Saturday, December 13, 2014

I Love Christmas

This year I decided to switch things up a little with my decorating.  I promised DH that I wouldn't put out all of my nutcrackers this year, I only put out about a 1/3 of them.  I also made a new garland to go over the mantle with some antique ornaments that I found at an antique store a few weeks ago.  I think it turned out ok, I'm not usually crafty when it comes to things like this.



I found this little silver/gold tree at the same antique store along with the crochet doily that I am using for a tree skirt.  The silver/gold nutcracker was a gift from my mom last year for a Pre-christmas present.  The little Santa and sleigh belonged to my older brother when he was little, I decided that I needed it.  My mom always made a winter scene in the large picture window in our living room and the little sleigh was always a part of it.  She also used ornaments, pine cones, and candles, This was one of the first things my mom would do to decorate for Christmas, we always had a real tree and it didn't go up until about  a week before Christmas.  We never purchased a tree, we always went out into the woods to cut one, my dad usually had one already picked out about a month before Christmas.  That is one of my favorite memories of Christmas, going out with my brother and dad to cut our tree.  I miss my dad everyday, but more so at the holidays.  Enough reminiscing, out tree is up a couple of years ago I bought an artificial tree to help out with my DH's allergies.  It isn't a bad tree, just not a real one.


I spent half of my day looking for this Santa and our stockings, I was starting to panic I thought that possibly they had been thrown away after last Christmas.  Of course I found them in the last place I looked today, the basement.  

Hope everyone's decorating is going well!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Tradition

Love Mother Earth draped in blue and white lights
 A few years ago the Atlanta Botanical Gardens started a new Christmas tradition with their Garden of Lights.  DH and I have been every year for the last four years.  This year we were accompanied by my brother and his new wife.  They have lived in the area for several years and we have never been able to get them to go with us, they barely made it since they are moving at the end of this month.
One of my favorites, even though there are no lights

Poinsettia tree, absolutely beautiful


Pegasus no idea who the person in the corner is.

Large tree in the courtyard.



If you are in the area and get a chance to go it is open until  January.

Friday, December 5, 2014

This is why I am tired!!

 Every year I do something special in the media center, usually the Polar Express.  This year I decided to branch out and I am turning the media center into Whoville.  I have the Grinch and Max outside the  media center.
Group of trees inside the door
 I absolutely love this idea that I found on Pintrest.  A tree made from streamers hanging from the ceiling and we have tall ceilings in the media center. This is just the beginning.  More to come next week.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brr!!



Winter made an early appearance in Atlanta this week, I am writing this as watching the news showing all of the snow in Buffalo and other parts of the North, so I am not complaining.  Last weekend we were at the cabin and woke up to temperatures in the low 20's on Saturday morning.  We put off doing our outside jobs as long as possible but eventually had to get to work.  My job was to clear the drive way of leaves, part of our drive way is very steep and the wet leaves can make getting up the drive difficult at some times.  Here is the drive way before blowing the leaves:
Drive way after blowing leaves
Actually I didn't even get to completely finish, the first blower died a sudden death.  We then got out the electric blower, it didn't even last 10 minutes until smoke and flames started coming out of it.  A new blower is definitely in our future.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pillows everywhere

I am on a pillow making roll.  The first one I made for November, Be Thankful has been very popular.  I even had several people ask for a pillow in the same colors but with their child's name on it, of course no pumpkins.  I decided to do some for Christmas.  Each pillow is my own design and uses my hand dyed wool.  All of these pillows are the same size so all you have to do is slip the form out from the back and put your new cover on.
Santa and his sleigh on red.
Santa and his sleigh on white.

Holly Jolly with red jingle bells in each coner.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I'm ready for winter

This is my new sweatshirt, had it custom done by a friend of mine, Quilting is My Superpower.  I need all the super power help I can get now. I am in the middle of book fair at school, trying to make some wool samples for a class, get ready for Thanksgiving, and do some quilting.  If interested in purchasing a sweatshirt send me an email and I can help you.  Thanks.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Crazy stocking


Crazy Stocking
I absolutely love all of the wool patterns over at Primitive Gatherings.  My new favorite one is the Crazy Christmas Stocking.  I got the pattern a couple of days ago and have already got all of the background pieces selected and wool for the appliques read to go.  My plan for tonight is to trace all of the applique designs and get started.  If all goes as planned you will see the beginnings tomorrow.  Everyone in my family already has cross-stitched stockings that I have made over the years, but I couldn't help myself and  just have to make this one.  You can never have too  many stockings!  Actually if I get it finished in time I am going to donate it to the Silent Auction that our school  has for Relay for Life.  I have a few weeks before the auction so maybe I can get it done.  Wish me luck.
Wool ready to be made into a stocking.