Thursday, December 1, 2016

CATCHING UP AGAIN....MOSTLY LOTS OF PICS!

Well here it is the first of December and Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I am FINALLY getting around to posting.  Now to be fair to me I did have company for a week, and my computer was in the shop as well, so there was some very legitimate reasons for the absence, but still...  But I'd better catch things up here before there just isn't any way I can as soo much goes on everyday.

My daughter and her family arrived a week ago last Tues., and truthfully I was beyond excited and pleased that they were here.  I hadn't seen the kids in almost 4 months, which with young kids such as hers is a L O N G time, lol.  Claire especially was really different.  She can say many words now, understands almost everything, and just seemed to be well on her way to not being an actual baby anymore.  The boys were soo happy to see us and very quickly were busy with all that is familiar to them here.  I keep 5 VERY FULL shelves of toys in our utility room year round for any grand kid who happens upon us to play with, and I replace and add new things all the time. (which they are all always eager to check out, lol).  I also have two cupboards full of games and older kid toys as well so there is always something for everyone to do at grandma's.  Honestly I will never be able to tell you all the activities that went on, the good times we had, the good food we ate, or mostly all the time spent snuggling, kissing and loving on those babies, but trust me I enjoyed every single little minute.  It was just a good visit.  We sat every night they were here up until quite late talking and visiting with Mike and Melody long after the kids were in bed too, and I cherish those times as well.  On Thanksgiving Day itself we were all kind of split up. Mike and Melody went to his grandmothers house (where he spent all of his childhood Thanksgiving dinners) James and his family were in the mountains with Larissa's family, John was at his wife's , and hubby and I went to my oldest son's house.  Everyone had a good meal and a good day.  But on Sat. we all gathered not only for dinner, but to just enjoy time together and to celebrate my oldest son's birthday.  He is (brace yourself!) 44 years old now!!  How can that possibly be when it seems I am barely out of my 40's myself?  lol Seriously though Joe does seem to be catching up, lol.  It too was SUCH a good day.  It will go down in the memory books for sure.  The kids not only got all of their PJ'S and Christmas ornaments I made them, but I actually got a picture of them in front of our tree.  I was almost giddy, lol.  The only thing I didn't get done before they all arrived was Joe and Leah's tree skirt, which I finished up yesterday.  I will give it to them Sunday after church, so it works out just fine since it will only be the 4th of December
 
THIS IS ALL BUT THE OLDEST 3....EVAN, THE OLDEST WAS WORKING THAT NIGHT, LINDSEY WAS HOME WITH A BAD COLD, AND ANNABEL WAS THERE BUT SHE FALLS INTO THE ADULT CATEGORY NOW AND HER DAUGHTER SOPHIA  (HELD BY CAPRI) WAS IN PICTURE...   MUCH HARDER THEN YOU MIGHT THINK TO GET THEM ALL LOOKING AND SMILING AT THE SAME TIME...BUT THIS WAS NOT BAD, LOL  OH, AND NOT TO MENTION THERE WERE ABOUT 6 CAMERA'S GOING OFF, LOL

DONATELLA AND LITTLE CLAIRE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME TOGETHER.  TELLA LIKED THE MOTHERING SHE GOT TO GIVE, AND CLAIRE ENJOYED FEELING LIKE SHE WAS A BIG GIRL WITH TELLA, LOL

JOE'S BDAY CAKE....HE JUST WANTED "MOMS" YELLOW CAKE AND FUDGE FROSTING

JOE'S FAMILY MINUS EVAN AND LINDSEY

LEAH AND JEFFIE....HE IS GROWING UP SOO MUCH.


