Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing You ....

a Christmas filled with love, warmth, happiness and laughter. May all your Christmas wishes come true !

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Busy December

WARNING... picture heavy post ahead.  I wanted to show you all the projects I have been crazy enough to tackle and/or finish this month. I only have a couple more small sewing projects to finish and then I can relax!

So go grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and maybe a Christmas cookie or two  ... here we go:

I started off the month finishing up this baby quilt for my nephew and his wife who had their baby girl Natalie on November 28.

My Christmas crafting started with making this wreath from a wire coat hanger and dollar store ornaments.

Then I made these trees out of styrofoam cones and sheets of felt.

The crocheting started with this cute Elmo hat for our great-nephew Kael.

The bench outside our front door needed decorating, so I made this Snow Mama, complete with her very own crocheted hat!

I made several of these snowman shirts. This one is for my sister, but I also made smaller versions for my two great-nephews and a onesie for my newest great-nephew (without the bows of course).

That same great-nephew got other Christmas onesies, and his Mama and Daddy got crocheted hats (as well as some homemade cookies!).

A friend came over one day and we made these Christmas trees out of cardstock and wooden finials and candle holders.

I sewed these pillow covers for a friend who has a room in her house that she has decked out in red, white and blue and patriotic items.

My most time-consuming project of all was this T-shirt rag quilt I made for my nephew for Christmas. It includes t-shirts from when he was little all the way up until now (he is 23!). This is also the largest quilt I have tackled... it could easily fit on a twin/full bed.

Another sister wanted a Christmas shirt too, so I made this ornament shirt for her.

Finally, I made a scarf and matching hat for myself!

I'm sure I missed a few other little projects, but you get the gist of what I've been up to!

If you want the particulars of any of these projects, just leave me a comment.

Happy Holidays everyone ... I'm going to go take a well-deserved nap  :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

This week, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each
element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas pass it on if you wish.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Just Checking In

Hey everyone.  Yes, I am still around, just busier than a one-legged man in a butt kickin' contest!

As usual, I have way too many things on my plate... darn that Pinterest for giving me so many ideas :)  I guess I need to stop reading blogs and Pinterest so I don't come up with even MORE crafts I want to do for Christmas.

This weekend I will be putting up my Christmas tree and decorations, and hopefully Mr. S. will get some outside lights put up. The forecast is calling for snow, so not sure if that will happen or not.

Thanks for your suggestions for my crocheted poinsettia. I looked around Ravelry for ideas and came up with this:

I like it, but I don't think it would make for a good afghan.  So I don't know what this will end up as... any suggestions??

Lots to do today - pay bills, and do some Christmas crafting. It is cold and windy outside, the perfect kind of day to stay indoors and craft away!

Have a good weekend all.