Thursday, December 29, 2011

The New Year is coming

Christmas is over and what a wonderful Christmas it was.  My son flew my daughter in from Ohio and surprised me.  She hasn't been home for Christmas in 20 years.  It was wonderful and I am so blessed with such thoughtful children.
I'm curious - did you finish all your Christmas/Holiday projects?  I'm still finishing some up.  I had to give a couple "to be completed" notes this year.  So.... I will be working on finishing things up so I can get back to quilting.  I have (I think) 11 quilts waiting to go on the frame and get completed.  Nope, I don't think I'll be bored in the New Year!
So how about New Year resolutions?  Do you make them?  I don't...I figure if it's something I really want, or need, to do, I need to just do it and not worry about it being a resolution.  I mean, seriously, how many times can someone resolve to lose weight?  I have so many times, I can't count - why set myself up for failure?!  It'll happen when I get good and ready!
Please have a very safe start to the New Year and may the year ahead bring you inspiration and creativity.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

almost here

Christmas is almost here.  It'll be here whether I'm ready or not and at this point it will be 'or not'.
Yesterday as I was rushing to sew yarn into hair for a doll, I sewed my finger instead - it hurts like &*%#... but I did finish getting the bald doll some hair!  Now just have to get it dressed and it's good to go!  The stuffed cat still needs a neck dressing - we don't want a naked cat!  Today I managed to get snaps on all the jammies and camo outfits that were finished except for the snaps - but that wasn't without incident either.  Instead of just putting a small hole in the cuff of a shirt with the seam ripper, I ripped the entire cuff!  Thank goodness I had extra fabric, but still had to take the time to rip the torn cuff off and make a new one.  Did manage to get most of the gift wrapping done for the items that were bought or finished , so I guess that will save some time later.  I still have 3 sets of jammies to make and a quilt to finish, a doll to dress and at least 3 pair of slippers to knit and I'm also wanting to knit a pair of fingerless mitts - will I get it all done - ummm NO... at least not in time for Christmas.  As this will be my last post before Christmas, I want to wish you and yours a blessed day.  Please take a minute to think of those who are not able to be home for Christmas and think of those who don't even have a home for Christmas.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

last Christmas memory

This is last Christmas memory I will share (for this year :-)  ) 
I've explained how special my Nativity is to me, well this memory is related to the Nativity.
My grandson was a little over 2 years old, so this is 6 years ago.  My son & his wife had bought me a new DVD player and my son was 'wiring' it up, so had moved the Nativity to the dining table.  My daughter and daughter-in-law were cleaning up the kitchen after dinner and my grandson took a liking to the Nativity figures.  My son (his dad) kept telling him to leave them alone.  Well, I took this as an opportunity to let my grandson 'play' with the figures.  I put him up on my lap and using the figures, started telling him the 'real' story of Christmas.  In the process of telling the story, my grandson tooted and without skipping a beat, I simply said "you stink" and kept on with the story.  Everyone started laughing and I looked up to see that the whole family had stopped to listen to me tell the Christmas story.  I asked "what are you laughing at?"  My daughter-in-law said, "here we are listening to this beautiful story and "you stink" just flows in".  This started a bit of a tradition of telling the Christmas story every year - but we try to leave out the 'you stink'.
I hope you have many happy memories and that your Christmas will bring you some more special memories.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

I love Christmas - truly I do!

I do love Christmas.  I love my family and being with them is the best gift of all.  I thought I was in the home stretch of getting things done - then reality set in!  I figured on cutting the last of the flannel today and getting it all sewn up this next week.  In all of this, I still have a quilt to quilt!  But.... I pulled out one of my jammie patterns, and wouldn't you know it, it's a size larger than I need.  I thought it was a size 2 but nope it's a 3/4 (med) - so guess who will have to drive all the way into Tucson to buy a pattern! Nope, no place closer, so it's a 50 mile drive for me.  On top of that is a busy week as I'm on a committee for the Electric Light Parade which will be followed by a 'social' with a warming fire and serving a hot beverage and cookies.  Yesterday several friends and I put most of our float together.

We're quite lit up!  It's hard to see, but we have the 'fire place' and the tree.  In the center, we placed stuffed animals with presents and wrapped lights all around.
I'm not sure how many strands of lights we have on our float, but I know it's at least 9.  But, hey, it is a LIGHT parade :-)
We spent about 4 hours on this and we still have at least another hour to finish it up.  We really had a lot of fun doing this.  Just spending time with friends, lots of laughter and sharing a pizza after.  That's what the Christmas spirit is all about - sharing.
oh, bless my hubby, he let us take up all that space in his shop.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Memories

Do you have a special memory/memories during Christmas?  I shared with you in a previous post my Nativity memory.  Oh, I do have so many more that I hold close to heart.  Today as I was putting out some of my Christmas decorations, I thought of some of those memories.  So, I will share another one with you.  But first my favorite picture from Christmas last year.
My Granddaughter's first Christmas!  Her dad (my son) helping her open her gifts.  And didn't he do a great job of picking out her Christmas dress!?
So my story, which just happens to be about my son!  My son is known as somewhat serious.  Oh he likes to have a good time and he laughs a lot, but usually stays to task.  One year, after he was first married and before they had children, I had him and his new wife come and help me decorate the tree.  All of a sudden he just sort of disappeared.  We figured he'd gone to the bathroom... then here he comes..... strutting down the hall with his red union suit (long johns) on, stuffed with a pillow, wearing a Santa hat and doing a very respectable Ho,Ho,Ho.  I laughed til I cried.  The spontaneity of it just tickled me.  I do have pictures, but alas, they are not digital.
I do have one more memory to share, but that will be at a later time.  Until then, I hope you all are enjoying good health and much happiness during this glorious time of year.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

no time to quilt

December 1st already!  I have  24 days to finish up all I want to do - but those days will not be 24 hour days, I have to have my beauty sleep (trust me, I do) have to do the cooking, cleaning, laundry - you know, all that stuff that interferes with life.  Still have a couple more G-son's ball games to attend and I wouldn't miss those for the world!  And of course a few other projects that I was dumb enough to get myself involved in such as making a float for an Electric Light Parade! So, with all the other stuff out of the way, I may average 4 hours a day to sew....that's 96 hours to sew til Christmas.  I like the sound of 96 hours versus 24 days! I sit :-)  and it's okay, because if I don't add to my 'list'.... I'm almost done!
Hope everyone is not stressing but taking the time to enjoy the season.  Remember to take time for yourselves, as well, as I told my son once "sometimes it IS all about ME"