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The Crafty Christmas Loot

Happy last day of 2017! I love new beginnings like a new year or a new school year. It’s time to take stock, make plans, and set new goals. As I mentioned in the previous post, my word for the new year will be ‘yes’. I am looking forward to all the possibilities that might bring! Tomorrow I’ll be working on setting new goals for the year and I’ll also be taking down my Christmas tree (boo hoo).

I wanted to share with you all the crafty related items I received for Christmas this year. These are projects that I’ll be working on in my spare time and showing you on the blog from time to time…

As I set up the Christmas tree this year I was looking at the hooked rug tree skirt that I have around the base of my tree. It was made by my grandfather and I have always loved it. I thought it would be nice if I made my girls each one for their future homes. I found several online at Herrschners and had the girls each pick which one they wanted. Lindsey chose the one with the Christmas trees. Leah and Amanda chose the ones with the cats and dogs.









I have started work on Lindsey’s and I know this is going to take some serious time. The designs aren’t stamped, it’s more like counted cross stitch where you have to follow the guide and count. The girls won’t have their own homes any time soon so I can relax about it and take my time.

I also started this redwork bunny door stop that Greg gave me for Christmas. Yes, I ordered it and he wrapped it up. LOL! I started this one while on vacation this past week. I am enjoying the rhythm of embroidery and I am a huge fan of redwork so it’s a win win on this. And you know how I feel about bunnies so it’s really a win, win, win.









From my mom I received two exciting projects! I’ve been itching to do some garment sewing again and I found these easy patterns on the Nancy’s Notions website. One is for a maxi style dress and the other for easy shirts. I now have the patterns and the fabric to make them! I can’t wait to make these and I hope I don’t mess them up!










I’m not the only one crafting this week…we gave Amanda a kit for a no sew throw that has her sorority logo as the design. She couldn’t wait to make it and she worked on it for an afternoon and finished it right up!









The winner gift for me has to be the one Greg picked up on a whim and thought I might like for stitching at night in the living room…an LED headlamp!!! Of course I had to put it on and be goofy with it but it is amazing for embroidery and knitting in a room that is not well lit…like every room on my first floor!









So that was the Christmas haul! Not too bad at all. It should keep me busy for quite a while.

Tuesday I’m back to work teaching and long arming. I have a few quilts in line for the long arm and I’m eager to get started on them.

What are your crafty goals for 2018? Did you receive some crafty gifts for the holidays? I’d love for you to share them here in the comments.
Happy New Year!


A Deal, A Desk And More

If you go quickly to Southern Fabric, you might get a Moda April Showers Charm Pack by Bonnie and Camille for $2 plus shipping!! The code to get the 80% off is aprilcharm80. Here’s the link…I just ordered mine.
This is while supplies last and looks like they have about 500 of them.


So, I’m coming to you from my new desk! Gregster put it together for me on Friday night and I am loving it! It’s the perfect size for my laptop and the extra large draw fits a whole bunch of office supplies.

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Admittedly, I’ve done very little quilting this week so this post will not be particularly inspiring in a quilty way…however, I did spy this interesting floor pattern in the ladies room of the Chateau restaurant on Sunday. I think an interesting lap quilt could be made from these blocks in similar colors.

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This is the last full week of school around here. The finals studying and wrap up of AP classes has begun in earnest for Amanda. She has been working so hard this week. I know she must be tired because I’m tired just watching her. Summer for Leah means pulling out the hooked rug project for those summer mornings and evenings when she’s watching tv. This little rug is about 2 inches from being complete. She has a new one on deck already.

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Sunday was a day that filled my heart with joy as Lindsey was confirmed. She participated in a year long program that included serving the homeless on Boston Common (they had an eye opening experience there as a fight broke out and one woman yelled at the kids for not allowing her to choose her own brownie) as well as at an area shelter, writing a faith statement, participating in a lasagna fundraiser (those lasagnas were delish!) and attending church as well as the confirmation meetings each week. There were 10 confirmands in the class and as you can see, they all wore red as it was also Pentecost Sunday. Congratulations to all of them as they step out in their faith.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

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