Well so far I have been spending the month of December pretty much like I hoped to be. Not too involved in the hustle and the bustle of the season, as I was close to being completely done with everything by Thanksgiving Day; which included not only all my sewing, but my shopping, wrapping, and decorating too. This was the first time in my nearly 40 years of marriage I have pulled this off and my feelings are, (believe it or not), a little mixed on the whole experience, lol. On the one hand, don't get me wrong, I am enjoying NOT being stressed, harried, and totally swamped with last minute projects. And I have had myself some slow days and even a brief nap or two. Which means when it is time for our get togethers, parties, and fun times I am good and rested and looking forward to it all instead of tired and wondering if I will make it through without collapsing. However, on the flip side it seems as if the season has been SUPER SUPER long, and surely Christmas has come and gone by now. I know that doesn't make any sense, and like I am digging for something to complain about, but it has just been kind of "weird". And I am not really complaining, just pointing out a fact. It is kind of like I rushed, and rushed, and pushed and pushed, for weeks, to be "ready" on Thanksgiving, and so that might has well been Christmas Day for me. And all these weeks since then have seemed like...."Why is the tree still up and shouldn't we be moving on into the winter?" Dumb I know. But maybe for me, rather it should be or not, Christmas has always been surrounded by hustle and bustle and somehow it just doesn't seem quite right. I think maybe next year I will do my best to get organized early, but not press sooo much to be completely DONE by Thanksgiving.
|20 WEEK BUMP. HALF WAY THROUGH...LITTLE SAM TOOK|
PIC...PRETTY GOOD FOR 3!
I have spent the last couple of weeks working on some things for Melody's coming baby. I will be happy when they settle on a name for her, which so far has been harder then they thought. Melody loves old fashioned, classical type names and so doesn't want anything too trendy or popular. And yet old fashioned names seem to be pretty popular right now, so this is proving to be a bit of a challenge. I think they are rotating back and forth between Cora June, and Claire Elise, with Cora having a little more of a pull. Personally, I love them both and hope they pick soon. Though I am really NO ONE to talk. Melody did not receive her name until 4 days after she was born and I was ready to come home from the hospital, lol. Names are important I think, so I guess it's better they take their time. I just want to embroider some things
with her name on it, which I guess is not really as pressing as it seems, lol. Melody and I both are excited to get going on some little dresses for this little girl, so I am wanting to get the "necessities" behind me so we can concentrate on those. I have made her 6 self binded receiving blankets so far and nine burp cloths. I don't really feel like you can ever have enough of either one of those items, and I have such fun making them up. They are simple, easy, quick, and darling. They both let me use my decorative stitches as well which not much else does, so that makes it even more fun. Though I am thinking they might come into play in some little dresses too. I used them all the time when sewing for Melody now that I think about it. I made pretty much everything she wore until she was close to 10 years old. After that I took a LONG LONG break from sewing. Anyway, some of the fabric I have had on hand, and some I bought new at Joanne's tremendous black Friday sale, but let me show you what I have made so far....
|EVERY TIME I LOOK AT I-PHONE PHOTOS I THINK TO MYSELF I NEED TO GET OUT MY GOOD CAMERA, BUT I NEVER DO...SIGH. THIS FABRIC WAS MELODY'S FAVORITE AND IS JUST AS SWEET AS CAN BE. LITTLE PINK BIRDIES ON A LIGHT GREY BACK GROUND...LOVE IT!|
|TRIED TO GET A CLOSE UP ON THE DECORATIVE STITCH USED TO CLOSE THE OPENING, AND TO HOLD THE TWO FABRICS TOGETHER|
|LOVED THIS BLUE ONE!|
|AND THIS HOT PINK AND FUCHSIA|
|AGAIN, LOVED THIS SOFT PINK AND GREY COMBO|
|MORE DECORATIVE STITCHES|
|LOVED THIS FUN FABRIC WITH ELEPHANTS, GIRAFFE'S, AND BIRDS|
|MORE DECORATIVE STITCHES|
|HERE IT IS AGAIN|
|THIS IS JUST ONE LAYING FLAT..THE OTHER PICTURES SHOW YOU THE FLIP SIDE YOU CAN SEE DECORATIVE STITCHES BETTER HERE TOO|
|MORE DECORATIVE STITCHES|
|WHOLE STACK...DON'T TAKE UP MUCH ROO|
|ALREADY ON MY TREE...ISN'T IT PRETTY?|
I just wanted to give you a quick (I know this is WAY too long already, sorry!) little praise report however before I close for now. Yesterday, Melody's husband Mike was kicked in the face by a cow! Very scary considering these animals weigh over 1200 pounds! I imagine kicked just right it could have easily killed him. As it was he was VERY fortunate. He did fracture some bones in his face, and his one eye was badly scratched. But the doctor feels with time and a little medication he will be as good as new soon. Meanwhile it doesn't look nearly as bad as I feared it might. He didn't even bruise very badly. Still kind of swollen, but back at work the next day. Taking it much easier then usual, but still pretty good I am thinking. Thank you Jesus for watching out for him.
Well that's it for now. I hope you all have a wonderful week-end and our enjoying the joy of the season and are NOT frantically trying to finish things up. Blessings to you all! Debbie