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Twas the Saturday before Christmas….

….. and all through the house there is so much stirring … but there  better not be a mouse! That would mean our cat Myrtle isn’t doing her job.

It has been a very busy few months since I have been here to post.  Last you heard from me I was getting ready for the first craft fair of the fall/holiday season.  It was quite successful as well as the two others that followed that one.  Between replenishing stock , orders that I received and working on Christmas gifts,  well, let’s just say  my machines are enjoying a well-deserved break now.  Here are some of the popular things at the craft fairs this year:

And then there were a couple items that were made just this last week:


After the fairs were over, there were birthday celebrations and getting the house decorated for Christmas.  Luckily we had a beautiful, warm day and were able to get the outside lights, etc. done before our early Thanksgiving get-together.         Outside decorations

The reason things needed to be done early was because I was headed to California to be there for the birth of our granddaughter who was due on Thanksgiving day!   She made her appearance the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  I was so thrilled to be there for the event and also to spend time with her older brother (who just turned 3 yesterday!).  It was wonderful.   And while I was away, my dear, sweet hubby was taking care of getting the Christmas cards written out and mailed,  doing a lot of the Christmas shopping, finishing up the decorating inside and overall, keeping the household running.   He did an amazing job.  Maybe I should go away for two weeks right after Thanksgiving every year?!  No, sweetie, only kidding.

Now here we are at the solstice and winter will officially be here.  I can’t say that I am sad about that.  I really enjoy all the seasons.   After all the fun and enjoyment of gathering with friends and family and the hustle and bustle of the holidays,  January brings a time of rest and reflection.   I look forward to slower paced days, cozy evenings watching tv or a movie, reading a book,  or two or three,  or just relaxing with a glass of wine or a cup of tea in front of the fire while listening to music.   I hope we have a few snowy days where I can sit and watch the snowflakes slowly fall and cover the ground and the trees in a beautiful soft, white blanket that brings a calm, hushed feeling.

Tonight at 11:19 I will happily welcome winter.     I am excited about the coming week of being with family,  exchanging gifts,  visiting with friends,  enjoying some wonderful holiday food and goodies and then awaiting the arrival of 2020.  What will next year bring?

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

Bye for now.





Winter is still here

snow #2 snow

And I still see the beauty in it.  Even after having to clear about 5″ of snow off my car after getting out of work early and shoveling out the driveway so I could pull in when I got home.

And then I sat down with a nice warm, cozy cup of tea to enjoy the beautiful scenery and then I had a visit from another beauty:

Blue Jay hanging out #2

When I am not shoveling snow, I have been spending some time in my sewing room too.

Here are a couple of things that I have completed:

A set of blocks for our great-nephew’s 1st birthday a couple of weeks ago

Connor's blocks

And also a tablerunner made from the Stonehenge line of fabric by Northcott.  I used the half hexy ruler and I liked the way it came out.  So did my son which is who I made it for.

Stonehedge - tablerunner #2 Stonehedge - tablerunner

I’ve got a number of other projects that I am working on.  Cushion covers, still working on my lattice quilt and a set of three Easter tablerunners for a friend.

I wonder, will we have snow for Easter?  It’s only a month away.

Stay warm and safe.

Winter is visiting

So, what does one do when it’s just too cold to go out and about on a Sunday?  One cooks!

Hubby and I worked in the kitchen for a couple hours chopping,  slicing, browning,  caramelizing, stirring, frying and voila’  …. we had our meals all set to go for the week.

A pot of sauce and meatballs  We started with a pot of sauce and meatballs to go along with our ravioli for Sunday dinner.  Mmmmm, there’s nothing like the smell of onions and garlic sauteing in some olive oil to get those gastric juices flowing.

And since it was going to be really, really cold today, we decided that a nice pot of beef barley soup would be just the ticket.   Beef Barley Soup

And boy did that hit the spot and warm our innards.   Love the crock pot for soups.

Then it was on to the Chicken Cacciatore for tomorrow night.   Chicken Cacciatore  Can’t wait.  It’s one of my favorites.

Wednesday will be pasta primavera so there really isn’t much to do ahead of that except have the veggies ready.  And then Thursday we will have our choice of leftovers.

Of course, after all that prepping and cooking, there was a lot of clean-up but it sure is worth the time so that when we get home from work, dinner is very quickly on the table.

After cooking,  I headed up to the Sewing Studio and worked on my lattice quilt for a while

Lattice Quilt   Love the colors in this line of fabric.  It’s called Ambrosia and it just looks so summery to me.  Hubby came up and helped with some cutting for some baby blocks I am also working on.

After that, we watched Saving Mr. Banks.  Really enjoyed that movie.  I was singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” in my head all day today.  🙂   Rounded out the day by watching Friday’s episode of Blue Bloods and then Downton Abbey.

And so, that’s what one does when it’s too cold to go out and about on a Sunday.  At least that’s what this one does.

See you soon.