WE HAD SOME LONG CONVERSATIONS IN THE MORNING TIME TOO BEFORE OUR DAYS BEGAN

I GOT THE BOYS THESE FROG TOWELS FOR AFTER THEIR BATHS AND HOW THEY ENJOYED THEM.  WE HAD SOME FROGS AROUND THE HOUSE EVERY NIGHT, LOL

THE THREE OF THEM IN THEIR TO THE MOON AND BACK JAMMIES I MADE THEM...SOOO CUTE ON THEM...OH AND THAT WOOD DUCK BELONGED TO THEIR MOMMY WHEN SHE WAS LITTLE...ALL OF THE GRANDS HAVE LOVED THAT DUCK!

BOYS ENJOYED SEEING THE DUCKS EVERY DAY!



QUITE PROUD OF THEIR CASTLE....WEARING TO THE MOON AND BACK JAMMIES....SOOO CUTE!

THEY LOVED THE BIG BATH TUB IN GRANDMA AND PAPA'S BATHROOM, LOL

THE BOYS LOVED LUNCHING HERE ONE DAY WHILE THEY WERE HERE




THE "FIXED" ADVENT CALENDAR WENT UP TODAY AND THEY ALL GOT THEIR TOOTSIE ROLL TREAT 





THIS WAS TAKEN YESTERDAY AFTER THEY GOT BACK HOME OF THE KIDS PUTTING THEIR NEW CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS I MADE ON THEIR TREE, AND WEARING THE PJ TOPS AS A TEE SHIRT WITH THEIR JEANS....THEY LOVE THE SHIRTS AND WANT TO WEAR THEM, AND HONESTLY MANY DO MAKE THESE UP AS SHIRTS NOT PJ''S SO WHY NOT?  LOL 

CLAIRE PUTTING HER VERY FIRST ORNAMENT EVER ON THE TREE BY HERSELF.  


THESE ARE JUST PROOFS (THUS THE NAME ON THERE) BUT YOU GET IDEA...I THOUGHT THEY CAME OUT REALLY WELL

SOO CUTE OF ALL THE KIDS....MEL SAID THIS WAS REALLY HARD TO CAPTURE, LOL

FAMILY SHOT   LOVE IT!!
And then I am going to post a few pics of our Christmas decs this year so I know I have them somewhere so I can look back next year and remember how I had things....sooo much easier that way, lol

CLOSER LOOK AT SCRIPTURE PIC I MADE LAST YEAR

VIEW FROM COMFY RECLINER CHAIR EVERY DAY WHERE I AM SITTING RIGHT NOW, LOL

A PRETTY LARGE COLLECTION OF MY FAVORITE GRANDKID PICTURES OF CHRISTMAS TIME OVER THE YEARS....CAN'T WAIT TO ADD THIS YEAR PJ PIC!

THESE WERE MY MOM'S LITTLE CHRISTMAS MICE.  THEY WERE IN HER KITCHEN EVERY YEAR SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, AND NOW THEY ARE IN MY KITCHEN WINDOWSILL.  I LOVE SEEING THEM EVERY DAY WHILE I DO DISHES
TOP OF PIANO IN COMPLETE....NOTICE THE TREE MADE OUT OF MY MOTHER'S JEWELRY MY SISTER MADE US LAST YEAR....LOVE IT THERE

LITTLE TREE MY LATE AUNT CAROLYN MADE ME SEVERAL YEARS AGO

JIM SHORE NATIVITY AND THE QUILT I MADE A FEW YEARS AGO

THOMAS KINKAID TREE AND MY BATTERY POWERED CANDLES...THE BOYS LOVED TURNING THESE ON AND OFF WITH THE REMOTE, LOL

VILLAGE SCENE

NEW BANNER I MADE AND MY CHRISTMAS CHINA

SEWING AREA WITH MY CHRISTMAS  FAIRY QUILT
 S
COOKIE JAR.....SOOO OLD

HAD HER FOREVER TOO, LOL


We spent all Sunday morning moving furniture back around and getting things picked up and vacuumed and it wasn't long and it was if they were never here....which is always soo hard for me.  But I kept myself busy the last couple of days making Joe and Leah's tree skirt and making the first of my sister and brother's gifts for our annual brother/sister dinner at our house in honor of my mom.  Let me show you those real quick...

