Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
The movie "Waitress" (comes with 10 recipe cards for different pies)
A toaster oven (I know, silly to get excited over this, but it means that I don't have to heat up the big oven when I want to reheat something small...like pizza...and lets face it, reheating pizza in the microwave just makes it soggy and gross!)
My mother also knit me a fabulous purple sparkly scarf and made me a quilt...well, she started me a quilt. She still needs to sandwich and stitch it. I just don't have pictures of either of these, yet.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tomorrow, I pack up the four wheel drive sleigh and head for the Lake. Four days of enjoying the season, of sipping hot cocoa and munching Christmas cookies, of watching t.v. specials from my childhood and relaxing...I can't wait!
And just to show off...John's quilt: And the Quilt Shop Room Box for Mum:
I made pretty much everything in this roombox, save for the hutch and the chair. I'm quite proud of it - can't wait for Mum to see it!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Capital W, Capital R, Capital O, Capital N, Capital G!
What changed my mind? Besides yet another blogger writing about their favorite Christmas album? Amazon.com - it was front and center for Christmas related recommendations. I exclaimed to the Universe, "FINE! I GIVE UP! I'LL LISTEN AGAIN! IT'S OBVIOUSLY WHAT YOU WANT!"
So I listened to the brief intro's to each song...then I went to iTunes. I do enjoy his stlye and I liked enough of the songs to justify downloading the whole album.
So I guess sometimes it really does take a second listen.
And here's a little gratuitous cuteness: I often find them sleeping like this - Nym snuggled in close to Sadie, sometimes back to back, sometimes him curled into her belly. This morning he was purring like an engine and kneading her back paw and only occasionally would she wince at the needle sharp claws. She's so good with him.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Jess and her tools of construction (LOTS of royal icing, mini M&M's, crushed Oreos and Hershey's Kisses)
We each made a house. This is my final product:
This was my present to the Senate Majority Office, since they're always such a big help to my office! They loved it, but their Chief won't let them eat it until Friday when all the Senators are in for meeting and have a chance to see it (I told them it will be hard as a rock by Friday...eat it now!)
I also made TONS of cookies for my office-mates
So much more to do...
Friday, December 07, 2007
I wonder what that says about me? Twisted sense of humor, maybe? I share it with my siblings - we get it from our mother :^)
(and to add to the twisted sense of humor theory: my favorite holiday cartoon)
(click on the cartoon to actually read it)
Off to play Betty Crocker this weekend in a little show called, "Holiday Baking" playing exclusively in my kitchen, to an audience of one (my niece). Mountains o' cookies and Rice Krispies houses, here we come!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I wrapped some gifts I even took some left over bits from the tree skirt and made a throw pillow slip cover for one of the pillows on the couch!
Oh, I finished the swag for the office mantle, too! Every year, we spend waaaay too much money to have my boss' office decorated for the holiday season (I didn't realize just how much until this morning - lets just say I could pay rent for a month!). A florist comes in, hangs wreaths, does a mantle swag, brings in about 8 poinsettias and a vase of fresh flowers. Last year they went rather skimpy on the decorating. I mean it looked nice, it smelled very Christmasy, but for what they were paid...there wasn't much. So this year, in the spirit of cutting unnecessary expenses from our budget, a few of us decided to pitch in and decorate the office ourselves. I made the swag from greenery cut from my sister's house, pine cones from my neighbor's, cinnamon sticks and red ball ornaments that I had on hand and ribbon that I spent all of $2 on (and it's waaaay better than the one from last year, if I do say so myself). Marcia will be getting poinsettias and Lisa said she'd make us a wreath. If I get ambitious this weekend, I may make up some small wreaths or something to hang on the windows.
You can see in the side by side, last year's Christmas decor and this year's mantle swag. Click on the picture to enlarge it some (and look at the mantle on the left, you'll probably have to squint - skimpy I tell ya!). Wait...that doesn't work - click here.
My office is celebrating Hanukkah at Deb's tonight (I love multicultural holiday celebrations - Hanukkah with Deb, Christmas with my family, Yule on my own!).
Enjoy your Thursday!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
- Clip Maddie's rag quilt
- Sandwich, pin and stitch John's quilt
- Paint, paper and decorate the two "Quilt Shop" roomboxes (they should be arriving on Thursday or Friday!)
- Make 2 headbandanas
- Make Rice Krispies houses with Jessica (it's like a gingerbread house, but made out of Rice Krispies Treats - soooooo much better than gingerbread. I'm not a big fan of gingerbread. Oh, and we're doing this on Saturday night, since she's staying over while her parents head to a Christmas party)
- Make cookies: chocolate chip, sugar, Hershey's Kiss thumbprints, Reese's Cup and Best Ever Candy Bar Squares
- Make decorative paper bags to put cookies in for office
- Buy Rick's gift
- Buy Dad's last gift (getting tonight)
- Wait for Amazon to send the rest of my order
This is it...this is what's left. This is so totally do-able by December 22! I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to those 4 precious days of doing nothing but enjoying the holiday!
(oh, we did get out of work early yesterday! I was able to play in the snow with Sadie, shovel, stitch up the last rice bag and Maddie's quilt. I love snow days!)
Monday, December 03, 2007
- Finishing Maddie’s quilt – Thirty 12”x12” blocks are done and stitched into rows. Now I just need to stitch the rows together and clip the seam allowances to make it a rag quilt.
- Layer and pin John’s quilt
- Make seasonal pillow slip covers for the throw pillows on the couch
- Play in the snow with Sadie
- Finish the swag of greenery that I’m making for the office mantle
Yesterday, I did make myself the tree skirt that I’ve been wanting. And I did it without a pattern. I love those kind of projects, especially when they turn out really well!
As you can see, it has been Nymmie tested...
It’s complete solitude (save for the occasional snow plow). The side streets are the best, because they’re the last to be plowed, so no early morning drivers chance them.
Its funny how walking in the sweltering heat, freezing cold or pounding rain is a chore, but taking a walk in the snow is fun. Go fig.
This was the morning commute:
Now if only the Governor would close State office buildings, I'd be doing the happy happy dance of joy.