Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year

Well, it's not quite here yet, but my wishes are:  Happy New Year 2012!  I admit I found this photo online, but it seems to be a free wallpaper so I hope I interpreted that correctly and have the right to post it.  If not and the creator will just let me know, I will remove it immediately.  I am extremely careful not to violate copyrights.  It's just such a perfect representation of washing away the old year and moving into the new - so kudos to whomever created it!

Of course I have quilting goals for 2012 and many others as well.  In fact, 2012 is going to start out with a long list of the most ambitious resolutions I have ever created. There are 10 things on the list and each one in itself would be a major achievement.  Rather than list them here (and maybe have to admit publicly that I didn't achieve them), I am going to wait until the end of each month and post which of them I have achieved for the month.  Some are monthly goals, some are bi-monthly goals, and some are things that I simply hope to complete by the end of the year.  I guess my thought is that the things I want to do are moving along at too slow of a pace to suit me, so I am stepping up to the plate this year!
Health, happiness, and a year of achievement are wished to each one of you.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

After Christmas

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We did!  The weather has been so warm though that it really doesn't feel much like Christmas temperature-wise.  I have some azaleas in bloom and they are not even the reblooming kind!

I have been waiting until after Christmas to post some pictures of things that I made in December.  The first is a lighthouse quilt that turned out so pretty.  I began to wish that I had a display rack so I could have gotten a better picture of it.  The pattern is my own creation.

I also made some cloth napkins for a swap that I do with some of my crafty friends.  A member of my quilt guild taught us how to make these.  Hopefully I can make more of them next year for other friends.  Here is one of the napkins pictured below.  They fold up so they look like a Christmas Tree.

The New Year will be here before we know it.  It's time to ponder what to put on my New Year's Resolution List.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Embroidery Completed!

I decided to embroider bibs for my triplet grandsons as one of their Christmas presents and got those done this afternoon.  Wouldn't you know I forgot to take a picture of them!  They are all wrapped and boxed up now and waiting to be shipped to CA so this will have to do.

I bought the bibs at Kohl's and they happened to have a picture of them on their web site.  What you see here is the part that is already embroidered on the bibs when you buy them.  Underneath that I embroidered the name of each boy and then on the fourth one I just labeled it "Triplet."  The sayings will appeal to my daughter and son-in-law:

What I especially liked was that there was such a nice large space at the bottom to add their names.

I am still working on hand stitching the binding on a quilt that is to be a Christmas gift so I need to get back to work on it.  I hope everyone is getting closer and closer to being ready for Christmas!  The days have flown by this month.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Stocking

Here is the Christmas stocking that I made recently.  I have had this crocheted pattern for ages and made some like these for my husband and me when we first got married.  I added to them as more family members came along.  The stocking pictured below is one of a set that I made for my younger daughter and her husband so they could have stockings at their house.  (It was already given to her so I can post the picture - Gamecock colors!)  Other things I have been working on still need to be a secret so that's all I can say.

I was ready to go to a Christmas luncheon with some quilting friends today and our automatic garage door opener quit working with my car inside so needless to say I was stuck here waiting for a repair person to get here and get it repaired.  I'm all set now - Freedom!  (It was a major thing with the big spring breaking so it wasn't something I could have handled myself.  Don't you hate it when someone comes out and it was something really simple?  I know that happens to people.)

Here's a little update on Sydney.  We were convinced she didn't know how to ask to go outside when she needed a bathroom break so we tried hanging bells on the door.  She will touch them on command to ring them before we go out the door, but I'm not sure she has put 2 and 2 together to understand that she needs to ring them to alert us when she needs to go out.  Oh, well, no accidents since the bells went up so I guess that is the main thing.  I think she will soon qualify to be a holiday bell ringer in front of one of the stores!

Is there some new secret to posting comments here?  I have tried several times in the last few weeks to post comments when friends add pictures, information, etc. and it asks me to log in again and then I don't seem to be able to add the comment anyway.  If you haven't heard from me that why.  I sure would like to figure out what the problem is.  I can add my posts just fine.

Well, good luck with the holiday preparations.  It's a wonderful time of the year, but a very busy time, too!