Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merrie Winter

It is hard for me to believe that Christmas is nearly here. Honestly, I just got my decorations up this weekend. As a child, we always decorated a week before Christmas and took them down the day after. Decorating on Thanksgiving is just not going to happen here.  My shopping is done, and this week I will wrap the gifts.  I have two quilts to bind and a small gift I might make, so I am in good shape.

I hooked this little mat for my friend, Debi.  It is a pattern by Robin at Bird in the Hand Primitives.  I love all of her designs.....you buy them as line drawings and they can be used in so many ways.



Yesterday we visited my sister at her assisted living residence.

Christopher made his first ever trip to visit Santa.

The Estes made their annual trip to Perimeter Mall to see Santa.

And had a booth for Can't Never Could at the Bedford Dasher.


Meanwhile, Blake, Buddy and Daisy enjoyed some lap time .

GRATUITUDES:
The simple things.
Handmade gifts.
Warm memories evoked by Christmas decorations.

Take care,
Jennie












Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lucy Boston 8

I took a break from things Christmas this week and finished my eighth Lucy Boston block. I do love these blocks and this is one of my favorite color combos.



Matt celebrated his fortieth with the usual birthday dinner here....Chicken Enchiladas and Strawberry Cake.

Old Roxie has never wanted much lap time.  Seems that the example of Buddy and Daisy has changed all of that!  100+ pounds of dog.....
Only Poppy isn't interested. Okay, I have to admit....I love it.


Take Care,
Jennie

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hooker's Christmas Celebration

Last night was our annual Hooker's Christmas Celebration.  Good food, good friends, happy sharing.

We always have a fun gift exchange, and this year was no exception.  The gifts can be handmade or store bought, but are supposed to be wool or hooking related.

This was what I made this year.....

This sweet cross stitch pattern is Time to Start by Teresa Murgida (Primitive Acorns on etsy).
It was a fun stitch....just enough for an evening of football on TV.

On to the next Christmas gift......

GRATITUDES:
Friends who love receiving handmade gifts as much as I enjoy making them.
Unexpected days of perfect weather.
Annual Christmas shop till you drop day with my sweet daughters.

Take Care,
Jennie


Monday, December 1, 2014

Snowmen A to Z

Finally! Finished the Snowmen quilt top on my self-imposed deadline, and it is already in Debi's hands for quilting. What a relief.  I have got to put an end to projects with deadlines.


Close up of one of the blocks.

Looking forward to gifting this one to a very special family.

Now I have a couple of other things that I want to do as Christmas gifts. Then I am going to do something without any pressure involved!

GRATITUDES:
Lunch and girl talk with a good friend.
A near finish.
Blue skies.

Take care,
Jennie

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings


Feeling so blessed and grateful.....Hope all of you can also count your blessings on this Thanksgiving day!

Take Care,
Jennie

Friday, November 21, 2014

Turkey Time

In keeping with the holiday spirit, and with the guidance of the oh so talented Debi, the Sew Crazies crafted turkeys on Tuesday. Laughter, wool, pine cones, glue.....it was great fun. And we all had something to take home!!





GRATITUDES:
Giving thanks in even the little things.
Acorns crunching beneath my feet.
An old dog learning to play.

Take Care,
Jennie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grandparents' Day

Yesterday was Grandparents' at Macy and Jackson's elementary school. That means lunch and the Book Fair. How clever of them to schedule the Book Fair in conjunction with Grandparents ' Day...LOL. Anyway, I was privileged to be the "chosen" grandparent to attend for both of them. It was a fun day of memory making.

Jackson looking over his new books in the car.....looking so handsome with his new haircut.

Macy chose a craft book with supplies to make little Pom Pom animals. How cute is this!

Macy also had to write a three step essay about how she would save the Thanksgiving turkey from becoming dinner.  Here it is......

Got to love this girl......who knows her Mimi so well :-)).....and perhaps thinks a bit like her.....

GRATITUDES:
The innocence of childhood.
Sharing in little lives.
Nurturing schools.

Take Care,
Jennie