A few Christmas gifts

A few pictures of Christmas gifts for my girls.
After buying a new house and paying for all the extra stuff a new house needs,
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money this Christmas.
(Plus, I like keeping expectations simple and not overwhelming my kids with “stuff.”)
Not that we didn’t buy our kids some gifts, but I was also interested in
creating gifts from things I already had on hand.
Like fabric scraps.
And because it’s fun to make stuff.
So I made a couple of notebook covers for each of my girls.
Here’s the back.
This was super easy and a really fun way to use up those scraps.
Click here for the pattern link.
(The one thing I changed is instead of squaring up the pieced front and back to 10 1/2″ x 15 1/2″,
I squared up to 10 1/2″ x 16“)
My almost 11-year-old has been using a pink plastic Hello Kitty wallet
for the past 7 years or so and has really been wanting a new one.
And I kept telling her not to buy one because I would make one.
Well I finally did.
And I’m happy to report that she really liked it.
(Her favorite colors are light blue and green right now.)
Tutorial found here. Another really quick and easy one.

Christmas has been fun. I’ve eaten way too many sugar cookies,
kept my kids up late too many nights in a row,
got poked in the eyeball by a plastic helicopter on Christmas morning
-all things that usually have negative consequences, unless it’s Christmas,
when it’s all part of the hoopla.
You just roll with it.

I love this week between Christmas and New Year’s.
It’s when I enjoy the music, lights, and food of Christmas, without the stress.


It’s almost here.
Today I hung the stockings by the chimney with care.
We have a fireplace for the first time in our married career and I love it!
This is the stocking I received at my birth lo these many years ago. (mid 1970’s.)

Sixty years ago my mother received a stocking like this from her grandmother Naomi Dagmar (how’s that for a fabulous name?) who died only a few years later. This great-grandmother of mine started this tradition, knitting stockings for her posterity. When she passed away, my great Aunt Daphne took over the tradition and knit stockings as wedding presents (when someone joined the family by marriage) or baby gifts. My Dad and all my siblings have one. After my marriage, my mom polished her knitting skills and started knitting stockings for all the sons-in-law and new grandchildren. She’s on stocking number 12 now. I love this tradition and I love these stockings! I think they’re my favorite part of Christmas nostalgia.

I’m curious about the history of this pattern. My aunts have them and one of my aunts is over 70. One time we came across another family who had the same stockings in their family. Has anyone else out there seen this pattern before?

Other fun Christmas stuff: last night we visited an older couple from our last neighborhood. The wife had some amazing vintage felt creations from her past. One was a gorgeous tree skirt from the 60’s in mint condition. It was extra fun because the colors were so current: gold, turquoise, magenta, lime green. I was dying that I didn’t have my camera. Next year I’m going to get a picture! She also made these little ornaments for each of my kids. The felt is so soft! I’m sure it’s from her own vintage stash.

I have been going pedal to the metal sewing final projects for Christmas presents and I’m having so much fun! (When I get a quiet minute.) Can’t show any finishes yet (can’t spoil the surprise!) but here’s a little sneak peak of one.

And here is today’s view. Couldn’t see any mountains today.
We got a good dusting of fresh snow just in time for Christmas.
Tomorrow is the first day of vacation.
I dream of sewing in my pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate next to me.
I’m sure reality will be drastically different trying to keep a bunch of hyper-anxious kids entertained
during the most impatient-kid-drama-too-much-sugar week of the year.
Hopefully some cozy time on the couch, wrapped up in quilts,
watching Christmas movies will help us all.

I hope everyone else’s final Christmas preparations are going well.
Any favorite pieces of Christmas nostalgia you have a spare second to share?