Monday, December 21, 2009

Oh, Count Down to Christmas!

How are you all doing? Christmas is just a few days away; are you ready for the big day? I am almost ready... I have some gift wrapping and pot sticker wrapping left to do. I am going to do a big pot sticker making party on the 24th so I can take them up to my in-laws. Just like the family in the "Christmas Story", we are going to eat Chinese food on Christmas, Fa, ra, ra, ra, ra-, ra, ra, ra, ra... (if you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend that you do).

I always have several projects going on at the same time, and the last few weeks have not been an exception. I am still working on a few projects that I can't share with you all yet, but I have completed some of them.

I found this kitchen towel at the dollar store a few weeks ago...


and made a pillow with some cross stitches on it.



Also, I made a tag blanket for a friend of mine, who just had a baby.


and, I have been baking a LOT lately... I love to cook and bake. My kids have been having a blast "helping" me in the kitchen.



Before I got married, my mother wanted to open a cafe with me, I thought it was not a bad idea, and to practice and try out new recipes I baked almost everyday.

After baking and munching so many cookies lately I rememberd why I stop baking so much...I was 20 lb heavier back then...

It is so hard to keep from eating holiday goodies isn't it?

Well, I better go and do some gift wrapping. I will do it with Christmas music on, that will make the job even more fun!

8 comments:

  1. I love baking, but with just two of us in the house it's so bad to have so many baked goods around! We always end up taking 3/4 of a batch of cookies to the neighbors. lol

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  2. you have me laughing with the "fa ra ra" heehe.

    your cookies look so good. and the tea towel is pretty. i hope you guys have a very merry christmas!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE that pillow! YOu are so talented!H Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  4. You have been so busy, everything looks wonderful. And...eat those cookies, you could stand to gain several more pounds! I love the pillow, you sure have an eye and mind for great ideas.
    Merry Christmas... something is on its way in the mail to you...

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  5. Merry Christmas! Everything looks so lovely as usual!

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  6. When I saw your towel pillow the other day I loved it so much but I thought, what are the chances that way out here acrosss the country I'll be able to find that dishtowel? But guess what, I went to the store this morning and found it! I was so excited! (I guess your dollar store is dollar tree too) Anyway, so did you just cut it in 1/2 lengthwise and do the crosstitch and then sew it right sides together, stuff it and then flip it and hand sew it closed? That's what I'm figuring you did, but I can't tell if you used a pillow form. Anyway, I am going to attempt to make one, and I may even make them for gifts for next year. Thanks for the great- and thrifty- idea! I absolutely love all of your projects and your blog is one of my all time favorites!!
    I'm glad you had a nice Christmas, and thanks for all of the great crafty inspiration!!
    Elisabeth

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  7. Hi Elisabeth-
    I am so glad to hear that you liked the pillow, and that is so awesome that you found the same towel!! What I did was very simple.
    1. I cut all the seams off. Because, some parts get bulky, I found it was easier to sew without the folded seams. Then, cut some fabric off so the finished pillow will be 10" X 16".

    2. I did cross stitch. I happend to have a magazine with all the alpabet cross stitch patterns. I just used that and marked the towel with pencil.

    3. Sew the pillow, fliped it inside out and stuffed it with stuffing. Slip stitch closed.

    That's it. It was a very simple project, I am thinking about doing this for many other projects in the future too. Wouldn't that be fun?

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