Thursday, December 24, 2009

200TH POST

I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A VERY
MERRY CHRISTMAS.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOU SUPPORT AND INTEREST. MY WISH IS THAT YOUR NEW YEAR WILL BE HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS, FILLED WITH MANY GOOD THINGS.
~~~SHERI~~

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A LOVE-HATE THING

I love all the Christmas goodies everyone brings;I love to try every kind;I love to eat them....I hate that I can't stop, and I hate that I can't maintain my current weight if I do eat them! Yesterday my neighbors brought homemade Spudnut donuts....I ate 1 and a 1/2 thinking I would stop. As the night wore on, I ate another. Good thing it was so late in the evening or I would have eaten the last one!

Monday, December 21, 2009

CHRISTMAS SMELLS


I think Christmas smells like Gingerbread cookies, and dolls. I wonder if the doll manufactures put a special scent in the plastic that make them irresistible.

My grand daughter got a "twirrly skirt" and so the dolly had to have one too!

The twirrly skirt had to have a blouse.
And the dolly had to have some jeans and shirt....
And she had to have a new dress and bloomers. Boy did making doll clothes take me back to the years when my daughters had dolls. I use to sew for hire for a woman who had 4 daughters and they each got a new one for Christmas. I sewed doll clothes for Christmas for years, because each year each new doll had to have a complete wardrobe. I was a lot younger in those days, I am glad I only have one doll to sew for!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

SHABBY PINK ORNAMENTS

I participated in a Shabby Pink Christmas ornament exchange sponsered by Sarah. Thanks Sarah! These are picutres of the cute ornaments I received from Julie Ann....The little shadow box is filled with mica flakes, kind of like a snow globe, but with a vintage little card in the back.....so sweet!This little fan is made from scrapbook paper and has a jewel on the bottom...there are not many things I like better than PINK and JEWELS!! Thanks Julie Ann....I love them!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

OKAY, I KNOW I AM WEIRD

In my attempt to have all things Cream and Glittery this year for Christmas, I found a wonderful blog site that had some interesting journaling and just plain hokey things.
So for the past week or so, when I am bored (it's Christmas time are you kidding me, bored?) Perhaps bored is not the correct terminology, but when I needed a break... I have looked at every link on her site. I believe it is over 200...but who is counting? I considered it to be like buying and browsing through a new magazine...only cheaper. So I know I am probably so weird, but for the most part it was fun....I did find a few new blogs to add to my favorites! Am I the only one? Come on people, okay, maybe you didn't go through EVERY link on some one's blog...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I have actually done some sewing for Christmas, but I can't show most of the pictures because they are gifts. But here are some hot pads I made from Cotton Way's Baking Day Two. They were so fast and so fun! One nice thing about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, of which I am a member, is that the women are assigned 2-3 women to visit every month. We teach, help, listen and care for each other. I made these hot pads for the ladies I visit, and my partner.
Speaking of Christmas. I am a Christian and believe that Christmas is about Jesus Christ. Here is a wonderful You tube video about His birth, done to a beautiful song, entitled, Do You Have Room? I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas

Monday, December 14, 2009

MORE NYC WINDOWS

Now of course my pictures of the windows are terrible compared to some others you can check out online...keep in mind.
1. It was cold and dark.
2. We had the little children in the stroller and it was cold.
3. There were a lot of people in the city and it was cold.
4. I only had a few seconds to get my gloves off, keep the children in check, keep tabs on where my husband was walking, and it was cold.....get the picture?

The theme of the windows this year was, Curiousier and Curiousier inspired by Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland. This window was all glass and mirrors....so intriguing. Check out that cello, probably special dipped in stainless steal.

One window's floor was covered in buttons.
If you want to see how these windows are made, check here!
Here is more about the windows.
Look at the detail of this horse, all these little green moss things were, I am sure glued on one at a time by hand.
Such ingenious minds do these windows. The last time I was in the NYC at Christmas time, I actually went into the store and inquired about the designers. I was told they have designers that work on these Christmas windows all year....you can see why! Although Bergdorf Goodman has fantastic windows all year long, just not this elaborate. I did check out prices while I was in the store....the handbag I looked at was $2,500.00. VERY FANCY INDEED!
This window was done in all paper goods. Look at this little dog done with newspaper curls...so darling.
Okay, so enough of the windows....Here is my Christmas tree. It is small, but, "Oh so cute!"
See t his little bell garland? I got it at the dollar store...it looks vintage...for $1.00! Love that!
I made these ornaments out of an old songbook. I wish I could say they were my idea, but I saw some similar on some one's blog and did my own version. They are so cheerful!
This is my little snow angel from my good friend Lora for my birthday, and of course she is CREAM! And can you see my Christmas swap table runner, so perfect...and yes it is my only Christmas tree because my tall green tree and my other decorations are in the back of the storage room with 1000 things stacked on top...okay, maybe only 900 things, but still, I am unable to reach it. The little cream tree is on the sofa table and has the perfect place for the presents under the table. Hope all your holiday activities are fun! What are you doing?
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

NEW YORK CITY


In this window the mannequin's clothes were all very small crystals....boy did that take someone a lot of time!!!
Of course I had to take a picture of these DARLING pink shoes....."oh to be young enough to wear those and not fall off!!!" I guess you would have to be able to afford them first!
The snowflakes at Saks on 5th Ave. are programed to light up with the beat of the music. It plays ever 20-30 minutes. SO very FESTIVE!
And of course the tree at Rockefeller Center. I have more to show you when I figure out how to post them right side up! Stay tuned. Happy Holidays!