I REALLY LIKED THE WAY THIS CAME OUT.  THE SIZE, THE COLORS, THE EMBROIDERY, THE BUTTONS, JUST EVERYTHING.  SOMETIMES WHO EVER GET'S THEIRS MADE LAST GETS THE BEST BECAUSE I HAVE MOST OF THE MISTAKES FIGURED OUT, LOL

CLOSER LOOK AT DESIGN...CAN'T SEE FROM THIS PIC BUT THIS IS DONE IN METALLIC SPARKLING GOLD, AND GREEN....NOTICE THE DECORATIVE STITCH ABOVE THE RUFFLE.  THIS TOOK THE LONGEST OF ALL TO DO, LOL

AND THIS FABRIC TREE IS FOR MY SISTER DANAE WHO HAS DONE HER CHRISTMAS DECS OVER IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEAR IN TEALS AND BLUES.
Well that's about it for now.  I got A LOT of online shopping done today as well, so I am feeling kind of accomplished.  Only have a few more things to buy.  I have 3 birthdays in December to address as well.  2 grand daughters, and hubby's.  Busy..busy...busy.  Hope you are all well.  I will get around as much as I can now, as I have soo missed keeping up better with you all.  Blessings to you all! Debbie

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SEWING IS FINALLY DONE FOR NOW.....


Well I know that I said this last week, but THIS week I really am almost done!  lol  Goodness, it is time for a break let me tell you.  I have had a list and I am doing my best to cross things off, but truthfully I am really kind of maxed.  Next year (if the Lord wills and I have a next year!) I am definitely going to start earlier.  I'll catch you up and get it documented here in on my blog for my books, and then hopefully I might blog about "something" besides my sewing projects.  Let me just show what the last week's work has been.

First of all the fabric I was waiting for arrived so I whipped up the top for Lindsey's Christmas PJ shorts.  And let me just say this.....almost everything I have made this week has presented one dilemma or another.  Or is it that I am just needing to take a break.  But!  I told you I had some leftover fabric for the sleeves and enough for the back of the top, but not enough for the front.  Sooo I decided to go ahead and order one of the darling panels, and make her one too.  Well, the minute I took it out of the package I realized...oh no....it was a child sized panel, not an adult, which of course of what I needed for almost 16 year old Lindsey.  There was NO way I was going to be able to make it work!  I was soooo tempted to think, "oh well....just move on....save this panel for next year for one of the little ones, and Lindsey already has a pair so why hassle it?"  But you know me.....OR I think you might....too stubborn for that.  I wanted to make her a matching top for those shorts!  Sooo I decided to "just make it work"  I got some red knit from my stash and cut it to make up the difference of the front and came out with this......

A LITTLE FUNKY, BUT THERE IT IS...LOL....SHE LOVES IT WHICH IS ALL THAT MATTERS, LOL...THE BACK OF THE TOP IS THE SAME AS THE SHORTS AND SLEEVES.  IT'S SUPER SOFT AND COMFY AND HONESTLY I AM PRETTY SURE SHE WILL WEAR THIS A LOT!

Then I got the fabric I just couldn't resist and made Claire a little Christmas time outfit for her to have for the season.  The fabric was every bit as cute as I thought it would be, and as I think back on it, I can't remember any real dilemmas with this one...Here it is...

THIS LOOKS A LITTLE BIGGER THEN IT IS...WHICH IS AN 18 MONTH, BUT I JUST LOVE THIS PATTERN THOUGH I MADE IT THIS TIME WITH LONG SLEEVES...I LOVE THE LITTLE POCKETS IT HAS ON THE SIDE PANELS.  AND I FIGURED THE BROWN POLKA DOT LEGGINGS CAN BE USED AFTER THE SEASON TOO..  SURELY IT WILL GO WITH A LOT.  

