Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired; that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."

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Merry Christmas!!!

I realize I’m a couple of days late, but we go out of state to visit family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and then we need to recover and reclaim the house (and this year Karra and I did some day after Christmas shopping to pick up the super good prices on ribbon, cookie tins, bows and tissue paper.  I found a birthday present for my BFF in the process – double score!).

Well, the house is clean, the floor is mopped (nobody faint) and I’m at least thinking about what to feed the family.  So, it’s time to post all of those pictures I promised before Christmas.  I’ll start with the Christmas cards since they were the first project I finished.

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Aren’t these guys adorable?  I fell in love with the stamp and just had to make them.  They are going on my etsy shop sometime this summer  – I’ll talk about the etsy shop later; how much later I can’t promise 🙂

Next was the reindeer stamp that I think I’d like to be the logo for my etsy shop – after I learn how to draw it myself since I’m sure the stamp I bought is copyrighted.

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Isn’t he totally cute?  I just love the simple elegance of him.

The next ones came from an article in a magazine about a billion years ago – at 12 I’m sure.  I haven’t subscribed to Country Woman since Hector was a pup.  Not that I know who Hector is, but is sounds slightly less hick than “in a coon’s age” (which would give away my Daddy’s hill billy background!).  Anyway, I kept the magazine just for this idea and this year I played with it.

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The bottom three cards were the ideas from the magazine, but the little snowmen were my own creation.  I really do love snowmen.  I used pre-made bows on the candy canes that I had lef tover from projects several years ago and I found starfish jewelry beads for the star on the tree and just added a gold stripe on each “leg”.  Inside of the cards, I printed a text from the Christmas Story in Luke 2 and signed our names.  No writer’s cramp from signing 40+ Christmas cards!!  I do still hand address the envelopes.  I had so much fun with this project and intend to work on next year’s cards over the summer so there is no crunch time rush to finish them in early December!

After the cards were done I had to move on to Kurt’s stocking because the house was already decorated (courtesy of Kristen) and I needed to hang stockings on the makeshift mantle.  Here they are – all three of the kids’ cross-stitched stockings!

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I almost immediately started stitching my sewing room stocking, but I have the feeling it’s not going to be something that gets done in a year or two, but we’ll see what happens.  Karra is working out the design for Joel’s “Bah Humbug!” stocking and that one will be a much quicker stitch!

I moved on from the stocking to Karra’s Spiderman sleep pants.  I had bought the two fabrics that she had picked out at JoAnn’s in early November and when I went to work on them in December discovered that I hadn’t bought enough fabric!!!!  ARGH!  So, off I ran to JoAnn’s while Karra was at work and I found the cotton fabric but not the flannel one.  I decided I would just put deep red cuffs on the flannel ones and bought some red flannel.  And after the cotton Christmas pants were done, I discovered that I hadn’t bought enough red flannel for TWO legs of the flannel pants.  Good grief, did this project get expensive!  Off to the store AGAIN and made the decision to buy all new flannel for her.  I found wall climber Spiderman flannel and bought 3 yards just to be sure.  The previous flannel will make a nice pair of sleep pants for Kurt (whose ankles are showing already).  Here is a picture of the cotton Christmas pants displayed on Karra’s leg because she didn’t want her picture taken.

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The highlight of this fabric??  The Christmas balls have the silhouette of a spider on them!  She went crazy over this fabric.  How did I end up with a daughter that likes comic book super heroes?  She’s also decided that owning her own comic book shop would be the coolest thing ever.  I haven’t told her she would have to deal with people all of the time.

I don’t have a good close up of Kristen’s shepherdess doll  or a picture of the pillows I made for Karra and for the couch, so I’ll save those for another post.  Here is a picture of my Mom’s nutcracker (that she LOVED) that I had to take at my Mom’s because I wrapped it up as soon as it was dry and forgot to get a picture to share with ya’ll.

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I got the idea for this from a magazine that had a Christmas vignette in a cloche.  I knew right away that I wanted to do a nutcracker for my Mom and ended up using a flower vase and glass plate instead of a cloche.  I even managed to get a nutcracker that was different from any my Mom already has – and she has got a LOT of nutcrackers!

By the time I was done in the Christmas Shoppe this year I was completely burned out on sewing and crafting.  I did however clean up and put things away and discovered that I have about 12 projects ready and waiting for the burn out to be gone.  A couple of them are even for next Christmas!  I’m sure that there will be more DIMS days in 2015.

