A short post...
Meet Felicity, my daughters Christmas sock monkey. She was a Christmas Eve project (4 hours from start to finish). I got her all done, wrapped, and under the tree just before bed. Christmas morning my daughter was delighted to open the box to find her...then it happened...Felicity's arms fell off...in my haste I forgot to sew them on. So, after a few tears and some monkey surgery Felicity was better than ever.
I haven't crafted in a week now and I am going through severe withdrawls. I probably wont get to work on anything until after tomorrow night either...I hope I remember how (LOL).
Well, I am off to put some finishing details on a youth lock in event for tomorrow night. I hope you all have a fantastic New Years Eve!
opportunity to serve in youth ministry
a new year full of promise
reflection on the passing year and God's goodness throughout
See you in 2008...
Sorry no beautiful pictures to accompany this posting...
I am feeling more than a little like that teapot from the song...especially the stout part. I have over-eaten for the holiday's once again! I think I resemble the boil over part too...LOL.
Well, I hope your Christmas was simply delightful. Ours was. We have been surrounded with family & loved ones, over-indulged in good food, and gifted until we were spoiled for sure.
Now it is off to Long Beach CA for 3 days to chaperon a H.S. Youth event. So, I won't be able to post until Sunday at the earliest. BUT, be sure to come back then because I promise pictures of the newest member of our sock monkey family (Felicity) and some other treats as well.
Anyhoo...Here we go on the downhill slide into 2008 and another wonderful year!
Family and a joyous Christmas
opportunities to connect with the next generation...aka chaperon!
Until next time,
This is one of the little peoples favorite ornaments...it's Larry the Cucumber (He's not a pickle but I feel like I am in one having not posted in so long I can't remember...)
Sorry, Sorry, Sorry... I thought I would give you my list of no-post excuses. So, here goes...
Picture chicken running around with head cut off (that's me)
I am still not done with gifts...including a sock monkey for daughter and I have no idea what we are doing for son?????
I have been working on design submissions for an Australian magazine...this will be a first for me over the pond & I am so-oooo excited!
I have pieced 1.25 new quilt tops and one of said quilt tops is getting quilted tonight/tomorrow
In the process of making above mentioned quilt tops I had to unsew because I bone-headed it and anybody that knows me fairly well knows that if there is one thing (other than pregnancy) that I don't do well it is unsewing...BTW I am not pregnant either...and just to side note here I really have no reason to be a cranky pregnant lady...I never got sick with either of my kids, I could bend over & tie my own shoes right up until the day of delivery with both, my labors were short (like no more than 7 hours start to finish with either bundle), I lost the weight after a fairly reasonable amount of time & with little effort...(How many of you hate me now?) So in a nutshell...vanity. I felt unattractive when pregnant...I know ridiculous...BUT My good point is that I LOVE BEING A MOM!!!!!!!!!!
-okay back to the excuses-
I have been taking care of some details for my MIL (she is in a nursing home)
Sinus crud has returned to haunt me...great...just in time for Christmas!
I have been cutting out other various samples to be released at Spring Quilt Market in Portland
I have spent more than a fair amount of time surfing my favorite blogs lately as a means of avoiding responsibility...
Okay, so there you have it and you got a random (useless) fact about me in my rabbit trail about pregnancy...
I hope all of you are having a blessed Christmas season with family, friends, & loved ones close by.
I am off to quilt...and we all know, that is always a good thing!
the ability to be honest with myself and the entire world wide web about my multiple-day no-post run...thank you it was like free therapy...
family (I love them)
quilting...the escape that beats a lot of other things I could/should be doing!
until next time...
Okay...here comes Random Fact #5...
I like/am inspired by/collect/buy way too many (okay you get the idea) gift tags. I think they are my absolute favorite part of wrapping things. I would even consider giving a bouquet of gift tags if I thought someone would appreciate it...maybe I will give one to myself! For time and space reasons and in an effort to keep what ever attention of yours I have I am posting my recent additions to the collection.
Whilst recently out and about I spotted these and instantly had visions of new stitcheries & quilts...(they are already in the sketch book and hopefully will soon be on the cutting table...yipee!)
I also bought these this year...because they are stinking cute and again I am envisioning new patterns.
I have noticed that not many people share my affinity for gift tags. They simply wad them up with the torn paper to be discarded. So, in an effort to become more of a do-gooder I have proclaimed myself a tag rescuer...I will rummage through the family trash pile after Christmas (& other gift giving events) to "save" inspiring tags from their wasted fate.
I even have a special spot in my studio set aside for tags that catch my eye. They hang on a metal clip above my drawing desk waiting for their dare to be great moment when I will translate them into my own creative version or even better...lovingly place them onto a gift to be given away. (Of course I watch to make sure the gift recipient doesn't toss these little guys)...
So there you have it, a little known and fairly useless tid-bit of information about me. Now, I am off to wrap and tag some gifts and work on quilts!
finding inspiration in the ordinary (tags)
tag rescue services...aka recycling
an afternoon to gift wrap, tag, & quilt
Until next time,
Okay...the whole thing where day's keep flying by at light speed has got to stop! Last I checked it was Friday and now here it is Sunday night. Do you remember when you were a little kid and time always seemed to stand still? Like it took forever for summer or Christmas to get here. Now it seems that I blink between summer and Christmas and the time is gone... before I am even close to being ready! What is up with that?
So, there was no Random Facts post yesterday because at the last minute we decided to go with some friends to this...
