the Mansion from the porch, during a snowstorm. William Mangum is a native North Carolinian, who paints a different scene each year for the holiday card to be used the following year.
This small tree and the set below are what passed for Christmas trees at casa kenju this year. I only decorated with ornaments I could find in the house without having to go into the attic. I was lazy this year!
The gilded angels above were made by a dear old friend from Charleston. They are made of fabric and papier mache, and these were made using lace taken from my mother's lingerie after she died. They are very special to me, and have been in use for about 20 years.
The angel above, wearing her finest deep blue velvet and gold lame, was made by a neighbor. Originally from Germany, she is very artistic and crafty, and when I first moved to the area, she had holiday craft sales in her home every fall. This one has a wax head and arms, and I have to use care in storing her, so she won't get too warm and melt.
This pale pink rose, which I washed out with the flash, was blooming on December 10 th, just outside mr. kenju's doctor's office. We had a long streak of very warm weather about that time, and shortly after this was taken, the temperatures plunged. I thought of the intrepid blossom, and wondered if it had shrivelled. It was nice to discover this flower blooming out of season.