Merry Christmas from my house to yours! I hope you all have a joy-filled holiday!
This was the view from our deck on Wednesday. Unfortunately the rains came today and there is very little snow left. I am still dreaming of a white Christmas…how about you?
Enjoy this beautiful time of year!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6Read More
I realize there have been a lot of these create-a-creature posts recently. As the holidays approach I do seem to spend a lot of my time bringing creatures to life (and significantly less time cooking, reading, and doing all of the other things I usually do, but those posts will return, I promise!)
But I never get tired of it. Because each one is so different. I love it even more when the creatures have names, and stories.
These two pictures were drawn by sisters and sent to Santa. The story will be told that he liked them so much that he couldn’t help but turn the drawings into real live toys. I even wrote a letter to each artist on Santa’s behalf. It was kind of fun to be both Santa’s elf and head of communications on this job. And seriously, if you were Santa, wouldn’t you want these to be the next toys your elves made?
Meet “Big.” I don’t know what a Moshling is….but they are awfully cute!
Then there is “Meap.” I’m not sure if he will learn to speak English, but there was a lot of “meaping” going on in my workshop this week while he waited for his friend Big to come along. I’m just glad he wasn’t shooting his lasers….
Both are now on their way (by Santa’s sleigh, of course) to their new home!Read More
Remember my list of projects for the finish-a-long? 10 months (and a little more) before Christmas and my tree skirt is done!!
(Never mind that I started it in November…it’s much nicer to think of being really early than really late, don’t you think?)
It’s super simple, just two layers of fabric encased in bias binding (which I made myself.) It’s completely reversible in case I get bored with this side, which I can’t imagine happening because I LOVE this side. Being the bookworms that we are in this house, I think it’s perfect!
And now there is one less UFO trying to take over my sewing room….Read More
Someone must have put in an order for Christmas snow, because on December 23 we woke up to this:
We enjoyed this snow (and more!) right through Christmas until this morning, when I woke up to green grass and rain.
Oh how I love a white Christmas! Everything just looks prettier when it is covered by a layer of fresh white snow!
Did anyone else enjoy a Christmas that was white?Read More
Last year I shared with you how my mother-in-law taught me how to make an evergreen wreath. This year we gathered with the whole family (my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, too!) to make them again. We started our outing at our land to gather the evergreen boughs, and after a long (and somewhat wet!) hike we finally found the perfect branches. After lunch we had a wonderful time creating our wreaths, and then going through the bags of flowers and pinecones that my mother-in-law has kept for just this purpose in order to decorate them.
Creating an evergreen wreath is super easy and fun! Here’s how:
1. Gather a bucket of fresh evergreen boughs. We found fir trees to work best for this because their needles lie flat and aren’t prickly. I think other branches would work, but you might want to wear gloves to keep from getting poked by the needles.
2. Find or make a wire wreath frame. You could make one out of a wire coat hanger, and the bonus is you will already have a hook for hanging! You will also need some florist wire.
3. Cut your boughs into lengths about as long as your hand.
4. Gather these “hands” into a group of three or four (depending on how full your boughs are).
5. Secure your wire to the wreath frame. Wire the greens onto the front of your wreath frame by wrapping the wire around the wreath and greenery several times.
6. Gather another group of “hands” and wire them to the back of your wreath frame, a small distance away from the group you just wired to the front.
7. Continue to wire groups of branches alternately to the front and back until your whole wreath is covered.
8. Twist the end of the wire to secure, and cut it off. If you need a hanger, twist the wire into a hanging loop before cutting.
9. You now have a beautiful evergreen wreath! If the shape is a little wild, trim the boughs until you are happy with it.
10. Decorate as you wish! When I purchased wreaths in years past I only ever decorated them with a long velvet bow that I reused year after year. I can’t resist my mother-in-law’s collection of decorations though, and love the way the flowers and pinecones look on the greenery. These are attached with a glue gun, and they pull easily off the wreath at the end of the season to reuse next year.
Happy wreath making!Read More