This year's Christmas card idea came together fairly well thanks to the talents of some good folks.
I wanted to do American Gothic.
Andy found an image for the background and did the photoshopping and my good brother James took the pictures...he's always a good sport about that.
And it's always quite a chore to get everyone to cooperate at the same time :)
Poor Ben was so zonked...it played to our advantage in the long run as long as we were able to get his eyes open for a few seconds.
They turned out great :)!
I always love dropping them all in the mailbox!
A friend gave me the idea of doing gift cards to Swig for all of Ben's many aides and teachers...
I found these cute skillet cookies/brownies/cinnamon roll mixes at Wal Mart and stuck bows and cards on those for the rest of the kids' teachers/bus drivers.
For my ornament this year I knew I wanted to do something with felt...
After looking at a bunch of things on Pinterest I decided on a nordic/Scandanavian look.
I made about 75 of these puppies.
I started in October so I wouldn't be scrambling.
They were pleasant to work on while I watched many a Christmas movie :)
They are all a little unique...
Sometimes I did one and really liked the pattern so I tried to copy it a few times, but mostly I would just start one and see where it led.
I downloaded a free scrapbook paper and made a tag in photoshop.
I wish I hadn't decreased the opacity because it makes the red look orange...but I was afraid otherwise you wouldn't be able to read the text.
I'm already starting to think of ideas for next year's ornament :)
I love creating these things each year to give to friends and neighbors.
I know some would rather get treats and some probably just throw them away, but I know there are those that actually appreciate them. They tell me each year how they look forward to my ornament. One family tells me they have a special section of their tree for just my ornaments and another family that stores them in the original packaging year after year when they take them off their tree.
I did one quilting project for a Christmas gift this year.
I always struggle knowing what to give my best friend growing up. We live in the same community but rarely see each other since our lives don't have a lot in common any more...but she's still a dear friend and we always exchange gifts.
I can't believe I hadn't thought to do something like this for her before.
Just a simple table topper...
I had her sister in law help me remember the colors of her home and I dug through my repro fabrics trying to come up with a good combo.
I'm always so lazy and squaring up blocks is one of my least favorite parts of quilting so I sort of skipped that step on my four patches. I realized the result after I put them each on point in their squares. So I called my quilting expert mom and she helped me come up with some ideas on how to help it not look so bad.
My points didn't quite match up but I was able to rescue them from being cut off which was my biggest worry.
I struggled knowing how to quilt it.
I haven't done much with overall designs and so I thought it was time I gave that a shot.
My problem with meandering patterns is that I work myself into a corner and have a hard time getting out gracefully. This was a small enough quilt though that I figured I should be able to keep track of my progress fairly well and plan out my next steps.
And I have plenty more little four patches (which I will square up) with which I plan to make another similar one for myself.
I'm actually excited to give my friend her gift this year...
I hope she likes it!