It was a glorious day in the mountains and the kidlets had a fantastic time. It was my daughters second lifetime visit to the snow and my sons very first time. I wish I could translate my memory into a video feed to share with you. There was this one moment when my 3 year old son was gliding & spinning down the mountain on his back (on top of one of those snow saucers) and as he passed by me all I could hear was his little belly laugh. It was precious! We did sledding until the crowds got too dangerous and then went off to a frenzy of flying snowballs and finally to some snowman building that didn't quite work out. It was a great day! We came back down the mountain to a warm fire and a crock pot of homemade chili...awesome.
So, I hope to resume Random Facts tomorrow but since life has its own way of working things out I will just have to wait and see what the day brings.
time with family and friends
warm fires and winter comfort food
Until next time,
The postman brought me these today....Man am I ever spoiled! Thank you Holly! I had to carefully repackage these for the photo-op because when they arrived in the mail I promptly tore into them & drooled all over the fabrics. If you don't have these in your stash you should run, not walk, out to get them asap. They are wonderful!!!! And, if you haven't checked out her blog lately you must as it is always delightful!
Aside from my special delivery I accomplished this today...Her name is Clementine...
I wish she were staying at my house & then I would have my first sock monkey doll but, she is a gift. And the next one I make will be too because my daughter saw this one and declared she must have one for herself! Maybe the third one will be a charm & stay with me...unless of course son decides he needs a he-monkey.
If you have been following the Random Facts about me postings, they will resume tomorrow (at least that is my plan). For now, this little stitcher is pooped & thinking a warm bath is just what the doctor ordered.
bubble bath...which I am sure is a God-send
Until next time,
I had promised to share my family's Nativity story yesterday afternoon as well as count some blessings but the afternoon turned out different from what I had planned (let's just say not in a good way either...) so this morning I am fulfilling that promise...
Before the story promised though I just have to toot my husbands horn...He is a KEEPER. On his way home from work he called to let me know he was inbound (its standard procedure for him to do that) And I was in the throws of one of those Alexander & the terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad day moments. He chatted with me for a moment of two and then said he'd see me soon. When he came through the door he had with him a beautiful poinsettia (in a metal embossed container...see random fact #4 to glean the significance of that) AND he also had my favorite chocolate...yup, he's a keeper!
So, our Nativity story. Up until two days ago our family did not have a Nativity scene to put out at the holidays. To be honest I have never found one that I liked in a price range I could stomach or that I would want to have in a house with two small children, until this week. So, my treasure find...the perfect Nativity combining all three aspects of my search: curb appeal, price (it was even on sale!), & kid friendly...Please note that someday I would love to have one of those very beautiful sets from Israel but it's just not that season in my life we are more at the point in time that is best suited by what is pictured below...
Pretty cute huh? It even looks like a crafty person such as myself could have made it...Notice that little white circle just below the center star? I did not notice that feature until I got it home & was proudly showing the set to above mentioned wonderful husband. It is one of those press here buttons...yup the thing comes with words & music. Probably wouldn't have bought it if I had seen that while at the store. But, it gets better...it speaks Spanish, not English. (definitely wouldn't have bought it if I'd known it was in a foreign language...) Problem: we speak English so we have no idea what the message is and the songs are unfamiliar as well. But, the kidlets love the thing & insist on a family "activity" (aka Nativity) dance to commemorate our wonderful little display of Jesus birth scene...like every time they hit the button we have to do the dance. Picture if you can, the four of us dancing around like idiots in our front room to music and words that we cannot translate(picture it happening like 10 times a day)...I keep telling myself to find the battery slot...and when I do find it you know what I am going to do!
So that is our little story...my friends tell me it's what I get for shopping the Christmas decoration sale. Frankly, I think we will enjoy our memories of this little set (& the activity dance it inspired) for years to come.
activity dancing kidlets
wonderful husband (with flowers & chocolate too)
a clean slate for today
Until next time,
I like metal...it's an unusual thing to like but it appeals to me. For instance, I think I have shared this tid-bit before but, I prefer metal baskets over wicker...
other metal dishes holding important business documents...
metal pincushion holders...
metal Eiffel Towers (the one pictured here is my favorite lamp in the studio)...
I also own two metal mannequins shown back in this post, 5 cast iron wreath stands that refuse to photograph nicely, and an array of metal brads for when the scrap-booking aliens abduct me to conduct their experiments. Okay, I think you get the picture. Metal stuff is cool in my book. In fact, the other day while out picking up Christmas gifts for my Brother-in-law I found a gi-normous (like as tall as me kinda gi-normous) metal Eiffel Tower that was VERY cool...wanted it, but couldn't convince myself that $110 was reasonable to spend on a whim for my collection. I will try to get back to the store that had it later today to snap a picture & post it for you all to check out.
I will also be back a little later to post a family Nativity story and count some blessings...so make sure to check back...
The little peeps and I spent the afternoon running around taking care of things for my Brother-in-law that is in a wheelchair. He's having a rough time of it with his health so I am playing elf for him. During the course of this afternoons events I had an epiphany...(scary, I know) I came to understand and accept a random fact about myself that had formerly gone undetected. Apparently, I like these because I have a set of flannel sheets with them on it...
I have gift wrap for Christmas featuring them...
And I have a kit to make two of them...
Maybe its a sign that I need to go here and purchase the charm packs to match the rest of this "it's news-to-me-I-just-found-out-myself" fetish. Then again, maybe someone who loves me will read this post and venture out to a quilt shop or order it through the above link...I can wish...
So, there you have it. I have officially declared myself a member of the sock monkey fan club. Loud and proud: I LOVE SOCK MONKEYS...I know I am weird but I'm okay with it now. During my teenage years- not so much. But, in my mid-thirties I'm embracing it. Okay, I'm stopping now and I am sorry if some of you are frightened...I'll try not to do it again...LOL
the joy of simple things...ie sock monkeys
helping someone else (because after all, it's not about me)
Until next time,