Friday, December 19, 2008

Are we Ready??

"Are we ready?" Trick Question. Irrelevant, because you are going to have to face the fact that Christmas will be here in less than a week, my friends.

It has been a whirlwind of activity around the ol' quiltilicious studio, and not enough on the quilt or 'licious side, but mostly on child rearing and my "day job" bleck. I really was hoping for that mythical relaxing-by-the-fire-while-making-my-handmade presents-and-sipping-cocoa thing, but instead it is squeeze in 10 minutes here and there for shopping, throw everything in the loft and sort it out later, throw on the same black sweater I wear to every holiday event and run for the car with my makeup bag in hand. oh well. next year?

I am the multi-tasker though, so on my way to another of my endless holiday obligations, I pulled over and took these pictures of fall foliage. Who says we don't have changing seasons here in CA?

On a completely different note, here is the finished quilt, renamed Spiked Melon. I am so excited that I get to teach a class on this! Woo hoo! (This is a pattern in Karen Stone Quilts that she calls Lady Liberty goes to Hawaii)

Last night we had our late night sewing drop in group and our White Elephant exchange which was a lot of fun. I managed to make progress on 2 Christmas gifts, so I am fairly happy with that turn of events. It looks like Saturday I will have some elf time in the afternoon, and on Sunday morning, too. (Party Saturday night and Sunday night, sheesh!)
Oh, just to see if anyone is reading this, I have an extra copy of the book "Cookies and Quilts" by Judy Martin that I would love to give you if you post a comment. I will give the book to the first person who responds that they would like to have it. Howz that for Christmas spirit? No guaranteed Christmas delivery though.
I am off to make gingerbread houses!
Have a Merry and Bright, and drink some eggnog.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Santa's workshop is buzzing!

Ok, quick post with a shout out to the Happy Zombie who created this awesome project for us all to enjoy. Go make some Pennie Pockets!!

I managed to make my sugar and salt scrubs (thanks Martha Stewart) and this adorable penant-style pennie pocket for my friend's son last night, PLUS I finished my gift for our Thursday night sewing group white elephant exchange, PLUS I nearly finished my magnetic memory board thingy for another kid on my Christmas list.

OH P.S. Head out to Thimble Creek if you live in the area for their awesome sale. If you don't live in the area, you should.