Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ornament Swap & Other Things

HAPPY MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER
…the time is going by so fast and I just can’t seem to keep up with it in my head. Thanksgiving will be here in just one week – goodness I’m still wearing Capri’s…but with turtleneck tops to make it look not quite so freaky – I look great in my long coat when I go to the store – I look like I can’t quite step into Fall yet.

This week has been so busy with sewing orders. I work on them continuously so my customers get them in a good timely manner.
Also this last week we got our closet almost finished. Just waiting for the carpet that will come after Thanksgiving. Thank goodness we’ll be able to repair the whole area and it will look like the rest in the room.

And….this was a great week for goodies arriving in the mail.

But first…the closet update. I know it’s not exciting to you but if you lived with the closet I had for 32 years you’d be jumping for joy at having all the extra room.
In my previous post I added pictures of the horrible closet (also shown below)….well after drywall, paint and new shelving and rods we ended up with what I envisioned – I don’t have things on the shelves yet but you can bet they will get filled soon enough.

BEFORE…DURING RECONSTRUCTION…remember I said there was a huge built in dresser, and a heat pipe taking up 2/3 of the closet.
Closet half way

AFTER…looking nice and clean
Closet 3

IT CAN FILL UP FAST CAN’T IT!
It may not be huge like the new home walk-in’s but it’s way more room than we’ve had for years…so I’m a happy girl.
Closet 4

BUSY WITH ORDERS…

Orders have been coming in like crazy since I had my sale – 13 orders in 2 days.
So I thought as long as several were the same I’d do an assembly line and cut them all out at the same time.
This actually takes as much time as the sewing part. And 3 more orders came in yesterday and that leaves me at 6 left to work on so it’s getting there.
I’m cutting off Christmas orders at Thanksgiving otherwise I won’t be able to enjoy the holidays like I want.

Some of them are kits – so they were a snap to finish up.
Orders 1

LOTS OF TREASURES

Earlier this week I received a fantastic box of ornaments from the Ornament Exchange hosted by Marie at  Primitives By Olde Lady Morgan http://primitivesbyoldeladymorgan.blogspot.com/
I sent in 6 Ornaments and received 6 wonderful ornaments back.
I want to thank Marie for hosting this fun event and she said she’s probably going to do it again next year and you can bet I will be in on it then. I hope she does!

Marie made this darling Snowman – he’s so puffy and rather large so you could use him as a decoration as well.
And she added a wonderful treat of Hershey Kisses of all flavors – they were opened first you know!!
Snowman - OLM

Tammy at http://aprimitiveplace.blogspot.com/ sent this sweet little stocking filled with greens and candy canes.
Stocking ornie - Tammy APP

Amy from Bumble Bee Lane Cottage sent a beautiful Cinnamon scented Santa head. http://bumblebeelanecottage.blogspot.com/
Amy Bumble Bee Lane Cottage

Rachel from Somewhere In The Middle made this adorable Snowman Head…and he sparkles too!
Rachel Somewhere In The Middle

Carmen from http://primcats.blogspot.com/ made these adorable fabric wrapped Candy Canes.
Ornie - Carmen Prim Cats

Trace from Granny Trace Scraps And Squares made Two wool snowmen heads. http://www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com/
Trace Granny Trace Scraps and Squares

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS SWAP – I LOVE IT ALL.

SURPRISE PACKAGE!!

Now if this isn’t enough to receive in the mail…I received a surprise box yesterday from Cathy at Tolentreasures http://tolentreasures.blogspot.com/ sent me some fabric that I had loved when I saw it on her blog.
What a wonderfully generous thing to do Cathy…THANK YOU SO MUCH and I just can’t describe how beautiful this Green Wool is.
There’s such a pretty line of gold running through it and I will not CUT IT UP until after Christmas because it’s such a nice sized piece and it will make a perfect table square for the holidays – normally I don’t use Green except in greenery but this is too pretty not to show off.
Fabric

I added this second picture because I cut off the ornaments that she so generously included in the package.
I heard the large bell just jingling away in the box when I picked it up.
Cathy paints just awesome…look at those sweet wood tags she painted…and the bell too.
Ornaments from Cathy Strate

THANK YOU CATHY!

HIPPIES…

Our son Dan and wife Jamie went to a costume party Friday night…they chose to dress as hippies of the 70’s.
And being we live in a little rather old town with some strange people in it – they figured if they went to our local thrift shop they would be able to find something…AND THEY DID…though it was no surprise knowing some of the residents here.
Dan found a Nehru shirt but it turned out to be too sloppy on him but he found pants and jacket and they got the wigs from Walmart.
Jamie doesn’t wear glasses and so these really changed her look.
Dan Jamie 5

Peace signs on the pants!!!!
Dan 4

So that’s my week…what did you all do?
I probably won’t post again until after Thanksgiving because I need to finish my sewing and then get ready for Thanksgiving.
It’s only going to be Dan and Jamie and us this year…Darren and Brett have other places to be. Hopefully Jesse and Alex will show up too.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JESSE OUR GRANDSON. He turned 22 today…HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESS…LOVE YA!

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE
TRAVEL SAFE WHEREVER YOU GO

KAREN