Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
While browsing blogs last week, I came across this pattern on Posie Gets Cozy. Since I love doing embroidery, but haven't done it in way too long, I decided that I must make these pillowcases as a special Christmas gift. I hope the intended recipient isn't peeking! Fun!
Friday, December 11, 2009
This year, the Christmas decorations are coming out very slowly. The kitchen is almost done. My snowman collection is on display on the wall shelf. Over the years. the kids have made some, I've bought others, and still others were gifts.
As my parents went through their big move to a new house, they gave us their hutch (over 40 years old) and their kitchen table and chairs. It all fit in quite nicely in our kitchen. The hutch is "decorated" for Christmas, except for the nativity scene that will go in the center space between the radio and silver chest. I'll be getting that out this weekend.
A close up of my Hummel Christmas angels. These were all Christmas gifts from my parents. The olive wood nativity was hand carved by Christians in Bethlehem. Each fall, a representative brings their carvings to our church to sell to help enable the Christians to stay in Bethlehem when tourism has slowly been decreasing.
My little Hummel boy with the bunnies is surrounded by little bunnies that came in boxes of Red Rose tea. He is joined by my 2 Christmas Boyds figurines.
I bought the yarn (Lion Brand Vanna's Choice) for this afghan on January 1st, 2009. I started working on it that day. Each stripe is 2 rows of double crochet. I worked on it off an on all year, with a long pause in the summer. I finally finished it the week before Thanksgiving! I am enjoying it as an extra layer to sleep under when W. decides to turn on the ceiling fan!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
A few weeks ago, on a sunny, warm November afternoon, I took a lunch break to visit the Savage Mill mall. There are several shops I really like to browse in: Bearing Gifts, And Sew It Goes, Lucy and Ethel's, and The Polish Pottery Mart. There are always so many things to see and enjoy, but I don't always make a purchase when I visit. Just getting out of the office and seeing something different can be a real treat during a tough week.
On my last visit, I found a special little bear. She is an Angel bear with a pine halo, and country style wings and a necklace with her name: Faith. She will join my Christmas bears for the next few weeks. Rather than hibernating after Christmas, I think I'm going to see if I can remove her halo and wings and make them a seasonal costume so that I can enjoy her year round.
Today, a new friend arrived. His name is Benjamin. He is a pogo from The Pogoshop on Etsy. He was made from an upcycled beige lambswool sweater and is stuffed with bamboo fiberfill. I think he'd like to go out and play in the woods, but since it is cold and rainy outside, he's happy to stay inside and visit.
Benjamin brought his own special heather green wool sleepsack to cuddle into for nice cozy naps: