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Monday, December 17, 2018

It’s Hard to Settle

It’s hard to settle at this time of year, with so much going on during the pre-Christmas rush and all the end of year social activities which come at this time of year.  I’ve been busy writing letters to pop into the overseas Christmas Cards, so that’s a job well done.  The Christmas Cake is made and maturing nicely – what else do I need to do in the way of kitchen duties?  Decide on the Christmas Day dessert, I’m leaning towards making a Chocolate Cheesecake, and there will be a Christmas Pudding, too, of course.   It doesn’t matter how hot the day will be down in our part of the world, it just  wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas Pud.  And I still have my chocolate cherry balls to make.

There’s been no “rolling the dice” as I wasn’t sure that I will get much sewing done with so much  happening on the social calendar over these last few weeks.  But I’ve been trying to do my minimum “15 minutes a day”, some hand stitching under the shady archgola, and I had a little mending to do.  Plus I’ve been busy cutting fabrics to prepare for another “leader and ender” project when I get to sit at the sewing machine.

Cutting and marking for HSTs

Alphabet Noel is now hanging over the sofa, just a little longer than I imagined, as it turned out, but I’m sure that doesn’t matter too much.

Alphabet Noel

I’m sharing several more of my hand made Christmas items I made in various classes over the years.  First is a Santa, just hanging about – I think he was a kit.  I quite enjoyed making the stitchery on my fabric Christmas Tree.  The class called for the tree to be strip pieced, but I thought my green fabric printed with gold branches worked well instead.  And lastly, a pedestal Santa.  He stands on a weighted base instead of having legs.

Hand made from Christmas past

We can’t complain about the weather, it is still wonderfully warm, so we hope the good weather lasts for Christmas Day.  So warm that Gemma seems to snooze the day away.  She is fast asleep and just about to fall off the chair!

Sleepy time for Gemma


Kate said...

Your Christmas handmades are lovely, Jenny. It's rather nice to have a bit of breather before the big day arrives so one can enjoy the festivities.

Tired Teacher said...

Gemma certainly is relaxed! Your Christmas desserts will be tasty and the perfect end to a wonderful feast. Love seeing your quilt behind the sofa - it looks great hanging there.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

looks like kitty has a heavy layer of hair for this time of year for the heat - tiring I'm sure :) have a lovely Christmas season

Janice said...

I know what you mean by being hard to settle. It’s pretty much the same here. I’m thinking of starting a leader and elder project next year. I just have to settle on a design and start prepping.

Maria said...

Looks like you are organised at this busy time of year and still manage to get a little stitching done and organise your next leader ender project too.
Lovely Christmas decorations on display you have made over the years..
Love the photo of Gemma.

Connie said...

Sounds like you are in the full swing of Christmas.
Your quilt looks lovely and I really like that little green Christmas tree, so cute :)
Merry Christmas!
Connie :)

Judith nb Serena said...

Love all your Christmas stitchings. We haven't put any decorations up on board as we are off home to the family on Wednesday. Like you I can't settle to stitching at this time of year but once we're back in the New Year I've got to start on a rag rug for one of my granddaughters. I think I'll have to make a resolution to do at least 15mins every day, I love that idea of yours. Like your kitty, she's a beauty. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Judith nb Serena.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Thrilled to see NOEL hung and I love your handmade festive decorations xx

Karen S said...

It is a busy time but well done getting some stitching in. Lovely to see your quilts and decorations for Christmas.

loulee said...

Love your Christmas crafting.
We're getting warm and wet weather down here in Timaru!
Doesn't look hopeful for the big day either. More stitching time. :-)