|THESE WERE FUN TO MAKE AND I DID ENJOY MAKING SOME MORE OF THEM! GUESS I MADE 12 OF THEM ALTOGETHER LAST WEEK! BUT I DID CHANGE UP THE COLORS IN SOME OF THEM|
|AND THIS ONE IS MADE WITH THE METALLIC SILVER AND GOLD THREADS WHICH I ONLY MADE ONE OF AS A GIFT....THE OTHERS WERE MADE WITH DIFFERENT COLORS THAT I THOUGHT WOULD BEST SUIT THEIR TREES AND COLORS ETC.|
Then let's see...what else was I up to last week? Last Monday evening hubby and I went over and picked up our grand daughter Lindsey and took her to dinner before dropping her off at school for her Christmas choir performance. What a good time we had catching up with her and just spending time enjoying each other. I know I have mentioned MANY times how much I enjoy one on one time with any of my grands, and this as always no exception. Anyway, we also THOROUGHLY enjoyed the choir performance. Melody belonged to this particular choir when she was in that high school too, and I had forgotten just how good they are and how much I enjoyed those performances. It was really good! I tried really hard to video some of the performance, but failed, and only got one pretty crummy picture, [where you can't even really SEE her, lol] but I will share that at least as it gives you the idea..
|THEY WERE SOO GOOD....LINDSEY IS IN THE FRONT ROW FAR LEFT..|
And then Wednesday we had our bible study here. We have only 1 more left in the series we are doing, and we will finish that up this week. Can't tell you how much I have enjoyed having that
bible study here, and watching these gals begin to grow in their walk with the Lord. Such a privilege to be a part of.
Then Thursday and Friday were spent at that machine making ONE Christmas apron. And yes you read that right! ONE apron, lol! I agreed weeks ago to make an apron for my niece Katie to enjoy and so her mama had bought the pattern and all the fabric and supplies for me to do so. I did warn them in advance that it might be close to Christmas before I got to it, but I didn't dream it would be quite as close as it is. But let me tell you BRIEFLY about that apron. First of all it is adorable, but I was under NO illusions that there was going to be anything quick or easy about it. First of all it is a full skirted apron, meaning it goes all the way around the hips and bottom and almost comes together in the back. Then it has a DOUBLE skirt, is completely lined, has a bib and shoulder straps, ties in the back with a BIG bow, has buttons and buttonholes, has eyelet and ric rac, TWO huge ruffles, AND! was going to have to be altered to fit her tiny 4 ft. 11 frame! lol. I asked myself more then once what on earth I was thinking let me tell you. But not because I didn't WANT to make it, but because I appeared a few times to be in over my head. Yes, I have sewn for years and years and years. And yes, I have made many complicated, involved garments as well as quilts. But most of what I have made I have made many of, and so they are really no longer a challenge and I seldom even glance at directions. But other then an occasional bodice I have never lined a thing, [which was no biggie btw!] and I have NEVER altered a pattern to that degree for anything! And for some reason I struggled with a couple other things on this apron as well. Don't ask me why. I had the waist band upside down, inside out, and on and off 4 times, before it was FINALLY on there right, lol. I was REALLY REALLY challenged with this for some reason. My goal was to have it all done to give to her mother to take home on Sat., but I didn't quite make it. I needed to try it on her to adjust the straps BEFORE I made the buttonholes and put on the buttons, and we have decided to add her name on the top, and two appliqued hearts on the top skirt. I won't lie....I am scared to do this, lol. If I should ruin it with a mistake in any way, there is NO WAY I am re-doing this apron. So trust me I will take my time [on today's agenda right after this post!] and hopefully it will come out just right. I will show you what I have right now, but when it is done with the name and hearts and all and she is WEARING it, I will show you again no doubt, lol
|JUST A LITTLE CLOSER OF A LOOK|
Today I need to finish up that apron, and make an ornament or two for my girlfriend whom I am meeting tomorrow for lunch. Then tomorrow I will meet and spend time with her [which I am soo looking forward to!] and from there I am driving out to my youngest sister's house again to go to dinner and see the Nutcracker with her and her daughter. Wed will be our last bible study and we will have a little lunch for that as well. Thursday is Christmas Eve and we are going to my youngest son's house for the day. We will spend the day with them, go to Christmas Eve service, and have Christmas dinner and exchange our gifts. And Friday is Christmas Day and we will spend that whole day doing very similar things with my oldest son's family and my middle son's as well. Then on the day after Christmas we will be attending a wedding reception for my niece who lives in Washington but will be in California for this event. She belongs to my brother who lives in Arizona so of course he and the rest of his family will be here as well. I have not seen some of them since my mothers' funeral almost 3 years ago, and my brother only once since then so I am really looking forward to that too. whew...lots happening this week.
I was thinking about all of this during my devotional time this morning and my heart swelled with gratitude to how blessed I really am. A large family and wonderful friends to celebrate and enjoy during this season, and good health and a warm comfortable home to do it in. Many are not this fortunate and I never want to take anything for granted. It could all change in a blink of an eye. But the gift of Jesus we were ALL given soo many years ago continues to be the best gift of all, and one we can count on no matter what, and that we can never lose. Irregardless of what this life gives us here, we who belong to Him KNOW we have all eternity together, and someone we can turn to, lean on, trust in, and count on for EVERYTHING until that eternity begins. I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! Blessings to you all! Debbie
Some more seasonal pictures I couldn't resist
|SWEET VINNY. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PICTURE!|
|SAM ENJOYING HIS PRE-SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PARTY. LOVE HIS FACE IN THE ONE WITH THE LITTLE GIRL, LOL|
|SWEET VINNY AND CAPRI HELPING GRANDMA REARRANGE ORNAMENTS|
|ONE OF THE ADVENT CALENDARS I MADE A FEW DAYS AGO. I LOVED SEEING HOW THEY WERE PUT TO USE IN THEIR PROSPECTIVE HOMES|
|SAM, LUKE AND LITTLE CLAIRE WITH THEIR TEXAS COUSINS. WHAT A GROUP THEY HAVE WHEN THEY ALL GET TOGETHER.. SIX OF THEM 4 AND UNDER, LOL|
|DECORATING CHRISTMAS TREES, MINUS THE TWO BABY GIRLS, LOL LOOKS LIKE SAM AND LUKE ATE MORE THEN THEY PUT ON THEIR TREES, LOL|