Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Cuteness-Day Three

First off, Santa's Sleigh arrived yesterday!
All the way from Down Under and Chookyblue!
I can't open this one until Christmas Day-sigh.

This one I got to open and hang on my tree!
A beautiful handmade ornament!

Thank you Chookyblue!

This is my other Jim Shore.
He's pretty small.
The Santa on the right one of my children gave me YEARS ago!
I have no idea which one, maybe they do?

More sewing done last night on Ethan's Trip.
More cutting on Ryan's.
More sandwiching on Brayden's, think I may have a flat back now.
I certainly hope so!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday's Christmas Cuteness

Brought to you by Jim Shore!
I only have two pieces by him as they are pricey.
This one I bought in Des Moines, IA at the Machine Shed eatery.
Larry and I had driven up to have lunch with our oldest, Steve.
He was working in Minneapolis and drove down from there.
Not long after Steve returned to San Diego and found a new job!
He hates cold weather-his father's child in that respect.

I spent a good amount of time in the studio yesterday.
I'd like to say it was all sewing. 
Sadly, not the case.
One, it looks like a tornado struck my work space!
(Now somewhat better but more to do today)
Two, I had un-sewing to do.
The back of Brayden's trip keeps stretching (Flannel) and that means wrinkles!
So, today I will spray starch that sucker until it's stiff!
Then re-pin the quilt for the 3rd time.
(It's okay though, I really needed to use a larger batt and now I will.)
Meanwhile, Ethan's Trip is taking shape and Ryan's is being cut.
I hope to work on Nora's stocking, cross-stitch, tonight.
I've had that in progress for a couple of years!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mischef managed. . .

In that I finished putting up all the Christmas stuff!  Yay! Not only that, I've cleaned up the mess.  There will be much sorting of this stuff after the holidays-I have WAY too much and some things did not find homes.

Rather than bury you in photos all at once I'm going to send you one each day!  Of Course, not all of the ones I planned to use are fit so I have to go take more!

Little skaters from the North Pole Village.  This one sits on my piano where you can watch the skaters go round and round.  (Powered by electricity and magnets!)

I have nearly finished my shopping- just Ryan left.   Well,  there are numerous small gifts to buy for the "Big Kids" gift bags.  Cards to write but I'm moving right along.  I don't do any baking until the week of Christmas so it's fresh.

Here's hoping you are enjoying the holidays!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Chaos reigns

The state of the dining area, sigh.

Those of you who stop in pretty regularly (thank you by the way) know that this time last year I was living in a hotel.
Waiting to close on this house.
I did NO trees, NO other decorations either.
Well, I did buy a poinsettia and a Christmas cactus.

Basically, I haven't seen the Christmas decorations since 2015!
(When I put up 5 trees!)
I've spent weeks trying to figure out where to put my North Pole Village.
Finally, I decided to move these bookcases and the old pie safe from my  bedroom 
into the dining area.
Trading places with the base of the hutch I had in there
(And never liked.)
Unload shelves.
Unload cabinets.
Drag, push and pull furniture.
Reload shelves.
Reload cabinets.
That took all of my energy for last Saturday.

Got out the big tree for the living room.
Brought up the coffee table to set it on.
(I have HUGE windows in the living room-which I love)
Put it together.
Brought in the heavy ladder to use for decorating.
Then it was time for Ethan's 6th birthday bash.

Finally, got the big tree
and the Santa's finished yesterday.
Got out one of the 4' tree for my room only to find that it had broken loose from the base sometime during the move, sigh.
Tried to glue and stabilize it but no luck.
Gave up.

Today, I brought the 2nd 4' tree down and took the broken one out, the lights didn't all work on that one.
Guess I'll be removing those and replacing them.

I'll put up the cottages.
Then do finishing touches on the living area.
Might even get the stockings hung!
Or Not.

I hope your December is going better than mine!
I haven't even begun to shop!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ta-Da Kolby's Trip Around the World One Last Time

Took the final stitches on Sunday.
It's been washed and dried.
I'll be taking it to him soon.
Hope he likes it!

Brayden's trip is nearing completed flimsy.
Ethan's is cut out ready for making blocks.
Ryan's is being cut-think I'll need more green for that one.
Nora's Granny is still waiting.

In other news, 
I beta read 
Maren Ferguson's (aka Suzie O'Connell) new novel (The Driftwood Promise) last night
I've been Beta reading for Suzie for a while now-nagging her as well.
The nagging is fun and she actually looks forward to it!

I've been getting my spine stretched to hopefully help the compressed disc.
I have a kidney stone, sigh.
Working on getting that resolved before it becomes an emergency.

Like a crazy woman I put a jigsaw puzzle up on the table.
I shouldn't have done that!

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving!

A day of feasting and enjoying family!
Gotta go,
Much to do!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November blahs!

When my children were small we had a few of the volumes of a Sesame Street book set.
  I have no idea at this point what they were called and this is WAY before Elmo! 
 In the "D" book there was  a story called Darling Dora and the Dazzling Diamond D which my children LOVED!
The jist of it is that Dora's Daddy, the King, gave her a Dazzling Diamond D necklace which was stolen by a Dragon.  After the Dragon was captured and the necklace returned the Dragon was sent to the Deep, Dark, Damp, Dreary Dungeon.
That phrase-Deep, Dark, Damp, Dreary, Dungeon-became part of our family language.

I am currently living in a November that feels like that dungeon!

Projects of any kind are moving at a snails pace.
I have a deadline next week.
Well, two really.
A mailing deadline 
and Thanksgiving.
I'm getting somewhat tense.
That isn't helped by the Deep, Dark, Damp, Dreary weather.