Looks Like the Holidays

Posted On December 10, 2007

Filed under Bloopers, Confession, Cooking, Holiday, Home, Sewing, Swaps

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I’ve had such a wonderful experience with the latest Sweet Goodness Swap. My amazing swap sister, Jessi, sent me a beautiful garland — the picture really does not do it justice. I only photographed a small section of it; it’s super long and just lovely. My package also included the cutest gift tags. I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but they are cardstock layered on fabric and they are so special. It will be hard to choose what recipients will get them; I want to make sure they are appreciated! She also sent a tasty bag of chocolate that did not make it until today’s photo session. Jessi, thank you so much for my wonderful swap package! I love it all!

I made these monogrammed ornaments after seeing some similar ones on Ali Edwards‘ blog. They’re made with alphabet rub ons and clear glass ornaments. They were a little trickier than I expected. Luckily, it’s easy enough to start over — just scrape off and start again! I did find that my results improved when I taped each letter to the ornament. Also, it was much better to use my metal rub-on tool than the little popsicle stick that comes with the letters.

The holiday decorating is happening a bit slowly around ye olde Craft Addict abode this year. The boys got the tree up and decorated right after Thanksgiving but the remainder of our decor as stayed in the boxes.

Over the weekend, I tried to get a little more out and up. Putting the runner and place mats on the table was pretty quick and did a lot to festive up the dining room. This may be the last year we use these. I love them but they are dry clean only — not the family-friendliest linens in the bunch. I’ve seen next year’s Christmas fabrics from Robert Kaufman and the alternate colorway will be perfect for my house, so I believe I’ll be making some new table decor. Never done it before, so obviously I’ll have to give it a whirl and make some more spring-ish ones to use before then. It’s not just another excuse to buy more fabric, I promise!

Holiday baking has begun in earnest. In the past couple of years, I’ve made fewer types of cookies but decided to revert to the good ol’ days and make several varieties. I even made a banana nut bread, which I haven’t done in more than a decade (Honey doesn’t care for pecans or walnuts) and I’m itching to slice off a bit to sample. There are two more batches of dough in the fridge and I’m planning to make at least three more types of cookies. So far I’m resisting temptation quite well.

See what my little elf was up to while I cooked? Yep, she camped out on the bottom of the butcher block and ate up her soup. She loves soup and she loves to be in the middle of the action. Normally, she would not be able to sit there, as my Kitchen Aid stand mixer lives in that very spot when it’s not in use. She’s cute AND an opportunist! She was also quite willing to sample as many cookies as I would let her. Ah, my child, for sure.

I’ve been sewing whenever I get the chance but finding time has been a challenge the past week or so. I miss it! It’s such a stress reliever to cut and piece and sew. Luckily, I managed to squeeze in a little time over the weekend and whipped up this pretty little purse for my cousin. She is 16 (about four months younger than my oldest child) and loves the color tangerine and the combination of pink and tangerine.

I thought the Candy bag from Melly & Me would be perfect for her. I’m still planning to make a key fob and iPod case to match.

I have to be honest: it’s not my best work. You can’t see the sides, where the lower pocket pieces do not match up. Or the pucker in the quilting.

You see, I had this brilliant idea to modify a pattern I’d never before sewn. I wanted the outer pocket actually quilted — with batting and everything. Nice in theory but the execution? Oy. By the time I had to stitch through all that batting and fabric to make the corners of the bag, I knew I’d made a grievous error in judgment. If I had more time, I would sew another and keep the screw up, even though the colors really aren’t me. *sigh*


10 Responses to “Looks Like the Holidays”

  1. Melly

    WOW you have been a busy beaver!!!! I just took a loaf of bananabread out of the oven and I too havent made it for years! I am chomping a slice as I write this comment. Love the colours in your candy bag!! Don’t you hate it when you discover while sewing that it just is not going to be what you were after. Don’t worry though, I think the bag still looks gorgeous!!

  2. sadira

    Oh…those tags are lovely!! And so are the ornaments…and the bag, even if it was a bit of a challenge! I adore the colors…and the detailing is perfectly you!! I am drooling because of those cookies though…I am dying to make cookies. I was just fantasizing about peanut butter chip and chocolate chip ones yesterday at the health food store…

    I may have to bake those up!

  3. Angela

    If you make your niece a new, perfect back, you can ship the rejected one to me. I LOVE it and would tell everyone that my imaginary internet friend Mary made it. 😀

  4. Cathy

    Whoa! I thought I had been busy! You’ve been just as busy and you didn’t stop blogging. BTW, thank you for the welcome back. I really enjoy reading what you have been doing.

  5. Jessica Chapman

    Beautiful photos! LOVE the monogram ornament idea! I may have to do that… if I get time 🙂 Love the swap goodies too! 🙂 You have been as busy as me!

  6. Riki

    Amazing decoration picture shots

  7. heidi

    it really is looking alot like christmas around there! don’t you just adore swaps?

  8. Tonya

    Had fun catching up on your blog here…

    Looks like you are busy & having fun with the holidays…

    That purse is a hit…love it!

    Sending out a big hello and some cheer!


  9. Jessi

    You’re welcome! Glad you like what I sent!

    That purse is amazingly lovely!

  10. Angelina

    That is one of my favorite color combinations these days. Well, the bag looks smashing from the view you showed.

    Why won’t my child eat soup?!

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