BAD COLORING, BUT JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK..  THE HOT PINK BINDING ON THE POCKETS I HAD ON HAND.
HERE IS LITTLE CLAIRE WEARING THE LITTLE "NEIGH NEIGH" TOP I MADE HER A WHILE BACK!  SHE'S GETTING SOO BIG!  LOOK AT THOSE LITTLE PIG TAILS!  I GUESS SHE LOVES THIS TOP!
OK, now lets see...what else did I do?   Oh yeah, I made a little outfit for my oldest sister's grand daughter as her birthday party is this week-end.  It is the same pattern as the little gingerbread one I just showed you for Claire is.  I love that pattern!  And it's quick and easy to make,  But this one presented me a little problem in that I did not have enough fabric and had to make another trip to Joannes for it. Let me show you....



I JUST LOVED THIS FABRIC WHEN I FOUND IT, AND IT REALLY SUITS PRISCILLA'S PERSONALITY I THINK.  IT IS KNIT FROM JOANNES WHICH I HAD KIND OF SAID I WOULDN'T USE AGAIN, LOL, BUT THEY HAVE A BRAND CALLED "SQUIGGLES" WHICH IS REALLY PRETTY GOOD!  AND ON SALE, IT HONESTLY CAN'T BE BEAT!


JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK AT IT...I THINK IT HAS KIND OF A RETRO 60'S LOOK TO IT

But of course while I was at Joannes they had some new stuff in on their "squiggles" line, and I just couldn't resist this next project.  I honestly just didn't have the time, but I couldn't bear it, and outfits for Claire don't take much time so I went ahead a whipped this up too...lol

HOW CUTE ARE THOSE KITTIES...I KNOW SHE WILL LIKE THIS.  A LITTLE HOODIE AND MATCHING LEGGINGS WITH CUFFS.

I also ran and got my hair done one of those days last week, and I think that brings us up to last week-end where we got the rest of our house decorated for Christmas.....whew...is all I will say about that. It took WAY longer then I thought it might, and I STILL have a couple of little touches I have to do. I have not taken any pictures yet, but I am sure I will eventually and let you see. But it's good enough for now.  Pretty much took all of our Sat.  Then Sun, we spent our usual way.  Church in the morning with my oldest son's family and lunch afterwards, and then on out to my nieces house for Bible study with my youngest son, and dinner with him afterwards.  Both were soooo good, and sooo refreshing and lifted my spirits wonderously.  I have to just say one thing.....All the fighting and controversy over the election results has been really draining to me.  I do hate a conflict.  But I guess I could go on to say my choice won and do feel we have hope again for our great country.  I will pray for all involved quite diligently.

The last two days has had me making the tree skirt for my youngest son's family.  Larissa knew what she wanted and I can't tell you enough how I appreciate that.  I'd rather know then guess and then
have something that I spent time on that didn't suit their likes.  NOT that any of them would ever actually say it of course, lol, but I do want them to be pleased.  This one was quite the little challenge for me.  First of all I had to review how to get the circumference of a circle, remember what "pie" is, and then somehow figure out what size of everything to cut and how to put it together.  I did not have a pattern for this which I definitely prefer, lol, as then they figure out all that math stuff for you.  She wanted a burlap skirt with a red and gold ruffle, and their name somewhere on the skirt.  Oh, and she wanted it fairly big.  Once I figured out the circumference I put together my ruffles and got them attached to the skirt, only to realize I had not doubled that number as I should have and only had enough ruffles made for 1/2 of the skirt.  And I was out of fabric....soooo back to Joannes I went so I could finish it up.  And then!  I had the ruffle attached and decided I really needed to make some binding for the sides and around the neck of it, with strings long enough to tie into a bow to help hold it together.  I had enough fabric for this thankfully and picked up my rotary cutter to cut my 2 1/2 inch wide strips, and promptly sliced into my thumb.  Oh my goodness that hurt!  Honestly as much as I use the thing I am soo surprised I have never cut myself before.  But there was blood everywhere and I couldn't get it to stop.  I thought to myself, "you dork, now you are going to need to go to the ER and get stitches for not being careful!"   But it wasn't a very big cut...just deep...and eventually it did stop.  I had to wait until I was good and sure it was OK before I went ahead and finished it, but I finally did.  Let me show you....

