Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Shifting into High Gear.......

You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two more projects done for Christmas.....I guess it's true what my Sister says, that I am at my best under pressure.....lol....I will be getting my Christmas company on Saturday and my sewing room will become a guest room so I have to get what I'm going to get done within the next 3 days!

Here are a couple of golf towels I made for my Bro..........he got his first hole-in-one this year during tournament play!  Yay Big Al!



 Today I hope I can get some more hanging kitchen towels made....and I still have to wrap presents!   Onward!



 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Is it the last minute yet????


Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned.  --Steve Maraboli




...............Is it the last minute yet??? Nah.....I still have another couple of weeks, right???

Well anyway............here it is December already and I am frantically trying to get some of those "last minute" projects done......last year I was working on my sons Dresden quilt!  (Yep, I got it done!)

This year (so far anyway) I am just finishing up some small projects like these two hanging towels I made this week for a couple of my co-workers.....................  I found a couple of "just perfect" Machine Embroidery patterns and combined them with my hanging towel pattern and there you go.............on the left an adorable Hello Kitty wreath for my friend Priscilla, who loves all things Hello Kitty 

 




and then, for my friend Maribel,on the right is a Christmas "Biker Chick" for her kitchen...............I gave them to my friends last night and they garnered all the appropriate "oohs and ahs" so I am happy.................... 


I still have a few projects I want to finish but it isn't the last minute yet so I still have plenty of time........ta-ta for now.....






Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Special Ornaments......

 We are all ordinary.  We are all boring.  We are all spectacular.  We are all shy.  We are all bold.  We are all heroes.  We are all helpless.  It just depends on the day. --Brad Meltzer



Every Christmas season all the boxes of decorations and lights usually make their way down from the attic over the garage the day after Thanksgiving...........
One year I had been to a garage sale earlier that year and had found several boxes of gorgeous dusty blue and mauve ornaments in all sizes............and so I decided that for that year I was going to create one of those "decorator" trees using only red and blue lights and these marvelous ornaments.......I also bought rolls and rolls of gold ribbon and made dozens of beautiful gold bows to add to the mix "like they do at the big department stores".....

After spending hours on the tree I stood back and looked at it and my heart dropped........I didn't see the cherished ornaments my kids had made at school with the pictures of them glued on.....I didn't see the ornaments we had all sat and made together.......I didn't see the ornaments my sister had made for me....nor the ones my friends had made or given to me.....in other words.....I didn't see MY Christmas tree!  I went to my boxes marked "Special Ornaments" and pulled them out....added some colored lights to the tree and when I finally looked at the finished product...there was MY tree!   

I have gone from a 7 foot tree to a 4 foot tree over the years because pulling a huge Christmas Tree box from the attic got a little harder....but every one of those special ornaments fits on that little tree!
(ummm....I bought a 2 foot tall urn to put it in and....Voila! It is now a 6 foot tree!)

so let me show you some of the ornaments that are so special to me...
 
First here are the ones my sons made at school for me......and the ones we made together over the years.....




 and the ones friends made for me or gave to me...... The Santa, angel, stocking a snowman were those "cookie dough" ornaments that were baked and then painted by a co-worker way back in 1985.....I had a dozen of them to start with but over the years a few have broken....

 My Sis, Irene made the ones on the right and my sweet Grandsons send me a new ornament with their photo each year like the ones below....









So, tell me, with all that love I just showed you why would anybody want a decorator tree at home????

Have a wonderful Christmas everybody.....ta-ta for now.....