Here are a few photos from Christmas Day…I did sew a little this morning. I sewed the binding on the Dolly Madison Quilt and finished the 6″ block from the newsletter. Did you make yours yet? Maybe after looking at mine and you will want too! Time to get in the shower and get ready to work at the after Christmas Sale at the shop!
It’s way too early to be up, but i still have lots to do… here is a little glimpse of what’s been going on in my world the last couple of days…
getting ready for Christmas…
Well I hope you all have a great Christmas…I will for sure…I have to get my last chance grocery list ready …I hear little ice/snow falling against the windows…we don’t need this today…but what are we going to do about it. I am truely blessed to be able to do what I do, and I am very thankful that it is something I love…take care everyone!
HO, HO, HO!
winter arrived in one big hurry here last week…we had 40 and 50 degree weather and then we were dumped 16″ of snow on Wednesday, with lots of wind…see the greenery on the house blowing in the wind…Nick got to play on his four wheeler, which died in the middle of the job and had to be brought in…something in it’s brain box…that happens to me sometimes.
So, it was a good week to start decorating the house for Christmas…I decorate very simply…not any glitz or glam or glitter…but here are a few pics of what I got done so far…Nick helped me with the tree one night I think we have 1000 or so lights on it…I think we wrapped every branch, except a few in the back. Every year for Christmas, Carole gives me a redware Santa from Eldreth Pottery…can’t wait to see what he looks like this year.
Now to start my list of goodies I am going to make this year…peanut clusters, christmas cookies…molasses cookies…seafoam ( mom will help with this) fudge, carmel corn, banana bread, and some other oreo truffles, that Jeanine had made when we had sewing over there on Monday. So I got the peanut clusters done so far…
I got a chance to get away after the crazyness of the open house. Carole and I went to Homestead Cabin Retreat in Hillpoint WI- hosted by Patsy and Marty McCluskey… I love it here…I sleep so well in my nest..here are a few pics from the weekend. I got a good start on a quilt for our next book and I almost finished a sample for the shop that I have been wanting to start….If you need to get a way…do it…this would be a good spot… Call Patsy she has some openings and people cancel sometimes…what i really like about this place is you get to meet so many new people…I met Lori from 10min away…Suzanne from across the street, Free and Yo from Waukegan IL, Carol, Chris and Kelly from WI, close by they are in the quilt guild that Patsy belongs to, Renee, Terry, Cheryl and Briget, I think they were all from IL too! You could even go by yourself and you would have 16 instant friends by the end of the weekend. This was a potluck weekend so Patsy could sew with us…It was a lot of good food, can’t wait to get all the recipes! All for now..time to work out and work off all that good food….
Wow! What a wonderful Open House we had! Thanks to everyone who came or participated via the internet! It took us all day Monday to sort and pick through orders, and we still didn’t get to them all. We are cutting kits for the “I’ll be home for christmas” quilt. We had to make 61 more coupon books just for the people who were at the open house. So the last two days have been work, work, work…no sewing, but…Here is one of the things…I am working on…my shop kit for the Civil War Tribute quilt came in and I am having a blast making these big blocks…18″, the last blocks I made finished 4 1/2″ so it is nice to do a switch..Here is my kit..
getting back to the open house, we had a great response to the bed turning ….Carole Charles graciously showed some of her quilts with us….we will do it again! Here is the grand finally of the bed turning…I am looking forward to going this weekend to Homestead Cabin Retreat, in Hillpoint WI, It is pot luck weekend so each few of us is responsible for a meal and that means that Patsy gets to sew with us! I am trying to pull fabrics together to start working on a new quilt for the next book Carole and I will be doing…along with trying to do my part of the meal preparations…my list is as follows: Strawberry Slush, Chicken Enchiladas…i just have to make the meat, we will assemble there, and Texas Caviar…plus anything else I want to eat…sounds good doesn’t it. So far, the groceries have been bought and the slush is in the freezer…well it is time to get ready for exercise…and I need to remember to get more sizing….this time i am buying all they have…all for now!