Well here we are to the 12th of December, and I am FINALLY feeling like I have got most everything done. Just a little bit of shopping to do, and they are all quick and pretty easy pick ups so I think it might count as I am done, lol.
I spent all last week working on the gifts for my sisters and brother for our annual Christmas dinner/gift exchange last Sat. night. For those of you who "might" read this post who don't know what I am referring to, I'll give a very brief summary. After my mom passed away 4 and half years ago now, I began having my sisters and brother and their spouses over for dinner without any of their kids or grandkids (WAY too many of us that way!) and do all of the things that just say MOM to all of us. I sit my formal dining room table with Christmas china and crystal, complete with a REAL flower centerpiece, and name cards. I fix a prime rib and few of mom's other favorites, and we spend the evening catching up with each other and in great conversation. We exchange small gifts and soo enjoy our time together. This year was no exception. I took NO PHOTOS on the night, which I have no idea how that happened, but I do have some pics of the gifts I made, and a couple of those I received from my sisters. Let me just say this....I am soo glad we have this time together, as honestly it is turning into one of the only times in a whole year where this might happen. I just think it is important that we stay connected, and I promised mom that we would. Let me show you what I made.
|NEW ORNAMENT FROM ONE OF MY SISTERS!|
I decided to go with the no sew fabric Christmas trees this year, the hot pads I made this year for the first time, and ornaments for all of their kids who might still live at home, or their grandkids.
|ALL VERY DIFFERENT TO SUIT EACH ONE...|
|I HAVEN'T GIVEN THIS ONE YET AS IT IS FOR MY NIECE JESSICA. SHE WILL DO MY HAIR TOMORROW, AND I WILL GIVE IT TO HER THEN....SHE LIKES THINGS MORE ON THE PLAIN SIDE, AND I AM REALLY HOPING SHE LIKES THIS|
|THIS ONE WAS FOR MY BROTHER DEAN AND HIS WIFE HEATHER. THOUGH IT IS MULTICOLORED, IT WAS DONE FROM JUST ONE FABRIC. IT WAS FABRIC LEFT OVER FROM LEAH AND JOE'S TREE SKIRT, AND I LOVED IT! PROBABLY MY PERSONAL FAVORITE|
|THIS ONE WAS FOR MY SISTER DONNA AND HER HUSBAND, AND I WISH I HAD TAKEN A BETTER PICTURE OF IT AS IT IS VERY HARD TO SEE THE FABRIC ON IT. I LOVED IT.|
|CLOSER LOOK AT TOP. IF YOU KNEW WHAT I WENT THROUGH TO ARRIVE AT THIS. I TRIMMED AND TRIMMED LEAVES AND PUNCHED HOLES IN THE TOP OF THE TREE, AND EVEN BRAVED THE HOT GLUE GUN, AND THERE IT IS, LOL. I DO LIKE FINALLY HOW IT CAME OUT|
|MY BROTHER'S HOT PADS AND ORNAMENTS FOR HIS KIDS. EVERYONE'S BUT DANAE'S WERE ALMOST IDENTICAL|
|JESSIE'S LITTLE BOY DOESN'T CARE FOR CANDY CANES, SO HE GOT THESE SUCKERS INSTEAD, LOL|
|HERE IS LITTLE WESTON WEARING THE CHRISTMAS PJ'S I MADE FOR HIM. MY SISTER DANAE, HIS GRANDMA, BOUGHT THE FABRIC AND I MADE THEM UP FOR HIM. SOO CUTE|
|PERSONAL FAVE, LOL|
|ANOTHER SISTER CROCHETED US COASTERS|
|AND A NEW DISH CLOTH....I LOVE LOVE THESE DISH CLOTHS! SHE'S MADE ME A FEW AND THEY ARE MY DEFINITE FAVORITES|
This week I will make an outfit for Capri for her birthday, and get my hair and nails done, and have a Christmas lunch with my girlfriend, and then on Sat., which is hubby's birthday, we will take my grand daughter Lindsey to see my niece Katie in the Nutcracker. She has a pretty big role this year, and she is quite excited about it. After the play, we will get Katie and go out to the Candlelight Pavillion for their annual Christmas play and dinner. We trade off which group of grandkids we take to this every year, and it is ALWAYS a very fun night and adventure. Soo a pretty busy week. I've put all my cards in the mail, and like I said, have pretty much most everything done. I skip the baking anymore though it sure has LOTS of wonderful memories associated with it. But I avoid both sugar and gluten, so it is just as well. I do still have to make up something (can't decide yet what) for both my cleaning woman and nail lady, so guess I am still with a little on the stove, but compared to what I started with it, it's feeling like non events, lol.
I do have to show you this DARLING little video of my 3 year old grandson Luke. If you have the time, it is quick and just soooo sweet it is sure to bless you. ENJOY! Hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season, and your blessings overflow. Debbie