Thursday, December 29, 2011

December

I guess the name of this blog really needs changing, but eventually I will have some quilts to show you. I've been thinking about quilts, and have a couple that I really need to get started on (and MANY that I need to finish), but it seems that when I'm feeling melancholy I have a problem being in my sewing room. I have no idea why, but I'm working on spending more time in there.
I have been working on some dolls to put in my etsy shop since I've had a few requests for more. They're a bit time consuming to make, but I enjoy making them, and they don't require that I sit at the sewing machine for a long time. I like the idea of making something that will bring a smile to someone, and it's pretty cool to have dolls that I made traveling to different parts of the world.
I'm not real thrilled with the photos, but if I wait for the sun I'll never get any taken. We haven't had much snow at all, it's really been pretty nice, close to 50 degrees in recent days. I was trying to pretend that it was early May and spring would be here soon, but my winter denial is coming to an end, we're going to have snow very soon.
Hope you all have a safe and happy new year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas



Merry Christmas! This photo was taken at Lolly's Quilt store in Shipshewana, Indiana. We were there last week enjoying the holiday spirit & all the Christmas decorations. It's a great place to see during the holidays, but I enjoy it any time of the year.



I wanted to show you what I got for Christmas. I try to get a new santa every year and really love it if I can get one from Peggy Gaines, a local artist whose work I love. I was fortunate to get this santa painted on a chair seat when she was in a craft show near here. She also had a large santa painted on an old door that was awesome but cost a bit more than I felt comfortable spending.
As it turns out she marked it down at the end of the show, probably not really wanting to haul an item that big back home & store it, and my sweet husband surprised me & got it for me for Christmas (yay!).
We were planning on putting it on the front porch, but I really don't want to put it outside in the Michigan weather. So for now it will remain in the house.





To be honest I've been having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. We had a few deaths in the family around Christmas last year, including my Dad, & it's been weighing on me. I have a tendency to get depressed at times & am definitely struggling with it this year. We've really been having a lot of gloomy, dark & rainy days so I'm going to get (or make) a light box, hopefully that will help. I haven't been creating too much, but I'm trying to get back into it. I made this small plaque from a piece of barnwood from a barn that my daughter's husband tore down recently on their property. Every time I walk past the pile of wood I pilfer a few little pieces that look interesting.


I wish you all a very merry Christmas & many blessings in the new year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sweet end of year giveaway~



Be sure to pop over & check out this giveaway on the Bearbits blog, who wouldn't love to win this sweet little bear!