Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Hurry through the parking lot hunched against the cold and wind.
where it's so warm and humid that your glasses will instantly fog up
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
It was a wonderful Christmas and it sped by entirely too quickly. Christmas Eve I got off work, delivered some gifts, and loaded up the truck with food and gifts to go to Steph's house. I didn't think that everything would fit in the cab, but of course most of it did. Gift bags squish. I left a few things at home for Sarah and Winnie to pick up on their way through. They got to Steph's about an hour after me. It was wonderful to have Aunt Tina join us.
There was lovely food, good wine, and presents. At one point, Aaron built a fort of presents and was very reluctant to give any up and lose his fort.
Back again for Christmas morning and the Santa unveiling. Nora had asked for a pillow pet, and pillow pets for her and Aaron were in a huge gift bag. She opened her presents and quietly told her mom, "I think Santa forgot my pillow pet." And there it was. In the bag. It was the top-of-the-list Santa gift.
Steph and Mike and family left for Greenville, and Sarah, Winnie, and I went to the movies. Sarah and I have made this a Christmas tradition for at least five years now. We saw True Grit, a good choice, and came home and ate the lasagna which had been baking while we were gone.
The day after Christmas, we met family friends at Krohn Conservatory and Rookwood Restaurant, which are about a mile apart. Great food once again, and the conservatory is always a treat. That night, Steph, Nora, and Aaron came for a sleepover (Nora's hopeful request) and Bridget came over in the evening.
And the next morning, it was already time for Sarah and Winnie to head back to North Carolina. So sad, too quiet after everyone left. It was an eleven-hour trip to get back to Asheville (normally 6 1/2) and I was relieved to get the phone call that the trip was over. Lots of snow in western Carolina and I-40 east was one-lane only through part of the gorge.
I truly love the holidays. I love the preparation and the company and the food and the shopping. I'm never quite prepared for how quickly it goes by and the silence afterwards.
My house is looking amazingly picked up, and I've started on the studio, a little at a time. Putting away something here and there, remembering what I made with it. Getting ready to organize the art supplies. Next year there will be more art, but more about that later.
And later, some pictures. I'm not really sure where my camera is right now.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Nora got the cutest cupcake hat,
Aaron opened some Toy Story figures, including his favorite Zurg,and everyone had a wonderful time.
For tonight, I'm baking jam cake, embroidering one last gift, and using the serger too. Got to find some dinner soon.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
And I forget just how much I love the last-minute sewing projects, not to be shown here, at least not now. We can look at this pillow that went home with Steph yesterday, however.
Last night there were cookies made at Steph's house, from a mix that Helen gave Nora. I'm so thankful that the kids have a mom who will say "yes" to such things at the end of a long day. Pictures from Steph.
Between the cutting out and baking, there were baths to get rid of the flour-y residue. Then back to the table to decorate the cookies.
I love the concentration on young faces when they are really into creative projects.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Bridget's nephews introduced Bop It to Nora during the Smokies camping trip last June. She loved it and was so happy when one for her came out of Bridgie's bag.
The kids with Grandma Janice -
It's been a busy time, not many projects. I did do this work sample, Dakota Todler World. It's a jumper that I picked up at the thrift store. Sometimes I look for something specific, but sometimes I spot something that I know would be perfect for embroidery and that's what happened here.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Some Christmas postcards. I saw little ones in a magazine and made them about twice as big.
Christmas napkins done on my serger. I'm grateful to have a serger that's so easy to thread and that tells me just what settings to use. Like for a little rolled edge on pretty Christmas fabrics that make lovely napkins.
I used these fabrics to make winter pillows for the grandkids. Just love those little snowmen. I'm going to have a hard time waiting 'til Christmas to give them to the kids.One nice thing about waiting 'til the very end for these projects is that the Christmas fabrics are all on sale. Seems like I'm dashing to the fabric store every day or two. Good thing it's close.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Snow on rosemary -
Here's the gang. Aaron's at the far end, 'cause little brothers just assume that they're included too. He was able to keep up just fine with the other kids during the gymnastics part and of course enjoyed the cupcake and ice cream part.
And the sweet birthday girl, 6 next Saturday.
Friday, December 3, 2010
The angel is Viking's free design for December (see their website.) Linen and cutwork. Lots of stitches, but no color changes, water soluble stabilizer. The gold is nice, but I almost wish I'd done it in blue instead.
Last night I made Christmas brownies with peppermint patties and dark chocolate. Not much sugar or flour. Very yummy and I'm happy to have them in my freezer. This weekend I'm hoping to make a lasagna and freeze that. The first year of working retail I learned well - do things ahead of time.
Tonight I'm meeting friends in Bellevue for their Christmas walk. We'll be visiting the gallery where my quilt guild has a show and other stores and galleries as well. Hope we have time to stop at the bead shop, but dinner sounds even better.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
since I like to tell them they're my best girl and best boy.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I have four little thread baskets, ready for gifts. I enjoy collecting the threads and seeing what colors I've been working with. Looks like blue and dark pink are pretty constant themes.
The rain continues, lucky for us: (1) because we need it, and (2) it would be SO much snow.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Back in the days of the back-to-school shopping, Nora wanted a skirt like that but her mother wisely decided that the tulle really wasn't practical to stand up to playground equipment and general play of a kindergarden-er. But, being Gran B, I tucked aside that desire of her heart, knowing that her birthday was approaching and knowing that grandmothers have special license when it comes to practicality. Besides, I got extra tulle and if accidents happen it will be easy to just do a quick replacement.
My hope is that I'll have the skirt far enough along tomorrow for a quick try-on since it's fitted around the top. The skirt won't be a surprise, but the tulle will be.