Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas, Slow Sunday Stitching


Hope everyone is having a great Holiday Season!  Wishing you all the best for the New Year, health and happiness!  

This has been another busy week here in Northern California.  Lots of rain and wind.  

Tuesday daughter Katie and I went to the Begonia Society's Annual Christmas Potluck.  There was a raffle too.  I won this begonia, which is apparently a tropical one according to the person who donated it.  I was the first and fourth number called and got my choice of plants, and there was this huge one there.  

At the Begonia Society get together a woman came up to me and asked if I remembered her, that we had met several times.   She looked sort of familiar, but I couldn't remember her.  20 years ago or so I was on a Yahoo Group called Fat Quarters consisting of a group of quilters.  A number of us live in the Northern California area and had two meet-ups that I remember.  Her name is Nancy, and she lives in the area and has been a member of the Begonia Society for 20 years.  Katie and I just joined a couple of months ago.  

This week was also one of finishing up Christmas gifts.  I made a bunch of shadow box framed pictures of my family, cutting out card stock on my Cricut.

I finished up the memory bear for Klara.  The label made us tear up as Klara read it.  

I also made another gnome for everyone with the help of my SIL Char.  She likes to do crafts like I do and is a whiz at glue guns, unlike me!   The pants were made from some of John's pajama bottoms with moose on it.  

We had Christmas eve pizza here at my house, mainly because I have my dining room tables taken up by the Christmas village, so it needed to be something casual.  We also opened gifts and stockings here.  Then Christmas evening we will be going to daughter Kristen's house for dinner, a prime rib which I am cooking as I type.  

Sister Mary liked her Christmas quilt.

Brother Bill loved his lighthouse quilt.  Bill has been quite busy since they arrived on Wednesday.   He changed the guts in two of my toilets,  secured some kitchen cabinets better to the ceiling, cut a tree root that was impeding a gate from opening.  He made a big pile of John's tools which I don't need.  He is taking them back in his truck home to Southern California and is going to try to sell them for me.  He tested all the tools before he took them because John had a tendency to buy new tools when another didn't work, but didn't get rid of the old ones.    Bill has an add up while he is here to try to get rid of the wood for free if someone will pick it all up.    He cleaned out a big section of the garage for me too.  Bill doesn't like to sit still.  He was in the hospital last week for two bleeding ulcers apparently caused by aspirin products.    So he has to leave off those for his headaches.  

This is my sister-in-law Char.  She is my sister of the heart.  We love to craft together.  We love the ocean and mermaids, sea life.  Char and Bill will be leaving tomorrow, I shall miss them for sure.  

This is my new mermaid tee-shirt I got and I love it.  I think I am going to wear it to Christmas dinner! 

Cousins Keaton and John.

Me and all of my grandchildren.  

I also finished this Kathy Schmitz embroidery this week while we were sitting at night watching Christmas movies. 

This is one I will work on next, I already had it traced out on fabric.  

I will be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Head on over and find out what everyone is working on.  

Thanks for stopping by, and again Happy Holidays!  


Gretchen Weaver said...

Sounds like you've had a lovely holiday season with your family. You will miss your brother and SIL, they seem like wonderful family. Happy stitching!

Angela said...

Oh, I love the memory bear. That is so special!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your week sounds like it has been just great, Karrin! So wonderful to have all that family around, and your brother is so helpful. The memory bear is so cute - and must be very comforting, too. I love that KS Noel design - haven't stitched it yet, though - maybe for next year!

Ivani said...

So cute and precious that memory bear.
It sounds you and your family had a wonderful Christmas time.
Have fun stitching and Happy New Year.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

It sounds like you had a very lovely Christmas Karrin. I really loved the memory bear that you made. Thank you so much for sharing it; I believe I will be making a sweet one in memory of my loved one . Have a wonderful week.