THERE IT IS!  I COULD BARELY GET IT ALL IN THE PICTURE.  NEEDED A LITTLE MORE HEIGHT BUT YOU CERTAINLY GET THE IDEA

YOU CAN'T SEE IN THIS PICTURE, BUT I TOP STITCHED THE RUFFLE DOWN WITH A DECORATIVE STITCH USING MY GOLD METALLIC THREAD....AND YES, THAT'S MY TOE THERE, LOL

CLOSE UP OF OUR LAST NAME...AND A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FABRIC...I AM REALLY HOPING THE BURLAP HOLDS UP.  IT IS REALLY SOOO FLIMSY AND EASILY GETS HOLES IN IT, HOPEFULLY IT WILL

SOOOOO that's it for the sewing now.  I do still have to string all my banners (did mine on Sat so I could get it hung, and honestly it was somewhat of a nightmare to get it done....more on that later I guess)  And then I need to get everything all wrapped, some shopping done, get a mani and a pedi, and I am babysitting tomorrow for the San Diego grands.  OH, and I still need to get these eyes examined so I can get some new contact lenses.  Still LOTS to do, but I am putting that sewing machine to bed tonight for at least 12 days!!  whoo hoo...lol

Hope all of you are doing well.  I am going to do some visiting here when I hit publish until it's time to get dinner in the oven.  Wishing ALL of you a very blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.  My daughter and her family will be here on Monday so I doubt I get back on here much if at all until after she goes back home.  How I am looking forward to seeing all of them would be hard to describe. God is good all the time!  Blessings, Debbie

Monday, November 7, 2016

ALMOST THERE.....


Well I am continuing to press on even though my blogging has become sooo scarce these days you might wonder why.  I do try and visit when I get the chance, and wonder (truly!) what is going on with you all, but I have had to just be SOOO busy TRYING to get things done.  I am ALMOST there....so soon I will be back with regular visiting and posting.

But for now I am going to back up about a week or so and show you some pretty cute trick or treaters.  I actually kind of miss the days of seeing all the little cuties in their costumes, and even kind of miss passing out the candy at the door, but life does move on I guess.  NO trick or treaters in this senior park, but honestly if anyone ventured in I bet they'd do better then they think.  Anyway, all of my kids sent pics of my grandkids who ALL had a wonderously marvelous time.  Let me show you....

ACTUALLY ONLY A COUPLE OF THESE ARE MINE, THE OTHER 3 ARE MY OLDEST SISTERS GRANDKIDS WHO TRICK OR TREAT EVERY YEAR WITH MY GRANDS.  FROM LEFT TO RIGHT THEY ARE MY GRANDDAUGHTER LINDSEY WHO WAS A VAMPIRE (she went along with the little ones!) AND THEN BUDDY WHO IS MY SISTER'S YOUNGEST GRANDCHILD...THEN THE SKELETON IS OUR CODY, AND PRINCESS LEA IS MY SISTER'S MIDDLE GRANDCHILD, AND CODY'S BEST FRIEND, AND THEN THE FINAL ONE IS MY SISTER'S OLDEST GRAND DAUGHTER JACKIE.


AMD THEN THIS CUTE BUNCH ARE THE SAN DIEGO GRANDS,,,,MY YOUNGEST SON'S GROUP


AND THEN MEL'S LITTLE GROUP WENT AS THEIR FAVORITE CHARACTERS FROM PAW PATROL
Moving on then lets see....I have officially finished up ALL of the PJ's with the exception of putting the elastic in a few of them...I think I have shown you all but the oldest 3.  Let me show you....


