Tag Archive 'Christmas'

Dec 19 2016

Brrr, It Is Cold Outside

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I never, ever, thought I would say it but I have been enjoying the cold weather. Schools and churches have been closed which means everyone is supposed to stay home and sew! I got busy working on clue #4 for the En Provence Mystery quilt.

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That took a whole day. I was doing laundry and cleaning too so when I got finished, I was ready to work on more projects.

I had tried washing a table runner I made years ago but the spots did not come out. It made me sad but I decided to cut it up and make rug mugs out of it. I made 4 mug rugs that I just have to quilt. I plan on giving them, with a coffee mug and cocoa mix to friends next year. I might be ahead of the game for a change!

My mom and sisters each made one of these wall hangings a few years ago.

 photo IMG_2264_zpsilreljoz.jpg It has become one of my favorite Christmas decorations. It was from the Moda bakery on the Moda fabric website. I’m checking to see if this picture shows up better.
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Nov 05 2011


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I hear that there is a turn around in the hospitality industry. Hotel managers, culinary graduates and maintenance workers are finding it a bit easier to find work.

I know, for myself at least, the holidays are a time for shopping til I drop. That means I enjoy staying at a hotel and not driving the hour and half trip home. I plan on buying less this year but that doesn’t mean I have to give up a fun time.

Have you started your Christmas shopping?

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Dec 12 2009

Christmas Feeling

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Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? After listening to Straight No Chaser for the past half hour, I think I am definitely feeling the mood. If you need a lift, you can find them in their tuxedos singing Christmas songs on their new DVD. It is on my list of gifts to myself this year.

My eyes are tired after a full day of sewing. A friend said she would be out next week to look at my purses. She wants her husband to buy one for her for Christmas. That gave me the incentive to get a few incomplete purses finished. I finished two and almost completed the third before exhaustion set in. I am too tired to sew another stitch. Here is the Christmas purse I made.


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Dec 28 2008

Gift Giving

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exerciseSo, what did everyone receive for Christmas this year? Did any of you receive a Wii Fit? I sold mine. I didn’t want to feel that dread every day when I saw the box sitting there unused. I admit it. I am an exercise drop out.

I wonder what the most popular gift was this year. Was it perfume or replica watches? Most families give practical gifts like pajamas and socks. Dads receive ties and moms receive earrings. Is that how it is at your house? What was the most popular gift for toddlers and preschool aged children? Not having any that age, I feel out of the loop.

I know of families who don’t exchange gifts at all. They donate money to a charity or they buy gifts for a family and make their Christmas brighter. So many people barely have money for food and utilities. It is nice that their lives are made better if only for a moment.

Tomorrow begins a new week. I hope to get my Christmas decorations put away.

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Dec 25 2008

Ah, the Holidays

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Christmas, Boston terrierFor months I have been working on buying gifts that would make each recipient smile, thinking of groceries I needed to buy and beds to get ready. All too quickly it is coming to an end. Wow. We had such a nice time visiting with the kids and the rest of our family. We worked hard to remember my brother in-law’s passing on Tuesday yet not let it cast a black cloud over our moods. That is what Doug would have wanted. He really loved Christmas.

We opened gifts last night while Stacy, our daughter, was on the webcam. It felt as if she were right here with us. She took her turn opening gifts right along with us. She didn’t get to share our Chinese food but I heard that her ham was pretty tasty. She takes after her dad and is a great cook.

It sounds like all we do is eat and I think that might be because we DO eat all the time. Today we had a terrific brunch with a breakfast casserole, cinnamon rolls, bacon, eggs and toast. Our nephew and his girlfriend joined us. After we ate we watched a home video that was filmed around 20 years ago. OMG! We laughed so hard. I want to get out all of our videos and watch them. I need to find a way to put them on DVD’s.

This afternoon was spent trying to nap and working on a quilt. I hope that everyone had a blessed holiday.

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Dec 09 2008

A Few Words for Wordless Wednesday

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We don’t normally allow our dogs to get on the furniture but Brody has taken a liking to my Christmas table runner. I suppose he things I made it just for him. It does fit him rather nicely. LOL

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Nov 22 2008

The Tablecloth

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Photo from www.handmanufacture.info

The Tablecloth

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned
to their first ministry, to reopen a church
in Brooklyn , arrived in early October
excited about their opportunities. When they saw
their church, it was very run down and needed
much work. They set a goal to have everything
done in time to have their first service
on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc.,
and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished.

