Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dec 30

Here is the picture of the mannequin dressed for New Year's eve. She is definietly having fun.

She livens up the corner where she stands. She is wearing leopard print unmentionables, skirt, belt and headband, with knee high leopard print boots, black satin blouse, gold sequin gauntlets and gold hat. People poke their heads in the door just to see her new outfit. It does not take much to amuse us in our small town.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Story of Yule Dudes

These are a few of the Yule Dude Dolls that I have made. I need to learn how to use the new camera and how to stage the dolls. These are displayed on my tall oak display staircase. I ran out of time and have not finished attaching and painting the shelves that it leads up to. It is more fun to play than to work on the house

These characters are from Icelandic Folk Lore. Icelanders have not one but thirteen Yule Lads. They are not related to Santa Claus. They are descendants of trolls and were originally used to scare children to behave. These boys were so bad that the parents would threaten their children with these Yule Dudes to make them behave or Gryla’s Black Cat would eat them.
These lads are very mischievious and have retained their unique characteristics to today. They live in the mountains with their parents, Gryla and Leppaluodi a Troll.
Gryla was an excellent cook, but she was greedy and gluttonous. She would lock the boys out while she and her black cat ate sumptuous feasts. The poor boys had to fend for themselves. Finding rags to make into clothes and food wherever they could.
As they got older they came off the mountain top to a village where people were making Yule preparations. The boys thought what fun and free food for the taking. They agreed to come down one by one, so the Villagers would not get suspicious or irate.
They start on Dec 12th and the last one on Dec 24th. They hang out for the Christmas Celebrations .
The first one down Dec 12th is Stiff Leg (Stekkjastaur Sheepfold Stick) He likes to steal the ewe’s milk, but cannot bend his knees.
The second one down was Gully Gawk. Giijaguar would sneak into the barn and steal the cow’s milk in the pails.
Shorty (Stufaar) was the third Yule Dude to leave the mountain. He used a sled. Because he was so short, all he could find were the burnt pans left to soak on the floor.
The fourth one was Spoon Licker bvorusleikir would wait for the cook to put the spoon in the bowl and steal the spoon to lick it clean. There was always something good in the bowl.
The fifth one one down was Pot Scraper Pottasleikir would arrive late at night on the 16th of December. He would knock on the front door and run to the back door and sneak into the scullery and take all of the posts and scrape them clean. The people in bed thought he was a ghost.
The sixth one down was Bowl Licker Askasleiikir would sneak into the house and hide under the furniture and steal the bowls that were set out for the cats.
Door Slammer was the seventh one down. He loved noise, so he went round the village slamming doors to disturb all of the Villagers.
Skyr Gobbler Skyrgamur would wander into the village and find the barrel of Yogurt that was being prepared. He would break the lid and gobble all of the Yogurt. He ate the whole thing.
On Dec 20th Sausage Swiper Bjugnakaraekir would go up to the rafters and steal the sausages that were being smoked up there.
Window Peeper Gluggagaegir would show up poking his face right up to the windows to see what he could find that looked good to eat Dec 21st
On Dec 22nd, a large fellow with a big nose would appear He was Door Sniffer Gattabefur. He sniffed out all of the goodies in the house. He especially like thel ace cookies made special for the Yule Feast.
On Dec 23rd, Meat Hooker Ketkrokur would arrive on St Thorlak’s Day He knew the villagers would be celebrating their Patron Saint. He would steal all of thesmoked meats and hamsin the attic.
On December 24th the last one Candle Beggar Kertasnikir would try and steal the children’s candles. Candles were very precious to the children, because at Yule Tide it is dark all day.
On Christmas day all of the Yule Dudes were worn out and all they could do was stare at the Christmas Lights. Then one by one they trotted back to their mountain.
On January 6th, Twelfth Night, the last one left the village.
from Icelandic Traditions.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dec 22

Our little town does things a bit differently. We have a couple of very large garage metal buildings that are totally decorated inside and outside. I mean like 22 trees and animated figures and lights etc. It is like all of the downtown windows in one building. We have mules with sleigh bells that drive wagons around town and one that pulls a stagecoach. Of course the people sing Christmas carols all the way. There are numerous RV parks with every trailer decorated Lots of lights and decordations to see Too fun.

Arizona Wonderland
Gone away is the blizzard,
Here to stay is the lizard,
A warm sunny day, we like it that way,
Livin' in an Arizona wonderland.
In the desert we will have a picnic,
Cactus, sand and rattlesnakes and sun.
Christmas dinner is an old tradition,
It's pinto beans and tacos by the ton.
Later on we'll perspire,
Temperatures rise even higher,
A warm sunny day, we like it that way,
Livin' in an Arizona wonderland.

This was in a forwarded email, have no idea of original author.
I am still learning my camera ,
have lots of pictures of the rest of my Yule Dudes to tweak will post them as soon as I can.

Monday, December 14, 2009

December new camera

I am having fun dressing a full size mannequin for our local bar and grill. I need to come up with different props for her. For Christmas I have her dressed in a white and red skater outfit, with tall boots that I recovered with Christmas fabric and a sequinned Santa hat, white sheer cape with marabou. . Bought a new camera and will post pictures after I load into computer and learn how to use it.
Here is the first Yule Dude comes down onDec 12th, Stiff Leg Loves to steal Ewes milk, but can't bend knees.
These are some of the dolls that I have made based on Icelandic tradition.
here is the website with more information
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