Christmas Goodies

I signed up for a Christmas swap.  I don’t sign-up for many swaps (I guess I’m a wallflower in the quilt-blog-swap world.) But thanks to the persistence of this girl I joined in the fun. I’m so glad I did because I have a sweet partner and I’m excited to put these goodies in the mail to her today. Wrapping paper from Ikea. I’m loving the red and white Scandinavian look these days. I got a few different rolls of paper (and coordinating fabric) in October – I went back last Saturday to see if I could get more, but there was none to be found. Glad I have what I have.

I decided I should make a little something to include when I found this very cute Elf Shoe pattern at Allsorts, and thought it would make a fun little pincushion. It was very enjoyable to make, but I don’t know that my handiwork is the finest.  The issue was not with the shoe pattern, but with my efforts to make-up a pincushion insert. We’ll just chalk this one up in the “it’s the thought that counts” category.

Here’s a little sneak peak of some of the other goodies.  I got the vintage reproduction buttons and trims at the annual American Crafts Warehouse Sale here in Utah. Nice.
And now, back to the regularly-scheduled December craziness.
(Some of it is good craziness though. Monday night we took our kids to a wonderful live Nativity.  We froze our bippies off, but the sweet spirit of the event more than made up for it. That’s the December craziness I love most. Watching my kids have that “true-meaning-of-Christmas” feeling, seeing a real-life sweet baby lying in a manger. Melts my heart. Do you know what else I love? Whoever invented those Gingerbread House kits in a box. Best idea ever.)
PS Kind Melissa of the Polkadot Chair published an interview with me this week. So if you’ve ever been wondering what my hidden talent is or what bands I liked in Jr. High, now’s your chance to find out.