Happy Holidays To You!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve been by.  Christmas always does that to me.  Frazzles me a bit.  So much to accomplish in so little time!  Is it just me or does it go faster and faster every year? Anyway, here is a short run down before the gift wrap begins to fly:

The kids are brimming with excitement -it’s Christmas Eve and they know who is coming tonight.   They’ll be making cookies for him before they go to bed, and hopefully they’ll actually sleep!

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I made the tree skirt with some felt – finished it just in time to put under the tree.

The only thing really that has been missing around here is the snow – we don’t usually get any before Christmas, and this year seems to be no exception.  It’s too bad.  I really miss having a nice, white Christmas.  What we do have is plenty of cookies, plenty of festive music, lots of family coming to visit (my brother came!) , and one very important holiday tradition.  Christmas Eve means watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. We do it every year.  I can’t remember exactly when this tradition began, but it was my parents and it has stuck for lo these many years!  I’m looking forward to it this year – I have a boatload of things to do today (Oona goes to the doctor, a last minute gift or two to buy, apple pie and pecan pie – my friend Marcia’s recipe – to make…..and the list goes on) so when I am done I will build a fire (in other words, flip the gas switch to “on”) put my feet up and sample some cookies (hamantaschen, rugelach, macaroons, gingerbread…..where to start???) and egg nog and laugh at Clark and the rest of the Griswolds.

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Filling for Hamantaschen…yum!

As for the crafting, it’s been quite a pinch this year.  I completed just enough to be “ok”, but not nearly the list I had planned.  But there is a hat for one person (Unoriginal Hat pattern by the Yarn Harlot in “Storey Time” from Blue Moon Fiber Arts).

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There’s a tweedy scarf for someone else (sorry no picture!).  There’s a pair of beautiful socks langushing on the needles that will have to wait until after the new year to be gifted.  And there are these little beauties:

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Fabric coaster sets I whipped up.  I love the way they turned out.  Some nice fabric, some squishy batting in between and all sewn up they make some nice sturdy little coasters that can be thrown in the wash!  I’ll be making more of these, I can tell already.

After tomorrow the pace of life will relax for a bit and hopefully I will have time to finish up some other projects and have something to show you.  For now, have a joyous holiday!

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