Thursday, November 25, 2010

29 days and counting!!

Goodness gracious the time is going to really fly now!  There are only 29 days to Christmas...are you pulling your hair out yet?  

I am happy to say that my shopping is done!  Well all except the big "kids" stocking stuffers, but give me an hour and I will have them done!  Woo Hooo!  Although I am now busy knitting up 4 - 5 items and have 3 left to sew up. Two are ready to sew up and won't take but a couple of hours. The third?  Well, that one is still in the thinking stage, but it is almost all "thought" out.  One evening to sew it up and voila! and  Hello, Santa! Just have to double check my list!

I made up seven gifts this week, and sorry I cannot show you what they are until after Christmas.  Some are small, but made with tonnes of love and one was a biggie!

Baking you say? Well I don't do much of that anymore as the kids are not around as much with all the visiting they end up having to do with their extended families and friends and we really do not entertain. Hmm maybe we should change that?? LOL  But I do make some special packages for some friends; but no leftovers!!  I give those away too!  We don't NEED them! 

Early next week will begin the decorating inside the house, but I don't go all out as it takes too long to get it all out and too long to pack it all away, but it is festive when I'm done :-)  Besides...what is that saying "Less is more"?  I've never really understood that saying but I'm going to use it LOL

So if you haven't made your list, do so now.  Each time you head out for groceries, pick a couple of the names from your list and do them too!  Really it won't take long!  I took one whole day and did it.  AND I did it without a list  - believe it or not... I really did!

Happy shopping...and remember... the time is gonna slip by your faster than penguins on ice!! (I loooove Penguins!)

Hugs everyone,

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let's Get This Show On The Road!

Hah! By the title of this post you might think that I was heading off to somewhere far, far away and warmer!   NOT!   It is more about the reason for the season that is coming upon us!

By the time you read this, there will be LESS THAN 40 days to Christmas,  my most favorite time of the year, other than my birthday!J  It is the time of the year that I (me - Santa!) give presents (small as some of them may be) to those who are in my family, those who are like family to me and to my closest of friends.  It is the time of the year where I feel I don't "need" to give a gift to someone, but rather because I really want to. Just because I give a gift doesn't mean I want a gift in return or that the recipient feels they "have" to return the gesture - I have to remind those in my family of that each year, don't I?J  My saying is "It is the time of the year that I give freely and with out complaint, so just say thank you!"
The sewing machines are busy and keeping "The Down-under Sweat Shop" warm!  I have  been lining up the projects to keep them going smoothly under the needle every chance I get, but you won't get to see any more of those projects until after Christmas.  I promise I will show them to you.   I just love this hussle and bussle of this time of the year!  Really, I do!  I am in my glory at a sewing machine and hope I can be that way for many more years to come!  Besides, I have to be ... I have too many things left to finish and even more yet to start!  LOL

I am hoping that all the "shopping" that I do have "chosen" to do, will be done before the end of November - yes - I do mean this year!!  And I know it is not that long off.  I have never - ever tried to be this far ahead and this year I really want to sit back and totally enjoy this special time of the year.  Mind you that isn't counting all the sewing I have to do.  I could still be at that on Christmas Eve!  And this is okay... I love it!

Bah, Humbug you say?

Sorry people, but Christmas is exactly what "YOU" make it; remember that everyone.  Yes, it is has become very commercialized but "you" don't have to make it that way, do you? - that is each person's choice to make.  My choice is to make it as enjoyable as possible for those I keep near and dear to my heart.  Did you know that when this Christmas is over there are 364 (or 365 in a leap year) days until the next Christmas?  So, why do people put themselves through the stress of cramming it all in in two weeks or just the month of December?  Believe or not, Christmas falls on Dec 25th EVERY YEAR!  Amazing, huh?
It totally boggles my mind when people (not saying it's any of you but if the know the rest of that saying J) rush around a couple weeks before Christmas, like little ants in a totally disturbed ant hole, saying they haven't done any shopping, baking, company is coming, yadda, yadda, yadda!   YO, People!!  It isn't all about the shopping, baking, prettying up the house ... there is so much more to Christmas and people are forgetting that.   Linus explained this best to Charlie Brown and one I truly believe.  (I still love to watch this show every year)

So on that note - be well this time of year and enjoy the reason for this season!


