Monday, December 29, 2008

After Christmas

Every year, after Christmas I get an incredible urge to clean out and re-organize.
Today was the day for such activities.
My sewing room was starting to be over-run by thread clippings the size of small tumbleweeds. A few hours of labor and my room is now clean
and ready for me to start another year of creative endeavors.Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully the start of something fun!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Now that Christmas is over, I can share with you the picture of Hubbs' gift that I made. He loves crows, so I thought he might like this pillow. It is made with wool scraps, wool felt, and then embroidered and needle felted. I think he liked it a lot!

The Best of Christmases

This was perhaps one of the best Christmases of my life. The days were filled with fun, family, and friends. We had decided to tone down the gift giving this year which ended up being a great idea. A gag gift exchange left us all laughing like we had not laughed in so long....deep, infectious belly laughs....roll on the ground laughs! Our day began with Andy making stromboli for a lunchtime about that apron!!
The Stromboli was terrific....he's one great cook! The afternoon was filled with family fellowship...speed scrabble, pool tournaments, competitions on the Wii, and the infamous gag gift exchange that will live forever in our memories!
Here is dear Hubbs in his gag Mrs. Clause outfit! Yes, that is a wig!!

Our meal was delicious and more laughter ensued as we opened our Christmas Crackers and shared our jokes.

As usual, the chief photographer, (me) made it into none of the pictures!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Grinch Cake?

Grinch Cake
1/2 C. butter
1 1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 T. cocoa
1 C. buttermilk
1 T. vinegar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 oz. red food coloring
2 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp salt
1 T. vanilla
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs. Combine cocoa and food coloring to make a paste. Stir into creamed mixture. Sift flour and salt. Add flour mixture alternately together with buttermilk to mixture. Blend well. Add vanilla, vinegar and soda. Do not beat....just mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes in a greased pan(s).

3 T. flour
1 C. milk
1 C. sugar
1 C. butter
green food coloring
Cook milk and flour, stirring constantly until thickened like a paste. Place a piece of plastic wrap across surface of milk paste and chill. (The plastic wrap prevents a skin from forming on the paste.) When chilled, beat in butter, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until it resembles whipped cream. Add green food coloring until desired color is reached. Spread on cake and serve.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Brrrrrrrr.....Old Man Winter has arrived with a frosty punch!
We awoke to snow this morning.
It snowed for a few hours at daybreak and covered the ground with a lovely white blanket....
but not enough for a snowman.
Sadie and I were out at 6 AM this morning. By 9:30 we finished our morning farm chores and headed back to the house to get warm. It is a perfect day to finish a few Christmas preparations and finish my snowman quilt. A few stitches to finish the edging and here it is.....

Friday, December 19, 2008

Are You Ready?

Each year, for weeks preceeding this one special day,
we shop and craft and bake and wrap and decorate.....
And we remember the anticipation that we felt as children.
We realize that Santa still lives in our hearts
and we are filled with good will and excitement!
This year, perhaps more than most, we are reminded of the meaning of Christmas.
With the woes of the economy, we have less money to spend and many of us
are turning back to simpler times and making gifts for our loved ones.
We are reminded the the most important part of the holiday is not the gifts
but the time we share with our families and friends.
It is my wish for you that your holiday season be filled with love and warm memories.
Remember that the most meaningful gift you can give anyone is yourself.
The gifts, the food, the decorations are special for sure, but not essential.
The most special part of Christmas is the love that we share.
For without the love, there would be no Christmas.
Merry Christmas, dear Friends...
Warm, Bear-Hugs to you......

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Taking Shape

There is still snow on the ground from yesterday's storm, but a warmer day has caused much melting. I had a bit of time to work on more quilt panels today and just finished assembling the body of the quilt. Now I need to decide how to trim the quilt....perhaps a border of red and white pinwheels. Well, back to the cutting board...I have a bit of work ahead of me! This quilt is wall-hanging or lap sized. I hope to have a quilt made for each season, so that I can rotate them throughout the year. Perhaps I will hang them on the loft banister overlooking the great room in our log home (you can follow construction progress on my farm blog).

Happy Holidays to you!

And We Have a Winner!!!!

I put all of the names in a hat and one name was drawn.......drumroll, please.......

The winner of my Touch of the Past Christmas apron is......


