Sunday, December 30, 2012

Belated Christmas

Today we're celebrating our Christmas since we worked the holiday. Sometimes it's nice to have an extra couple days to get things done.

While my goal this year was to make hand-crafted gifts for most of the family, I only accomplished two projects. The first was a set of six quilted Christmas placemats for my mom. I started these earlier in the year when I signed up for a Craftsy class (Quilting Quickly by Jenny Doan). It was also my first attempt at free-motion quilting, too. Boy, that takes some practice!

The second project was a Santa doll for my brother and sister-in-law. I used Gail Wilson's "Linsey-Woolsey Santa pattern. He's about 13 1/2 inches tall. For his robe, cape and hood, I found some fabric scraps (from curtains, I believe.) It frayed quite a bit, but I like the texture and pattern. I made the cord for his belt, using a gadget called the Diva Cord Maker.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone. I'm working today, and hope everyone has the sense to stay home and enjoy family. Still, there's never been a holiday without illness or injury, so we'll be there should the need arise!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Auction Santa

As this blog entry posts, my annual Santa is probably being auctioned off at our Emergency Department Christmas Party / Charity Auction (no sneak peaks were allowed, so I post-dated my post). This guy was made from my own "Sleepytime Santa" pattern (available as a traditional paper pattern or e-pattern on my website).
Our party is always a favorite. We've held an auction for many years now, and the proceeds go to needy patients and families we identify through our daily work in the ER.

This year, my husband and I along with another friend are playing music - acoustic instruments this year instead of the whole rock band (it's just too hard to get everyone together to rehearse). Of course, I've been battling some sort of respiratory crud, so I hope I can lose the frog in my throat!