The Great Preparation

It has been a busy week.  Forunately I am almost finnished.

I made a goal to have everything done by Wednesday.  All my Christmas preparations will be complete and I will be able to enjoy the last few days with my kiddos in peace and joy.  The past three years I have been up until one or two trying to get things done, and it wasn't restful at all!  I didn't really get to enjoy anything.  And then Christmas morning came, and I was still stressed because all we had for breakfast was cold cereal.  On Christmas morning.  Travesty!

The good news is I am on track!

Thus far I have made a beautiful Zippy Strippy Quilt courtesy of Jenny Matlock.

I am sort of in love with it, and all the tearing of the cloth was so much fun and therapeutic!
And oh my goodness, it is a warm quilt!  I always wear it now.  TV, reading, crafting, that cuddly blanket can be found on my shoulders.

For Faye, I found this chair at Savers.

  It was rickety and an artist had taken a permanent marker to the glorious hot pink.
 I pulled out the screwdriver, and my paint and went to town.
 First a lovely coat of yellow paint.
  Then some wax strategically placed, and then the purple spray paint.
I think it turned out lovely.  And Faye should love it.  She always steals Keith's chair, which causes contention.  Now, they should both be happy.

I made three capes last weekend-ish.  One for Faye,
and one each for two of my nephews.
Sadly I forgot to get a photo of the blue one before I gave it to my sister in law.   I m getting a lot faster with them, and Faye's owl makes me swoon.

Faye has taken to carrying around my purses.  So we decided to give her her own purse.  I found one at the DI which was fairly cute albeit dirty and plain.
I washed it, cut the little bow off, and schnazzied it up a bit.  I am very excited to give it to her now!
I got all the gifts wrapped last night.  Oh, and Friday I finally got some lights on our "tree."

Now, I have some in-law gifts to make, but I am already half done with those.  Just a little more minor sewing and hot gluing and painting.  I am hoping to get the sewing done today, but who knows if I actually will.  Sewing is hard with an overly curious one year old. 

And I still have some shirts for Jeffrey to make.  I am so happy I learned the fine art of Freezer paper stenciling!  It sure is easy and makes things look nice.

So, I will most likely still be scarce until Thursday or so, but then I will have a peaceful, happy and full of play with my kids kind of Christmas.  I will be able to read Dicken's Christmas Carol (on my list every Christmas time), sip cocoa, cuddle with Jeffrey, and enjoy the last few days, hassle free.  Sweet!


Anonymous said…
Hooray for having it all almost done! I'm exhausted just reading about it all and seeing the pics. Have a great RESTFUL holiday!
Laura said…
You are so talented!! I love the quilt and that chair is adorable! I made a goal of being done before Christmas Eve too so I could enjoy everything and everyone...and it worked, I'm already done with everything. Feels weird but great! :)
Gina said…
You are so stinkin' creative! I only made a couple of gifts this year. Next year, it will be easier.

I hope.
Lourie said…
Look at you go girl! I wish I was so crafty and savvy!
Em said…
holy hannah, where do you find the energy, let alone the time??? amazing my dear. amazing.
Noodle said…
See it gets easier ever time you do it!! tha capes look so fun and warm and I love the chair!!! I want a play table and chairs for the girls but it will have to wait until we move... I feel so behind this season with all the plans for moving and finding a house... The quilt looks great and so feastive I LOVE IT!!!
Heather said…
well done. love the owl and brach on faye's. can't wait to use the silhouette.......cause i am pretty sure jon didn't get me one :0( next year- i hope!
Emmy said…
That chair is so stink in cute! I love all your gifts..all so thoughtful and wonderful.
Trish said…
I am so impressed with your projects! I may get into that more one day. My friend made me a purse for my birthday that was pretty cool. Hope your Christmas is magical!
alpinekleins said…
You are amazing! The quilt is beautiful, the chair divine, and the tree . . . . the most fun Christmas tree I've ever seen! Hope you're all ready :)


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Jenny said…
You did it! I love it! I love that you did it! Was it hard? Didn't you love tearing the fabric? It is so cozy, isn't it? I love them. I have corduroy ones on my bed, and flannel ones on all the couches!

Hooray. This makes me makes me so happy to see it made you happy!

If you want to make another one, let me know and I'll send you more fabric!

Wow. Just grinning like crazy here!

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