So I finally got them done – our Christmas stockings. I wanted them done before the first of December and they were, though I had to push hard on the last two. I just worked on them when I could find the time.
It would have gone faster if I had of had a sewing machine, but you know, I feel good cause I did something creative with my hands that I hadn’t done in years. I used to make things when I was young and had time on my hands, but now it is hard find the time to do anything extra.

Each one is unique and has a theme that, for at least Glad, Logan and myself, is meaningful to us. From left to right we have: Dad – wine and rum bottles, Logan – a cow, Lila – an angel, Scarlett – a gingerbread man, and Mom (me) – snowflakes.

All 5 of them – ignore my toes on the bottom. I had to hold the phone over my head to get the shot just to fit them all in.

Making them was quite simple, that is, if you know how to sew it is simple. First I cut the stocking pattern on the fold to save on stitching. Then I cut and added the red trim. On the trim I added sequins or beads to finish it.
For the pictures, I made paper patterns, cut them out double, then over-stitched them and just tacked them on to the stocking. I finished each one with fabric glitter glue. Some of the materials were easier to work with than others, but the best part of this project was that I had everything I used for it in the house. All I bought was one bottle of gold fabric glue, since it was the only one I didn’t have.

The children’s – see their names on the tops?

Glad’s and mine.

Click here to see individual pics of each one.

Now that that is out of the way, I can begin decorating. I dug the tree out today and it is standing on top of a cabinet waiting for me to get some lights for it. Last year we only decorated the tree; nothing got done for the house. This year I want to do more for the house, and some friends of ours want to come help decorate, meaning I need to go shopping for decorations. Fun, fun, but not if I have to take the girls with me, which I will most likely have to do. The best place to get decorations close by is a tiny shop that is crammed full of stuff and has tiny, narrow ailes. It is like shopping inside a box. Anyway, if I have to take them it will be a quick trip because tiny hands in a shop with attractive stuff is equal to one bottle of vodka, if you catch my drift.

I’ll keep you posted.

‘Tis the Season

Okay, with the Christmas season starting, I’m going to try to post a pic (or 2 or 3) every day to get us all in the Christmas spirit.

Yesterday I was out with the kids for a walk and we came upon a small shop that I usually go to for any small item I need, since they carry everything.  Well, yesterday they had every available surface covered with Christmas decorations. I took the kids in to see the decor (not so easy with the stroller due to small aisles) and then I remembered that I wanted a Santa hat for Lila. I had bought one for Logan at this same shop last year

(Remember this?)

so I picked one up for her. I also bought the holly and attached it with staples. (No time for fixing things properly. I’ve had a pile of pants to be sewn on my to-do list every day for a week and still haven’t gotten to them. They are all my pants too.)

Then, with Christmas excitement in the air, I decided I had to take some pics. I think I’ve already posted the best ones but here are a few more.

I don’t know why I try to get them to sit for pics when I know it is hopeless. Logan kept jumping up, pulling his hat off, and falling everywhere. That is why Lila is smiling so much. She loved it. I, on the other hand, was not pleased with his antics. Can’t he just sit still for 5 seconds with a smile on his face so I can take his pic?

Apparently not.

Glad has been gone for two whole days and will be gone a few more still. I miss him already. His mom was coming back from Australia where she has been for the past year, so he went to Bangalore to meet her and accompany her to her house in Mangalore. Now he is helping her clean the place and get set up again.

Oh well, I guess I’ll have to be patient until he gets back. I miss having someone to cuddle up to at night, someone who is not screaming at me and demanding water or to nurse. Last night Lila just would not sleep unless she was in my bed. She must have woken up 10 times at least. Let’s hope it doesn’t become a habit.

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