This past week has been so busy . . . probably the busiest of the season so far! And even though today has been busy too, it was good to stop and celebrate my favorite Sunday in Advent . . .
The Sunday of JOY!
My Stitcher, etc. Christmas party was Tuesday evening and that's where the nominal change in my stash report occurred. (And can you believe we're at week 50?!?)
The bottom line didn't change, because there was an even exchange of fat quarters. We do an ornament exchange and the "wrapping" is a fat quarter of Christmas fabric. Here's mine ready to go in Christmas plaid (with a bonus yo-yo candy cane ornament):
And here's the pretty fat quarter I received:
Isn't it sweet?! I opted to 'spruce' up my tea corner with it, instead of putting it on the tree. This sweet little thing may stay out year 'round!
With regard to stash, thanks to all of you who share input on de-stashing. I've got thirteen days over Christmas, and I have decided for sure to spend at *least* one of those in the Nook, sorting and reorganizing (and de-stashing)!
I had a little time to get in some handwork in spite of the busyness. For example, the yo-yo candy cane ornie was finished, and I stitched up another wool tree . . . this one in pinks, white and red.
I also will be working on some more felt poinsettias.
I've always done these in regular craft felt, but I think they'd be pretty in wool felt. I may have to try one out. The hardest part of finishing these is trying to decide which button to use for the center! I'll probably do a little slow stitching on those to carry me through my Sunday evening!
Wednesday we had church and packed Lunches of Love, Thursday we had our MSC missionary Christmas dinner, Friday I finished wrapping anything that had come in late, boxed it all up and got all my out-of-town gifts in the mail! Whoa! Is this really me?!? Ha! Speaking of gifts for out-of-towners, we also got to do a little FaceTiming with this crew . . .
Their first California Christmas tree!
Sawyer and June were busy 'working' on colorings for us.
Liv was happy to blow kisses to Neesey and Pawpaw!
Saturday was an outing to Miss Mary Bobo's, in Lynchburg, Tennessee. A group of ladies from Wears Chapel have now made this trip two years in a row!
The food is always excellent, and it was fun to walk around the square of Lynchburg (home of Jack Daniels), too!
Then today, after church, I met Jocelyn, Ellie and Joc's mother-in-law, Marilyn, at the Von Braun Center for the matinee performance of The Nutcracker!
Ellie was really excited to see it again and told us her favorite part was the Mouse King! She really was entranced with the ballet and watched through the whole thing quite intently! I think this year was even more enchanting for her, because she's been taking ballet lessons!
And she was able again this year to wear the pretty little Nutcracker dress that I hand-embroidered the "E" on! In another year or two, Everley will be able to wear it, too!
I'm linking up to Patchwork Times and Kathy's Quilts. And I'm off to see what little stitches I can make before bedtime!
Have a fabulous week!