A Thought For The New Year

Hollyhocks

Begin doing what you want to do now.

We are not living in eternity.

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand –

and melting like a snowflake.

                                                 ~Sir Francis Bacon

Dreaming of Christmas

Me and MLW

A Florida Christmas many, many moons ago!

Here I am hanging the wonderful (Vogue Knitting) stocking that my mother made and my cousin with her “Florida stocking”! My grandparents wintered not far from Disney World and each year sent money to their daughters for a trip to Florida – or to put in the savings account. The two of us, the youngest of all the cousins, loved the (overnight) trip down on the train, from Trenton, New Jersey. Seeing poinsettia growing in the ground, having molded ice cream every night for dessert at the clubhouse and generally being spoiled by all the older people in the neighborhood was our idea of great fun.

Hope you all have a special Christmas…

Gingerbread House Fun!

Finding a Christmas Tree by Julie Bauman

Finding a Christmas Tree by Julie Bauman

 

Year of the Rooster by Gail Oliver

Year of the Rooster by Gail Oliver

 

Poinsettiaville by Glenda Tant

Poinsettiaville by Glenda Tant

These fun gingerbread constructions are the prize winners in The National Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn, located in Asheville, NC. The Inn is the perfect place to visit in December and was bustling with guests and those of us who came for dinner and to see the houses. Below is the grand prize winner! Beatris is from Ontario Canada and I have been wondering ever since, how she got her lovely creation to North Carolina!

Dream House by Beatriz Muller

Dream House by Beatriz Muller

Aren’t they great?

A New Year’s Thought…

Iced weeds

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.  Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.  So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.  Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.  Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

– Neil Gaiman

It’s Santa Central!

You may remember that last December I went to visit friends and relatives in Pennsylvania and while there, I made a Santa with my niece and her son. I wasn’t in love with him but I didn’t have much time to find a pattern and try it and wasn’t sure what they might be up for. At the time, I looked at a lot of online patterns and ordered a number of them…just in case.

I got a text from my niece a few months ago asking about a return visit. I said no a few times, but then she bent my arm – I really have trouble saying no to her. I got out the patterns last month and sorted through them. I am not a dollmaker nor do I really like sewing 3D items like teddy bears. However two patterns from Sweet Meadows Farm on Etsy seemed do-able.
So here is what my great-nephew is going to make! This Santa is one of A Few Good Men and here’s the link to the pattern. He looks funny at first with his necked body.
Necked Santa
Then most of his body is painted. It is a Primitive type pattern, meaning that lots of coffee staining is involved and there were directions for sanding and rubbing cinnamon on the body. I opted for a less distressed Santa and used the brush strokes to make him looked used.
Santa body paint
 He looks difficult, but as I am no doll maker (yet!) I can tell you that he’s not. The part I worried about most were his eyes. I did not do as the pattern suggested, which was embroidering them, but drew the eyes on with colored pencil as the pattern maker suggested for another Santa pattern. His fleece beard is needle felted on and that was really easy too. I fiddled around with his hat a good bit, as I did last year. I realized they bother me because the Santas do not have round heads so the hats sit on them oddly. A bit of stuffing fixed it to my satisfaction. I did rather enjoy drizzling coffee on his trim to make it look old.
Santa face
I have been sewing Santa bits the last few days and Jasmine has been helping to make sure that all the supplies I need to take get into my suitcase! It will be a relief to get this all packed up and my Santas hung up. I must admit that for one week, I drove each day to Hobby Lobby, Joann’s or Michael’s to find what I needed! I also did some shopping on Etsy for fleece for the second Santa’s beard. Wait until you see him!
Jasmine helps with Santa
I am just in love with him and had the best fun creating him. Here is his “beauty shot”!
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