On December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving
rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.

On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.
His heart sank when he saw that the roof had
le aked, causing a large area of plaster about
20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just
behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor,
and not knowing what else to do but postpone
the Christmas Eve service, headed home.
On the way he noticed that a local business was
having a flea market type sale for charity so he
stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,
handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth
with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross
embroidered right in the center. It was just
the right size to cover up the hole in the front
wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older
woman running from the opposite direction was
trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The pastor
invited her to wait in the warm church for
the next bus 45 minutes later.

She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor
while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put
up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor
could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and
it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the center
aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. ‘Pastor,’
she asked, ‘where did you get that tablecloth?’
The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check
the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG
were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the
woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria .

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor
told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The
woman explained that before the war she and
her husband were well-to-do people in Austria .
When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.
Her husband was going to follow her the next week.
He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her
husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;
but she made the pastor keep it for the church..
The pastor insisted on driving her home, that
was the least he could do.. She lived on the other
side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn
for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas
Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the
spirit were great. At the end of the service, the
pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door
and many said that they would return..
One older man, whom the pastor recognized
from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the
pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he
wasn’t leaving.

The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on
the front wall because it was identical to one
that his wife had made years ago when
they lived in Austria before the war and how
could there be two tablecloths so much alike.

He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he
forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was
supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and
put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home

again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to
take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten
Island and to the same house where the pastor
had taken the woman three days earlier.

He helped the man climb the three flights of
stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on
the door and he saw the greatest Christmas
reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid

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Nov 14 2008

Behold the Kringle

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It arrived! Let the holidays begin! What am I so excited about? Well, get ready to be envious while your mouth waters for what I just ate for breakfast.

PhotobucketThe UPS man delivered our Kringle yesterday. Now, this is not just an ordinary danish. This is a famous O&H Danish Kringle, a gourmet pastry that is unequaled. The result of a four-generation commitment to quality. I have never tasted anything quite as good as a Kringle.

The company that manufacturers HOST® Dry Carpet Cleaning System materials sends us a Kringle every year as a thank you for doing business with them. O&H Danish Kringle makes a wonderful, one time gift or a year-round gift for friends, relatives, and associates. Their Kringle-of-the-Month Club is a wonderful reminder that expresses your sentiments all year long.

O & H holds a contest each week and the winner receives a Kringle! Every week, someone will win a delicious O&H Danish Kringle of their choice, shipped to any destination within the U.S. It can be shipped on any date requested, between January 15 and October 31. A new contest will be held each week, so enter weekly! (You do not need to request information in order to enter the contest.)

By the way, this is not a paid post. I just love Kringles.

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Oct 23 2008

Pumpkins Didn’t Make It At My House

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I was enjoying my morning coffee and dropping entre cards when I happened upon a blog that gave me a big wake up call. It reminded me that there are only 62 days left until Christmas! OH MY GOSH!

I refuse to panic. I might start to put out my Christmas decorations though since I never got around to putting any fall items out. I have pretty pumpkins and fall greenery that went to waste this year. In fact, I think I have more fall decorations than for any other season.

I went through a phase where I made ceramic items. Did any of you do that? There was a little shop in our town where my friends and I would use little sponges to smooth out our purchased greenware. The shop owner poured all the clay into the molds. We only had to clean up the seams and get it ready to be fired. After it was fired, we painted it and sent it back to be fired to a glazed finish. At least, I think that is how we did it. It has been over 20 years since I was into ceramics and I don’t really remember how it was done. I made so many Halloween figurines!

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Oct 17 2008

Getting It Done

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PhotobucketI wish I had my friend’s energy. Tina has been sorting through her craft room. It is a mess at the moment because when you deep clean it gets that way. She is rearranging everything so that she knows what she has and where to find it when she needs it. Boy, do I need to do that. I have fabric and craft tools stuck everywhere.

Tina has her house decorated for Halloween. I don’t just mean inside her house. Nope, she has led light bulbs in orange around her outside door frame. She has the cutest scare crow perched in the yard. Tina finally convinced her husband to help her get some cornstalks and straw and made the cutest fall display.

I think I will skip Halloween this year. If I start now, maybe I can be decorated for Christmas before it is over.

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