Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Christmas prep is almost done here.  Things are much easier since the kids are grown and the grandkids are getting older.  We didn't put up a tree last year and we aren't going to put one up this year either.

Last week Brad was home so we spent most of our time cleaning up the basement and fixing up his man-cave down there.  It was a lot of work (especially for him) but it is really looking much better.

Last week I finished my most important Christmas gift: a quilt for Peter and Jessica.  This is one of two I'm making for them.  The other one was a vintage Grandmother's flower garden that still needs to be quilted.  I was hoping to do a double sided quilt with this one and the vintage piece but it just didn't work out.  So I have this one ready for the holiday and will finish the other one later.  Here are two photos I took.  The quality of the photo is bad (it seems to be grey every day here) but you get the gyst.  The squares are all sorts of things that Jessica likes:  polka dots, cherries, a print that looks like houndstooth, and some fabric with words that summarize her passion for growing, preserving and cooking.  I hope she likes it!  Here is the photo of the whole piece and a close up of the border fabric:

Last week I almost made gifts for our vet and his staff at Emmaus Animal Hospital.  They have been wonderful to Seamus and our family.  We took over a big batch of chocolate chip cookies and a snowman s'more kit for each person there.  I like this little thingy and made some for our library staff and the kids in the neighborhood.

The marshmallow snowmen are made by our local candy company, Just Born.  You might know the company because of the marshmallow peeps they make.  Anyway, if you want to make some of these, the template is here.

I'm off to get ready for a guild meeting and am hoping that we don't get the inclement weather called for this evening.  Hope you are all doing well!  
Happy St. Nicholas Day!

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