OK THESE ARE LINDSEY'S.....HER'S COME WITH A LONG COMPLICATED STORY, BUT I WILL SPARE YOU, LOL.  BOTTOM LINE THIS IS A KNIT FABRIC THAT I HAD BOUGHT WITHOUT REALLY KNOWING WHAT I'D DO WITH IT, WHICH IS VERY VERY UNUSUAL FOR ME.  I DON'T USUALLY BUY SOMETHING WITHOUT KNOWING FOR SURE WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH IT....ANYWAY, SUPER COMFY AND SOFT,  I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TO MAKE LONG SLEEVES FOR THE TOP, BUT THE SHORT ARE REALLY PRETTY CUTE.

NOW THESE ARE 10 YEAR OLD JD'S AND 3 YEAR OLD VINNY'S....10 YEAR OLD JD IS ALREADY 5'4" AND BIG ENOUGH TO NEED A MEN'S SMALL.  

NOW THESE ARE ALSO LINDSEY'S....SHE USUALLY WEARS SHORTS TO SLEEP IN SO I HAD SOME LEFT OVERS SO I MADE HER UP SOME....THE SHIRT I DID NOT MAKE TO GO WITH THIS, AND THERE IS ONE TO MATCH THAT IS COMING...BUT THE FABRIC ISN'T HERE YET.

THIS IS 12 (almost 13 grandma!) YEAR OLD JEFFIES WHO WASN'T SURE HE WANTED CHRISTMAS JAMMIES THIS YEAR.  THIS WAS MY COMPROMISE.  FESTIVE, BUT STILL MORE GROWN UP, LOL

THEN THIS NIGHTSHIRT IS ALMOST 12 YEAR OLD CAPRI'S....SHE DOESN'T LIKE PJ'S SO I MADE HER THIS INSTEAD...THAT'S HER 7 YEAR OLD SISTER'S TELLA'S NEXT TO HERS, I AM CONSIDERING MAKING HER A LITTLE PAIR OF SHORTS TO WEAR UNDER HER NIGHTSHIRT TOO, BUT MIGHT NOT HAVE TIME.

JUST CLOSER LOOK AT NIGHTSHIRT....

OK, now let me move on to my fabric garland.  This is something I saw on a tutorial WEEKS AND WEEKS ago and just had it in my head that I wanted to make.  I LOVED it.  I bought myself a bundle of fat coordinating Christmas quarters, and some heat and bond ultra (5 yards...thinking this would leave me PLENTY for left overs to keep on hand.....it wasn't near enough!) and FINALLY got around to making it last Friday.  Let me just say this......It was WAY WAY WAY more work then I thought it might be.  WAY!!!!  They always make everything look quick, easy and perfect on those tutorials, lol.  Well, it WAS easy....Super easy!  But it was also sooo tedious and slow and time consuming. Not sure if I could make myself make another or not, and good thing I didn't promise to make any for anyone else either, lol.  Maybe in another year or so, lol.  I burnt several of my fingers on the hot glue too.  Why I continue to do things with hot glue when I honestly just don't do well, I can't be sure.  But I made it!  And I just loved how it came out....All 14 ft. of it!! I thought it was overkill for our tree.  But this Sat. was the designated day for us to put our tree up.  I think I have explained why we are doing this sooo early, so I won't say it again, but that was on our list Sat morning and we got right on it.  I was living for the moment to put the new garland on.  Well.....(you knew this was coming didn't you?!) it was a disaster!  It was no where near big enough first of all, and then you couldn't see it the way I had envisioned.  I was somewhat hysterical.  My goodness WHAT was I going to do with it.  And it was FAR from cheap, and hadn't taken me HOURS to make! Hubby kept assuring me we'd find a place, and finally it occurred to me.. IF we could figure out a way to attach it, I think it would look pretty good on our mantle.  And it did!  I loved it!  I doubled it up, looped it just right, and we attached it with some simple tacs.  Easy peasy....Let me show you all of this....

