I got a new pattern in the mail.
I've come across a couple of blogs that are making promises to not purchase new fabric for their stashes and work through what they already have. I've linked you up to Sharon and Jess so you can follow them, sign up and get a list of the rules they are planning to live by as far as de-stashing. Honestly, I made myself this promise at the beginning of this year. It's really hard not to look and purchase new fabrics even when you are getting supplies to finish other projects, but I can tell you that I didn't purchase nearly as much as I have in the past and have done a fair job of using what I already have. I put a pretty nice little dent in my fabrics for Christmas gifts already. My bigger challenge will be working through the UFOs :)
So back to FNSI, after several phone calls, I finally got started. First, a movie - It's a Wonderful Life. I continued to find and watch Christmas movies all weekend. I worked on the scrap yarn rug.
Saturday morning I spent thoroughly cleaning my kitchen and beginning the preparations for meals for the weekend and I threw a couple loads of laundry in, just to keep it up.
Sunday after church, my niece, her husband and son were coming to spend the afternoon. We have a child's loft bed that they mentioned wanting to purchase for my great-nephew and I told them we had one we would like to just leave our house and Newton has out-grown.
Here's a list of my projects:
1. Scrap yarn rug - one of my precious pups sleeps on the landing at the back door. She's an older dog, so I worry about the cold on her bones and joints, so I made a "rug" for her to sleep on at night.
Doesn't she just have the sweetest face? She is such a sweet-tempered girl.
Lots of good company :)
2. Pillow - I found this idea in a catalog. I didn't keep the ordering information. So I decided that it would be easy to design my own. After all, it was the saying that I really liked.
It's a really rough draft - but you get the idea. I'm thinking a Valentine's gift for Honey Do - or maybe "Just Because".
3. Scrap yarn rug - number two. I've decided that I have enough scrap yarn afghans, so I'm going to use up my scrap yarn and make rugs, similar to the one I made in the first project. They are small, quick and will be easy enough to care for. Winter is very wet and messy in these parts, so I will just wash and replace them as needed.
4. Towel - Finished embroidering, I know it's not done in this shot, but it was on the ironing board and I was too lazy to go get it. I'm trying to figure out how to finish it with some sort of trim.
That catches up my weekend projects. I spent a good portion of my time in the kitchen doing make-ahead meals and we've knocked out some of the leftovers from during the week.
This quiche has bacon, onion, zucchini and egg in a shredded hash brown crust. Warms up nicely for a quick snack or meal.
These lovelies are an almond, caramel sweet, yeast bread. Almost like a monkey bread, but better. As you can see, we've put a pretty good dent in them already. The rest will be for breakfast Christmas Eve morning.
Today is Monday, December 23. I have both my guys home today and for the next 12 days. I have discovered that between making meals and cleaning up the kitchen there is very little time for much crafting. I'm sure many of you are having the same issue. Projects will not be a high priority over the next couple of weeks. We all should be prioritizing our families and the true meaning of Christmas.
Earlier today I was reading Jenny's blog. She opened her Christmas Eve blog with an absolutely beautiful prayer. Please take some time and read it. I wish I could be so eloquent in my prayers. It is beautiful, heart-felt and honest. She has expressed the true meaning of Christmas in my opinion and all I can say is ditto.
With my guys being home, blogging is going to be short and more than likely, spur of the moment. Know that I enjoy blogging and hope and pray you all enjoy following me. My blogs are basic, lack experience and have a long way to go, but I do enjoy this experience and am glad for the company. I don't design or sell or make a living doing this. I just enjoy sharing and making new friends with similar interests. All that to just say I'll pop in when I can and we'll see what we can all get accomplished in the new year.
Thanks for stopping by,
Wishing you a creative day.
I loved Jenny's post today. I enjoyed YOUR post, too. You have some great projects going on and planned. I, too, have thought I need to get going NOW on Christmas presents for next year. I just feel that I didn't do HALF what I wanted to or meant to this time. I'm out of practice because for the last several years my gift giving has been set in one direction, and now it isn't. =)
Wishiing you a blessed holiday. I have discovered that having the blog has kept me more motivated in using what I have and finding creative uses for it. Looking forward to sharing 2014 with you. Love'n'hugs.
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