Saturday, January 24, 2009

Valentines part 2

Here are my friends holding up their valentines and more decoration pictures. Here is my son serenading us and his girl with Valentine love! He even cut a few hearts before bolting out with his dad to do manly things, truly, they went to the pistol range to get out of the "hen party".

Handmade Valentine Party

I had a fun party for friends to make Valentine's. I provided supplies and a lunch. We had doilies and card stock, glue and piles of stickers and heart images cut from wrapping paper and old catalogs and gardening magazines.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Nativity sets

I went to my local thrift store and found some fun nativity sets for a great price. THis first one is  the playmobil set, I was going to buy this one for Natalie but then saw that it has way too many little bits and pieces, so it is mine now. Then I got one of those sets that someone has sewn and hand-stuffed. The round porcelain one had no lights so I inserted a strand of battery operated led lights. They stayed lit for days. Mom painted the chunky wood ones for me years ago as well as the set of three elegant painted figures. On the top we see a fun children's turned wood glossy painted set from China, which no grand baby of mine will gnaw on due to the lead paint scares. The last top left one came in that felt box with a creche on it! Inside were little polymer clay figurines, which was a super price because one sheep was missing! At least everyone else was there. So for the last 25 years I have had 2 nativities and now I have 8, 9 counting the box! So now I have a collection of nativities, or something new to collect and display.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Quilty Christmas stuff

Here is my new Christmas king sized bed quilt. These blocks are really big and this worked up quickly. I won lots of different quilt fabrics at a Four County Quilt Guild event in MD years ago and finally found a great design to use them all together. Reds and whites, greens and golds all together. I finished the quilt  top in Canada when I lived there and had it quilted in Texas this year, on my bed this year for the holidays--Yeah!! It is much prettier in person. Lisa did a really creative custom quilt  design in the blocks that accents the floral feel. Plus, there are stars in the borders, hard to see until you are very close. Mom made me this runner for my table for Christmas this year. I had some big quilt plans of my own for my grand babes this year but I have been sick for over a week now and I guess they may get them in January...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Necklace making with Judy

We made many more pieces than this, and even took pictures for the blog, but the photos have disappeared! These are all we have--

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Florist Flowers

I do not know, what are these flowers ? And what are these alien yellow things? Look some handcrafted brooms..

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Swiss Hot chocolate

The Swiss make a hot chocolate that is very dark and bitter sweet. Here is a outside cafe at the Stork Hotel with fur robes to cover your lap and wonderful swans swimming by and a river view. Richard drank three or four chocolates a day and usually mine too. The whipped cream is so high in butterfat that it sits on top of your hot chocolate like a pile of mashed potatoes. See it on the little saucer behind the croissants? This is just a mean post, you can almost taste it...