|I believe that Christmas will come way before I am ready ....|
Can you believe just 49 sleeps?
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 just 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.
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 ladies 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 our Hallmark miniature ornatments we have collected over the years. My daughter and I started my collection when I lived in Colorado. She would send me a few ornaments every year,always a Mom ornament, and I would collect them when they would go 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 your have a collection? Would love to hear about it.
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 and 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 with him helping with chores.
Try putting a tree in your sewing area and create your own Christmas Cheer
Happiness along your journey on this beautiful Autumn day in NC from Judy C