All of us being adults, there are few surprises at Christmas, but we did have a good time opening our presents. Among the lovely gifts I received was one DD Elaine gave me--a ruler I desired:
An unexpected gift from grandson Cove was this treasure:
I did order myself a couple of gifts that my husband said "Merry Christmas" to. Both are for streamlining and unifying my open, cluttered sewing room. First is what is actually a computer desk, very simple, white, and open. This will house an added scrapbooking storage bin cart. The plan is to have three of the carts under the desk, which in turn will free up space under the cutting table, which in turn will allow room for my extra sewing machine, now occupying space in my husband's music room. There will likely be a lot of things moving around in the near future! This includes the current desk sitting next to my sewing machine desk:
There was some holiday sewing post-Christmas, more trees.
These are improv trees from Amy Smart's tutorial. I used only two colors in my previous use of this method, for the crayon challenge I showed before, but free of that restriction, this deep red complemented the Cotton + Steel charm pack prints. Leftover scraps for ground and trunk were easily added.
A little batting, rattail cord, stitch and turn, a little handquilting, and these were quickly snapped up by my daughters, niece and daughter's friend. Quick and fun. Tonight we will keep Cove for his first sleepover, and celebrate the New Year tomorrow with a family BBQ.
I think the best Christmas gift I gave this year was finding a new place for my sister to live. This happened fortuitously when I called the mother of a friend whom I knew has a big house and sometimes rents to others. Timing is everything--she had a room available and has met Kathy on several prior occasions so knows her already. Serendipity! Kathy's daughter is here visiting and will be helping her move to the new place before she heads back to St. Louis Jan 2, where she is starting a new job after being unemployed for many months. Wonderful news for all--Happy New Year!