The week-end festivities are over and everything appears to be back to normal. Although, until after the Christmas holidays, I doubt everything will be normal. There are leftovers in the fridge and the scale indicates I gained about 3 pounds. I need to at least get back to my normal eating pattern.
I am beginning to plan a Christmas letter to mail out to family & friends. However, every year I accumulate leftover cards and stationary and I feel as though I need to use them up. My thought was to design a special card that I can print on my computer and enclose a picture of the family. Photos always provide a current view of our family to those that are far away and do not see us often. I enjoy receiving photos, as well.
Today, I am also stitching together a Christmas ornament. Ever year, my local Kiltie Quilter group holds a Christmas party at our first meeting in December. We have a gift exchange, in which everyone brings a handmade ornament. The gifts are numbered and we draw to determine who gets to select first, and so on, among the wrapped packages. A fat quarter is also acceptable, if someone does not have time to make an ornament. I am making a wool felt Matryoshaka from a Holiday Crafts magazine put out by BH&G this year.
Did some shopping this afternoon. Picked up some wool felt to make a Christmas stocking for my granddaughter. I plan to put butterflies and flowers onto it, along with her name. I picked up a McCalls pattern last year that has a stocking and ornaments that have embroidery embellishments that look "Old World". I plan to add wool felt pieces instead of the embroidery stitches, but will add stitching around the edges of the wool pieces. I may decide to do them in a blanket stitch with black perle cotton. I haven't decided yet. I also picked up some fleece at 50% off to make a hat, scarf and mitten set for my daughter. I'd rather make a set than buy them. Just hope I haven't put too many projects on my list to finish before the big day.
I do have a few projects completed. I made an e-Reader cover for one gift. And, I plan to use the same pattern to make a grocery shopping list cover that holds a pad of paper, pencil and coupons.
This is an Atkinson's Design pattern that I purchased at a Groovy Girls meeting.
There was a little excitement in the neighborhood this afternoon. I noticed a police car at the neighbors. Later, the officer knocked at our door. Turns out that the neighbors across the street were broken into last evening. With our poor economy and the holidays around the corner, we must all be careful to protect ourselves. Here's hoping you have a safe holiday season!