Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ready for the new year!

I am happy to report that I am getting back to business. While I'm still enjoying the holiday, the work downtown is finished and I do have more time. It feels really good. I haven't gotten back to any sewing yet but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My first project will be to finish the backing and quilting for a top that I gave someone back in May. I'm hoping to finish before this person has another birthday. I have many other projects but have to take them one at a time.

Now that I'm home I can just enjoy the house and my decorations. I don't have any plans to un-decorate yet. There is scads of time for that. And even when Christmas comes down, there is always time for snowmen. As you can see, Molly even got in on the decorating!

Santa is happily resting in his rocker. 

Just a few of the gang. 

Always room for one more. 

Did you ever stop to realize how many snowmen there are?

Standing guard

Whatever you may do, I hope that everyone enjoys the rest of the holiday and has a wonderful new year.  And may it include lots of time for sewing!

Monday, December 19, 2011

It's about time...

...for another blog post, that is! I can't believe I have neglected this for so long. Working seven days a week and trying to get ready for Christmas has really taken all my time. Now that my cards are all sent, presents are bought, wrapped and in the mail, I can finally get back to the rest of my life. I only have two more days to work at the Christmas Village. And lucky for all of us, the weather has not been too cold.

Our Good Enough Quilters group met two weeks ago and it is time to share their wonderful creations with you. The pink and green quilt was made by Fran. Isn't it pretty! We all loved the finished product. The back of the quilt was a solid piece of fabric which really showed off the quilting.

Our group is making a bug jar quilt for the local nature center and here is one of the blocks. I hope whoever made this will forgive me for not remembering who this belonged to. We will each make our own section and then put them together in a small quilt. I love the idea and we all will have them ready for our February meeting.

Looks like black shoes were our theme for the night!

This is Cindy's Halloween table runner. I think it is hard to see in the picture but the center is rather sparkly.

 Debbie made this quilt for her granddaughter. I think the colors are great and the quilting she did is perfect.

This is Laura's block of the month quilt. Very hard to show since it was a king-size quilt. I think the different blocks look great. It is one of my quilts in progress. Mine will not be king-size. At the rate I'm going, doll-size would be impressive.

I'm not sure when I will get back to this blog so I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday. May you be surrounded by those you love. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I'm still here!

I just looked at my blog and can't believe I haven't posted since November 21st. Wow, where does the time go?

Actually I have been spending most of my time at the Kathe Wohlfahrt store at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia. It took us a week to set up and then opened on Thanksgiving Day. As usual, we have wonderful handmade German items and lots of wonderful customers. There are people who have been coming since we opened for the first time four years ago. I think I have mentioned this before. If you live in the Philadelphia area, be sure to visit the Village. It is open every day from 11-7 and on Friday and Saturday from 11-8. Just like a trip to the markets in Germany.

I did have off from there for the last three days so I could help at the Craft Show at the Pearl Buck House. The show is juried and filled with wonderful items. The Santa candle holder is one of the items I found to buy there. So very cute.

In the middle of all this running, I have been trying to get all my decorating finished. Before I could start, I did have to get some help to bring in the bins of "stuff". A friend brought some in a few weeks ago and then my godson came over and took those out and brought in the rest. It sure is helping me to make progress. I'm getting there!

The snowmen are getting ready for winter to arrive. 

Just a little comfy spot by the hearth. 

Does anyone smell gingerbread?

The carolers and the French Santa. 

Love the funky tree in the middle.

It is always so much fun to get out the decorations and find things you had  forgotten about. I am pretty pleased that items for each area are in the same bin. Makes the job go so much quicker.

My goal is now to finish the decorating and maybe even get to sewing! There is still time, right?