Sunday, December 30, 2007

christmas purses

Here are the pictures of the finished Christmas purses I made.

my daughters get one each or WWII develops.


& DD#2


& 2 girlfriends


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A little Christmas questionaire

Merry Christmas to all I hope every one had a spectacular day!

A little Christmas questionnaire

1. Wrapping or gift bags? both

2. Real or artificial tree?Artificial, real trees make the DH sneeze.

3. When do you put up the tree?DEC 1

4. When do you take the tree down? Jan1

5. Do you like eggnog? yep!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? 68 count crayon box & a huge pad of paper

7. Do you have a nativity scene? yes, we have my fathers old set ( mom is a non believer)

8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? socks

9. Mail or email Christmas cards? I try to mail cards every year, but it never seems to get
done. I emailed them this year.

10. Favorite Christmas Movie? national lampoons Christmas vacation, it reminds me of Christmases past.

11. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I've worked retail for years and I HATE shopping. we go as a family early in the morning to beat the crowds 3-4 days before & have breakfast after to gloat over how much everyone will like what we got.

12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? a deep fried turkey, Prime rib or lamb, homemade fudge, marzipan & peanut brittle, garlic caraway dip, almond cookies. drool!

13. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear outside, bubble and colored lights on the tree.

14. Favorite Christmas song? Angelus Ad Virginem, & carol of the bells

15. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Stay home.

16. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? you betcha!

17. Angel on the tree top or a star? a lit star

18. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? Christmas morning.

19. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Shopping.

20. Do you decorate your tree in any specific theme or color? Nope, the tree is covered with
ornaments from all over the place & i add to it every year

21. What do you leave for Santa? Cookies and carrots for his reindeer

22. Least favorite holiday song?all I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth

23. Favorite ornament? a big fat pink pig with w red bird on its behind & the inch worm

Sunday, December 23, 2007

stitch diary #2

I haven't been doing this for very long & i do have other sketch books, but they are not CQ related. Here's the rest of my stitch diary, Enjoy!

Flames have always held a certain fascination for,

probably the reason I married a Fire fighter.
random doodles & American Indian motifs
Book margin & Mexican designs

birds & my name in several different languages
bad doodle & Eskimo designs

henna design inspired, I love the elephant

ancient English pictogram's, & more henna art

doodle gonehorribly wrong, & more ancient English pictogram's

I hope you had fun!


Thursday, December 13, 2007

my christmas stocking

This year I decided to make myself a christmas stocking that says Flora!
I havent finished with it yet, but I think it's a good start!

I've made the old one over to my BIL since I don't think he has one yet.

I made one for Lily too, as this is her first christmas, I know she doesn't have one.

they are spending christmas morning with us this year.

it will be nice to have the whole family together for the first time.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

I grew up on the north side of Chicago under the bleachers of Wrigley field (down the block actually it just sounds more poetic! )

one block north on grace was an old convent-I don't remember which one-who's bells would toll the hours & had special bells for noon & Monday evening, Saturday & Sunday mass.
all the other churches in the neighborhood would do the same so when the hour came you would hear all the bells go almost at once.
my favorite were the Christmas bells 8:00 in the morning they would peel the descending bells for 10 minutes to celebrate the coming of Christmas morning. i so miss that sound.

behind the high stone walls of the convent used to be an orphanage. which turned into a school for disturbed children. one of the students set the bell tower on fire one night & it fell to the ground with a final muffled bong.

I didn't realize how much I missed the comforting sound of church bells, until we moved into our house & I discovered that st.Ferdinand's church still has bells that toll the hour & have "specials" for noon & high holidays.
the bell towers in Chicago, for the most part are all automated & recorded., or have their bells muted if they have bells in them at all.
yet another part of childhood gone the way of the wrecking ball. sigh

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas purses

I am currently making little purses, for the Girlie's in my life.
I give my inspiration to Janet of I'm going crazy; you come too.
I love her purses, they are soo beautiful!

for my youngest, who loves dogs, but can't have one because of allergies

one for my eldest, who loves fairies

& one for her best friend who loves sharks, any one know where I can find a shark patch?


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