>yeah my meetings are all done

They where great fun. I learned a lot but boy, being in meetings for four days from 9:30 in the morning till roughly 8 :00 pm really wears a person out. They all went way over time, but the subject matter was so important we stayed the whole time. It just wears on you and the family and, I would assume, the in-laws too, after watching three little girls for that many days and for that many hours. My sister and brother-in-law never complained; they were great about the whole thing. I get to teach her how to make braided rugs in return for the favor, and I get to watch her kids tomorrow. I think it should be fun.

Now I can go back to focusing on my business and this blog and making another tutorial for whip-up. Most of all, I can focus on my family and the season.

>Ornamemnts from swap are coming in


I sent off my ornaments for the ornament swap at cake and pie today.

Below are the ones I have received thus far, including the one I made for the swap. I will continue to update this post, filling in the pictures as I get the ornaments. If you don’t see a
picture below the persons name, it means I don’t have it yet.

Briana Flaming
from NH

Sunshine Harbaugh
from Utah
tutorialOchen Kaylan
from MNCarla Hibbard
from IlSarah van Wijck
from AustraliaColleen Donfield
from NCRebecca Tolley-Stokes aka bekka
from TNSuz Simanaitis
from CADonna Keay
from Scotland in the UKDavid Travis
from CA

To see all 400-500 ornaments that are in this swap, go HERE.

>WIP Not in the Spirit of the season.


But a spirit all the same, maybe I should say ghost instead. This is a Halloween quilt for my king size bed; this thing is HUGH. The main blocks are composed of squares and triangles. The blocks are from a guild swap a few years back. We exchanged ghosts and pumpkins. We had other patterns, latter, to add. I just never made those; I wanted just the pumpkins and ghosts. The hard part was trying to figure out how to make 16 blocks fit a king size bed. That is why they are on point and have a filler block in between them. I think I want the filler blocks to have cob webs and things like that in them so they are not so boring. As you can see, I have finally made them into a top. Now, if I can get it quilted, I can use it next year. Because of its size, I will probably have it machine quilted as it would take a very long time by myself. The ghosts will have black button eyes once it is all completed.

The blocks were supposed to be the same size. Since they were made by different people they are not so as you can see I had to make them fit the setting blocks by sewing off their corners. I am not sure what I think about that. As I would never do that normally. But since this is scrappy and scary maybe it fits. Hmmmmm it is what it is I guess.

>Time to start decorating…..


Usually I start to decorate the day after Thanksgiving if I am home in Utah.

This year has just been so hectic I have not had a chance to really even start yet.

These nut crackers have been out for about three months on top of my china cupboard in my front room. My children are collecting these. It is a thrift store thing; they have found all of them for less than two dollars each. As you can tell, one has had a rough life and needs a new beard. The girls like him, anyway, and one day I will fix him. They just think it makes him more like the broken nutcracker in the play. If you haven’t guessed, this is why my daughter wanted to make Russian needle punch Nut Cracker . The little Santa tin is also a thrift store find; he was $0.75. He is actually two tins; his head comes off to reveal an opening in his body, and his hat comes off to show an opening in his head. That just sounded painful!

If you noticed the wood blocks in the picture, my Vavo makes those each Christmas (and a lot of other holidays) and special events are depicted in these. I have one for each of my graduations, my wedding, children’s baptisms, Easter, thanksgiving, 4th of July; you name she has made them. They are one of my favorite things she has made for me. This is an angel that used to hang over my Vavo’s mantel in California. She was kind and gave me one a few years back. I love it so much that it stays up year round in my front hall. The angel is always heralding love and good will, in my opinion.
The above ornament stays out year round, too. There are a few new ones that I have received from the cake and pie ornament swap. The silhouette tree is one of those as is the knitted sweater and the pynsanky egg. The big temari ball, top right, is actually from Japan, as is the little one in the back right. The black temari with the red and orange embroidery is the only temari ball my husband ever made. It is only half done, and I think it will be that way forever, but it means so much because he made it. The temari ball on the bottom left is my very first temari; very ugly, but it is my first so I keep it. If you notice the one on the stand, front right bottom, I have improved a lot. I do have to admit that my husband divided the ball and I embroidered it. The wood ornament is from a wood tuner who used to live in West Jordan, Utah. He mainly made bobbins for bobbin lace, but one year he made these, and I got it from him. I actually have a few others from him, just smaller. The paper angel in the back left is from my church tree. It is a giving tree; we help a family out who is less fortunate than our selves.