Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas From The Farmily




I was going to title this post "The Five Stages of Christmas Card Production" but once they hit the post office, it just doesn't seem quite so bad anymore and I'm pretty sure no one really wants to hear a bunch of whining about how hard it is to paint white sheep in white snow or how the barn looks like a big sucking black hole and how Eli and Claire Bear had to trade places halfway through the painting (black cat, black hole...) and Eli got crabby about that or how traumatic it was to paint Maisie and Blossom with gray faces and legs (white sheep, white snow...) instead of white faces with a pink nose or how I lost sleep over how huge Graham looks in relation to the other sheep or how hard Tim works to try to get the printed colors to match the painted colors or how I had to deal with a stray dog on my way to town and then half my teeth fell out...or maybe it was just half of one tooth...or maybe it was really just half a filling in one tooth...  It's all slowly fading into the past.

It's really not that bad of a card.  The boys did a great job on their snowman, Betsy's just looking at the neighbor kids this year and it was nice to include Peabody one last time as he was one of the reasons I painted that very first card TEN years ago :-o.  And, as Saint Tim (who has to listen to the hours of non-stop brain numbing whining year after year) was quick to point out,  the barn IS a big sucking black hole and Graham really IS that huge in real life.  True dat...  ;-)


Merry Christmas!!!


32 comments:

Jan baby said...

You'd think I was waiting with baited breath for this post. 15 minutes later I'm commenting: It's a great card. I love it! For all the worries, I can still make out each individual without having to cheat (well, maybe just a little). LOVE IT!!! Merry Christmas to you. lalalalala (no fa)

Miha Giustina said...

Merry Christmas to you and to all of your farm creatures, small and big! And Merry Christmas to St. Tim, of course!

Very thoughtful of you to include Peabody in this year's Christmas card.

Jenny Glen said...

Yeah, I was going to say the same thing as Tim - Graham really is that much bigger than the other sheep!
It's a beautiful card!

Jody said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! XXX

Alice said...

Fleece Navidad to you and yours!

Christine said...

It's awesome, I love it!

Gloria19 said...

Merry Christmas to you and St. Tim and all of the critters. It's a great card after all of the trials you faced in creating it (yeah, white sheep on white snow).
Gloria

Lori Skoog said...

Quit your whining woman! The card is PERFECT!!!!! I'm sure everyone at Punkin's Patch is going to have a very Merry HO HO HO!

DianeOart said...

I love your card... Merry Christmas.

Tyche's Minder said...

...ample stash of coal...lol.

Merry Christmas!

DFW said...

What a lovely card. You did a great job! A lot of work yes, but so well worth it. Those that receive will be happy.

MarmePurl said...

Merry Christmas Sara.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You are so talented!! Love your Christmas Card!!
Merry Christmas!

Michelle said...

Merry Christmas!!

Buttons said...

Merry Christmas it is perfect. B

Suz said...

oh I just love it!
Merry Christmas to you all
Did I say I love it?

Willow said...

It's fabby !!!
Happy Holidays .

small farm girl said...

I like it!!!!!! :-)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Merry Christmas, good job on the white sheep, white dog, white snowman, black and white sheep .... Merry Christmas to you and St. Tim and a great New Year.

KC said...

Merry Christmas to you, Tim and the farmily. Thank you for each and every post. I look forward to and enjoy the all.

KC said...

PS The card is fantastic.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Merry Christmas! Peabody's last card...kinda sad but I loved your card...it is special! :)

Bee Lady said...

LOL! Merry Christmas to you! After listening to you whine...I had to go back up to the original picture and see how you actually did paint white sheep in white snow and if the barn really looked like a big sucking black hole! The worst of it all....losing your teeth! OH MY! LOL.....now you can relax. (right?!)

Cindy Bee

Andee said...

I love your card! It is worth all the effort you put into it. I love the snowman! Merry Christmas!

Shelley said...

Your beautiful card makes me want a farm. A sweet farm with a brown barn and dogs and sheep and horses and a cat. Merry Christmas, Sara!
Shelley

Maureen said...

Awesome as always... what a wonderful Christmas tradition.

Merry Christmas to everyone at Equinox Farm!

(Hope your tooth is okay)

I need orange said...

Love (love, love) the card, especially with the description that comes with the key. :-) :-) :-)

I love the New Boys (plus Graham, *of course*!) "getting into things" and exploring what's new in the environment.....

A very Merry Christmas to everyone at Equinox!



As for the technical details ... you know that we are each our most severe critic............. :-) The "flaws" that can give creators a hive are often details admiring viewers will never, ever notice..... :-)

I need orange said...

ps -- also hoping your tooth is an easy fix. Last summer I discovered one evening that the back half of one of my bottom front teeth was ... gone.

I'd had no awareness of anything happening. I only noticed that tooth was way too sharp..........

I had visions of needing all sorts of horrid things done to me, but my dentist smeared on some goo and shone a magic light on it, did a little polishing, and, hey, presto! good as new.

Hoping for the same for you!

thecrazysheeplady said...

No such luck. They are trying to fit me BACK in because something is wrong with the new filling. I have terrible teeth :-(. This is the worst one's hurt and now I can't drink coffee (hot)...so the complaints just keep coming haha ;-).

Spinners End Farm said...

Beautiful card! We didn't even send any out this year. It just felt like too much for some reason.

Shirley said...

I love that Maisie is so easy to identify with her long tail, and I had to look to see who was stealing the carrot.
Merry Christmas to you all!

LannieK said...


It's a wonderful card, Sara ~ just perfect! Love this year's and your entire collection:-) (talent shines through)

Merry, Merry Christmas to one and all at Equinox Farms! Thanks you for all that you guys do and share... It's definitely a cookies time of year :-) Be sure to sneek a couple extra to the gang for me!
:-)

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