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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy Holidays...



May we always keep a little of the Christmas spirit tucked away in our hearts.




Zeke
 
 
2014 Father Christmas

 
 

 
 
 

15 comments:

  1. Your Zeke is pure perfection. A man of the woods dressed well for his outing. Such wisdom in those eyes.
    Susan x

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    1. Thanks Susan! Yes, with so much fur he should stay warm when he is out and about on Christmas eve...even in your snowy woods.

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  2. Zeke is a fine Father Christmas. I can see him wandering the woods and heading into the mountains, with all the forest creatures in tow, He will certainly be warm in his fur coat. Beautiful job Mary. Your creations faces convey so much expression, something that just doesn't happen with stitching alone, Zeke looks very kind and wise. He's a perfect picture postcard or Christmas card. I didn't make one this year. The last one I made just languished on my for sale page, but was eventually claimed by my oldest niece. I've ordered some wool for beards, I really missed not making one! My youngest niece saw her sisters & was feeling a bit left out. She has her own place and is getting into holiday decorating, so I have promised to make her one. I would like to know how tall Zeke is, he looks large, but photos can be very deceiving.

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    1. Thank you, Sherri. Well, it was a close call for Zeke, for I almost gave up on him. Zeke is not large; only 13 in. without his hood, 14 with it. I changed up some of the photos just now because some of them were so dark when viewed on my ipad. I always have trouble with Santa pics; so much white around the face is glaring, I think. I kept watching for one of your adorable Santas to show up at the cabin, but... sadly no. Every cabin in the Ozarks needs a Santa or two for the holidays, don't you think?

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  3. Oh my goodness!! He's perfect! He truly looks like a painting on a Christmas card!
    I'll be watching for your next project now that the alphabet dolls are finished. Still hoping you'll make a pioneer woman.

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    1. Thank you Charlotte. Remember when I made a Christmas card with one of my earlier dolls. Such a homely doll, I think now. I haven't forgot about the pioneer woman. Hmmm... but it is nice to have the sewing room clean, for a change.

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    2. I do remember the card; in fact it is tucked away inside my quilting journal. She was beautiful too!

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  4. Merry Christmas. Thank you for sharing Zeke; another amazing creation made by you. Such detail. Love him.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. He really is terribly shy and wanted nothing to do with having his picture taken. No selfies of this little guy, for sure!

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    1. Thanks Jan. See, there really aren' too many Santas. Hmmm, but I did leave a couple in the old chest this year...

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  6. Your Father Christmas is breathtaking. Such detailed work you put into him. He is not your typical "Jolly St. Nick" but a reflective, caring man, readying himself for the task at hand. Happy Holidays

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    1. Oh, thank you, Cindy! Such a nice compliment. And just what I wanted him to be..."reflective, caring, and readying himself for the task at hand."

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  7. What a wonder indeed! When I first saw the thumbnail on my reading list, at first I thought it was a beautiful vintage Father Christmas Postcard. You captured such a stunning countenance as if he seems deep in thought and concern for all the dear children of the world. Simply amazing Mary.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  8. Zeke is the best Father Christmas I have ever seen!! (truly)
    He has a most gentle and wise face!!
    Stunning indeed!!
    Many Blessings Linnie

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