I have been very busy since last I posted and will have to warn you this post has LOTS of pictures to share. I'll try not to bore you with too many details.
First I want to take a moment to share a fabulous idea on My Heartstring. Rather than the traditional Advent Calendar it is 24 books wrapped and stacked. Shape looks kind of like a Christmas tree as the larger books are on bottom with the smallest books on top. Each book has a Christmas or Winter theme and you unwrap a new book each day to read with the children. I think it is an excellent idea to reduce the "frenzy" for children leading up to Christmas by opening a book each day. Excellent family time built in to each day during the holidays!
Now on to my Advent Exchange. Before I go one step further I have to comment on Teresa's comment left last night on my blog. Imagine how touched and truly honored I felt to read that the tea set she gifted me on Day 2 belonged to her as a little girl. It brought tears to my eyes to think she would entrust me with something so treasured from her past. Words just can't convey how special I feel by her generosity. Teresa, I will treasure it always!
On Day 5 I received this beautifully stitched round case that the tops zips open and closed. I don't know if Teresa made the case but if she did, I need to live by her to learn her many skills and talents for finishing. It is so pretty! Day 6 was a Fiskars 4-Piece Rotating Mat & Trim Set. I swear Teresa has learned mind reading. It has not been that long ago I commented to my hubby that I wished I had a smaller mat so I wouldn't have to bring out my big mat when finishing a small ornament. See mind reading! Day 7 was a "Class in a Kit". It comes with the chart, skein of silk and instructions for finishing the tuffet. I can't wait to give this a try. Also included was a needle minder in my favorite color "blue metallic". It looks like it is made out of glass. I really like the look of it! Day 8 was this adorable little blue bag (again favorite color) and it is such a cute size and tucked inside was a charm pack of Christmas fabric called Jovial by BasicGrey. I had looked at this fabric on one of my quilt shop trips out of town but ended up not buying as I had to narrow down my selection (you know I only have so much money). I'm delighted as I wanted to have a second table topper made out of Christmas fabrics to place on my dining room table and am hoping I can whip it up this weekend!
Now on to what I gifted to Teresa. On Day 4 I parted with one of my vintage bobbins and wrapped some pink lace on it that could be used for finishing on sewing/stitching projects. According to the book I own on these wooden bobbins they were not valued and millions and millions of these bobbins were burned in the landfills (estimated 3/4 of the wooden bobbins made). I think they are lovely to display with nothing on them or with the threads still found on some from the mills. Day 5 was a Stitch Happy mug after all she needs a mug to place on her mug rug. Day 7 was a BeadnHandy scissor holder with scissors, scissor fob and thread puller. I love how cute it is with the little coffee pot charm.
I have also continued to work on various Christmas gifts. Here is a "snippet" of a gift I made for someone. My hubby was so impressed he sent me to fabric store to buy more fabric to recreate this item for us. I know this is unheard of a hubby sending a wife to a fabric store. Remember you heard it here first! I also have this table topper on my work table right now. I'm hoping to finish it up this weekend. It is Battle Hymn which is a Barbra Brackman design fabric. On this topper I'm opting to leave off the half circles around the edges. I also picked up a craft idea using special paint markers and have made an ORT and a Snippet Jar for ends of threads. I am using a special alphabet that I got online to make the x's that spell the words. It is a quick and easy little project. I also received the candles from the giveaway I won. I was surprised at how tiny there were as the pictures made them look much larger. The small one is 4" and the tall one is 7". I love how the design from the vintage bottles appears in the wax.
Until next time....