we had a lovely Christmas day this year. it was my first time hosting at our house which was a lot more relaxing then previous years that had us running between various houses and get-togethers, never really getting to enjoy any of it. My husband and I were reminiscing about one of our first years we were married and how we had to be in 4 different places on christmas day. I just remember crying in the car as we drove from one place to then next haha. thankfully with children comes a slower pace to things. this year we got up at our own pace and enjoyed openning our stockings, just the three of us, before my parents, sister, and grandparents arrived. the snow fell all Christmas Eve day and continued on most of Christmas day as well so we were treated to a delightfully white Christmas...a very rare treat and possibly my favourite gift this year!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I was inspired by today's weather (note the snow in the background) and by a recent post over at the purl bee and whipped up this felt snowflake while my son napped on the couch after a wintery romp around the block. It was super quick to sew up and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I'm sorry to say that I don't get to keep this, my mom is the lucky recipient, but I figure I can part with it only because it's her birthday and I love her.
Happy Birthday Mom!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
"...the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there..."
we've had a busy couple of weeks. Between my many appointments for this pregnancy and having the flooring redone in our suite, we've hardly had a chance to breathe let alone enjoy any time for crafting or decorating for the season. We finally go a chance this weekend to dig all our Christmasy things from the crawlspace and venture out in the windy cold to pick out our tree. we're still putting finishing touches here and there and of course I have a few projects lined up. here's a sneak peak at one of the things to come
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Just thought I'd update on some of my projects seeing as how I haven't done much blogging in the last little bit. I finally pulled out that pixie had and sewed up the seam. Amazingly it totally fit's my son. Boy it would have been huge on him last winter. I still plan on doing a few decorative things to finish it off a bit but I can't make up my mind so there it sits. I also finished the mittens for my sister's Christmas gift last week...my first FO. I think my gauge was slightly tighter on the second one but not enough to really notice i don't think. I really enjoyed knitting them though and can't wait to do a pair for myself once the hustle and bustle of Christmas has slowed down. I've had to put the bag for my mom on hold until I can get out and find more yarn. I'm short about 100 yds and the yarn is now discontinued so I'll have to find something of similar wait in a contrasting colour. Not the end of the world but annoying just the same. Note to self: when buying yarn for a specific pattern double check that you are getting enough yarn and get a little extra just in case. One of the things I love about knitting is that it's a constant learning curve. I get bored with things easily leading to a lot of unfinished projects, but I'm finding that if I pick a pattern with a new technique or some other challenge then it's just enough to get me hooked.
I woke up to a ground covered in sparkling silver frost, one of my favourite things about this time of year. I'm still holding out hope for a white Christmas but frost is almost as pretty...I'd settle for a frosty Christmas too
I grew up on homemade bread. It's something I crave whenever the weather starts to cool down. There's nothing like homemade toast and tea on a frosty morning to get you out of bed. I tried a recipe I found at The Frugal Mom for Amish white bread a couple months ago and it turned out great but didn't quite taste like my mom's so this time I made a double batch but used half the sugar and one 1 tsp salt (rather then the 1 1/2) I think it tastes a lot better, although I may still tweak it a bit to get it perfect. My mom does it by feel so she doesn't have a recipe anymore that she follows...I may just have to get her to make bread with me a few time to get a feel for it.