I have received word that most of the presents I sent out the other week have been received, and for those who haven’t gotten to them because of that pesky country-wide snow storm – well conveniently they don’t read this – or at least I don’t think they do.

So here we go – a look into what I spent 3 weeks working on.  (And yep, I got all this done in three weeks)

Hand – Cross Stitched “Noel” Decorative Pillows with Felt Backs for the Grandmother-in-Laws

Wool Felt Bird Ornaments – My Own Design –

One set for my Cousin and her New Husband and One set for my Aunt and Uncle

Ben said the grey birds looked evil because of the red french-knot eyes.

I said I didn’t ask for his opinion.


Lots and Lots of Knitting –

I owe you a clearer picture of these later and that last hole is stitched up – but these are the hubbies WWII Era Pattern “Trigger Gloves”.

Made with this Amazing Purl Bee Pattern “Simple Pleasures Hat” for the Best Friends New Hubby.

The Montse Beret for the Best Friend to Keep Her Warm Up By the Lake

The Meret Beret for my Mother in Law

And Another “Simple Pleasures Hat” for my Father in Law

Admittedly one of the best things about all this handmade stuff?  I’m sorry to admit it, but it barely cost me a dime.  Most of the yarn, thread, wool felt, even the cross-stitch fabric I had just waiting to be used on my craft shelves.  The patterns were all free, or previously acquired as well.  So all I needed was the time, which I apparently had in spades thanks to my current time off from work.

I really hope I get to do this again next year.  The plan is that I will switch off who gets something handmade each year, because lets face it unless you’re under the age of 10 you don’t need a new knit hat every year and even handmade “stuff” is still “stuff”.  I also have dreams of bigger, better and nicely things to make – sweaters and blankets are on the agenda since I’ve yet to use this – that I picked up at the Goodwill for $6.


Christmas was warm and wonderful, even if it was just the two of us this year.  We spent the day curled up on the couch watching movies and eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees and playing Blokus Duo.  We are also now in possession of enough board games that we need to make more friends in order to ever get to play them.  And I received a sustain pedal for my keyboard which finally allowed me to play not only some of my favorite sheet music, but all of my favorite Christmas Carols!  If I can’t have weighted keys I, at least, now have the ability to sustain!

Christmas Eve was also wonderful filled with lasagna and walks downtown to see the lights and a lovely midnight service.  Our church doesn’t decorate until Christmas Eve so it was such a treat to see it all decorated!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!