Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of my blog friends. You all mean the world to me. I hope you all have a blessed day with your families. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I appreciate each and every one of you. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Gifts I Made....

Today I will share some of the gifts I made for our family. Everyone got something, even though some were pretty small gifts. (grin)  But before I do, I want to tell you that I got the lovely redwork design on the previous post from a free download on Allie's blog. She is always putting free things up for us to use. Sorry Allie, that I neglected to give you credit.

Some of the gifts I will share here were free projects found on the net. I will give credit where I can. Some were printed off a while ago., and if their web address does not show up in the printed copy, I can't share where to find them. Sorry.  I made Carolyn a set of dish towels. I just bought a pair of white flour sack like towels, added fabric to two ends, and appliqued a hen and a rooster on them. I also added a crocheted dishcloth. She really liked them. I found these on Joanna Figueroa for Fig Tree and Company's site.
I bought fabric to make Cathryn a Bow Tucks bag last Christmas, but never did have time to make her one out of the special fabric I bought. When I told her about it last Christmas she said she could use some place mats. I remembered this, so I made her these quilt as you go place mats. I found these on Gudrun's blog.  Cathryn loved them and said they would work perfectly in her house.
Here is a closeup of one of them.
I gave Hazel the Daisy Star quilt. It is a Judy Laquidara free pattern.
All of the guys got neck pillows. I believe I found the directions and pattern for these on the Connecting Threads site under their free projects.
I made Kim, Jon's girlfriend a Sassy Bag from Lazy Girl Designs. Jon said she loves green and small bags, so I figured this pattern would be perfect for her. I think it was. I found these two fabrics in Walmart a few weeks ago and fell in love with them. I think I have enough to make my Kindle case from the leftovers. (grin)
The inside of Kim's bag....
The back of it....
I will share the gowns/pants I made for the grandkids and mom's gift next time. Now on to some more Christmas pictures......
Noah walked in looking so handsome.
Madison wouldn't put down this cookie, even to open gifts. LOL
Hazel holding Izabella. Hazel's hair is normally really curly, but she straightened it for the day. It was pretty, but I love her curls. (grin) I'm a mama, what can I say? LOL
Kim fits in good with our family. You can always tell a good person when the kids love them. Ava laying across Kim....
That is enough for now. I am not sure how I managed it, but I am now following my own blog. LOL  I worked quite a bit on Kevin's quilt yesterday. I plan to do some more hand quilting on it today. I am really enjoying this. The pressure is off and I can relax in front of the tv with the quilt in my lap without feeling like I should be doing something else to prepare for Christmas. (grin)  I think I will post this now and get back in my rocker and do what I love doing. Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Have a wonderful day. Oh, I also want to throw out this. If you still need a guy's gift, these neck pillows are quick and easy to do and all the guys loved them.  Talk to you all later.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gifts I Made This Year!

I can finally share what I have been doing for the past couple of months. We held our family Christmas celebration yesterday. Our daughter, Carolyn cooked a delicious meal for us and we all came away very stuffed. (grin) It is always so much fun to have our whole family together. I will be sharing some pictures that I took yesterday this week, but first I want to show why I have been missing in blogland for the past month. LOL We decided that we would not buy gifts for the adults, but homemade things were ok. Oh yeah, right up my alley. LOL  I made some things for a few friends. Some I took pictures of and some I forgot till they were packaged and ready to mail. Oh well. I think I shared this little tree before, but here it is after I decorated it.
I enjoyed making this tree. I also loved doing this one. Any time redwork is involved I have fun. LOL
This pot holder went to the receiver of the above mini quilt.
I sent the Spring Flowers table topper to a summer loving friend along with these pot holders and dish cloth.
That is all of the gifts that I took pictures of before mailing. I really must try to do better. Now on to some family things. Oh my goodness, it was so great to see our grandbabies and babies also. LOL I thought it was so awesome that anyone who wanted to give gifts this year either made them or gave pictures. Oh my I got some amazing pictures of grandbabies. Then drove off and left them laying on Carolyn's table. I was so bummed, but Cathryn took them home with her and is going to ship them to me.  On the gift giving, this did not include the kids. We all bought stuff for them. (grin) I actually had a lot of fun shopping for the grandkids. Ashton and Ava are into lots of science stuff, so I went to Hobby Lobby for their gifts. I think I did ok. Cath told me today that they have been working nonstop on their kits. LOL  Ashton thinks he is rich because he is digging out fools gold. Ava is excited because she is digging out T-rex dinosaur bones. She loves dinosaurs, especially T-rex. Noah got a farm set with animals, fences, hay bales, and a tractor and wagon. He is a city boy, but I thought he should learn a bit about his country roots. (grin) I talked to Izabella on the phone and she told me she wanted  Dora stuff. LOL So my little darling got a Dora doll. Madison got a toy that was age appropriate for her.  I also made each of the grandkids some things. I'll share about those another time. I decided to post a few pictures of our gathering at a time.
Look at this. I love this picture. I just wish Ashton had been in it too, but it has all the younger kids.
I loved this picture so much that I snapped another one. On the first one, I almost cut off Madison's head. On the second one I almost cut off Ava's head. I still don't take very good pictures. LOL
Here is Ashton.
I'll share one more with you, then post a few more next time. I usually do not like to have my picture taken, but Hazel grabbed my camera and snapped this picture of me holding Izabella. I actually think it turned out quite good. Of course how could it not be good with the little cutey in red in it. LOL
It will seem weird to me to not have anything Christmasy to work on this week. Our Christmas will be very quiet. We will visit our moms, then just chill. We have a nice ham to fix and movies to watch. Kevin has already given me my Christmas gift this year. I received a Kindle Touch. I really never thought I would like a Kindle, but I love, love this silly thing. I have been watching on Facebook and get a free book or two every day. I have already put over 40 books on it and have read close to 10. (Of course some of them are pretty short.) I have had it for about 3 weeks now. I love it more every day. I always thought the books would be too expensive for it, but I find bargains all the time. So if you are on the fence about getting a Kindle, as I was, just go for it. If you are anything like me, you will end up loving it. Of course, this thrills Kevin. (grin) He already knows that I am making him a quilt. He is quite thrilled about that as well. I have even shown it to him. Didn't seem right for me to have my gift and him to not even know what he was getting. He says to take my time. So I don't have to rush to have it done by next Sunday. (grin)

On the agenda for this week is to make a case for my Kindle and to make a cushion for our Buddy boy. I already have everything for it. Just need to get it together. Well, I guess that is enough for now. This post ended up being quite long winded, but I have not posted for a month. Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Have a fabulous week!
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