Christmas In July Day 1: Crafting Under The Influence

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This post is part of Teagan Geneviene’s Christmas In July blog hop. #ChristmasInJuly

Teagan suggests one of our posts be Bring A Decoration. So I’m reprinting my post about the time I got coked up on cold medicine and decided to make a tiny pickle to hang on my miniature Christmas tree.

Crafting Under The Influence

I have a cold and, possibly feverish, I decided it was the saddest thing ever that I didn’t have a tiny little pickle ornament for my tiny little tree. So I decided to make one. Now, bear in mind that, when my beloved daughter asked for a King Kong costume for Halloween, I bought a length of fake fur and cut a head hole in it and made her a mask out of a paper plate and a rubber band.

1) I tore up a bit of newspaper with green ink on it, even though I was going to paint it, apparently under the impression that this would impart the spirit of greenness to the whole project. I also found a metal poky think with a ring on it, perfect for hanging things on things. I soaked the paper in water, then added some flour to make it pasty, some salt (to make it taste good?) and some peppermint oil (because somebody somewhere told me it would keep the papier mache — you know, paper mashay — from going sour). I think. Anyway, I did it.

2 ) I wrapped the pasty pepperminty paper around the poky thing and let it dry for 24 hours or so. The pickle bit wanted to slide off the poky bit, so I hit it on the head with some craft glue. This picture is blurry, which is what you can expect when taking pictures under the influence.

3 ) I painted the pickle with green food coloring and rolled it in glitter. It didn’t have quite the effect I had envisioned, but it was green and sparkly, and that will always do.

4 ) So now I have a pickle ornament, suitably difficult to find. And I’m bound to win the prize for finding it, because nobody else would have the slightest idea what it’s supposed to be.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Have a character do something reasonably complicated while under the influence of illness, medication, head trauma, alcohol or other mental disruptor. A child underfoot, possibly.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Christmas In July Day 1: Crafting Under The Influence


    July 1, 2024 at 12:29pm

    I love this, it’s absolutely adorable! And you might have inspired me to make my own. In no time, my relatives will be wondering about all the tiny pickles sprouting from the branches of the beloved Yuletide tree!

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      Marian Allen

      July 2, 2024 at 7:39am

      That will be so funny! Let me know if you do it, and how your relatives react. lol

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  2. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    July 2, 2024 at 11:28am

    Wow, Marian — heartfelt thanks for kicking off Christmas in July! I only heard about the Christmas pickle tradition last December. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but your pickle ornament turned out great. Way to go. I enjoyed this post a lot. Big hugs.

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      Marian Allen

      July 2, 2024 at 12:44pm

      Hugs back! I’m doing Christmas in July every day in July except Climate Strike Fridays.

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