Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fretting and Forgetting

Do you fret when company is coming over?
I fret, fuss, fix and futz with the house only to forget something important. 

There was the time that we were having our first gathering to meet our new sister in law. 
Reportedly, I left a tampon on the entry buffet. 

She swears that she thought someone put it there as a joke but I'm not so sure. 
There is that possibility because we love practical jokes but I could have been so busy rushing around that I just didn't see it.

I've left the buckets from the newly planted flowers in the front yard. 
I noticed them as the company was leaving.

I've left the vacuum cleaner in the middle of the living room. 

There has been Windex left on the bathroom counter. 

I don't know where my family was when I did those things. 
Probably in hiding because "company mom" was on the loose.
Here is a link to a funny YouTube video. 
It is so me. 
I hope you enjoy this last day of hustling and bustling before Thanksgiving. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Custom Christmas Stockings

I change our color scheme for Christmas almost every year. 
 I started making custom Christmas stockings from year one.
This year I made one for the living room and one for our room.

Our accent color in the living room is a blush pink inspired by some ornaments that I found during the great garage and attic clean out.
The great clean up took place in August.
Do not ask me why.
It was 110 degrees in August.
That is just how we roll around here.

The local big box craft stores didn't have much pink Christmas decor.
Hobby Lobby didn't have any fabric in the subtle blush color I was looking for. 
Joann's never has enough help at the cutting table.

The thrift store had this pink cashmere sweater for five dollars. 
 This stocking from the 1940s had a cute shape for the template. 
I cut around the antique stocking leaving about a half an inch for a seam. 

I stitched it up in no time.
The waist band became the top of the stocking.

Clip the curve in the toe and the heel so that the stocking will be smooth when it is turned inside out. 

I always stick a sprig of holly or pine in the top of the stocking. 
One of the inspiration ornaments dangles from the side. 

Just a touch of pink. 
I know that I've not gone too far with it because Bill hasn't said, "Pink!"

The other stocking is made out of some of the leftover sheeting from the quilt I made last winter. 
 Here is a sneak peek at that one.

That's what I've been up to. 
What's going on in your neck of the woods?
Speaking of our neck of the woods.
 Laura from Decor to Adore is hosting a luncheon and cookie exchange for Texas bloggers in our area.
I'm so excited to meet fellow Texas bloggers.

I'm off to meet my step brother and his new wife for dinner.
So fun.



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