Christmas Wrap – Up

Well, it is hard to believe how fast the holiday flew by… but fly it did, and is doing.

It was a lovely Christmas here. The baking and cooking got done, the gifts were finished. Everyone was satisfied with their treats. We had sunny weather and took a family hike between gift opening. Very lovely indeed.

Hand knit gifts
Hand knit gifts

I made 2 pairs of fetchings for gifts… both were finished and given in time. I also made this hat to be felted.. the before picture of me wearing it is in the last post.. here is the finished hat:

Grandma's hat...
Grandma's hat...

Some wonderful gifts recieved:

Rainbarrel deluxe... see the spigot, and the screened top?
Rainbarrel deluxe... see the spigot, and the screened top?
Deer made by friend... gracing our garden and inviting friends...
Deer made by friend... gracing our garden and inviting friends...

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New vacuum in 21st century colors...
New vacuum in 21st century colors...

The vacuum cratered right before the holiday. Well, the wheels fell off. Attempts were made to reglue said wheels, but to no avail. It kept breaking. So a new one was procured and the old one was somewhat dismantled and made into a bench vacuum for the wood shop.

Trip to the junk mall...
Trip to the junk mall...

Another treat this holiday was a trip to the antique/junk mall.. big discounts meant some little treasures came home… including this tablecloth and napkin set. Most of the cloth is very white and there are no holes or tears. But there are some large yellowed areas.. hoping some oxyclean will get that out.. we’ll see. In any case, it was very cheap, and I will enjoy it either way.

Napkin detail
Napkin detail
Lovely doily find.. love the flower border! Is it too soon to think of spring?
Lovely doily find.. love the flower border! Is it too soon to think of spring?
New reading...
New reading...
New trinkets and bath salts...
New trinkets and bath salts...
New clothes..
New clothes..
Momento from recent church renovation...
Momento from recent church renovation...

With the rearranging we did right before the holiday, which did make everyone happier with all the company here, we have yet to hang things on the wall.. photos and such needed to be rearranged. We are hanging this slate tile on the wall.. it came from our church, which just underwent a massive renovation. The slates on the roof had to be replaced, and this is one of them.. don’t know how old they are, but love having this piece of history.

Youngest's birdhouse...
Youngest's birdhouse...

And there were others doing handwork. I may have posted this birdhouse before, but youngest made this with neighbor who did the reindeer in the garden. I love the details of this house, and it needs to be put out this weekend, as the bluebirds are back and exploring the real estate on offer.

Love the front perch...
Love the front perch...

It was a lovely holiday, even if at times there were short cuts or variations in the usual tradition. Because of the timing of family meals this year, I did not make a large dinner for home.. instead, we had cheese balls for snacking,

Yummm....
Yummm....

a plethora of cookies to choose from, and on the day itself, a very satisfying burger grill… the man about the place and I agreed it was a lovely Christmas dinner.img_5976

We did a big meal for friends on Boxing Day.. but I dug into my Texas roots and served smoked brisket and pico de gallo and salad and roast potatoes and guacamole… yummm. We are still eating the brisket in one form or another…so nice to have leftovers!

Now it is time to reflect on the year past, and look ahead to 2009. Will see you in the New Year, when I am hoping that HOPE, CHANGE and PEACE are the themes.

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Wrap – Up

  1. Your Christmas sounds lovely as do the handmade gifts. I was going to make Hels a pair of fetchings, but ran out of time. Maybe I’ll start some for next year. The birdhouse is really neat.

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