Category Archives: Christmas

It’s Festive and Getting Festiv-er

Hello my friends!  How are you?  I hope you you are well–and calm–and enjoying the holiday season.  My intention this year is to live in the moment and enjoy each and every day leading up to Christmas.  So far so good.

Yesterday I went shopping and didn’t leave my little town.  I usually drive for 20 minutes or more to go shopping.  This was mere minutes to each destination.  It was kind of fun.  I went to the local health food store to pick up healthy chocolates (if there is such a thing!) for gifting.  Next, I stopped at a gift store and found a couple of cute ornaments to slide in a box with Christmas cards.  It was a little busy in the shop which made it feel warm and festive.  I needed a card so I went to Walgreens instead of driving 25 minutes to the Hallmark store.  Then I meandered through an antique mall… and purchased brand new wreath hangers.  Silly, I know, but it’s all I found that I ‘needed’.  Last, but not least, I stopped at the florist for a beautiful poinsettia and a bouquet of carnations.  I also picked up a few tiny charms and more ornaments.  By then it was almost 5:00 and closing time for most local shops, so I came home.  It was a very satisfying afternoon.

2019 living room 0922

2019 carnations 09292019 dining room 0926

2019 poinsettia 0924.jpg

We haven’t gotten out to get our real tree yet.  My daughter and I would be fine with this small artificial one, but my husband wants a large (and real) tree.  Hopefully, this weekend we will get out to the tree farm.  My back is ‘better enough’ to walk around the tree lot.  I am very thankful for that.  Our small artificial tree still needs ornaments, but it is decked out with the prettiest red, green, and white fairy lights.  Looking at this photo it does look a little sad, but in real life is fine…especially once there are ornaments on it.

2019 christmas tree 328

The Snow Village set up in the family room is hosting my Pukipuki Sugar.  She loves it here.  It is like a play village for her.

2019 pukipuki snow village 332

2019 snow village 338

2019 snow village 334

What have you been up to?  I’d love to hear your holiday season news!  Please share (if you’d like).

Sending you a holiday hug! ❤

It’s the Christmas Season!

Hello from yet another dreary day in northern Illinois.  Although it is not too cold and NO SNOW!–only frosty rooftops this morning.  (I will not complain.)  So many of you have LOTS of SNOW and COLD!  Anyway… it is cozy and warm inside.

Christmas is fast approaching!  Because we were out of town on our usual tree farm day (day after Thanksgiving), we don’t have our tree yet!  We did get our Snow Village put up this year though.  We (my dear husband) divided the houses up between the dining room and family room.  This way we can enjoy them in two different areas of the house.

Here are some pics from the dining room display.  Two houses, a church, the flower shop, and ice rink are set up on the buffet cabinet across from the dining table.  While in the living room we can look over and enjoy them.

2019 snow village 295

2019 snow village 300

I set up my camera on a tripod for the following pics.  It was quite dark, so the exposures were long.  The images came out cozy and dreamy, love that.

2019 snow village 312

2019 snow village 302

2019 snow village 305

Two of my Little Darling ensembles are on their way to dress two Little Darling girls in new finery for the 2019 holiday.  I enjoyed packing them up and tying the parcels with coordinating yarn.

2019-12-06 4842

 

My two Little Darlings, Alice and Gina, are still dressed in their holiday ensembles in my sewing room.  If you are shopping for something new they are still available.  Alice and Gina wouldn’t mind sharing 🙂 .  Look for the specifics for these ensembles under the ‘Available’ tab above.

alice gina 2 221.jpg

 

Not sure what I am doing today.  Definitely no traipsing through a tree farm.  My back has been giving me a little trouble, so I just want to sit the day away as sitting is pain free and walking isn’t.  Back pain is a bother.  *ugh*

What are you doing today?  Any Christmas prep going on by you?

It’s Been a Co-o-o-ld Holiday Week

Oh boy, is it ever cold!  I miss going out for my daily walk so much!  I think my soul is suffering from the lack of fresh air and sunshine, but it’s just been way, way too cold.  This morning might be the worst yet—a minus 20 windchill!  And, I know some of you are lots worse off than that. *sigh*

Anyway, we’ve been hibernating and keeping busy inside with puzzles, games, crafty projects, cooking, eating, eating, eating (too much).

On Christmas Eve, I received an order of yarn for some “human makes” and a set of Hiyahiya interchangeable circular knitting needles.  My yarn and needle stash is all geared towards dolly makes (skinny yarn and skinny needles), so I took the plunge and ordered an entire set of larger needles and enough yarn for at least 6 human-sized projects.

yarn 3706

knitting needles 3708

Hiyahiya Sharps are my new favorite needles.  They ARE sharp and make it so much easier to execute K2togs, SSKs, and for knitting lace.  I’ve been using the 8-inch sharp steel DPNs for quite a few months now for my doll knitting and do not want to go back to my other basic tipped needles.  The 8-inch DPNs seem to be the perfect length for all of my dolly items.

knitting needles 3709

My set of interchangeables was a bit pricey, but if I purchased the needles separately I’d easily spend more than this.  And, I am enjoying knitting with them so much.

My daughter wanted a super bulky and cabled headband to keep her ears warm while walking to her classes.  I found the perfect pattern while perusing Ravelry.  Within one day I completed it!  Seriously, who knew knitting for humans could go so quickly.  I used 2 strands of Knit Picks bulky Swish merino, so soft.  The pattern is from Posh Patterns and is simply called the Cable Knit Headband.

cable knit headband 3715

beading necklaces 3723

On Thursday, my daughter wanted to make some delicate beaded necklaces.  I showed her how to work with decorative bead cord which has the flexible needle integrated into one end, bead tips to hide the knots, and my jewelry tools to add jump rings and clasps.  She had so much fun—she made 5 necklaces.  It makes my heart sing to see her make things. ❤

beaded necklaces 3726

Here are a few more photos from the Pabst Mansion when we visited last week.  In case you missed those posts and would like to see the other photos you can find them here and here.

conservatory 3669

The conservatory is a smallish room that faces south and east.  It was chilly the night we visited, but I cannot help but think about how COLD it is in here today!  On warmer days, though, what a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast.

conservatory 3671

The walls and floor and all tiled with very old looking ceramic tiles.  I think the designer decorated it for Christmas very prettily.

conservatory 3670

The phone room is so tiny and cozy.  It’s located on the first floor off of the staircase area.  There is a door to close for those private conversations they must have had.

telephone 3643

I haven’t been doing any dolly creating this week, and I really haven’t spent any time at all in my sewing room.  I’ll go in to get something and that’s the extent of it.  We all need a break from “work”, don’t we?

So, that’s some of the recent news from COLD Illinois.  I hope you, too, are staying warm if you are in the frigid zone.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today, and for your support all through 2017, my friends.

❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

 

 

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave