It's nice to start a new week with clean carpets, another Christmas tree assembled and lit (but sans decorations), and a few big events enjoyed, and off the to do list!
Saturday morning I delivered fifteen loaves of cinnamon bread to church for the Confection Selection fund raiser we have each December for the local pregnancy center. It was a good success raising over $1400! At 11 a.m. I was back to help prepare for the Mothers of Twins club family Christmas party. I'm not as involved as I have been in previous years, but I really enjoy helping with the party, watching the little twins play and be excited to see Santa. In the evening DH, Kirsten, and I went to the local production of The Nutcracker Ballet. We had a really great surprise when good friends of Mystie and Matt, the Eisingers, had the seats right next to us. Every year I hear that so and so will be attending at the same time as me, but I never see them!
Sunday was church as usual. What wasn't usual was spending time at the mall during the Christmas rush in the afternoon. Unfortunately, it was the only time I had available to try and find something to wear to the company Christmas dinner in the evening. I ended up finding some good bargains at Christopher & Banks - I should always just start there! Once I got home I successfully found and wrapped three white elephant gifts for my teen boys attending a party that night, then got myself dressed for the dinner. Dinner was yummy and I got to bring home lots of leftovers so I don't have to cook tonight - yay!
With dinner taken care of, I'm using this working model to assemble my Christmas cards today. When I spoke of my card recipe in a previous post, what I do is write out all the dimensions of all the elements of the card so, hopefully, I won't make too many mistakes at the paper cutter! Some of the colors may change as I go along and use up my cardstock, but this card is my jumping off point.
And here's my almost finished hardanger coaster! It's from a leaflet by Donna Olson called "Small Projects" stitched with NN Watercolours "Pebbles" on a natural-colored lugana from my stash. Can't say that I really enjoy using the Watercolours, perhaps it would be better on hardanger fabric, but I find it to be a little too "wooly", the twist isn't tight enough and I found I had to push the thread over to see the fabric holes for the next stitch. At least that's the problem I had with this fabric. It's fun to experiment, and I dearly love the colors!
Well, gotta get ready for my little grandsons to arrive real soon. Hope to be coming around to visit some blogs this evening, but I'm thinking I won't catch up till after the 26th. That seems to be a familiar chorus for most of us!