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Friday, December 4, 2009

TABLE RUNNER

The backing of this table runner is a very heavy flannel and it is very soft! My friend's mother had a lot of this kind of flannel and she gave me a bunch of colors. I really am in love with this Oatmeal color. I have now used all of it in various projects, I wish I had about 4 more yards.
These are the lambs tongues. Often times on wool table runners these little "hanging ends" are called lambs tongues....and if you have ever see a real lamb's tongue, you know they really do kind of look like this! I am off to NY city to see my daughter and family. I will post my pictures of the NY Christmas windows when I get back. I wish you all could be in NY at Christmas, it is a VERY wonderful time of year to be there. See you next week!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

SHOPPING AT HOME...and I don't mean the internet!

I needed something for a space on my kitchen counter and didn't want to go buy "one more thing." So I looked around my house for some....you know...."cream decorations!" I had these two houses that were NOT cream, but because of my painting abilities and determination, they are now!!! I added a little glitter and stole some Christmas ornaments out of a basket I already had. Boy I love shopping at my own house! It is amazing how much you can do that, just look at what you have and move things around. The candle holder I already had, so I did have to buy ONE candle, and it was on sale...(love that!) And because I put up my nativity set and didn't use the leaf stuff, I stole/shopped it too...added a dish towel out of the drawer and there you go....my new table scape.Now for a sneak peek at what I have been up to. More later, I must leave something to post about in a few days, plus hopefully you will come back!

Monday, November 30, 2009

HAND WORK

I had to have some hand work to keep me busy during the Thanksgiving holiday. I am so happy with how the vines turned out. I just laid the wool strips on the backing and whipped stitched around them with floss.
Of course it has to be cream!
It has lamb tongues on the ends. I will show you when it is finished.
So, now onto the back, which I am piecing a star, then I must hand embroider the lamb tongues. It will be nice on my table.

Friday, November 27, 2009

DINNER ANYONE?

This is how our Thanksgiving table looked. We had a great time with two of my children, three grandchildren, my sister, her husband and son....we had a very nice day. Hope yours was good too.
How did yours look?
I made these party favors for place settings. They turned out so cute.


You can get these darling cone favor boxes here. Check out all their great paper things...they are a good price, and they ship really fast! Hope your day was a good one.....

~~You ask, "Why am I on the computer today and not shopping?" Because I am not a Black Friday kind of person...nothing is worth that much savings! I may go out later today, but NEVER early in the mornings and NEVER stand in line....it is FREEZING here. Perhaps if I lived in Southern CA!

Monday, November 23, 2009

"GRANDMA LET'S MAKE ME A SKIRT!"

On Saturday my granddaughter called and asked, "Grandma can I come and play with you at your house?" So we did....later during the day, we were in the sewing room and she said, "Let's make me a skirt!" SO WE DID! Every picture she had to pose....I don't know where they learn that stuff....she is a "girly girl" but none of her family is....she must have come that way! I LOVE IT! So fun to sew for a "girly girl."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I COULDN'T STAND IT!

I couldn't stand the thought of not having any thing to sew on for Christmas. I had a couple of gift certificates to the Quilted Heart fabric shop, so I RAN (drove fast) to get some fabric!
Or course I spent WAY more than the gift certificates...but who is counting right? IT'S CHRISTMAS! Now of course I can't show you exactly what I bought because some of you who read my blog may be getting something, but these are the colors! I came home and immediately started sewing! Christmas sewing sure can heal the soul! I think because you think of that person the entire time you are sewing for them! I hope you have some Christmas sewing of your own!

Friday, November 20, 2009

WHEN THE COLD WIND BLOWS

When the cold wind blows here in South eastern Idaho all I want to do is stay inside, turn up the fire, bake and sew. Here are the fruits of my labor....minus a few pieces!

My friend was sewing on Christmas pajamas for her grand kids the other day....nothing gets me in the mood for Christmas more than the first snow and sewing Christmas pajamas. When my kids were little, I ALWAYS made Christmas pajamas. I miss that.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I MUST BRAG!

My very talented son is a welder.
He made the railing for my deck.
I LOVE IT! Thanks so much Adam!

Monday, November 16, 2009

WHAT ARE YOU COOKING FOR THE HOLIDAY?

These are the dishes my family has eaten Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner on for my entire life.
They were my grandmother's and great-grandmothers. What is your family doing for Thanksgiving and what kinds of traditions do you have?~~One year my married daughter went to her new in-laws for Thanksgiving. They have A LOT of people, maybe 30-40 for Thanksgiving dinner, so they ate on paper plates. My daughter said it didn't seem like Thanksgiving to her. That made me feel happy that we had the glass dishes as a tradition.

~~My other married daughter called this past month and asked where she could get dishes that all matched like "grandma's?" I told her she would have to find some open stock somewhere. She had to host the family Thanksgiving dinner early at her house as her husband's grandparents were going South for the winter. She found some pretty dishes at Bed Bath and Beyond. Now, she can start her own traditions!

~~We usually only have turkey for Thanksgiving, but this year I think we will have ham and a turkey. Our family likes stuffing cooked out side the turkey and it is not cornbread stuffing like many people eat. We do however have sweet potatoes but we don't have green bean casserole. I do make fresh cranberry sauce for my dad and I, and we buy the cranberry jelly in a can for the rest! Some years I try different recipes.....for instance; last year I tried a cranberry sage dressing that was very good. One year I tried a new sweet potato mash thing...(we didn't have it again!)
~~My mother-in-law makes a wonderful macaroni salad that has become tradition. I had to learn to make it and pass the recipe on to my daughters because we would be so lost without it at any family gathering.....especially Thanksgiving!
~~Hope all your holiday preparations are happy.