Monday, December 20, 2010

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!
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