Christmas In July Day 4: Doors of a Sort

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

#ChristmasInJuly #writingprompt #sonotmarthastewart

Originally posted in December 2012

Anyone who knows me knows I adore Martha Stewart, but I do not emulate her. I am to Martha Stewart as rocks are to lemon meringue pie.

Nevertheless, I do have my little moments. There was my cat-proof yarn holder, for example. There was my hand-made miniature pickle ornament for my tiny little tree. And now I give you this:


We have these louvered closet doors in the front room, right? So, when we get a Christmas card, I slip the back of the card through a slat to display it. To display the card, I mean, not the slat.

You’re welcome.

Thursday doors is under the direction of Dan Antion, photographer extraordinaire and critter daddy. Visit his site, enjoy his wonderful photographs, follow his directions, and enter a world of doors.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Describe a door in your house. Describe it as if there were something wonderful behind it. Describe it as if there were something dreadful behind it.



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 4: Doors of a Sort

  1. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    July 4, 2024 at 12:08pm

    Marian, you slayed me with “as rocks are to lemon meringue pie.” Martha Stewart has even less competition from me. Your door-card-holder idea is absolutely brilliant!
    Happy Independence Day. Hugs.

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      Marian Allen

      July 6, 2024 at 9:50am

      My late husband LOVED the Martha Stewart magazine that my mother accidentally subscribed to. He would tear out recipes based on the pictures and I would read the ingredients and the instructions, and he would say, “Never mind.” lol

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  2. Dan Antion

    July 4, 2024 at 2:13pm

    A great way to highlight Christmas in July and doors in one fell swoop. Martha has no emulators here, either.

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      Marian Allen

      July 6, 2024 at 10:49am

      I’m doing Christmas in July all month, but trying to keep up with Caturday, Holly Jahangiri Sunday, Thursday Doors, and Food Tuesday.

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      • Dan Antion

        July 6, 2024 at 7:15pm

        I’ll be catching up on all your posts tomorrow. I love those stories.

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  3. Maureen O'Hern

    July 7, 2024 at 5:33am

    Martha Who?

    “Make do” was my family’s motto, and I’d say you have done that with a flourish. Merry Christmas!

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      Marian Allen

      July 7, 2024 at 10:32am

      Both Charlie and I grew up in the Portland neighborhood of the West End of Louisville, where you either made do or did without. Up until he passed, if one of us jury-rigged something, the other would say, Portland!

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