Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Tree 2007

Last night we (meaning me) finished decorating the Christmas Tree. It looked pretty. Honest! Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it last night. I was waiting for better lighting. Well, here is the better lighting, but unfortunately the tree no longer looks so pretty :( .

My husband heard something around 12:30 am. He went off to investigate and found the tree on the floor. Ornaments everywhere! Lots of broken glass everywhere! Candy canes and bows, oh my!

What a mess.

What you see here on the table is what didn't get thrown away. Fortunately, the glass ornaments have no sentimental value at all! In fact I picked up some last year after Christmas to fill in the empty spots! I mean there are a few left from our first tree. Hard to believe after 21 years. The sentimental ones are from the kids first Christmas, ones that were handmade, etc.. I didn't see any of those broken.

Since we were all sleeping at the time, we really don't know for sure what happened. But, I do have my suspicions. I have a picture of this curious kitty every year checking out the tree. Here is a picture from 2003. But I do have more. And he was hanging around pretending to investigate the noise with us!! So, I don't actually have proof, but I know it was you, Marshmallow, aka Mr. Mushy Marshmallow!

I love you anyway!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Old Fashioned Hearts

I made these last night.

Wait, wasn't I supposed to be working on the angel for my Aunt. I know, I know. All that needs to be done is sew on the wings. Yes, I could have sat and finished her. But I didn't. I'm not surprised. After all, I know me.

I was digging around in my sewing room looking for something. Funny, but I don't remember what. Anyway, I found an old table runner that my Great Grandmother made. Actually, I have a huge bag of them. Doilies, table runners, hot pads etc. (How lucky am I?).I really should take pictures of these. Some I use, and some just can't be used. They are in sorry shape. But being me, I can't just throw them away. So I have been saving them because I just know that I will find something to do with them. And I have! There are matching doilies and a smaller table runner which I do use. And now I have these 2 hearts. I was going to add a button in the center and ribbon to hang them. They look so pretty just sitting there, I might leave them as they are.

I will definitely be making more but with different fabrics. I think I will find a pretty bowl or plate and put that on the matching table runner. And fill it with some pretty hearts. As you would walk into the house it will be one of the first things you see. That would make me smile!

Here is a picture of one of the undamaged doileys in use. That is a small lamp sitting on top of it. Isn't it pretty.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Bathing Beauty Finished

I'm such a bag blogger! It has been a few days again. But I have more pictures to share, so thats a good thing.

A while ago I finished the stitchery for this tote. I finally sat and put it all together. And I'm proud to say that I didn't sew anything inside-out. All the seams are hidden, the handles are on the outside. Amazing! I used upholstery fabric and quilted it. And there is a lining. The stitchery is a pocket too. I just know that she is going to love this!

For Christmas there is usually one gift that I really plan and just know is the "perfect" gift. This year it is this tote to my Aunt. I wish I could see her when she opens it, but she lives in Washington and I'm in New York. Opposite coasts.

This is the same Aunt that will be getting the latest CQ angel. Which is basically done. I just have to attach the wings. Since I told her over the summer she was getting one, she won't be surprised about that. Then again, she knows me quite well. She just might be surprised that I actually finished it!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

First Snow

Look what I woke up to this morning! Geesh, but it sure looks pretty. And as you can clearly see, I still have leaves on my walkway. I don't know if they predicted this or not. I guess I now have to start paying more attention to the weather report.

And this is Rags. She's not too sure what to make of this "stuff". You could hear the snow landing on the leaves. Curious, but wary! After a few minutes she was ready to come back in the warm, dry house. I guess I have finally "tamed" this street kitty. Well, to some degree!

Here is Rags with Lucky. Living the good life, snuggling on a nice warm bed! You can tell by their expressions that I interrupted a good sleep.

We had a cat named Tiger who is no longer with us. But he loved the snow. He would go out and run around throwing up the snow and then swatting, chasing, and even eating his own little snowballs. He was truly entertaining.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Spirit of Friendship Dolls

I am finally sitting and putting in the pictures of the dolls I made for the Spirit of Friendship doll swap at CQI. It took me a while to make sure I had the correct picture for the white on white doll. I made 2 others like that for Pat and didn't want to mix up my pictures.
It is a sad but true fact of life that the pictures on my computer are as chaotic as the rest of my life!

I have another white on white doll sitting on my table. She still needs a face, hair and wings. I think this one will be going to my Aunt. Last time I said that I sent it to Pat instead.

Today I made something else for my Aunt. She will be so surprised! I'll post it tomorrow when I take a picture. It sure feels good to be back in my sewing room and enjoying myself. It has been a long time.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Spirit of Friendship Dolls

The mailman was my best friend yesterday! He brought me a package of friendship. My Spirit of Friendship Dolls arrived!! This was a doll swap I signed up for at CQI.
Well, these dolls just made my day. And brought a smile to my face every time I looked at them!

This first picture is the doll I rec'd from Lyn G. She is so soft and look at the silk ribbon embroidery. I love silk ribbon embroidery and just don't do enough of it.
And the itty bitty leaves! They are charms. Just beautiful!!

This second picture is the doll I rec'd from Lynn. (Yes, a different Lynn) and her name is Oceana. Look at that beading!!! And her expression is "serene" to me. I hope she rubs off on me.

I don't think I posted pictures of the dolls I made for the trade. I'll have to go check.

Oh, and Jackie was the swap hostess with the mostess for this. Thank you Jackie!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Christmas Stitchery

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been doing some small stitcheries. Keeping my hands busy. This was a free one but I can no longer find it to share a link. Sorry. :(

I have been machine quilting the beige quilt and as a reward for getting it half done (yes, I said half done!!!), I decided to make a small quilted wallhanging with this stitchery. I think it came out pretty cute. It is 10 X 12. If you really look you can tell that it didn't come out perfectly straight. I was just happily sewing along and decided to leave it along. I'm not going to loose sleep over this. I was having fun. That is all that matters.

I was at a friends house the other day and she has painted and hung new "stuff" on the walls and I really think this wallhanging "belongs" in her house. Maybe I'll make another one! We shall see.

There are more stitcheries that I made. Four birds actually. All in light brown, dark brown, green and very light yellow. I only have a picture of one to share. I can't find the others.

I truly am my own worst enemy! When I find them, I shall share.