Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Handmade Beaded Gifts!

Beautiful scissors fob that now lives on my curved embroidery scissors!!
Bracelet and matching necklace! (that I've worn out already!! love this green.) -(that is worn while out-not broken!)

Two lovely bracelets!

(yes, the pictures are awful, but you get the idea!)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hand Made Gifts

I made some gifts, you know 'cause I told you...but I received some great handmade gifts, too!! I am excited about them, so I'm going to share some of them here! Like this....

Yep..50 pounds of corn flour! And a corn flour cookbook made especially for my family! There are some hand drawn illustrations and lots of blank pages for me to add recipes! I really love this gift!! I've never used corn flour before, but I'm excited to give it a try! Isn't this fun! (and very practical!!) Corn pancakes and tamales coming up!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Still Christmasing!!

Christmas always lasts for DAYS for my little family! This year we are working on 3 (with a 1 day break in between 1 &2) --3 days of takes even more to prepare! Good thing I love that part too! Both family Christmas celebrations this year were really good. Long, special, fun, somber, busy, restful, etc...fulfilling overall! As for material gifts...both simple and extravagant. A lovely balance for the most part! I'm feeling VERY spoiled! Tomorrow is one more family gathering! The ENTIRE clan will be together. (Just one missing at Christmas today!) I'm very excited for pics!!!

Speaking of pics Here are some of the things I made for gifts!!!

Drawstring bag to hold felt board pieces! (made 2-from Aronzi Aronzo Cute Stuff)
Cloth napkins for my hostess SIL!--these are already on my Christmas sewing list for '09!

And a decorated journal for my artsy SIL! (from Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts)
Not pictured...Pillow & mini quilt from Cool boat pants my Daddy made, 2 little apron & oven mitt sets, 3 crochet washcloths, and still unfinished ...A set of 7 embroidered tea towels that I hope to finish by the new year! Whew! I'm hoping to sneak one more lazy go nowhere day before school starts again!
I hope your celebrations were joyful and togethery! Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

It's snowing!

Oh, I'd be so happy if it snowed all day! every day. through Christmas day. It's so pretty! and fun! (stayed up late sledding with lots of friends! SIL and her kids stayed over, Husband made everyone breakfast!) oh, how I'm loving this week! (it's nice to be busy and distracted) cozy. warm. family. friends. What more could possibly need?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Toy Society Christmas drop

Dropped: bench outside the William G Reed library Shelton, Washington
Number of toys: one little sock buddy
Dropped and Made by: Me (Julia)
When: December 20, 2008
And: It’s rather snowy here. I hope someone brings it home soon! Poor cold little softy!

It's snowed an inch or two since the drop and I don't think it's gonna stop anytime soon! I so hope the poor little thing doesn't have to wait for a thaw!!

(I love this!)-Thanks Toy Society -Check it out! so many toys dropped this weekend!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sad or Glad?

No school again today!! So, this year Christmas break will be 3 weeks! yay sew!

My kiddos had a blast sledding all afternoon at their cousins and stayed over! fun! hot cocoa for them when they get home!

niece's b-day tonight!


No school all week also means no pre-school! no pre-school Christmas party. no gifts crafted for their parents, no stories or art or painting the snow or poems recited. I miss the little turkeys!! I may just have our little festivities after the new year! Poor little guys!

They also canceled the school's Christmas program! (it was right to do it, no school=no practice) but I love it & was especially excited for this year because my son & nephew each had lines, Nephew & other son learned instruments with their class to play & little nephew had a special song to sing with the Kindergarten (who I had last year)


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ta-Da!! two felt board sets ready to be wrapped!! I made two face sets (both pictured) and two shape sets(one pictured) I also die cut two alphabet sets at work...I have so many more ideas, it's hard to stop here, but there are more gifts to make and only a week to finish (SEVEN DAYS!!!)
Now, time to bake up some cookies and eat them!!-I mean share them ...and maybe finish one more gift! If the snow and icy roads keep school canceled I may just get all my gifts sewn!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sending some quilt love

So, here are the quilts for {B} to take to Africa!! Sewing these quick little thing up was fun...especially wondering about the little one that will be wrapped in them! So happy for you, {B}! Can't wait to read that you've gone & are home with your new love!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Today I will be enjoying...

No shcool because of ice & snow!!
Time to work on some Christmas gifts!! I have grand plans but time is running short! I wonder how productive I really can be.

Ahhhhhh...Off to elf my day away!

Monday, December 8, 2008

And The Winner IS... ...

Danielle!!! Congratulations!!! You've won my ornaments!!!

Thank you to everyone who came by and entered my drawing!! I was Shocked at the number of comments I got!! I thought up to 50 but over 200!!man! thank you so very much for playing along!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I may need to revise my list!

2 Christmas Parties, 1 parade yesterday and today a baby shower! whew.
But...the tree is up & decorated. some baking has been done (and will soon be eaten up!)
I'm so hoping I can get to some sewing today! Wanna see my gift list? I have grand plans!!
  • 2 felt board sets,
  • a napkin set in a sewn basket,
  • a quilt,
  • toddler sized chef hat,
  • 12 ornaments (still need to choose pattern),
  • a scrappy embelished journal cover,
  • 2 neck warmers,
  • a set of dishtowels
  • 3 crochet washcloths
  • 1 stocking (for me!)
  • a pair of slippers
  • and some other stuff I haven't thought of yet!

AND my poor camer is broken! sad me...I'll have o use the big camera.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


**WOW!!! I obviously had no idea what I was getting myself into! Thanks for all the kind words!! and enthusiasm for my humble offering! As soon as I can get it together, I will announce and contact my winner! Yay! and thanks again!

Here it is... I am giving away....

an assortment of handmade ornaments!! Because I love handmade ornaments! The patterns are from various magazines, other bloggers, and crafsters...but I sewed them up with much joy! If you'd like me to send them to you just leave me a comment and I'll have one of my handsome young assistants draw a name by Dec. 7! I will not count any comments after midnight(Pacific time) Dec.3 and I'm sorry I can't ship outside of the U.S. Thanks for sayin' hi!! and thanks for plaing along!! Merry Christmas!

**I almost forgot...Go check out Sew Mama Sew and see whoelse is playing!! fun!!

Monday, December 1, 2008


I love waiting for Christmas!

I saw this brilliant idea on My Little Mochi and HAD to make some for my kids! super fun. I also was a little bad and bought the beautiful Christmas paper on grocery day. I wanted to get one of everything from the display!

speaking of Advent...when I opened the first box of Christmas junk to decorate my house with it smelled like cookies. I thought oh, no! There are old cookies in here! But.. It was a cookie scented Yankee candle that I hadn't ever lit and forgot I had! Today my house smells yummy!