Sunday, December 25, 2011

Another Christmas Finish

DH had to work today, so I spent the day enjoying a long list of Christmas DVDs, singing along with Bing, and doing some sewing!  I was able to finish up this Christmas table runner for my SIL; we'll be visiting with my ILs tomorrow, so the timing was good!  She's a big fan of kitties - when I saw the fabric, I thought of her immediately.

Remember my previous post about batiks?  Well, I also have nearly finished that project (another Christmas present) - just a tiny bit of hand sewing to do, then I'll be able to show you the final product!  It's turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself...

Merry Christmas!  Now, take up your needle and sew--

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a joyful, wonderous Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to all!

A Christmas Finish

I was able to finish the snowman tree skirt and a fun pair of pillowcases for my cousin.  I know that she's already opened the package with the tree skirt in it, and we're *so* close to Christmas that I feel comfortable showing you this picture with both gifts in it.  The pillowcases were a last-minute addition - when I saw the Christmas M&M fabric, I knew I had to do something with it for my M&M-lovin' relative!

Hope you had fun making something special for someone special in your life!

Now, take up your needle and sew!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Carolers; Santa in the House

Last evening, I finally got out the Byer's Choice Carolers and set them up.  I have enough of them that I enjoy setting up several areas; I really enjoy the holiday spirit that they lend to our home.  I noticed that "Santa" has a few on his eBay watchlist... hmmm...

Earlier in the week, DH spent time arranging his Santa collection on the bookcase - it's pretty impressive from eye level, but it's an amazing view from the loft of the second floor and the trip down the steps... I don't think I know anyone else with such a collection :)  What do you think?!

Time to go work on that tree skirt and a few other gifts.  'Til next time, take up your needle and sew!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Snowmen Everywhere!

As promised, here's a picture of the snowman-themed tree skirt that I'm making as a gift.  It was *so* hard to pick exactly the right five fabrics out of the many, many cuts in my stash.  I used a 9-degree ruler to cut the wedges, combining a total of 40 pieces for the top.

I wanted variety of snowmen and of colors (I originally thought about all whites and blues); I think I've accomplished that... what do you think?  I do like the green fabric - the snowman heads are the "o" in "Joy."  Now, I have to finish pinning the wedges so that I can machine quilt in the ditch between *every* wedge tomorrow... that's a lot of sewing :)  So let's get busy!

'Til next time, take up your needle and sew!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Spent much of the afternoon unpacking and choosing just the right spot for our many, many Christmas decorations.  This is my most favorite time of the year - same for DH - so we're quite the pair when it comes to Christmas memorabilia!  I love the stockings on the fireplace (just a few of the two dozen we own), and all of the Santas around it (just a fraction of the collection, though!).

My *most* favorite decorations, though, are my Nativity figures - see them all lined up along the mantel?  These are Santons, from southern France - all crafted out of clay and hand-painted; the detail work is amazing.  The figurines are no more than 3-4 inches tall (camels are aboutn 4"; most of the adult people are about 3").  Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the "cast of thousands" that are present to witness the Holy birth...

And yes, I have been doing some sewing - working on a lot of Christmas presents right now, so I can't reveal much of any of my accomplishments quite yet.  Tomorrow, I will post about a tree skirt I've been wrangling around the sewing machine.

'Til next time, take up your needle and sew!