It's me! Click on the photo to see the effect up close and personal.
I still haven't gotten back to sewing, but it's tough with company staying here to find the time. Maybe tomorrow I'll have time to stitch a bit. I hope so!
Elizabeth is hobbling around, still in a bit of pain, but overall doing well. We had a nice drive around town looking at Christmas lights tonight. Tomorrow we'll go to the Christmas Eve service at our church and eat dinner at my parents. Mom has been cooking for days!
Santa came a bit early for the dogs around here. He left a version of himself in the dogs' Happy Howlidays stocking. Have I mentioned that dachshunds have no patience? They absolutely couldn't wait. So they've been very happily enjoying Santa for a few days now. Unfortunately, Santa has lost one leg in the process of their camaraderie with him.
Elizabeth's foot surgery went well this morning, though she's in some pain and on crutches. One thing I've learned about surgery (of any kind!) is to take the doctor's explanations of the recovery progress and throw them out the window. If they say the surgery will be a breeze, you can walk on your foot immediately, you won't need crutches, don't believe them!
She's on some pretty strong pain meds. We just put her to bed and hope she'll sleep a LONG TIME! Hopefully tomorrow the pain will be reduced.
Don't think I'm ditzy (even though I am!); I know it's not Monday quite yet. But Monday will be a crazy day around here, so I thought I'd better do this post today. As you can see, I've made a little more progress, but not much. Tis the season!
Emily's fiance left Friday to spend Christmas with his family. Elizabeth's boyfriend will be arriving today for a week. And tomorrow morning, Elizabeth is having some minor foot surgery. You may remember that last Christmas Emily had to have thyroid surgery. So yes, we have another Christmas with a hospital visit! But with the kids in college, Christmas is usually the longest period of time they are home, so we have to fit these things in when we can.
Last night, the girls and I went shopping for a wedding dress. What fun! This was supposed to be the first of several stores we'd visit over the holidays. But, wonder of all wonders, we found the PERFECT DRESS! Trust me, it's gorgeous!! We bought the dress, veil, undergarments, and heirlooming kit. What an accomplishment!
One day last week, Hubby arrived home from work and surprised me with this lovely box of candy. Have you seen these? Whitman Soho Artist Inspired Chocolates. What a nice surprise! How did he know I'd had a rather blah day? I guess after 25 year of marriages, he just sensed it.
You'll have to click on this picture to see the detail on each piece of candy - my photography skills are lacking. Aren't they beautiful?
It's interesting - now that Emily and Tommy are here, you'd think I wouldn't be blogging much. But I was really busier getting ready for everyone to be here. The preparation is always the most time consuming part of the holidays, don't you think? Now I can relax and enjoy having family here. So I am. And I even have time to blog!
Daughter 2 (Elizabeth) is driving home from Furman today; it's a five hour drive. She should be home this afternoon - can't wait!!!!
Here are more pictures from show and tell from our guild meeting yesterday. There were SO MANY beautiful quilts!
I was standing behind Gwen C at one point in the morning and took a picture of the back of her vest. She bought a thrift store vest and added these cute appliques using her stash of vintage wool and rick rack. Very cute! I forgot to add a link yesterday to my new friend, Carrie's, blog - you can find her here.
Emily's fiance, Tommy, arrived this morning. I love having young people here! They made Chex snack mix this morning. This afternoon we picked up my mother and had a nice Target shopping trip. We bought some silver Christmas ornaments we'll use in centerpieces at the wedding reception. The ornaments came in huge plastic cylinders - 40 ornaments per package. We bought four of these. On the way home, I went over a bump and one of the packages came open. For the rest of the ride home we could hear the ornaments rolling around in the back of my car. Luckily the ornaments are plastic so none broke.
We got tons of wedding planning done last night. We finished our invitation list. It had seemed like it would be a huge task, but with Hubby, Emily, and I working on it together, we were done in no time. Maybe I'll sew tomorrow?
