That Time Of Year

This is a very busy time of year for alot of us. We're trying to get the house decorated for Christmas, we have baking to do, and finishing to accomplish. With that in mind, I thought that I would start this post off with a quite moment. We could all use one, right? So, stop what you're doing, take a deep breath, and look at the colors of nature for a minute.

Pretty sunset, right? I took that the day after Thanksgiving while I was on the back deck grilling. I thought that the colors were so vivid that I could not pass up taking pictures of it so that I can take a look at them and slow down every now and then. Sometimes, that just the thing that we need.

The weekend after Thanksgiving weekend was spent getting our house decorated for the Christmas season. The tree is up, the lights are on the porch outside, my Christmas wall hangings are on the wall, and my ornament tree is showing off my bounty of finished beauties.

Actually, I told MJ that I needed a bigger tree because this one is not big enough for all of the stitched ornaments that I have. I wound up putting some of them on the big tree in the living room. Maybe next year.

Eve since M was about 3 years old I have done some sort of gingerbread thing with him. Either a house, or gingerbread men, or even a gingerbread Christmas tree. Then Z came along and as he got older he wanted to help with the decorating, too, which, as any parent can understand, leads to sibling arguments. One doesn't like how the other wants to decorate it. The quarreling over which candy decorations should go where. It can get tedious. I was wondering what I was going to do this year to try to alleviate that, when I walked into Michael's and the answer was staring right at me! A gingerbread kit with five little houses! And another kit with two mini gingerbread Christmas trees! The answer to my Christmas prayers! M and Z each got two houses and one tree to decorate any way they wanted. I got the fifth house so that no one could argue that one got more to decorate than the other. Brilliant!!

M trying to master the art of using a piping bag. He did not like that part at all!

Z and me with his finished products:

The last of the quilt squares for the baby quilt was finished last weekend, and since I have the material I wanted to make the quilt with I decided to start trying to put it together. I never use a pattern when I make these things. I lay it out in my head and get a pretty good idea of what I want it to look like, then I try to recreate that image on the actual quilt. Much easier said than done, I might add, but this one came out just how I wanted it to.

I just have to add the batting and the back and it will be all done and ready for Maggie Lorraine Yin Luo to come home to us sometime in early 2012.


love that sunset Pam, how peaceful. The tree looks great and congrats on hitting that Michael's just in time.
Be always in stitches.
doris said…
Great sunset! You're so right about this time of year ... rush, rush, rush. It's nice to see the gingerbread worked out.

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