Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 and Christmas Wrap Up

Happy New Year!

As per usual, I'm a little late to the Wrap Up game.  2015 was a very busy year in both work and personal life hours and it sure contributed to less sewing/quilting/stitching.  I did not make many large quilts but there were a lot of smaller projects completed. On the whole, there were a lot of things I kept or finished for myself--I know, right?  I also made a TeePee for my grandson's first birthday.  He loves it.

There were also a lot of starts and stops on multiple projects, not shown here!  My final finish of the year is the little tree runner, which I gave to my new friend and manicurist. 

 These improv trees were left over from last year's guild challenge where I picked two crayons (mine were old gold and green) .  I sashed them with this pinecone print. 

I had fun doing some straight line quilting with a little detail within the trees.  

Christmas was hectic, in that DH's 96 year old mother was taken to the ER by ambulance on Christmas Eve with abdominal cramps and difficulty breathing.  She checked out fine, except for high blood pressure, and we took her home, but our Christmas Eve gathering with our kids got pushed back a bit.  Grandson Cove, 22 months, was revved up but adorably so.
Very serious as he starts in on a big gift from his Uncle Nick.

 He removed every single bit of wrapping paper before checking out his gift.

 A basketball hoop!

 Cove had a great time inside this large gift bag, in which we kept throwing tissue and wrapping paper and he would pop up and down.  I caught his Mama and Auntie's reactions.

He wasn't quite sure about Santa at the Mall, but at least he didn't cry!

This Santa at the tree lot absolutely dwarfed the little guy.  

And his parents reported that he said about this extra large tree, "Take home".  

We feel very lucky to get to see our kids and grandson often and look forward to the next grandson arriving in March!

And finally, some changes for my followers who use Google Friend Connect, per Blogger Buzz:
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Mary said...

I think Santa had his hands full when Cove stopped by and it looks like package opening time was a fun adventure for all!

Janet O. said...

We quilt when we can, right? I don't have much to show for the year, so I won't. Your wrap-up looks good to me.
Sorry about your MIL. My Mom fell down some stairs a week before Christmas and caring for her kept us busy through the holiday, too.
Cove is such a great age for Christmas. Very cute photos of his fun!

Kate said...

Love that table runner, it's very festive without being Christmassy. Looks Like Cole was funny into Christmas this year. He's at such a fun age. Hoping your 2016 is a little more settled than your 2015 was.

Belinda said...

Ok….there it is…..that Christmas baby spam!!! LOL….love his reaction as he squats down to see his basketball hoop AND playing in the bag. Isn't that always the little ones favorite part, playing in the
paper, boxes and bags!! Love it!!

DARN it! What's Google doing now????!!!