Each year our dogs, Ria and Tizzy, pose for a Christmas photo shoot. Sometimes I feel I have to top what I did the year before. They are such good girls to pose for Momma.
The annual Christmas dog photo op is here! Hubby wanted them to be shepherds, but when we walked past these crowns in the store, the wise men idea sprang to life. During the photo session, they were better behaved than ever before, sitting for long periods of time. The first attempt they sat, but then the girls continually would lay down. Rather than fussing to get them to sit, I went with their randomness. It was not until I was making the layout that I realized how appropriate the laying down fit. I pondered the Bible story for my own heart in that the wise men were worshiping. I pondered the meaning of worship, that being all that we do to express reverence. In their unknowing way, their laying down gestured a reverence to our King, Jesus, born on Christmas day. So now for the rest of the Christmas season, I am going to be pondering how I can give the King of King my reverence.
Charlie Brown's tree only needed a little love, so we are sending you a little Christmas love this year. This year the girls posed for A Charlie Brown Christmas scene. In this movie scene the characters have finished the pagaent and Charlie Brown puts on his brown cap and red coat to take his tree outside. I sewed snoopy ears for Miss Tizzy long enough so that they would hang down over the house. We built the snoopy house from a cardboard box, painted it red with black stripes. Inside the box is our homemade tub table that we use in the bathroom. Tizzy worked hard to learn how to lay down. We even practiced on the table so she would be comfortable laying down on it high up. The blue blanket is hanging from the window curtain rods and the white blanket is on the window seat. Our tree is merely an artificial green twig that is stuck in a vase with some dirt to hold it down. The tree needed to be slightly taller than Ria when she was sitting, as well as the house, so it was all planned accordingly. The ornament is non-breakable for a good cause. We had bought battery operated lights to put on the house, but when we set up the scene, we forgot to put them on. The rest is digital magic!
Ria was supposed to sit, but she wanted to lay. Tizzy was supposed to lay, but she wanted to sit! By the time I got one of them to pose, the other one had moved to her comfortable position.
This photo op cost less than $10. My friend volunteered her leg and wore fishnet hose. The quilt from our bed is hung by the shelf that is normally on the wall over our couch. I bought the fringe online and we stretched it between two chairs. I bought some people headbands and put them around the girlfriend's necks. My friend was quiet the acrobat with her other foot resting high on the shelf on the wall. The rest is digitally created.
There were many great shots with this photo shoot that I had to make two images.
This is my sled from my childhood. We put a white blanket on the couch and a red blanket on the back of the couch.
Over the couch is a hanging plant which we removed to hang a dowel rod. On the dowel rod hung the stars and snowflakes. I strung bells on elastic and put them around their necks. I threw fake snowballs about.
This was the easy-way-out year when I merely bought them scarfs and set them in a chair on a blanket. However, I ended up making three images with the photo op.
I made the peanut butter dog treats to look like Christmas cookies. There is wrapping paper on the closet door and the girlfriends sat at the table and on the chairs of a children's table set that used to be my Dad's.
Someone told me we had to do the classic dog in a santa hat photo. Ria was about 2 months old and Tizzy was not born yet.