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“Why does Christmas always come at the busiest time of the year?” and other important questions

Whew! Life’s been a bit crazy!

You too, huh?

First off: the lucky numbers from the magic Random Number Generator are #12 & #2!
(How’s that for random?!)

Quilt Hollow gets the ‘remnants’ and Alisa gets the ‘scraps’!

I’ll be getting in touch with both of you today to get address info.

Yesterday my neighbor offered to watch my kids for 5 hours (we swapped – I watched her’s last week) so I could finish my Christmas shopping. FEELS SO GOOD TO BE DONE. Between that, post office runs, excel spreadsheets, piano lessons, and a Christmas dinner party last night I’ve had no time (unless I was playing accountant) to sit at the computer. Or sew. But now, all that stuff is done. I was so excited to just stay home today and fold laundry and clean my bathroom (really!) And listen to Christmas music. And eat Candy Cane Hershey Kisses. And make snowflake pillows!

Tomorrow I’ll finally publish how. (When you see it, you’re going to think, “this is so anticlimactic.”)
And finally questions:

First: Does anyone know of a cute, simple A-line toddler dress pattern? I’m having a hard time finding a good one.

Second (from my 5-year-old): “Mom, why does Elvis live at the North Pole?”

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  • Reply
    angela
    December 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    That's one nice neighbor!!!! I love your view, that's pretty amazing, too.

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    Quilt Hollow
    December 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    On the Today Show today Susi Orman was saying the best gift this season is the gift of time…and exactly what you posted! Helping a friend…with time! Awesome!<br />Lucky me today here….smiling!!

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    live a colorful life
    December 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Haha–the question about Elvis. that&#39;s why I made a jar with a label that says &quot;what did you just say?&quot; to put little notes about what my grandkids say. Too funny…<br /><br />Enjoy sewing.

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    Laurie, the girls and Scott
    December 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I have a cute pattern. I don&#39;t know if this is what you are thinking of, but it&#39;s McCalls 4815. I just don&#39;t make the notch and make two patterns so it&#39;s cute on either side. I also add pockets. Obviously, I don&#39;t follow directions well and have to make things more difficult. Here&#39;s a photo of Molly in one version. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zOpmUEqNgwc/SoURYTNRMzI/

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    Crafty Mama
    December 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Lol about Elvis!<br />If you go to http://youcanmakethis.com/info/featured-products/Sew-Boutique-4-Dolly-A-Line-Dresses-Tops.htm there is a good pattern from Carla C there. It&#39;s not free, but her patterns are fabulous!

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    Terresa
    December 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I grew up listening to Elvis&#39;s Christmas record. Yes, it was a record back then. &quot;Blue Christmas&quot; is still one of my all time fave songs. I blame my mother.<br /><br />Pass the candy cane Hershey kisses!

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    Jackie
    December 16, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Funny, I was glad to be folding laundry the other day as well. Hmmm… sometimes it is the small things. I think Elvis lives at the North Pole because he need to get away from his fans for a while.

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    A.
    December 16, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Ahh. I love today&#39;s view. And do please share if you find a great pattern!

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    Nedra
    December 16, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    That&#39;s hysterical… Elvis at the North Pole. Kids perspective is the best. <br />And I love it when I can just stay home and do laundry and get things organized too. We are nesters.

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    Anonymous
    December 17, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Hi Amy, <br /><br />I have made a few of these for Christmas presents this year, it&#39;s not technically an A-line dress but it&#39;s very cute, simple and works for toddlers!<br />I substituted wide ribbon instead of sewing a tie which makes it sit a little better.<br /><br />Good luck!<br /><br />Jane<br />janelockrey(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Katy
    December 17, 2009 at 2:34 am

    So that&#39;s where Elvis is? I&#39;m glad I know!!<br /><br />It&#39;s been too busy here too, I&#39;m getting a little fed up of the business now, actually!<br /><br />Your view is amazing. Wow.

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    Valerie
    December 17, 2009 at 7:50 am

    http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=11717<br /><br />New Look&#39;s is cute and simple — and you can make a matching head scarf. *grin* It&#39;s not free, but $5 for the dress and applique patterns isn&#39;t too terribly steep.

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    Sherri
    December 17, 2009 at 11:20 am

    The snow is beautiful…and yes…everything is so busy now…I long for a day where I can just stay home…not until Christmas Eve???!!!

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    December 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Good for you. But I myself – not done.

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    Why does Christmas always come at the busiest time of the year?

    Some reasons I haven’t posted a blog post in nearly a week.

    First: It snowed. A bunch. And it’s going to keep snowing for the next week. Which means a lot of shoveling. I have to admit I’m still sick of shoveling from last year’s snow.

    But it looks festive and at least it makes it feel like Christmas outside. I wouldn’t mind the snow if I could stay inside all day and just look at out the window.

    Second: Busy kids.

    Here is making the annual gingerbread house. I loved making gingerbread houses growing up, but my mom was the one who had the frustration of making and cutting out the gingerbread pieces, making the frosting and trying to hold the structure together.

    I still remember this angst and wasn’t ever too excited to fill the mother-role in gingerbread house construction.

    Then, along came gingerbread house kits!! My brother-in-law gave us one two years ago and we loved it. And a new tradition was born. I love the ones from Costco. Ten dollars and all I have to do is open the wrapper and it’s ready to go!


    We are definitely not in it for the delicate beauty, but for the fun (and the sugar), so I just let the kids run with it and try to keep them from eating too much of the candy right away.

    Third. My turn to be in charge of the family calendar. (This is a tradition that goes back about 25 years when my mom would literally cut [with scissors] and paste [with a glue stick] a calendar grid together and mount a 5 x 7 photo on the top page.)

    I thought I was so clever when I decided to do it all digitally. Instead it took me hours of frustration trying to figure out the Costco website and get it to upload my photos, then having everyone resend higher resolution pictures, etc.

    At least I have it all figured out finally and it should go much faster next year. 🙂

    Other fun things I’ve done this week: finish online shopping. Finish store shopping. Finish teacher gifts. Wrap and package all of our out-of-state shipping and overseas Christmas cards. Stand in line at the mail place to buy postage from the world’s most meticulous [read: slow] employee while my boys were going crazy and try to keep them from doing any damage I would have to pay for on top of my exorbitant bill.

    And finally, I’m posting something to do with quilting. An actual finished project!

    The finished Boyfriend quilt sample for the store where I work. This quilt was so named because it is all plaids, a little more masculine, and something you would give your boyfriend (or any other particular male or female you desire. Or yourself.)

    Quilted and washed and ready to go.
    I love how it turned out and I love how soft the quilt is when it’s washed and quilted.
    Now I just need to make one for myself!Some time after all of this fun busy-ness calms down.

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    Laurie, the girls and Scott
    December 19, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I love the boyfriend quilt and lucky you for the snow. Merry Christmas!

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    Lisa
    December 19, 2008 at 9:18 am

    we’ve been in snow and ice for almost a week now. It’s fun for about 4-5 days but now I’m ready for it to melt. At least until January. I shouldn’t complain… it is absolutely beautiful!<BR/>I love that quilt… I can picture it in a log cabin near a warm and cozy fireplace.<BR/>Merry Christmas!

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