Laura Gunn Studio

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Gunn Family Puppet Theater

One of my favorite gifts to give this year was this puppet theater that my mom and I made. We used fabric I had around. So the only expense was 2 spring rods and a storage bin. I used a wrapping paper bin, which easily fits the theater and a lot of puppets. The bottom section is a single panel with a casing on top. The top section is 2 panels, embellished, also with a casing on top. Since the rods are adjustable it fits in any doorway. The best part is, once it's up your audience is trapped in the room!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Egg Heads

My "Aunt Muff" (not actually her Christian name) Came to visit for Christmas. I was trying to be super mom by having a favorite snack (hard boiled eggs) all ready for Lily in the fridge. She took it one step further. Why not decorate them?? So cute. I have a feeling Lily will be eating lots of hard boiled eggs this week!

Saturday, December 16, 2006


9 days until Christmas. Can you believe it? I still need to hand out goodies to my friends. They are mostly assembled. I just need to make the tour of the neighborhood. This year I gift wrapped fancy chocolate bars. I was inspired by some candy bars at Anthropology. It was such a fun project. I got some pretty paper at a stamping store, some vellum, and ribbon.

My sisters British friend calls the little Christmas goodies or trinkets you pass out to your friends "Happies." I love that. We've certainly gotten some delicious happies this year. I have eaten more than my share. Ah well. Tis' the season.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Home Sweet Home

I don't know what it is about a fireplace mantel, but it really makes me feel at home. My parents had a beautiful mantel and I loved decorating it for Christmas, especially hanging the stockings. I have hung stockings in a lot of weird places over the years, but now we have our very own mantel!!

My sweet friend Cherie came over to help me decorate for Christmas. (My friends have all been so sweet and thoughtful with the passing of my father.) We put my nativities on the mantel and both agreed it needed something with a little height. A star seems pretty obvious now, but I couldn't think of a solution. Cherie suggested it. Then I found this funky mirror at Hobby Lobby. It's not a Christmas ornament, but may be my favorite star of Bethlehem ever. I am finally done with the decorating, a bit late with all the traveling, but done. I just love to sit in the dark with the Christmas lights on.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Do you guys remember He-Man. My little brother would watch that every afternoon. "By the Power of Grey Skull. I have the power!!!!" I would like to be at the meeting where they came up with the name "He-man." Someone had to present the problem: "We need a name that says ultimate man, strong, powerful, manly." There must have been other suggestions like muscle-man, male-man, or him-man before someone came up with that ingenious title. But... I ramble.

The tree trimming has begun. A friend came over and he and Dave climbed trees and buildings with a chain saw. What's more Him-Man than that. Here's Dave on the Garage.

Thanks for your little notes about the ice. Yes, it has thawed and my bum is safer for it.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Welcome Home!

Well, after Heather's post about their day at the snow, I thought I'd better show what God "trucked" into our neighborhood. After 2 weeks in the NW for my dad's funeral and visiting family, this is what we came home to. YIKES! What a mess. 4 Trees lost LARGE branches. One fell on our garage. Thank heaven no damage to the garage or house. Just a huge mess to clean up.

It appears that our house is the North Pole of our neighborhood, because while all the other yards are thawing ours is still covered in a thick layer of ice. Saturday, while climbing out of the car, I slipped. It was like a slow motion blooper. I had my hand on the car, which helped me to slow it down, but I still landed flat on my back. Didn't hurt much, but I sure looked silly.

This week Dave will have to gather together enough man power and chain saws to put a dent in the mess. This is an area where I am fiercely old fashioned about gender roles. Hee hee.