Goodness! It's been soo long now and I am soo far behind I am not sure how to go about catching up. I wish I could tell you I've been on some big important trip, or had some totally valid reason as to why I've been away soo long, but I just can't. I have been soo busy is all it really is. My daughter is about 3 hours away with her family to come and spend the next week with us, so I thought to myself....hmmm, maybe I can FINALLY take a little bit of time and TRY to catch you up.
I don't think I can get real specific because WAY too much time has gone by, and I've no doubt forgotten what happened when. Soooo I will just jump in and show you my pile of sewing/gifts that I have prepared to be given on Thanksgiving Day. I am really excited because like I said my daughter is coming and they have rented a large enough house in Temecula to accommodate all of my kids and grandkids for Thanksgiving dinner. We have become such a large number that we just don't fit here anymore, and the only one of us whose home is big enough is my oldest son's. Well, his poor wife who works full time has had to have ALL of the gatherings anymore at her house and it just doesn't seem fair. Plus Melody really wanted to take a turn hosting. So they decided to rent the house, drive 1000 miles to California with 3 children under 6 and their dog, and cook dinner for the rest of us. oh to be young again...lol. So they will stay here with us a couple of days, and then we will ALL travel to Temecula and stay together Wed. - Friday. To say I am looking forward to it would be to say it mildly. I am giddy. Now they can't all stay for 3 days as of course they have busy lives, but we will all be there for Thanksgiving at least. As most of you who have followed me for a while know, I let the women in each family chose what they would like for a new Christmas decoration for their homes each year, and I make it for them and give it to them on Thanksgiving so that they can have it for the whole month of December of course. I also make a new ornament and then make Christmas pj's for all of our grandkids. Actually, I have eliminated the oldest 4 this year as I really had to start drawing the line somewhere, but that still left me with 9 pairs to make. I had enough fabric left over to make a pair for my 16 year old grand daughter Lindsey, so I made 10 altogether. Let me show you these things first....
|JUST A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PATTERN AND THE QUILTING|
|JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK|
|THE DESIGNS WERE NOT TO DENSE AND YET HAD PLENTY OF COLOR CHANGES...THEY ARE JUST THE CUTEST DESIGNS.|
|THESE ARE THE PJ'S THAT I MADE FOR SAM, LUKE, VINNY, ( and my nephew Weston) I LOVE THIS FABRIC FROM PEEKABOO FABRICS. IT IS SOOOO SOFT AND COMFY AND HONESTLY JUST A DREAM TO WORK WITH.|
|AND THESE ARE 8 YEAR OLD TELLA'S, 2 YEAR OLD CLAIRES, AND 18 MONTH OLD SOPIA'S. THIS WAS JUST THE CUTEST FABRIC EVER ALSO FROM PEEKABOO...HAVE I MENTIONED I LOVE THEM??? lol SAME SOFT AND COMFY AS WELL|
|AND THEN THIS NIGHT SHIRT IS FOR ALMOST 13 YEAR OLD CAPRI. IT LOOKS LIKE A TEE SHIRT HERE, BUT IT IS LONGER THAN IT APPEARS. I DID MAKE HER A LITTLE PAIR OF SHORTS OUT OF THE GOLD FABRIC TO WEAR WITH THIS THOUGH IF SHE WANTS.|
|HERE ARE THIS YEARS ORNAMENTS....THESE DARLING LITTLE REINDEER IN THE HOOP DESIGNS WERE PRETTY QUICK AND SUPER EASY. I ADDED THE YEAR IN THE HEARTS AND THEIR NAMES IN GLITTER THREAD, AND ADDED THE LITTLE BOWS WHEN I WAS FINISHED WITH HOT GLUE|
|CLOSER LOOK AT ONE|
|AND HERE ARE THE BOYS...STARS INSTEAD OF HEARTS, AND NO EYELASHES AND NO BOWS...SOO CUTE|
|CLOSER LOOK AT THE BOYS....OH! ALL OF THESE WERE MADE WITH FELT|
|I WANT TO HANG MINE IN OUR KITCHEN.|
Soo that is mainly what I have been doing for the last month. Plus we have decorated our home inside and out for Christmas already as with Melody here for a week we wouldn't have gotten to it then till a week or so into December which is a little late for me as I enjoy it so. And then!! We have gotten some new furniture in both our living room and family room. This has had us very very busy for some reason. Shopping and picking it out took forever....arranging and re-arranging and re hanging pics etc. after it finally came, and on and on. One thing has lead to another and then another and on and on. We have not bought anything new in over 16 years so it was just flat out time. But it is such a process and was soo much work that honestly I am thinking I MIGHT not ever do this again. I will show you now what I can...
|OH AND I FORGOT WE PUT IN A NEW KITCHEN SINK TOO. LONG, LONG STORY ON THIS BUT HERE IS THE RESULT, LOL|
|A VIEW INTO THE ROOM BEHIND THE LOVE SEAT. ONE THING ALWAYS LEADS TO ANOTHER AND ANOTHER. NOW I DON'T LIKE THE CURTAINS WITH THIS, AND HONESTLY I DON'T REALLY LIKE MY TREE SKIRT EITHER. NEXT YEAR....OH! AND THAT FIREPLACE SCREEN HAS GOT TO GO, LOL|
|NEW LAMP....I LOVE THIS. I HAD TIFFANY LAMPS AND I LOVE THEM SO BUT THE COLORS JUST DIDN'T GO PLUS I WANTED A CHANGE. I COULDN'T SEEM TO GET AWAY FROM THE TIFFANY'S THOUGH|
Well this of course took a long, long time. I will try much harder to keep up. I have been around reading your posts when I can, but not always leaving comments. That will change too. Hopefully I have not lost any of my few remaining readers with my long absence. I KNOW I won't probably post again till after Thanksgiving, so I am wishing you all a very blessed holiday. I have soo much I have been blessed with and maybe I should have posted about that. Much love to you all! Blessings! Debbie