I hope that all of you wonderful friends in the blogosphere had a Merry Christmas and have a safe and blessed New Year!

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Quick Catch Up

I know my blog family has missed me – I’ve missed me too.

I’ve been struggling with the depression a bit over the last couple of weeks.  I ended up with a chest cold after Black Friday – totally explained the massive headache I had that day that I blamed on only one mug of coffee before we left instead of the whole pot!  My SIL and niece were really great about my pooping out – I literally fell asleep on the floor at Loft while they shopped!  Karra kept saying, “Mom, Mom!” so that I would wake up and not fall over and drool or something else equally as embarrassing.  I’m having a deja vue moment – have I told you this already?

Anyway, I saw my doc this morning and she’s upping my dosage  a bit to see if we can bring me back to a more normal level (for me anyway) and get me focusing again.

So . . . .   I have the Christmas cards almost done and I took pictures to post for you (we’ve exeded our Exede, but I’ll try to get them online anyway) and was putting the inserts in last night and then folding the Christmas letter and I ran out of 2-sided tape.  Ugh.  So I sealed up the ones I had gotten done and then realized that I needed to put Kurt’s and Kristen’s birthday pictures in – so I pulled out all of the ones that need pictures so that I can open them up and insert pictures.  I had to find some stickers to help them reseal afterward :p  I’m reduced to using a glue stick to put the rest of the inserts into the Christmas cards.  I’m really happy with how they turned out and in the future I hope I will remember to only print enough Christmas letters to go in the cards that I put the letter into and not for the whole stack of cards I send out!  It cost $40 to get the letter printed – because she cheerfully used a glossy paper stock without asking if that’s what I wanted!!  I should have bought the ink and done them at home – that would have only cost me $45!  Of course, the paper wouldn’t be as nice and I’d have to clean the print head every 10 papers, but I would have only printed the 25 that I need – see, I told you I was having trouble.

I did talk to my Mom late last week and she sounded much better than she did a few days after her partial knee replacement.  She had gotten so discouraged about the therapy machine – 6 HOURS A DAY! and finally told the therapist she wasn’t doing it anymore.  Once the staples were out and weren’t pulling on her skin she could sleep better and she doesn’t have a cane or a walker, so she’s moving around their small house much better.  My Dad sounded really relieved that she was more cheerful (after all he’s the grumpy old fisherman!).

Which brings me around to today.  I was leaving Meijer with a few groceries after my chiropractor and doctor visits when the old phone rings.  “Mom, did you let the chickens out today?”  Um, no.  “Well, Lexi has the rooster and it looks dead.”  Which rooster?   “Not the silky one.”  Ok, breathing can return to normal.  I arrive home and Kristen tells me that Big Foot is okay, but when she found him he was lying on his back with his feet in the air and one leg was shaking.  I was sure I was coming home to a rooster with at least a broken leg.  So, we start investigating to find out how the dogs got the rooster, and it turned out that someone hadn’t pulled the chicken coop door all the way closed this morning after he filled the feed tubes.  The cows had decided to go in and visit the chicken coop – isn’t that a sight, cows INSIDE the chicken coop!  And when the dogs wanted to go outside to run around and bark at the world, they went under the gate and into the pasture to look for tasty morsels of poop and found an open chicken coop with live chickens!  On the positive side we only lost one Barred Rock – it was gross and she was eaten.  The real trauma came when we couldn’t find our silkie, Brik.  He had simply vanished.  We couldn’t even find a feather!  We looked and looked and called and called and no little silkie rooster.  I was about to give up when he sauntered into the barn as calm as could be.  We have no idea where he was hiding out, but it was a good and safe spot.  Big Foot is a traumatized mess – I should get a picture – with a bare spot on his back and only one long tail feather left.  I don’t know how Lexi didn’t kill him, but he must have put up a pretty good fight.  Maybe he won’t flog us anymore.  The hens may not lay for a few days, but most of the harem is still here.  From the original 15 chicks, 2 were roosters, Lady Grace (the surprise bantam hem) died when the weather turned cold, and we’ve lost one hen to dog terror.  11 hens and 2 roosters.  I should look for a couple of Easter eggers to fill in the gaps.

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