Monday, November 10, 2008

The Secret Lives of Snowmen

I'm not a big cartoon fan - but I am quite a fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Perhaps it is the fact that I can quite happily talk for endless hours to my beloved pet - so I am more than able to understand the close and secret bond between Calvin and his dear Hobbes. Although - in my humble opinion - the funniest Calvin and Hobbes cartoons are those of the snowmen that Calvin builds.

Snowmen are so fun. One year at primary school I remember clearly the overwhelming excitement when it actually snowed properly - each class went out onto the playing field were we all competed in a snowman building competition. It hardly ever snows properly in the UK - so this happened all of once! But I remember it quite clearly. Now living here in the US - every year my husband is still surprised at my endless delight when it snows.

My latest Christmas tree skirt has been dedicated to my dear snowmen friends. Giving us all a little insight into the lives of snowmen!!
Did you know that snowmen like to give each other presents?? ...
... that families of snowmen like to gather around and decorate Christmas trees?? ...
... that snowmen like to sneak the odd kiss under the mistletoe too?? ...
... but most of all Snowmen love to sing carols!!!
What carol do you think would be a snowman's favorite? 'See Amid the Winters Snow' or perhaps just 'Let it Snow'?

29 comments:

Chocolate Cat said...

Once again your work is amazing!! I'm not sure which is my favorite!! I love the snowman under the misletoe but I also love the snowman singing carols with the muffs on!!!

Kitty said...

That is such a fabulous tree skirt - I love it! x

periwinkle said...

this so made me smile - love all the snowmen. I agree about the snow in the UK , Milo has never made a snowman bigger than about 8" or had a proper sled ride - that's kinda sad. One year there were actually a few flakes of snow on Christmas day and I cried .....
lisa x

hetty said...

I love your snowman tree skirt. You do such interesting work!

frazzydazzles said...

This skirt is amazing! I know I say it all the time but your attention to detail and the quality of your finishing is just so beautiful! I loved their expressions and the ear muffs!! Love the ear muffs! Jen

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

How lovely!! The carol singing snowmen are my favourite!

April said...

that is just gorgeous

April xx

Suzie Sews said...

just brillent I adore it

momof2gr8kids said...

I love snowmen too.. love them.. they are soo uncommon here.. though.. maybe this year..

Kellie said...

It is beautiful Rachael! And I know that you would appreciate how delighted we all were yesterday & this morning! You really must visit the Canyon you would love it!!!

Cheryl said...

so cute!!

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

Oh - I love Calvin and Hobbes. I have had all the books since I was in my twenties and now that I am a mum to a little boy they make even more sense to me!

Lily Boot said...

oh it's beautiful rachael! Your applique always has so much animation and character - gorgeous details!

two hippos said...

What a lovely tree skirt, far too fab to cover with piles of presents!

dottycookie said...

That's a beautiful tree skirt.

My favourite Calvin & Hobbes was the one where Calvin made a car crash out of snowmen - very sick but quite hysterical!

Bumpkin Bears said...

these are really lovely Rachael, such fun. I love the carol singers, especially with the light in the lanterns :) Are you getting ready for your trip to the UK? Hugs, Catherine x

Country Cottage Chic said...

Wonderful Rachael! So whimsical - I can almost hear them singing!

LizzieJane said...

I love snowmen and this tree skirt is adorable Rachael!

Ruth said...

So cute! You have put a lot of work and creativity into that tree skirt... I am embarassed to say I have just used plain fabric in the past...

Ruth xx

Kim said...

Rachael, this is so darling! It has so much more character than any other I've seen!

Simone said...

I am glad you came to visit me as I 'lost' you when my old computer died and with it a lot of the blogs that I had saved as favourite. How funny that we should have both done blogs about snowmen this week. I think your tree skirt is beautifully made and I love all the different snow people. I think they would sing 'Winter Wonderland'.

Sarah said...

Oh I love it! What a lovely idea. I agree with you about the snow. If it does snow, we usually get slush the day after and my legs ache from tensing up in fear of falling over. Sigh.

Hugs, Sarah x

quiltygal said...

he he he I brought chocolate some there !!
Love your snowmen...I am normally xmas potty & have all my stuff up by now but I have no enthusiasm this year I think its 'cos I'm not looking forwartd to Xmas with Whitney in Wales ......

twiggypeasticks said...

Lovely snowmen Rachel. We LOVE Calvin and Hobbes and often call Twiglet, Calvin, he is VERY similar. My favourite ones are when Hobbes gets a smock and when Calvins mum forgets Hobbes Christmas present, it's fab stuff, must get the books down off the bookshelf.
Twiggy x

Charlie P said...

Aaaaah, they're so cute :)
And congratulations- my tree skirt caused so many problems that it took 4 Christmases to make so I am very impressed that you made one at all!

Lil D said...

I love this tree skirt. Those snowmen are just perfect.

Alison Boon said...

Daisy can only just remember the snow from the UK. It's been four years since we saw any real snow. It's the only thing we miss, but only for Christmas day. Love all your snowmen

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That tree skirt is just adorable!!!!

Penny said...

Great snowman skirt!

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