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Christmas Past

Christmas vacation is nearly over for DH--he returns to school tomorrow. I still have a few Christmas items to take care of and then it will be truly past and time to focus on the new year. I thought this would be a good time to show a few items which were made as Christmas gifts this year.

I made quite a few of these hand towels as gifts. I have a little gizmo that you use to make bias tapes from strips of bias cut fabric and it was lots of fun binding the towels with the bias tape.

Rob worked for months on this little afghan for Maddie's room and was able to finish it in time for Christmas. The pattern is called Rambling Rows.

I made Maddie a little dress with cross hatched pintucks in the bodice front.

I also made Rob's mother a new bag for her walker out of Christmas fabrics:

Grandson Drew got some Popeye DVDs for Christmas and wanted to try some spinach while he was here. Here he is tasting his first bite:

Here's his reaction. I did tell him that it might take at least ten tries before you learn to like a new food. 🙂

One of Rob's students was unable to go home for the Christmas break and he spent part of the vacation here with us. Drew absolutely loved having David here to play various video and box games with him. Here David was graciously coloring with Drew:

We did try a few new recipes over Christmas and I will try to share them soon. I'll post one final picture of our youngest grandchild, Maddie taking a bath in the kitchen sink:

We learned at Christmas that there will be another new family member this year when Mark and Katie have a little one in July. We have even more blessings to look forward to.

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Christmas Projects

Rob and I were busy this fall making a few items for Christmas gifts.

I made several people these sets of kitchen towels and dishcloths:

picture of Towel Sets

I also made some Christmas themed insulated mats that can be used under casserole dishes:

picture of Christmas Mats

Rob knitted flower headbands for Nora and Megan:

He also knitted a couple of shawls that are going to be worn in a campus production of Fiddler on the Roof this spring. Here's one of them:

I made a jungle themed quilt for Ryan but unfortunately forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt. Here's a picture of the layout:

I made these little fleece sleep sacks for Ryan and the new baby girl:

I made another one of these wreaths from an old hymnal:

Jan, one of my faithful readers from Iowa sent me this delicious cookie recipe in a lovely Christmas card. I had some of the little Christmas cupcake liners which fit into the mini muffin tins and decided to use them even though I did make them after Christmas. These cookies are quite tasty and would also work for Valentine's Day or for a shower or tea.

Cherry Miniatures

1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla (I used almond extract)
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
(plus more for decoration)
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used pecans) (almonds might be good too)

Glaze Ingredients:
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
approximately 1 Tbsp. cherry juice

Cream softened cream cheese and butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add combined dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir in cherries and nuts. Place rounded teaspoons of dough in miniature muffin pans that have been greased or lined with miniature cupcake papers. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 mins. or until lightly browned. Remove from pans and allow to cool. Make glaze and spread cupcake tops with it. Decorate with cherries. Makes 3 to 4 dozen.

To make glaze:
Combine sifted powdered sugar with enough of the cherry juice to make a glaze.

Keep this in mind for your next event when you need a pretty, dainty little cookie.


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A Christmas Craft

picture of Hymnal Wreath

It's been a while since I last posted. Life has gotten in the way of blogging. Our family from Michigan was here this past week and we had several activities planned for the whole family. We really enjoyed having them all here and will miss them as they drove home today. We will see them again pretty soon when they come for Nora and Topher's wedding in April.

A while back I mentioned that I had been working on some projects that I couldn't show yet. Well, I have actually already given this one to a friend who will be going away for Christmas, so I'm free to show it now. I saw this post about making a wreath from a paperback book and thought I would try making it from an old hymnal for my friend, Judy, who teaches music.

I found this old hymnal at a thrift store and thought it would be perfect for this project. The pages were a little larger than a regular paperback book so I had to devise my own method for rolling the pages, but over all it was a very fun project to make and I was pleased with how it turned out. I'd like to make more of these in the future if I can find some more old hymnals.

picture of Hymnal

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week and making progress in your Christmas preparations.


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Christmas Sewing Projects

This past year I found some cute gift ideas on various blogs that I read from time to time.

I made some tea wallets for some friends and family members who are tea drinkers. They were fun to make and hopefully will be useful for the recipients. I hadn't made covered buttons in quite a while and found that the little tool that you use to help cover the buttons (it is included with the button forms) has been greatly improved since I last made some. I found this tutorial for the tea wallet.

picture of Tea Wallet

picture of Inside Tea Wallet

I also made some table runners for a few people. I took a class at one of our local fabric stores to learn how to make these, but I was able to find some instructions for the basic technique at this source. These were fun to make and I hope to make myself one for next Christmas!

Here are a couple of pictures of completed table runners:

picture of Sandy's Runner

picture of Susie's Runner

Here's a close up:

picture of Sharon's Runner

I don't always have time to make as many gifts as I did this year, but I started early and enjoyed making them.

How about you, dear readers -- did you make any gifts for Christmas this year? I know of one family where the siblings all make something for each other each year, rather than purchasing something. They have become really creative and learned some new skills over the years.


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