Over the years I’ve made a bunch of Christmas Lists for Quilters. Everything from Stockings, to Quilts, to Christmas pillows, and handmade gifts. I thought I’d link them all in one handy place for reference!
But first, a peek behind the curtain. I thought you might like to see a glimpse of the glamorous life behind the scenes at Diary of a Quilter. My friend Erika was helping me with shooting pictures for my Gretel fabric post last week and she caught a little of the action that goes into many of my blog photos, including this picture:
Here’s the “keeping it real” behind the scenes version. Doing yoga has come in handy. As do stretchy, elastic waistband pants:
This is the glamour that is my life behind the blog. Not pictured: the hours when I’m sitting in sweats on the couch with my laptop.
So with that little reality check, if you are looking for some holiday sewing ideas, here are a bunch of super cute ones! I’ve recently updated each of the lists with additional new ideas.
Handmade Stocking Tutorials – a wide variety from simple beginner stockings to pieced and quilted
Gift ideas to make for Quilters including over 25 Pincushions, Needle Books, Thread Catcher, and Sewing Machine Cover tutorials
This post has a couple of repeats from previous lists, but still has lots of cute holiday sewing projects including dish towels, handmade ornaments, and table runners.
Okay, here’s one more behind the scenes shot for you:
We’re in the middle of a mess at home. I’m finally having my front rooms painted. We have this ridiculous 2-story entry way on our house (honestly, it’s the biggest waste of space and drives me a little bit crazy). And for the past 9 years it’s been an ugly shade of brown. But the thought of painting those high ceilings was so intimidating that we kept putting it off. Well, this is the year we finally bit the bullet and hired someone to do it.
We’ve been living in a bit of a chaotic mess for the past week, but it’s almost done and already it’s made such a big difference! So three cheers for messes. (Although, it’s a little bit of a “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” scenario – now that this part of the house is looking so much better, I’m starting to see all the other parts that need updating…)
Once this is done, and the Christmas decorations are in place, I’m making a conscious decision to simplify the rest of the season. I have some projects in mind that I’d really like to sit and sew if time presents itself, but I probably won’t get a lot of handmade projects done this year. And I’m fine with that. I’ve decided I’m more interested in being present for people and enjoying time with them, as well as getting out into this kind of scenery.
Last year we had the ugliest, brownest winter. Hiking in the snow has become one of my favorite things and last year there was hardly any of it. It was so yuck. So this year I’ve got to soak it in when I can! I love to be out in the snowy mountains it because it’s so clean and quiet. No distractions – including cell coverage. It’s the best therapy there is!