Saturday, December 7, 2013
This little beauty from 1983 was only $3.00. For the hours of entertainment I'll get stitching it, it seemed like a good deal. Then I opened it...
We had planned to get the tree today, so of course we had a storm last night. Plenty of mud for us! Hopefully the rain will ease up and we'll bring a beauty home. Every single year, in the evening once the tree is up, my husband sits in the darkened room with only the tree lights on and says the exact same thing; "This is the best tree we've ever had."
Friday, December 6, 2013
My husband and I have been to many school concerts over the years. We love our kids, and love their dedication to music, but for the most part, these outings are usually over-long, overcrowded, and somewhat off-key.
Last night was the exception. Jungle Boy has moved this year from the band to the symphony orchestra. Of the three trumpet players, he is first chair - the lead trumpet. At the beginning of the concert he blared out the opening notes from the Grand March in Tannhauser. It just took my breath away. My favorite opera. His tone was golden. It was absolutely beautiful.
He had solos throughout the program and the finale was the medly from "The Empire Strikes Back." I braced myself for the campiness. I was wrong. I guess I've never heard this music live because it was fabulous. Tons of trumpet.
All these years of lessons. All the band practice. Sometimes it takes a special moment to remind me why we pay for all these things. I am so so proud of what he's achieved. Fingers crossed he still makes room for his music in the future.
The picture is the ornament I made for him last year. It's from a fabulous old book that's still available on Amazon:
Thursday, December 5, 2013
I think this shy girl might also be Lefton, but she has no marks. I love her Christmas coat.
Stop by Colorado Lady for some wonderful vintage goodness. I'm going to bake cookies and finish my Christmas cards today. Then off to hear my kids in a concert tonight. Busy season!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Drama Girl took pity on him. I came back later to find the village rearranged like this:
And while we're at it, here's one more shot of my Santa's Village up on the wall now.
Hope you're getting in the Christmas spirit! We sure are around here.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It's getting hard to hold back the tide of Christmas around here. My amaryllis insisted on starting the show a few weeks early:
I've been working on my Christmas quilt. Each block seems to need a million pieces. Here is an example of the tree block. I only had to rip out and re-sew one seam in this one. It's a challenge to keep everything the right direction as I'm sewing.
Linking up today with Heather at Books and Quilts.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Chain piecing is a great quilting technique. Line up the series of pieces and do them all at once. No cutting thread in between so it's fast and efficient.
For my Christmas quilt I needed a bunch of little triangles sewn together. No problem! I've got this! So between shuttling kids around in the car yesterday, doing laundry, and cooking dinner I made a long lovely chain of sewn triangles that looked like this:
They weren't supposed to be sewn long sides together. They were supposed to have short sides sewn together. Since I chain pieced them, I managed to make the same mistake about 60 times. Go me. This nice little pile of half-square triangles got put into a bag to be used someday for something else.
Back to the cutting board today. A million more tiny triangles.
We finally turned the heat on and I put both cat beds by a vent. They opted to share one though. Hestia brought along a toy.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Doesn't help that I laid out the whole thing and then did this as I started to sew it together:
Continuing backwards in time, this is the number of pieces in each block:
I'm already worried about Christmas since this is one of those years where Thanksgiving happens late so we have a shorter season. So much we always try to fit in! Lots of concerts and parties and performances coming up soon.