Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What I've been up to...

Seriously, how is it that it's December 23rd already?! I feel like we just put up the decorations. Anyway, I have been slacking on posting on my blog, just too busy and too tired. But I thought I would finally share some of things I've been up to the last week or so.

Besides finishing up my Christmas shopping, my youngest daughter and I made some decorative gingerbread ornaments for the tree in the kitchen. They came out pretty cute and we dipped them in wax to help preserve them. We made little ones and a few big ones....

I had so many left over that I made gifts of scented bowl fillers for my mom and friend. I packaged them in these cute little Martha Stewart boxes that I bought last year.
Then I made my mom a small quilt for her couch. The camera washed out the colors some, but it came out very pretty in real life.
I also made this table runner for my aunt who lives with my parents right now. Her colors are greens and cranberry. Again, the camera washed out the color.

Last night I finished up these stockings for all of us. After 17 Christmases together, I finally got around to making homemade stockings!! I was tired of store bought ones and since I'm trying to get my house to the state of all homemade and antiques, I decided this was the year that I would make them. Of course, I shouldn't have waited until the last minute, but at least they are done and I even made one for Baby Mason for next year. They are done in recycled wool in a random crazy quilt sort of way with a linen like top(which next year I will embroider everyone's initial on). Each person got to pick their color.
I used all the different stitches on my machine to give the crazy quilt look.
And I used black wool with each one to tie them all together.
They are a pretty good size as you can tell in this picture, I wanted them to be able to hold plenty of candy!!!
And last night, after the stockings were done, I baked 8 dozen cookies for my oldest son to give to his friends. Of course the label is a little white lie, as it says he baked them, but he wouldn't let me put my name there :)
I also made teacher gifts, which I forgot to take pics of (cute wool candle wreaths), a pair of mittens for me(as I waited for my 3 hr glucose test), a sweater for the baby(pics coming soon), 30 some cloth bags to wrap the presents in(I'm tired of spending money on wrapping paper) and 6 paper and colored pencil fabric holders that are presents for the kids(these came out pretty cute too). Oh, and I filet crocheted 2 vintage inspired pot holders for a friend for Christmas.

I'm pooped! I need a vacation so badly, I'm actually looking forward to the hospital stay as a little mini vacation, lol!! But in the mean time, I still need to clean the house, bake some goodies for us, go grocery shopping, and get a few more gifts under the tree(they are in the back of my car right now). And while doing this, I feel as though I have a bowling ball between my legs as the baby has dropped. It's so painful that I'm waddling now!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and enjoy those around you.

Merry Christmas,



  1. I am so glad to see your post. As you may have noticed, I left a comment on each of your blogs, just wanted to make sure that you were allright. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Wishing you and your family, a happy and healthy New Year. Love the Christmas Stockings.

  2. Tif, you certainly need some rest!!! Love all your handmades they are the best. Your Gingerbread tree is adorable. LOVE IT!!!

    Merry Christmas and a very healthy, safe New Year to you and your family, Janie

  3. My goodness! You are a little dynamo! Its no wonder that you are tired! I think you should take a nice long rest. I'm tired after reading your post!
    Love the stockings and the way you did the stitching and thinking ahead of how to tie them together by adding black to each one. Very clever! And the gingerbread cookies and bowl fillers are adorable. The quilts are works of art! What nice gifts!
    I hope Santa is as good to you. Christmas Blessings to you & your's!

  4. No wonder your tired! I love those gingers, will you share the recipe one day as I have a ginger tree and if I can make my own ornies that would be great! Love the patchwork too, you are so handy!Merry Christmas Tiff!

  5. You are so talented! I love your Gingerbread guys :) My paint color is called Earthy Cane from Olympic Paint. My chairs used to be oak - when I got them from my husband's aunt, they were well used and the finish was worn, so instead of trying to refinish them, the way I did my table, I painted them. Thank you for your sweet comments, I am not satisfied with my decor yet - wondering if I need more color or something.. maybe stencil or wall border or a chair rail - I am clueless :)

  6. you're one busy woman! your hand-made gifts are lovely and that wreath-tree is really cool. May i ask where you got it?

  7. Everything is just beautiful. Merry Christmas precious less than 15 minutes it will be the celebration of Jesus's birth!!((hugs)) I'm so happy that your posting again. I've missed you so.

  8. Wow, you've been busy! I LOVE those stockings! Gorgeous--and cool that they're recycled.

  9. I love your little tree that you put the gingerbread ornaments on! I would love to know how to find one for my home! I really enjoy your blog. Your house is beautiful! I am new to blogging so really enjoy "visiting" new people. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We had a blizzard so we are still digging out here in Oklahoma.


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