EACH OF THE LOOPS ARE DOUBLE SIDED GLUED TOGETHER WITH A PRODUCT CALL HEAT AND BOND ULTRA...  YOU CUT THEM WITH A PINKING BLADE ON A ROTARY CUTTER ON A CUTTING MAT.  I LOVE THE LITTLE SCALLOPED EDGES.  HERE IS THE LINK TO THE TUTORIAL I USED JUST IN CASE ANYONE IS INTERESTED...    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa_JTbdqNC8

HUBBY HOLDING IT UP FOR A LOOK

TA DA!!  lol  THERE IT IS!  HONESTLY I REALLY LIKE IT HERE.  WITH THE COLOR IN THE GARLAND, AND THE COLOR OF THE STONE ON THE FIREPLACE, YOU CAN REALLY SEE IT WELL.

JUST A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK.  YOU CAN SEE WHERE I PUT THE NEW FABRIC CHRISTMAS TREE I MADE TOO.  IT MATCHES PRETTY WELL.  OBVIOUSLY, HAD I KNOW I WAS NOT GOING TO PUT THIS ON THE TREE, I COULD HAVE MADE IT A LOT SHORTER, BUT THEN AGAIN I REALLY LIKE IT DOUBLED UP THIS WAY

SO THERE IS IT WITH OUR TREE AND FIREPLACE,  THAT'S ALL THE INDOOR DECORATIONS WE PUT UP THIS WEEK-END.  WE WILL FINISH UP NEXT WEEK-END.  AND THEN THE ONE AFTER THAT WE HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY, AND WILL HAVE TO GET THE BEDS READY AND THE GROCERY SHOPPING DONE AS MEL AND HER FAMILY WILL BE HERE THEN THAT NEXT MONDAY.  JUST TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!  I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM ALL!
All I really have left to do is to make the tree skirts, and run the ribbons through the banners, and make a little Christmas outfit for Claire (still waiting on the fabric for this), make Lindsey's other top, (again, fabric not here) make a little outfit for the birthday party (it's for my sister's granddaughter), and get the elastic in some of the pj's!  NOT bad if you had seen my whole original list, lol.  Though I need to get my hair done, my nails done, my eyes examined, and get a birthday present for my oldest son, grocery shop for a weeks company, and I'd really like to shop and find myself a new top or too.  No time to sit back and relax yet, lol.  Truthfully though if ANY of these items don't get done (with the exception of the elastic in PJ's and the tree skirts, I am OK with it.  I got most of the important stuff done.  And I do have two weeks, lol.  I made up one of the tree skirts this morning.  The easy one of course, lol.  Melody just wanted a plain circular fur one....to match the Christmas stockings I made her last year.  Let me show you....though there is not much to see.

WOULD NEVER BE MY CHOICE....THOUGH IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE SNOW....

CLOSER LOOK AT FUR
When I finish here I should have enough time to finish up all the elastic on the pj's and pre-shrink the fabric for my niece's gift, and put the pattern together before it's time to get dinner.  Tomorrow I hope to get a good start on another tree skirt before I head out to get my hair done.  Busy week in front of me.

Hope you are all doing well.  I am going to do a little visiting before I get started on anything else as well.  Wishing you all God's very best in blessings, Debbie

OH, I wanted to mention that after we finished with out decorating on Sat. we went and saw the new Mel Gibson movie, Hacksaw Ridge... It was SOOOOOO good.  I'd recommend it highly.  However, it is VERY graphic and bloody if that bothers you.  I will leave you with a couple of pics...

3 YEAR OLD LUKE AT THE DENTIST THIS MORNING,,,DON'T YA WISH YOU COULD BE THAT HAPPY TO BE AT THE DENTIST!

COULDN'T DECIDE WHICH OF THESE WERE CUTER, SO POSTED THEM BOTH
MY GIRL MELODY ON HER WAY OUT THE DOOR FOR THEIR CHRISTMAS CARD PICS THIS MORNING....HOW I MISS THIS FACE!  CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER!
AND THESE 3 WHO HAD BEEN INSTRUCTED NOT TO MOVE....LOL