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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Moosies, Wins and Christmas Preparations

I was so relieved when the 5 o'clock whistle blew on Friday! Four wonderful, peaceful, merry spirited and creative days ahead of me! Whoo-hoo!!!! Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year... you just have to realize what's important and run with it... 

So, this year I kept decorations to minimum... because the main decoration is the tree, right? Yep. We have a real balsam fir this year... just finished decorating it yesterday afternoon... hopefully I'll be able to get a good picture of  it to share with you by Christmas Day. In the meantime here a couple of gatherings I did manage to get some decent pictures of. The lighting in my home is not so good... which is the reason most of my stitching finishes have been photographed on my back patio or front steps (instead of where they are displayed in my home).

A vase of flowers on the dining room table...

Snowmen and santa in one corner of my living room. The Snowman on the left I made from a kit from The Cheswick Company. The Santa pull toy is a fabulous creation by Lisa Evans. She is the sister of The Old Tattered Flag. Visit her website and look under notions. There just might be a couple more Santas left to purchase. They are paper mache and hand painted with beautiful details. An heirloom treasure! The big Snowman is spun glass (or plastic?)... it was purchased in Maine by my Dad about 30 years ago. My favorite snowman for sure! On the floor is an original hooked rug by Joanne McIllmurray! She is one awesome rug hooker! ;-)

This "window" hangs in the front porch of my home. It's one of the first things I bought for my home when we moved here. It's made from recycled barn wood and the panes are mirrors. I tucked some mason jars, greens and two make-do's from Rock River Stitches into the bottom tray.

And much to my surprise and delight... Debbie of Woolensails sent me a very thoughtful package of goodies! See those two moosies? Those are hand embroidered ornaments... stitches and aged to perfection! Debbie also included some snowmen patterns and garden house cross stitch pattern for me to stitch! Thanks so much Debbie!

This month I was also the lucky winner of a Socketbook over at Crazy As A Loom blog! What's a socketbook? Why, it's a pocket book made from socks of course!!! And, those socks are so brilliantly colored and S*O*F*T... stitched together to be a perfect way to carry books, magazines, iPad, or a stitching project... I simply LOVE it! Thanks again Hillary! Visit Hillary's blog... she's weaving some beautiful dishtowels... has a best buddy named Roy, a real sweet cat named Sydney and a grand daughter that has a smile that will melt your heart! :-)

I'm thinking I should really blog more often, so I'm not cramming so much into one post? lol! It seems the older I get, the faster time flies! Must be because climbing the hill takes energy... and once you make it Over The Hill... it's so easy and quick to keep rolling down the hill? lol! Which brings me to this...

Yes. Smart Start is a healthy cereal made by Kellogg's. And if you saved box tops and mailed a check for postage... they sent you this bowl. Unfortunately... I have lost my taste for that cereal and now use it to hold my Cadbury Milk Chocolate Balls! Because every Smart day Starts with Chocolate! ;-)

And, last but not least.... Lasagne. Yah. My favorite food group. It's tonight's dinner with some garlic bread...

Love cooking... hate dishes...

...got a dishwasher for that.... cuz who wants to spend hours cleaning up ooey gooey baked on cheeeeeeeeeze.... 

Remember... time is speeding up... use what you have left wisely...

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Ramblings

I'm joining the "I can't believe it's December already" club... lol! Cuz... this entire year really did fly by fast. I could remember when I was a kid that it took

F * O * R * E * V * E * R

for Christmas to get here... the anticipation of staying up late enough on Christmas Eve to actually see Santa and his reindeer... ahhh... the presents... and when we awoke on Christmas morning... did it snow during the night so that we could at least see the reindeer's footprints?

Now, it seems it's either hot and sunny (Summer), or cold and grey (Winter). And those folks that are in retail are always two seasons/holidays ahead... is your head spinning yet? Mine was. So, I decided to slow it down a bit. Take a deep breath and just "Be". Of course, this decision happened only just within the last couple of months, so it's still the transition stage here.

I used to be stitching and creating for the season ahead... I've decided it might just be more enjoyable if I slow down and stitch the season I'm in. In the moment kind of thing. And, I can say it really IS more enjoyable. I haven't been doing this stuff long enough to accomplish speed AND accuracy... so for now I will just try to be accurate... even if it means pulling out a few stitches or loops to get it just right.

Here's progress on the current Stacy Nash Girl's Club offered by Country Sampler Quilt Shop in Spring Green, WI. The piece with "Snow" on it is an ornament... and the piece with the house is a pinkeep. Plenty more to go on that with a border, flower pots, snowflakes...

I will try to enjoy stitching this project... without any thought in my head that I already have "Christmas at Hollyberry Lane" quickly approaching my mailbox...


I *heart* this sampler.
Yes. This pic is borrowed from Stacy Nash's blog.
You can visit her blog if you wish to learn how purchase
a copy of the pattern for yourself.

Since cross stitching is easier for me in daylight. I thought I might have something else going on in the evenings. So, I remembered I had purchased "All Is Calm" and it's floss kit from Country Stitches last year. It's a punchneedle design and uses 3 strand Valdani's. I usually punch with 6-strand DMC... so, this is taking me longer than usual. And, I can see from taking this pic, that I need to repunch the "m".

And, just for giggles... I'm trying my luck at forcing hyacinth bulbs. I've never tried forcing bulbs before so this is new to me. I changed the water after I took this pic. I've had the bulbs in a dark area for about a week now and I can see the roots are growing good and the tips of shoots are beginning. I have paperwhite bulbs too. I need to get some moss or vermiculite to start those (I think)... always one ingredient short... lol!

So that's what I've been up to. I've also been reading lots of blogs. On one or two of those blogs, I read that we should "Enjoy the journey to Christmas Day". Those words stuck with me for some reason... made me realize it's not all about "getting stuff done and off my list"... but a process that should be enjoyed and savored... it doesn't really matter if it all "get's done"... it's about enjoying what you are doing right now. It's a magical time of year...

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

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