Tuesday, December 13, 2011
'Tis the Season...
Lately, I've been spending a whole lot of time at this place, helping my sons' boy scout troop sell Christmas trees. We've had a long-ish spell of freezing fog to coincide with it too, beautiful, but cold, and icy!
Today, the sun is really trying hard to peek through the fog. I sure hope it does! Luckily, I have a lot of warm winter clothes from living in Northern Michigan, but it's still given me a whole new appreciation for those who work outdoors this time of year.
I did manage to send off a few hand made gifts this year. I found these ultra-cute paper dolls printed on fabric at our local quilt store this summer, and bought up enough to make some for my nieces. All I did was fuse the fabric to some fusible fleece, then cut it all out. No sewing involved, and a perfect thing to do while watching TV at night.
I also had a personal request to make a replacement purse for another niece, after she lost her purse in a store. Welcome to the world young lady! At least she's not old enough to carry a credit card and drivers' license!
I also had to order batting on-line, after driving to the closest Jo-anns, an hour away, and they were all sold out! Booooo. Luckily they had it on-line half off, with free shipping. But it took forever to get here. Now I can finally put some quilts together (once I find some time). I also decided to send my Bliss Quilt to my intended recipient (another niece... my SIL and BIL have 4 beautiful girls, and my brother and SIL have 1). I still feel bad that the quilting isn't great, but luckily it is a really pretty quilt.
I hope all of you are enjoying the season! Yes, there's always a ton to do, but it's also a nice time to reconnect, help others and to remember that the best gifts are those that don't cost a cent.