Thursday, December 13, 2012

Two Weeks and Counting

Can you believe that we now have less than two weeks until Christmas?  Who's counting...right?

The week has been busy with lots of Christmas events.  It seems like we are always on the go here.  We are actually looking forward to an dinner at home tonight.  We are so blessed to be so busy, but it is not getting my Christmas cards written ;)

Last evening we tagged along as our grandchildren played Christmas carols at a local nursing home.  It was a thrill to see the delight in the residents faces as they enjoyed the music.  Each of the children played a few songs and we enjoyed the music as well.  It was also fun to visit with some of the residents, including a set of 94 year old twins who both worked as makeup and hair designers in the early Hollywood days.  They shared photos of the many big stars that they had the privilege to work on for their camera shoots.  Both were so sharp and shared so many wonderful stories with us. 







Tuesday was our biannual quilt guild Christmas show and giveaway.  There were over 250 quilts donated to ten different local charities this year.  We even made the front page of the paper.  We have amazing, talented and caring guild members. 



In my spare time I have tried to work a bit on some Christmas sewing.  I made a raincoat for another one of the granddaughters.  This time I used the PUL laminated fabric.  It has a more silky feeling and drapes much nicer, but was not as easy to sew on as the laminates I used last year.  I tried the teflon foot, but found the walking foot worked much better.  I still need to hem the sleeves and put the buttons on, but I'll share a picture of it for now.



Easy Street remains on my back burner.  I did get a handful of this weeks blocks done, but I do have the remainder cut out.  I doubt that sewing them together will take long once I get to them. 



The progress on the stocking was minimal this week too - a little backstitching is all I got done on it.  Again....we just haven't been home much.  It's a good thing that I wasn't figuring it would be done this year. 



In talking with my niece this week, I found out that she has started a blog.  She is a beautiful writer and her blog is about the joys of parenting.  I love the name of it - Early Bird and Night Owl.  Doesn't that just speak of parenting?

I hope you are all enjoying the peace of the season.



21 comments:

Barbara said...

It's so wonderful when the children start early like this. Same here, so many extra things on in the lead up to Christmas but so worthwhile when it is bringing joy to others.

Just finished writing my cards. Did not have time to make them this year though.

Wishing you a great Christmas Mary just in case we are not in touch before but probably we will be.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful raincoat Mary. And you are doing great on the Christmas stocking as long as you are enjoying doing it!

Jessie Pope said...

Aunt Mary - thank you! I'm so glad we happened upon the subject of blogging because I've really been enjoying your archives (I'm back to July!) and seeing your gorgeous projects.

And I love love LOVE that raincoat. Which lucky duck gets that one?

Sharon said...

I know what you mean about busyness this time of year.
I just love that raincoat.
With our forecast I may need one soon.
Hugs

Lynne said...

I can relate to "too bust to even get the Christmas cards written"! Enjoy it all, family and love is what it's all about after all.

Lesley said...

I laughed when I read your words "in my spare time"...I love how you fill your days and weeks! The little raincoat is adorable...lucky gal to get that!

Val said...

What a special thing to go with your grandchildren to the nursing home. Love that raincoat!!! I can't wait to visit your neice's blog!

Hilachas said...

You always accomplish so much. The caroling sounds like so much fun. In my spare time, I've been making deer jerky with my husband...

Hilachas said...

You always accomplish so much. The caroling sounds like so much fun. In my spare time, I've been making deer jerky with my husband...

Carole said...

Always such a busy bee! What a Lovely raincoat! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Pokey said...

Good deeds for the young ones, it sure makes you proud, doesn't it? The raincoat is so cute, gd will just love it!
:-}pokey

hueisei said...

What a lovely and cute raincoat! :D
I am counting to Christmas now and my colleagues are counting in our office too. We are having a long holidays and everyone is in the mood for Christmas now. Merry Christmas to you and your family :D

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Love the raincoat! I haven't used the laminated fabric yet but have been thinking it would make a fabulous tote. Your grandchildren have learned early on what Christmas is really about. Your stitchery is coming along beautifully.....and now we have only 11 days left!

Denise :) said...

What a darling raincoat! Whose pattern did you use? I can see something like that in my future as the grandbabies get bigger! Interesting that the PUL laminated fabric was harder to sew -- you'd think it would be easier since it's silkier feeling. What was the difference, do you think? Your guild Christmas show sounds like fun! I love being a part of a guild--and like you, I'm always overwhelmed (and humbled!) by the incredible talent and skill of our members.

Connie said...

Sounds like you are busy, busy Mary! I remember going with my daughter when she was young and singing at a nursing home....afterwards she laughingly told me my voice was terrible and it was probably a good thing they couldn't hear well. Of course she was in choir all through school and has a beautiful voice. The raincoat looks beautiful, I haven't tried to sew that type of fabric yet. Love your Easy Street blocks and as Bonnie says....there is no hurry.

Connie said...

Sounds like you are busy, busy Mary! I remember going with my daughter when she was young and singing at a nursing home....afterwards she laughingly told me my voice was terrible and it was probably a good thing they couldn't hear well. Of course she was in choir all through school and has a beautiful voice. The raincoat looks beautiful, I haven't tried to sew that type of fabric yet. Love your Easy Street blocks and as Bonnie says....there is no hurry.

Fiesta said...

What you are doing is a true gift in itself.
Happy holidays

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Gene Black said...

I love your story of carols at the nursing home.
Did you know you won on Frieda Anderson's blog "Walks in the Woods" ?

nancygrayce said...

I am shocked at how quickly Christmas is approaching! I did get my cards done fairly early, even my husband was duly impressed! I love that raincoat.....you are just so talented!

The story about the 94 year old twins was wonderful.......and how great that they're together. I'll bet the stories they had to tell and the pictures are fascinating!

Merry Christmas!

Nat Palaskas said...

Indeed it's lovely to see the young ones share their talents. I'm sure your GC would have plenty of talents. Can't wait to see your stocking finished. It's looking good already - In case I don't have time to visit during the holiday. Merry Christmas to you and your family - Hugs Nat