A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas

December snuck up on me and I’ve yet to put up a single decoration, that is, until this early morning.  Christmas will be here in three plus short weeks and I am still unpacking and will be into the New Year.  But I don’t want to miss the greens and glitter, the baubles and bits of sparkle, the twinkle of the lights and the festive moods.  So this morning, as a way of dipping my toe back into creativity everyday, I created a Charlie Brown kind of decoration for the studio.

I purchased some decorated clothespins at Paper Source while in Texas knowing I wouldn’t have time for anything but simple decoration.  The pins were numbered 1 through 24 and decorated with red.  I took a piece of brown waxed linen and some pushpins and hung a lopsided garland of string.  Each day for the rest of Advent I will create a tiny piece of art as a gift to my Advent calendar.  Rather than opening something from the calendar, I will give something to it and by Christmas it will be full.

I started with a stack of torn 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 size papers that already had backgrounds and covered them all with gesso.



From this stack I will decorate one a day with any way that comes to me and hang them from the calendar on the wall.  I started a day late so this morning I made two.


Which it is starting to do now.


And moon, which we have not seen in a few days. I hung them on the garland and took an instagram.


The old plaster wall really makes it more festive with it’s sorta coats of whitish paints.


Trying to be present.


Linking to AJJ theme collage.








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23 Responses to “A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas”

  1. Valerie-Jael December 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Great idea, and a wonderful collage. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey! Hugs, Valerie

  2. smartcat December 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    What a neat idea. Perhaps next year I can pick up on your idea. Enjoy the moment!…….*s*

  3. sheila 77 December 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    Oh my, what a fantastic idea, just a little collage every day, and you have the paper and pegs already. Love them both, especially “Snow in a field”. Looking forward to seeing more.

  4. kampysgirl December 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    What a grand idea!! I love that you are adding- art everyday of Advent! You are so clever as well as artsy and sweet! xoxo

  5. janetg December 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    what a fabulous idea!!

  6. Kay Wallace December 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Looks to me like you have created a very special advent calendar here, Corrine! Love the idea. Our decorations will be every-so-simple this year, too, as we will be having a Cape Cod Christmas with my sister! Love your December art, Girlfriend!

  7. deb December 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    Aaaah we are in the same boat … Already into Dec and i’ve not put out one decoration… But i need to. If for no other reason than i need to pull out Christmas so i can repack it for shipment… I need to get a move on. Hugs! deb

  8. Nancy Lee December 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Beautiful! That is a wonderful idea! Using your new studio wall!
    You might want to leave it up all year!

  9. joarty1 December 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    You are full of great ideas Corrinne…wonderful.

  10. Kim Andersen December 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Ooh I just LOVE thst!

  11. jan2bratt December 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    What a wonderful idea and a lovely display! I especially like the distressed style photo, looks really cool.

  12. Bleubeard and Elizabeth December 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    I still don’t have my Christmas decorations up, and, unlike you, I don’t have an excuse. I adore your Charlie Brown kind of Christmas. This is a wonderful way to honor the season.

  13. Karen Isaacson December 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    I love this idea – both taking the time to create every day during this season, and the idea of adding something instead of taking something away- counting UP instead of counting down. lovely.

  14. froebelsternchen December 3, 2014 at 2:57 am #

    This looks gorgeous Corinne… your deco makes me HAPPY!
    Thank you for joining us at AJJ!
    wish a happy Advent to you!

  15. Lyle December 3, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    looks great its hard to get in the spirit when everything is in a box somewhere! It would be fun to do that and exchange little pictures,

  16. Judy Shea December 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    What a great idea! You must love working in your new studio.

  17. Katrina Calice December 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    This is such a great idea Corrine, oh how I love it your way! I too love to hang things up with wooden pegs and this advent idea is great! Your first days look wonderful, I hope you keep us posted with the developments, it’s looking so festive here already!

  18. johanna December 4, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    this is such a super cool idea, i love These!
    thanks for commenting on my blog, very appreciated!

  19. Jessica Sporn December 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    I am in love with this.

  20. Terrie Purkey December 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    excellent! i saw your instagram shots without this explanation – love them even more.

  21. pamelaarts December 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    This is great — keep it simple, arty and enjoy. Good idea. xo

  22. marjiekemper December 8, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    December snuck up on me, too! Love your focus and intent on being present. You’re my role model!

  23. linda badgley December 28, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    I like this idea all year round

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