LUKE 2:8-14
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Did I have to count them all??

Have you ever wondered how many of this or that you may have?   Well, remember the count I did with the scissors?  No way in my wildest dreams did I think I had that many pairs of scissors!  By the way, I did find the ones I was missing LOL  
See the UFO's hiding???

Pat Sloan, a very wonderful pattern designer, is hosting  "12 UFO Buster Tips" and the first thing to do was to count how many UFO's you had.  I decided that I would "count" something once again, it can't be all that bad, right?  Thank goodness I can count that high!  I knew I had UFO's - UnFinished prOjects - I wasn't denying it - really I wasn't.  When my sewing room was remodeled a couple of years ago I had packed UFO's in totes and labeled them, so I knew where they were.  Well part of this process is being honest with yourself, right?  How I wish I had stopped counting after the first tote.  I found UFO's hiding EVERYWHERE, and yes they were hiding! Some in plain site, others stuffed in between pieces of fabrics and yet others in little bags with all the makings of something inside.  Even though I was tempted to quit counting after 20, I kept at it. 
UFO's - Don't they look pretty?

And I kept counting...25... 30 ... 40!!!  Oh my gosh!  Where have all these pieces come from?  Yes, all of these pieces I do remember making at some point in my sewing frenzies.  45.... 50... Snappin' Blues!!  65... 75... 85 ... somebody wake me up please!!   Now some of these projects could maybe be lumped together as they are the same, like the little totes I make...but really they are individual pieces right?   So, those pieces deserve their own number ... 90 ... 93.  93!!  Crappola!  These all cannot be mine... can they?   You bet your sweet bootie they all are mine.  All except one!  My daughter made me a quilt when I turned 40 and my plan was to hand quilt it.  Okay, so that was .. ahh... years ago  I'm still deciding what to quilt on it, along with the other 12 or more quilt tops!  Then there are another 15 - 20 smaller pieces that just need to be quilted ...  then many projects that still need to be finished to get them to the quilting stage!  OH my... I need a drink ... Wait!... I don't drink, although this may have drove me to do just that! LOL
More quilts hiding!
One would think that with that many UFO's you wouldn't miss one, right?  Wrong!  One was missing in action, but I did find remember just where it ended up.  Last I remembered was working on it at a friends house, but from there it is was a total blank.  I hunted high and low for it.  Then I cleaned off some other projects on the corner of my desk and VOILA!  How'd it get there?? LOL 

I have alot of the less time consuming projects to finish, all gathered in one tote.  I have been working on those every chance I get!  Then I went looking for a "specific" piece of scrap fabric.  Checking the tote I thought, "what is in that one under it?"    AHHHHH !!  I shouldn't have opened it!  It just happened to contain another 8 or more UFO's!!!    Not to mention another 3 or 4 I had found prior to this hunting for the missing UFO!  This is a really bad dream, someone please, please shake me hard to wake up!  Once again never-ever in my wildest of wildest dreams did I even think I would come close to 50 UFO's.  Now here I am with over 100 of the little fabric-thread-bearing pieces of  my so called  "hobby" to finish!   It seems to me to be more of an addition, don't you?  Admitting it is the first step...right??  But did I really have to?

My first 10 UFO's to finish!
My plan of attack?  Work on the smaller pieces and finish them completely.   I will piece together any of the quilts that are not made into a complete "top".  But as for the quilt tops that are together - they will be packed in a tote for later.  All they need is a backing and then to be quilted, so for now I will say they are "done".  Besides, I will go totally broke buying the batting and backing!

As you can see, I won't be bored for a very, very long time!

Keep your needle sharp... you never know when I may call on you to help!!
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