A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas

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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.









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

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

  3. 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 says:

    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. what a fabulous idea!!

  6. 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. 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 says:

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

  9. You are full of great ideas Corrinne…wonderful.

  10. Ooh I just LOVE thst!

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

  12. 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 says:

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

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

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

  19. I am in love with this.

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

  21. pamelaarts says:

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

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

  23. I like this idea all year round

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