Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Some Christmas Favorites


Favorite new craft/yummy treat/giftee item. Chocolate covered oreos found here. Fun! Easy! Delicious! Impressive looking! And you can get all that stuff--the lollipop sticks, the little bags, the melting chocolate in the baking aisle of the craft store on your trip tomorrow (I know you're going.)



Favorite teacher gifts--following Kay's advice for the fingerless mitts. We have 11 teachers total, so I have to carefully decide how much handmade I can do, and who might appreciate it the most. This year I'm going with 2 teachers for the Maine Morning Mitts. Very very fun to make. I forsee a third pair in my future (for me).
They look better on (it's is hard to photograph your own hand!) Free pattern here. 1 skein Noro Kureyon (vintage and unknown color) for the orange-green pair, and one skein Gedfria something (its easy to lose the ball band when you only have one skein) for the neutral ones. We may be going out on a limb a little with the orange and green, but I feel pretty confident this teacher will like these colors.

Favorite sweet moment: my daughters were invited to come along with me to our annual girlfriends Christmas party at Laura's, and they were so excited that they decided to dress up! (Maybe all the eating, knitting, and yakking about quilting didn't excite them as much as they thought it would, but I'm sure they'll get it--someday.)

Favorite card "Satus Slay" by Molly. What am I going to do when I don't get these wonderful pictures every day? The kindergarten-through-second grade spelling just kills me.

Favorite What Was I Thinking memory: Last year I took my oldest to ring the bell with me for the Salvation Army. This year, in a moment of temporary insanity, I thought it would be good for all three to do it. After the first few people asked Sophie to put the money in the bucket for them, she apparently thought it was "Her Job", and the rest of the hour, whenever somebody put the money in themselves, she would either cry or give them the evil eye. Also, early on, Molly got her finger caught in the slot of the bucket and started to cry. I panicked a little, with visions of EMTs and saws, and the big bucket of money, but she got it out and she was fine. Mmmmm, good times.

Favorite Christmas Craft of all time: the gum drop wreath. It cracks me up when I read a story of someone trying it for the first time and realizing how many gumdrops and how much time this actually takes (and how heavy they are when finished) because ours don't turn out like this, they look more like this:Actually, Ethan was getting some good coverage on his this year, but his energy waned after about a third of the way done. We might leave it like this, or we might work on it again. I think the key to these is tackling them more then one afternoon in a row.


Favorite Video:











This video is from last year, and we are still watching it over and over. It never fails to lower my blood pressure, make everyone start smiling and dancing.

In the category of hopeful projects, we've got these:

Stack of fabric, patiently waiting to become a Chrismas tree skirt, and maybe even an apron or two or three.

Felted thrift store sweaters waiting patiently to made into these, and a little ball of Christmas Tree yarn waiting to made into this.

Here's wishing you cozy moments and fun projects!

6 Comments:

Anonymous LYN said...

I really enjoyed your entry today. Great pictures of kids and crafts. The video is fantastic, The Heifer Project is one of the BEST. They rate at the top of the scale among all non-profit organizations. They are based in Ceres, California, a very small farming community in the central valley.
I even bookmarked two new blogs... those trees are wonderful.
So thanks for a great day!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

I can totally relate. I have a bag of red, green, and gold fabric sitting on the floor to make into a patchwork tree skirt. Am I crazy, or what? I mean, I still have several knitted gifts to finish!!

1:11 PM  
Blogger Sarah N. said...

You make me want to start about 25 new projects before christmas - but I already have a to do list. Those chocolate covered oreos look yummy - might have to sneak those in somehow. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Mia said...

Hello! This is a first one for me in your blog! I really like what you have written about cleaning in your banner!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving such a nice comment. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a creative (especially you!) New Year!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

The Salvation Army bell ringing expedition story is a riot, and the fingerless mitts are great! Thanks for once again sharing so much info!!

Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy 2008 to you and your family.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

You ARE the best mom! Have a happy new year!

7:09 PM  

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