I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Holidays and wish you a wonderful New Year! I’ve been absent from blogging the past few weeks while I finished last minute gifts and attempted to make this Christmas a merry one despite being apart from family and friends. I’m sure we can all agree that 2020 has been a year of strange and crazy things, and I look forward to 2021 with optimism and hope.
I can finally share a few gifts I made in December. The first one was a secret Santa gift for one of my co-workers at The Granary Quilt Shop. I made her a fabric stationery pouch/organizer and some handmade cards. The pattern is called “Handy Organizer” and it came from the book, Sewing to Sell by Virginia Lindsay. There are so many great project ideas and tips for marketing in this book! She also has a second book out, More Sewing to Sell, that I just ordered and can’t wait to read.
My next project was a doll tent for my granddaughter, Amelia. The pattern for this came from WonderfulWellies Etsy shop and it fits a 14″ doll (Wellie Wisher doll size) perfectly. It also has instructions for an 18″ doll (American Girl doll size). The tent came together much easier than I expected which was a nice surprise.
Both granddaughters loved it so much that I already have a request for another one for Clara (on the left). These girls are going to keep this grandma in business for a while!
I had plans to make other gifts, but there never seems to be enough time. However, I did receive some very special, handmade gifts that I’d like to share. My secret Santa, Lynnellen, made me a beautiful mug rug that I just love (and use). It came with an assortment of herbal teas, so I’m all set for my afternoon tea time!
I was surprised by a sweet neighbor who is also a quilter and customer at my LQS with this gorgeous embroidered dish towel. Linda’s handwork is exquisite – even the back of this monogram is perfect!
My dear husband, Mr. Crafty Quilter, knows me so well. He ordered this custom wooden plaque for me on Etsy: SewPerfectlyYours. I love it and it’s going on my sewing room door.
Speaking of my sewing room, I have to show you how upside down it gets when I’m working on a project. I have a small area designated for paper crafting and when I need to make a card, everything comes out of the closet and onto all available surfaces. This is what it looked like while making four cards for my secret Santa gift. An explosion of chaos and creativity occurs; fortunately, it cleans up nicely.
The wall hanging that you see above my ironing station is one of my free tutorials from 2013. The wall hanging that peaks through the photo of Julie’s Happy Place (and shown below), was made from a tutorial by Lori Holt on Instagram in 2014. It was under the hashtag #haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas.
Just a reminder that my Lincoln Stars quilt pattern is still on sale for $7 until the end of December in my Etsy Shop. I love having this on my couch all winter.
Sometimes life gives us reminders of how fortunate many of us are. All you have to do is turn on the news to see people who have lost their jobs, their businesses and worst of all a loved one due to Covid (or other conditions). Holidays spent away from extended family has made me thankful for today’s technology and our Zoom calls have helped pull me through.
There’s definitely been a shift in perspective. Small things are just that – small. Last week I had a tiny scratch on my hand that somehow turned into a swollen and extremely painful lump that kept me from using my right hand. I couldn’t even squeeze a tube of toothpaste. Today, it’s finally pain-free (but still swollen), and I can use it again. It made me appreciate my body and how fortunate I am to NOT have chronic pain or illness.
I am also very grateful for all of you. This online community of generous and amazing quilters and creators has been a blessing. Thank you for your kindness and support in 2020. I look forward to brighter things to come next year and to spending some of it with you at The Crafty Quilter. Happy Holidays!