Tuesday, December 24, 2013

These are a Few of my Favourite Things

Twas the night before Christmas
And the perfect time 
To write up a list 
and make it all rhyme.

. . . oh, never mind the poem.  It is simply a list to remember all the wonderful things that make my holiday complete.  Oprah always has her list of favourite things, so today I made mine.  During this crazy, busy time, try to remember to pause, look closely and be thankful for the small items that add pleasure to your own life.  

1. Children's Christmas books!  

2. Barefoot Angels on the Tree

3. Holiday Pillows

4. Santa Paper Towel Holder.  Michelle painted this Santa.  Look at those eyes!

5. Poinsettia - a gift from my daughter Earlene 

6. Sun Catchers

7. Christmas Cookbooks

8. Christmas Piano Recitals and Music Books

9. Oatmeal Scotchies
10. Ceramic Christmas Trees - Made by my daughter-in-law Lori
11. Crotched Afghan made by my daughter Amber
12. Watching It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve
13. Time for a Christmas Nap

14.  Red Bows, Pine Roping and Snow for Christmas!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Stockings Were Done by Grandma With Care . . .

It is the most wonderful time of the year . . . time for our family Christmas get-together.  Not thinking clearly, I had told the parents that I was making stockings for all the kids, now there was no backing out - three days before the party, I only had one stocking out of nine done.  Who says you have more time when you retire?  They lied, or maybe I need some time management skills.

Therefore, I sewed for two solid days, and luckily, I have my sister-in-law, Michelle, as a back up.  She did the embroidery on the tops and helped me finish the hangers and so on.  Four hours before the party, they were finally finished:

The pattern for these stockings is an adaptation of the French Braid table runner.  Michelle came up with the idea and I copied.  

At the party, I wanted to get pictures of all the kids with the stockings, but the lighting was not good and my camera kept blurring some of the pictures.  I may have to invest in a new camera.  Here are some that will pass:
Mike, sixteen, is a big Steeler's fan.  This stocking was a hit!

Zoe and her dad, Adam.

Toria got the Grinch.

Evan got a snowman stocking.

Elijah got a Grinchy Stocking

My youngest great grandson, Ethan, seemed to like his stocking.
Sorry about the blurry picture.
The best thing about sewing for Christmas is finishing on time.  Thank you, Michelle!

Don't ask about the binding that I am still sewing on a Christmas quilt and the unfinished baby blanket.  

I'm also working on Bonnie's mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice, from Quiltville.  Bonnie just returned from a trip to Germany and Austria.  There are lots of pictures from her trip on her blog in case you are interested.      

Tomorrow is another day!