Merry Christmas to all of you!
I only wish I had made 50 of this apron
so that I could send one to each of you!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog over the past year.
I will try to continue to bring you fun and inspiring projects throughout the coming year.
I will continue to have occasional giveaways throughout the coming year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's a Blizzard Outside!

But inside, it is warm and toasty! My Christmas shopping is finished. I spent most of the afternoon wrapping. In between activities I found a little time to start another quilt. Here is the first patch....I will add snowflakes to this patch. There will be 4 more just like it....snowmen facing different directions. Between these snowmen patches will be red and white pinwheel peppermint candies. If the weather stays like it is, I will probably finish this cute little quilt tomorrow.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Fabric Fun

Amidst Christmas shopping and laundry chores, I took a little time today to play with some yummy fabrics. You might remember a couple of months ago that a friend from work gave me a huge bag of fabric samples. These are not your average fabrics, but very high-end fabrics from all over the world. I must tell you, nothing could thrill me more. I have stored these delectable fabrics in their own tote and frequently look at them...dreaming of what they might eventually become. Today I threw a few random fabrics together and constructed this shopping tote. It has an inside pocket and magnetic closure. The tie is just for I had a little grommet trouble. I am really happy with how it turned out.

Again....Thanks so very much for the fabric fix, Nancy and Bill!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Some of Our Traditions

Dear has been great fun to read about your favorite holiday traditions. I thought I would share mine with you. Every year at our Christmas dinner, I set the table with our finest china and silver. At each place-setting, I put a Christmas Cracker.
Christmas Crackers are a British tradition. They are colorful paper favors filled with small gifts, a crown and a joke. We each pop open our cracker before dinner and take turns sharing our jokes while we each place our crowns on our heads. Lots of laughter ensues!
After dinner we all gather around the fireplace and the kids (now grown) open their stockings. Each stocking is filled with small essentials like soaps, gum, chocolates, socks, a kitchen tool or toolbox tool....all sorts of small things that fit nicely into their stocking. I think they have more fun opening these than anything.
Christmas music plays all day and a fires are kept burning in the fireplaces for the whole day. The house is warm and inviting and full of love!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Apron Giveaway

Happy Holidays from Bee Haven Acres!
I have been working like an elf these past few weeks
finishing gifts, shopping and wrapping.
My packages are in the mail.
A home-made Christmas is planned for the most part.

I would like to offer one last apron give-away for the year,
as a thank you to all of you who visit me here on my blogs
and leave such sweet comments.

I have met so many wonderful readers this year...I hope to meet even more in the
coming year.

Please leave me a comment to enter this giveaway...
and tell me your favorite tradition during the Christmas season.
If you are not a blogger, simply send me your comment in an e-mail and I will enter your name.
I will enlist Hubbs to pick one lucky name from our hat on Wednesday, December 17th.
Please check back next Wednesday for a posting of the winner.

That person will receive this apron in the mail :

Happy Holidays, Dear Friends!

I'm Dreaming......

....of a White Christmas.

Alas, today it is cold and rainy.

We really need some.......
Here is today's Christmas project. It is a little wool felt pillow. The reverse side is made from the softest, felted, black, and grey and white snowflake sweater.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas!

I have always held a great affection
for snowmen.
As a child, the first snowfall
would invariably end up rolled into balls
and stacked in the front yard.

A carrot from the fridge,a scarf, and some sticks and stones would help that frozen sculpture morph into a "being". And there he would stand until the temperatures rose.

Some of my most treasured holiday decorations are the snowmen that I have collected over the years. They grace my mantle, my windowsills, and any other empty space I can find. I thought I would share them with you.....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Santa's Workshop

Well, the elves have been busy today. A dreary, rainy, cold day is good for.....Hmmmm, let me see......well, sewing of course. I finished up another special order. This pillow: (Heather, I hope you like it!)

And a wonderful gift for Hubbs....of course I cannot show you that is a surprise! I will post a picture after Christmas of that one.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Another Christmas Order

Early awakening makes for extra sewing time! Here is another special order man's barbeque apron...reversible.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Filling Christmas Orders

Here is hubbs modelling the latest in men's barbeque aprons. I just completed this apron as a special order. One side is digital camo and the other is a hunter's print. All he needs are tongs and he's ready to throw another steak on the barbie!!
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