December tends to be a very busy month for fundraisers. I know it’s OUR biggest month of the year. And that means a lot of work and stress. So when Christmas finally arrives, it’s a chance to take a breath before we’re back at it for one final big week.
If you celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! If you don’t, all our happiest season’s greetings from me and Rico and Bender!
I was really happy to get to spend Christmas Eve and dinner today with friends. These are the friends I made the blue KFC 16 patch quilt for.
I made the label for it this afternoon. I had planned on making another label with my sewing machine, but for some reason the letters ended up almost 1/2 inch tall and I couldn’t figure out why. So I looked for a tutorial for printing labels on my inkjet printer and found one. It was really quick and easy. Now, I just hope that the ink won’t wash off.
It didn’t take long to make the label and have it affixed to the quilt. I love the way it turned out!
My friend saw this quilt top when I posted it on Facebook earlier this year and went on and on about how much she loved it. Her favorite color is blue. Here it is in their family room tonight.
She promised me they would actually USE it!
I cooked dinner and had some friends over last night. My family always had our big celebration on Christmas eve. So I’ve had a tradition for quite a few years to have friends over on that evening. Since I only had me and two other people, I was able to pick out all the red and green from my Fiesta Ware to make a pretty table.
I made that centerpiece from Douglas fir boughs and berries from heavenly bamboo shrubs in my back yard!
I made a ham, au gratin potatoes, roasted cauliflower, a really good spinach salad and a cranberry apple crisp for dessert. It all turned out great and I think it’s the first Christmas dinner I’ve ever made where everything was cooked in the oven! It was really easy and my kitchen was really clean by the time my company arrived.
Even though the last couple weeks have been stressful at work and terribly rainy, I’ve managed to keep walking my dogs. On our walk on Christmas Eve, we did a full five miles in the morning because I thought it was unlikely that we’d get out again later in the day. We had rain for the first mile and then sunshine for the last few miles! It was a beautiful walk!
We did actually get out again after dinner for a nice two mile walk to wind down before bed.
I’ve also made a few things since my last blog post. I worked on some more of the night time snow ornaments, but didn’t finish them.
I plan on finishing these up tomorrow, or else I may never get them done!
I also made a bunch of key fobs from some of my KFC scraps.
I’ve been wanting to make some of these for some time and finally purchased 50 pieces of the hardware and a crimping tool last week. They arrived yesterday. I had made the fabric portions and was just waiting for the hardware to arrive and got them completed pretty quickly.
If you’re looking for something that is a quick, easy, and inexpensive gift that you need a lot of, this is a great option.
I’m planning on taking a long weekend next week to recover from my stressful month. I’m hoping the weather will cooperate. There are tons of tutorials on Youtube for making these, but this is the one I used.
We have snow in the forecast for tomorrow. It looks like it won’t amount to much. But my plan is to sleep in and then I’ve love to walk my boys in a lovely snow storm. And then I’m going to spend a relaxing day watching movies and sewing.
I’ve received more Frankenbag from blog readers over the last couple of weeks. This first two were made by Birthe Aust. She might have made as many of these as I have! I just love this blue one with that big blooms on one side and the scrappy piecing on the other. And I love her bold black and white fabrics on the second one.
This next bag was made by Mary Griffiths. I just love her bold bloom on one side and that shoal fabric on the other. Such a fun combo of fabrics!
This next one is from Poppy Maclean. Don’t you just love Brandon’s Shoal fabric in black. Every time I see something made from it I get very sad that there is none of this in my stash and that it’s nearly impossible to find. . . and is really expensive. It’s a fun addition to this bag. And look at that fun doggie lining! So much fun!
Again, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Seasons greetings to everyone near and far! And have a happy and safe new year!