Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Something to snuggle with on Christmas night

That's what I'm hoping for anyway. I got this quilt done for Sydney just in the nick of time. It's pretty small (a lap quilt for an adult) but plenty big for her. She picked out the Mickey Mouse snowflake fabric last Spring. I think it was 75% off so I caved pretty easily even though I had no idea what we would do with it. Now, I've managed to use up every last scrap! The entire quilt is from my stash actually. I love being able to do that!

We are leaving tomorrow morning to visit family for Christmas, then returning on Thursday evening to host my family at our house on Friday. It's been a lot of work to get ready, but I'm really excited to have them all here.

I hope that all of you have a very blessed and merry Christmas. It is so easy this time of year to loose focus of the true meaning of this season, but I pray that you all can take a few moments to consider the first Christmas and what it might mean today in your life.

Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

digging out

Yep, still alive up here. We had quite the whopper of a storm this weekend. A blizzard in fact, complete with 10+ inches of snow, 40+ mph winds and ridiculously cold temps. Just plain crazy cold. The picture above was from 1:00 Sunday afternoon. That house across the street seemed to disappear and reappear several times that day. We are done with the snow (except for the cleanup) but the cold has stuck around. It was -12 degrees this morning. Brrr.

This is the view on our deck. I'm a little worried if it can hold all that snow! I think we might have to clean if off. Plus, it kind of gives me a claustrophobic feeling, like there is no way out. I think I've been stuck at home for too long! I snuck out last night to do some shopping but poor Sydney hasn't left home since Friday. She's going a little crazy, think we will have to venture out today.

Anyway, enough talk about the weather (that's all we talk about around here!) I did get a lot of stuff done while I was stuck at home. This is a gift for my SIL. Ask me how much I want to keep it. A lot. Idea completely stolen from here.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A little more little girl Christmas...

Okay, here's another one. The recipient got this already so now I can show you.
As you may remember from last Christmas, I love to incorporate books into my gifts as much as possible. I've had the idea for a Princess and the Pea set for a long time. I think I bought the books from Barnes and Noble last summer! I made four little mini quilts to go with the book and attached a felted pea to one. My intention was to be able to let the little girl act out the book with a doll while its being read to her. And I'm sure the quilts will be used for a lot of other fun play!

The quilts are all made of the same set of 4 fabrics, some with just a couple of the prints, some with all four. I have another set of these that I think I will save and give to Sydney. (Mostly because I want to keep one!)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Little Girl Christmas

I'm finally starting to check some things off my Christmas list. For a while there it was just a massive pile of WIP (work in progress) and nothing done. But this one is complete, and I can actually show it to you! This set of felt food is for one of Sydney's friends. She just got a baby brother, and I thought this would be a great big sister/early Christmas gift. She has the ultimate in little kid kitchens and so she had to have the ultimate in felt food - nothing but desserts! Chocolate cake, cherry pie, donuts and cookies. These are so fun to make. I'm hoping after Christmas I can add a lot more items to Sydney's collection as well. (She's not so sure about Mama making stuff for other kids!)

Monday, December 8, 2008

And the lucky winner is
Amanda at Giddy Goat. Congratulations! Thanks to all of you for playing along!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Two Years of Blogging!

Thanks for coming back today to celebrate with me! Please leave a comment and say hello! One lucky winner will receive a pair of knitted wrist warmers. I'm still on my knitting kick, so you all might as well enjoy it as well! If you would like, let me know what color you might prefer if you are the lucky winner!!

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!!

ETA: Hey folks, keep those comments coming! It's been so nice to hear from some new people too!! Just wanted to add that the giveaway goes until Monday morning when I will draw a name. Thanks!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Time Flies

Time has flown by around here, in more ways than one. I took a little break over Thanksgiving. We left last Wednesday to visit family and didn't return home until Sunday. My plan was to decorate the house for Christmas before we left, but that of course didn't happen. Instead I just dug out all the Christmas stuff and didn't finish anything and came home to a disaster. Such fun. My parents are coming to stay tonight so you can guess what I've been up to. But the house is decorated and sort of clean and I can really buckle down and focus on gift making.

This is one little decoration I made for myself - a vase cozy I guess? It just makes everything look warm and cozy I think. The yarn is possum that my MIL got me a couple years ago in Australia. It is extremely soft (if not a little strange!)

Time has flown by in another way too. Two years ago today I started this blog. Two years ago today, I found a way to connect with some amazing people from the confines oops I mean comfort of my own home. Thank you all for reading, commenting and just being my friend. To those of you from my "real life" (Rachel, Wendy, Sara, Stacy, Becky, Mom) it means so much to me that you read this and care what is going on in my day to day life. To all of you out there that I have yet to meet in person, connecting with you through this blog has been a wonderful experience. Thank you all very much.

So, I'm off to clean my craft room so my mom and I can work on some projects while she's here. While I'm doing that, I will be thinking about some giveaway ideas for my blogiversary! Check back tomorrow and I'll let you know what I came up with!!