The air is back in my lungs, the house (after today) will be free of cookies and gifts not yet given, and tomorrow my kids will be starting school again.
For the first time in a month the prospect of blogging doesn't feel overwhelming, so here I am. There will not, however, be a backlog of pictures of every last thing I made this month, because that would include:
1) six pairs of pajamas
2) one tiny bathrobe
3) a big purple gumdrop pillow
4) six "pillow fight" pillows (designed specifically so the guys would stop using my nice ones every night)
5) number beanbags
6) three angry pigs and four angry birds
7) two extravagant costumes
8) two Christmas pillows
9) a Christmas kitchen rug
10) my finished Christmas hoops
11) a superhero cape
12) one knit washcloth and one sewn one
13) four jars of sugar scrub
14) eight necklaces and four rings
15) at least 300 cookies
16) my first batch of homemade marshmallows
17) a new dress from my new Japanese pattern book
This list is the reason that blogging has been...intimidating, but I've decided to just take a deep breath and jump back in. So for the next couple of days I'll just show you a few of my favorite things from December, and then we can move on. Sound good?
Every year I try to make at least one new Christmasy thing for the house before the mad dash to make presents begin. This year I made four! So I was happy about that. The first one I finished was my embroidered hoops you may recall that I started on our epic fail camping trip.
I also wanted a cute little rug to replace my usual kitchen rug. This was my first experience making a quilted rug and I have to admit to being a little freaked out by the idea of standing on it. With my feet. But I got over it. I used an old towel for the backing which worked out great and helped me get over my standing phobia.
Items # 3 and #4 were the pillows I finally got done.
All this stuff cracks me up because you probably noticed that it's all the same fabric. I bought half-yards of these fabrics a few years ago and it's like the gift that keeps on giving...I've made all this plus last years tree-skirt and I still have plenty for the stockings I still haven't finished and probably a few more projects as well. That's a lot of mileage from a few half-yards!