The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work

For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece. Javan

Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas is Good Intentions

I believe that Christmas will come way before I am ready ....
Can you believe just 49 sleeps?

My embroidered Christmas pillow is finally finished and will be on the chair next to the red and white Christmas tree in the Carolina Room.

Making progress on the Golden Girls' Christmas gifts but still not completed.

Need to make the napkins for the Christmas table.

Flannel pillowcases to get done.

I have a table topper that I made last January for this Christmas onlyt because it did not get done in time for last Christmas.  Last month I got around to cutting all the fabric for the napkins that match the topper, but have not found time to make them.  Whatever I do not get done before Christmas, I guess, will end up as a project to do in January, again.  I have done this for the last four years and for the life of me I do not know what I do between September and December every year as they have become my mystery months.  All my good intentions fly out the window and I am thinking just maybe I should not create so many "good intentions," and, stop relying on January to bail me out...sounds like a plan.

I had excellent intentions last Christmas - but this did not get made until January and it really looked good on the table in March (after quilting), and will look absolutely gorgeous this Christmas.  Our kitchen will be red and white and we decided to add a touch of green in the table topper.  Can you tell that I love candycanes? and red and white fabric.

We are getting really excited about Christmas this year as our California kids will be spending nine days with us. They visit every other Christmas - we count on it now - and since they both grew up in Colorado, we do not have to find snow for them.

They both have wonderful, fast-paced busy careers and we encourage them to stay off their Blackberry, computer, and cell phone so they can totally unplug from the matrix while here. This will be our time with each other.
We will go just a little, we will eat a lot, the guys will work outside some while we two girls sit by the fireplace to needlepoint and knit (remember the socks), and we stay up late every night playing board games. One tradition that will happen is the Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding.  I found the recipe in the 1997 Christmas With Southern Living book and have been making it every Christmas since. I will make it at least twice during their visit.

On the Yahoo group, Real Women Quilt, we are putting pictures of our sewing room (only) Christmas trees into a Christmas Cheer photo album.  It is our effort to make our sewing rooms look more festive and hopefully everyone will want to go there to sew and create. I already have my little tree up and it sits on a lazy susan so you can turn it and see all the ornaments. The Golden Girl group will be surprised next Monday when they come to sew.

My tree is a three-trunk tree that we found in Colorado for all of the Hallmark miniature ornaments collected by my daughter and myself
over the years.
She would send me a few ornaments every year, always a Mom ornament, and I would collect ornaments when they went on sale after Christmas. Do you remember when Hallmark had some incredible sales after Christmas? It became a tradition to gather all of our wrapping paper, ribbon, cards and ornaments on December 26th
. The miniatrue tree skirt is from a pattern by Cheryl Phillips. Do you have a collection? Would love to hear about it.

Picture is a little blurry - my camera does not focus very well up close. This is a basket ornament with Toto, from the Wizard of Oz, in it. Toto was a Cairn terrier and happens to be what we have always had living with us. They call themselves Brady and Casey.

Meet Casey and Brady, our "little furry kids". They sit on this stool at the window and wait for us to come home and when we turn into the drive we watch them jump off and know they are running to the back door to greet us.

Casey is the red brindle on the left and  Brady is a wheaten brindle. Brady sews with me - when I say, "Brady, go sew," he comes running.  He is a "lovey" boy and always stays close by and in any room I am. Casey on the other hand has an attitude, is quite vocal, and only visits when she wants me to get her something.  She is definitely DWH's dog and goes everywhere with him and when DWH puts on shoes, she starts prancing around in anticipation of going outside.  Her favorite place in the world is outside helping with chores with him.

Try putting a tree in your sewing area and create your own Christmas Cheer
Happiness along your personal  journey on this beautiful Autumn day in NC from Judy C


taylorsoutback said...

Know you will treasure every moment of special family time...ours will be quiet this year as the kids won't be coming until February or March.
Your to do list sounds similar to mine and I have gone way past the panic stage...
Love your idea of a Christmas tree in the sewing room - yours is so sweet. My own area is such a disaster right now, there would be no room to add one!
Another great posting, Judy...and love those dear pooches. Our three also live to be outside while we work. They are such "helpers."

cityquilter said...

judy, i absolutely LOVE your little tree and the gorgeous embroidered poinsettias. we also have a family foodie tradition as we always have creamy clam chowder on christmas eve. we've been doing that since i was just a little girl. it's our new england christmas tradition....your bread pudding sounds yummy!

sao said...

Your furry kids are precious!!!!!!!

sao in Midlothian, VA