AND THE BEAT GOES ON! I’M STILL WORKING ON CHRISTMAS, BUT WHETHER IT WILL BE CHRISTMAS PAST OR CHRISTMAS YET TO COME IS ANYBODY’S GUESS.
THE DOLL PICTURED HERE IS ACTUALLY DESTINED TO BE A TEACHING AID FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER, FALEASHA. SHE IS AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, WORKING WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND ASKED ME IF I COULD MAKE HER SOME TEACHING AIDS THAT ARE MORE INTERESTING THAN THE STANDARD KIND SHE HAS ON HAND. I WAS DELIGHTED AT THE PROSPECT AND MY BRAIN IS STILL WORKING OVERTIME ON THEM. SHE NEEDS THINGS WITH BUTTONS AND BUTTONHOLES, ZIPPERS, SNAPS, THINGS TO TIE AND BUCKLES. “HER” KIDS NEED PRACTICE WITH ALL OF THESE SKILLS. SOME OF WHICH GIVE ME PROBLEMS AGAIN NOW THAT MY HANDS ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT DOING MOST OF THE SPECIAL LITTLE ACTS WE PERFORM WHEN GETTING DRESSED. I’VE HEARD IT CALLED SECOND CHILDHOOD — THIS ARTHRITIS THAT ROBS US OF OUR FLEXIBILITY AS WE AGE. I HAVE OTHER NAMES FOR IT BUT TRY NOT TO USE THOSE WORDS OUT LOUD. AND I CERTAINLY NEVER WRITE THEM OUT ON ANY TYPE OF SOCIAL MEDIAL
OKAY, A FEW MORE PHOTOS AND I’LL GIVE THESE HANDS A LITTLE BIT OF REST.
THIS IS A SMALL QUILT I MADE FOR MY GRANDSON, NOAH. HE WAS ONLY A FEW MINUTES OLD IN THE PHOTO AT THE TOP AND THIS IS MY FAVORITE PHOTO OF ALL. NOT THE BEST QUALITY, I WAS TAKING A CLASS AND DEVELOPED AND PRINTED THE PHOTO IN MY DARK ROOM, ONE OF MY FIRST EVER ATTEMPTED IN A DARK ROOM. MY REGRET IS THAT I DIDN’T LEAVE IT IN THE SOLUTION LONG ENOUGH. I LOVE THE LOOK ON LOGAN’S FACE AS HE LEANS HIS HEAD ON HIS MOM’S SHOULDER AND GAZES DOWN AT NEWLY BORN NOAH, ABOUT 10 MINUTES AFTER NOAH;S FIRST BREATH.
TODAY I’LL BEGIN TO POST PHOTOS OF SOME OF MY CHRISTMAS PROJECTS. YEAH, I KNOW CHRISTMAS IS OVER FOR THIS YEAR, BUT I’M STILL WORKING ON SOME OF THE QUILTS FOR THE KIDS. I MIGHT HAVE TO JUST CONSIDER IT ALL AS BEING AHEAD FOR NEXT YEAR! SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.
OKAY, HERE ARE A FEW OF THE THINGS I’VE BEEN MAKING, BEGINNING WITH THE ONE THAT GOT ME STARTED LAST SUMMER. MY COUSIN, GREG, ASKED ME IF IT WAS POSSIBLE TO MAKE A QUILT FOR HIS NIECE THAT WOULD BE HALF UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY– HER ALMA MATER, AND HALF FLORIDA STATE–HER HUBBY’S. I KNEW IT WAS POSSIBLE EVEN THOUGH I HAD NEVER MADE ONE BEFORE,BUT IT PIQUED MY INTEREST AND I STARTED LOOKING FOR A WAY TO DO IT. MY SOLUTION WAS THIS ONE:
SO NATURALLY, BEING ME, I JUMPED HEAD FIRST INTO THE FUN AND PLEASURE OF QUILTING AGAIN. MOSTLY I MADE PILLOWS FOR EVERYONE, BUT DISCOVERED THE FUN OF ALSO MAKING TOTE BAGS. SO HERE WE GO!
personal photos were all taken by me. UK and Fl. Seminole logos are from the collegiate web pages. All others from Pinterest.
Wishing everyone a merry, Merry and Blessed Christmas. It is now 15 minutes after midnight in my part of Kentucky and the roads are covered with black ice. Fortunately, Santa travels by sleigh rather than automobile, so he is safe. I hope everyone else drives safely so they can arrive at their destinations without incident.
My own preparations have been ongoing for several months and I’m not sure at this time if I’m behind for this Christmas or ahead for next year. I’ve attached several of the pillows, tote bags and the top left is a small quilt for my grandson, Noah. The photos that are not my own are all downloaded from Pinterest.
Again, I wish for each of you a Merry Happy and Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year,
In case you haven’t noticed I’ve been on hiatus for several weeks. The early winter weather has been playing havoc with my health so I’ve been taking things easy up to a certain point.
I have re-discovered the joy of quilting, especially making memory quilts, pillows and tote bags for my family. At the moment I’m finishing up a pieced quilt and just might get up enough energy to take a quick photo of it to post. Don’t hold your breath though, I just sat down and got comfortable after a long night of doing everything except sleeping. Yep, that pesky insomnia is still with me and going strong. And my computer woes are still an ongoing issue for me. And did I ever mention the day my phones were missing in action? Almost an incentive to no more cleaning while I have work in progress out. I was clearing a table off after cutting some fabrics and the phones, cell and home phones both, managed to get swept off the table and into the trash container. Normally I check that particular container before emptying it because it is kept so close to my work area, but this particular day I just wanted to get the trash out, so it was already in the compacter before I noticed my phones hadn’t been ringing. Never a good sign around here where they usually ring obnoxiously at all the worst times. I enjoyed the quiet for a little bit, then had to go out and replace the cell phone so I could buzz people in when they visited me. The home phone still remains MIA and might never be replaced — or maybe I’ll wait and enjoy the peace just a little bit longer.
So, here I am at 6 a.m., having been up all night and beginning to wonder what’s for breakfast, as if I didn’t know it will be whatever I make when my naval shakes hands with my spine and I have to eat something in a hurry before my sugar crashes. I also just moved a little bit in my chair and about 25 quilt blocks that are pinned together until I get the sewing machine out again are now in a pile on the floor. I do tend to burrow in when working and comfortable. I suppose it could be much worse but looking at them makes me wonder how. Now I’m going to finish this post up and get down to floor level and pick up the nights supply of work, find a good place to store them until Christmas, try to remember where that good place is a few minutes after putting the top on it …..
Have a great December!