Okay, so this is not the Mickey quilt. This is the real Mickey. Have you figured out why yet? I haven't had time to sew at all this past week! I've been busy with Christmas shopping, wrapping, house cleaning - all those pre-Christmas things. Daughter 1 came home from Auburn for the holidays yesterday. Her fiance will be here tomorrow. Daughter 2 will be here the next day. And her boyfriend will arrive during the weekend. I know I'll get back to that quilt soon, though. Today was our Christmas guild meeting, and I want to introduce you to my new friend, Carrie. We met through my blog, and met in person for the first time today. She came with me to the meeting. I'll have lots more photos from the meeting tomorrow, I promise! I need to stop writing now, because I'm supposed to be working on the wedding invitation list with hubby and Daughter 1. Be back soon with more...
You may remember that last year my cactus bloomed at Thanksgiving instead of Christmas. But this year it's more on schedule. I leave my cactus outside on our covered deck from Spring until the first frost, when it comes inside. This year our first frost was later than usual. I think this is why it's blooming later this year. Whatever the case, I'm enjoying it!
The plant has a place of honor in the living room below the Patches quilt - it used to live on the kitchen table, but it's gotten too big. I actually measured it yesterday - can you believe my Christmas cactus is more than 40 inches across! More than a yard! The quilt is 50 inches across.
I entered Patches in another contest recently. I had entered him in one earlier this year, but he wasn't juried in. So I'll try, try again. I'll keep you posted.
Is there anyone out there who hasn't played Dirty Santa? Everyone brings a wrapped gift. Everyone draws numbers, one through whatever. The first person picks a gift, unwraps it, oohs and ahhs galore. The second person can pick a gift or be dirty and steal the first person's gift. The game goes on until everyone has a gift.
So at my bee luncheon last week, we played Dirty Santa. Each of us brought one yard of fabric which we'd gift wrapped. Out of 11, I drew the number nine. Yes, I know! I was almost last, lucky me! So I got to see 8 unwrapped pieces of fabric and pick from them or choose a surprise package.
So we went along playing, and NO ONE was stealing! One person started to steal, but the person with the fabric said she didn't want her to take her fabric, so she didn't. Let me tell you, this is a SWEET group.
But I'm not so sweet. Not when playing Dirty Santa, anyway. So when my turn came, I STOLE! I know, pretty dirty don't you think? But I really wanted this gorgeous fabric! Don't you love it! It reminds me of push pins stuck into a black board, as in this artist with whom I'm currently obsessed. Go on and check him out and I'll wait for you. Be sure to enlarge the photos of his work to see what they're made from....
Isn't that amazing?! I thought you'd like it. So now maybe you can see why I'm such a dirty person. I was the ONLY one who was dirty when we played last week. Oh well.
I've only added one new piece since last week, and it's not completely stitched in place. My excuses include Christmas shopping, two Christmas parties, and one sinus headache. The shopping is all but done (yay!). We even got all the decorations up this weekend (yay!). So I'm hoping there will be more sewing done this week. Double yay!!
We can't wait for our daughters to get here for the holidays. Plus we'll have Daughter 1's fiance for a few days and Daughter 2's boyfriend for a few days. It will be fun to have a full house.
I took my mother Christmas shopping today. She loves to shop this time of year, and I can help steer her toward gifts for my girls. We had a nice morning.
I told you I was obsessed! I need to put down this computer and sew! But doesn't Mickey look cute in hexagons?
I did take a break from playing with photos this morning, but not a break from the computer. I did most of my Christmas shopping from the comfort of my recliner, via Amazon.com and my credit card. Hubby called in the midst of my shopping spree to say the credit card had called him to verify the charges. Yes, I had the plastic card smoking!
I've done little stitching over the last couple of days. Somehow, for some reason, unbeknownst to me, I've been obsessed with playing with this photo on Photoshop. Here's one iteration. (Oh wow - iteration - that word brings back Engineering school memories! Iteration usually meant figure it out by trial and error.) Which brings me back to playing with the photo - lot's of trial and error!
What will I do with it? I don't even know! I'm just having fun, playing with a photo. You might want to click on it to see it closer.
By the way, I did get my foot x-rayed and nothing is broken. Yay! But it still hurts. Luckily it's not my sewing foot.
I am a wife, mother to two daughters, an avid art quilter, cooking contest entrant, and dog lover. My book, FABRIC PHOTO PLAY, AQS, 2005, demonstrates my original technique for making portrait quilts. My second book (with Peggy Rhodes), Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts was recently released.