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.


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.


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.





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!


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.


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.


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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The Countdown Heats Up

Well, here we are one week til Christmas!  The projects are very close to being finished.  I know I’ve promised pictures – especially of the Christmas cards – & I will get them posted.  I promise; really, I will.

I’ve been on a hunt for 1/8″ ribbon in coneflower blue.  Ugh, it is hard to find!!  It’s really the only color that will work for this particular (4 year late) project.  I’ve found it in 5/8″ but I really NEED it much narrower.  I was pretty sure that I had ordered it online, but it is no where to be found in the sewing room or even online anymore.  Grrrr.

I’ll be putting together my Mom’s gift today (I can’t remember if she subscribes to my blog so I’d better not say what it is) and I’m really excited about it.  I’ve also been online shopping trying to help my Mom find a winter coat.  She wants a long dress coat preferably a trench coat with a zip out lining.  OMGosh they are impossible to find!!  I’ve looked everywhere I can think of or google to no avail.  I have found a couple of nice stores for plus sized women’s clothes (my Mom, not me), but alas my dear Mum doesn’t shop online 😦

The last project I’ll be working on is a sleeping bag for Kurt’s Build-A-Bear dog, Boe.  Boe sleeps on his pillow with Kurt’s nursery blanket over him.  In the summer when Kurt has the fan on, the blanket will often slip off and Boe’s little puppy bum gets cold; so, a sleeping bag is in order!  John Deere of course to go with my little future farmer’s bedroom.  I hope my younger children never outgrow their love of the stuffed animals.  It just about broke my heart when Karra refused to keep talking to her Webkins.  Chuckles and Rascal were such good friends of ours!  Ah, well, I’ll always have Present around to inspire me.

Kristen has asked me to help her sew a shirt for herself, so after Christmas it will be time to teach my daughter to tackle a grown up, wearable project.  Granted she’s make a couple of things already, but this will be a real go at it.  It’s going to be fun.  I was about 15 the first time I sewed a dress for myself –   and it wasn’t an easy pattern either!  It had edge sewing on the front placket and that was in the days before the edge trim stitch foot!  Oy vey, I thought I’d kill my Grandma before I got that done.  She was such a stickler for perfection!  But, the dress turned out great – I wore it for Easter that year – and I still loved my Grandma.  (The relationship was again strained when she bought a cross-stitch wedding announcement for me to do for my cousin and the the entire bride’s veil was covered in French knots!!!  Oh, how I hated French knots –  but I got so good at them by the end of that project that I really like them now.  I think she had a hidden agenda).

I promise the next time I come back – before Christmas – I will share pictures.  The girls are making Christmas cookies this weekend!  And Saturday is the Blue Jackets/Black Hawks game – we are very excited.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm.