Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Some of the fabric I used for Sophia's birthday bags came from clothing we no longer wore. Thought these bags would have special significance and memories. Sure enough, they were recognized right away.
I also sell fabric bags in my shop (made from new fabric). Please visit my shop (Harvest Moon by Hand) at http://www.harvestmoonbyhand.etsy.com.
Monday, December 28, 2009
It also is long enough that she can put it over herself and use as a blanket. The yarn is incredibly soft and warm.
The shawl is 125 chains long using a size K crochet hook. I double crocheted the shawl until it was wide enough to go from my shoulders to mid-back.
The fringe is knotted in every other chain along the length and sides of the shawl. I did not fringe the top (along the neckline).
The shawl took 5 skeins of Angel Hair yarn.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The fabrics have different textures, and the pictures are ones that he picked out that are meaningful to him. The back is a very soft fleece.
Gave it to my father today (December 27th). Was a couple days late because of the big snowstorm. Anyway...he opened the box and looked at the quilt, and immediately started recalling memories and sharing stories about some of the pictures.
He cried when he looked at other pictures. "I've had a good life," he said.
There are more details about the quilt at my Flickr site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/picturesbyann/4207842423/
Thursday, December 24, 2009
After the girls sang in the church choir on Christmas Eve, we came home and had dinner.
After dinner, they make reindeer food. This is something they look forward to doing. Sophia peeled and cut up carrots to put out for Santa's reindeer.
Olivia (and later Sophia) took oatmeal and added sugar sprinkles to it. The oats give the "reindeer energy to last the rest of their flight" while the sugar sprinkles give the reindeer a quick pick-me-up.
The girls know not to put TOO many sprinkles in the reindeer food. Otherwise, Santa's reindeer will have a lot of energy fast...and then have a "sugar crash." They wouldn't want that...so they showed some restraint with the sprinkles.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
It's a rather sweet salsa - yet has some punch to it thanks to the jalapeno peppers. It's delicious with chips, or on top of cream cheese and crackers.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The jelly is made with lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, and honey from the beehives in the backyard.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I hand-embroidered little dala horses and put them on Bailey's and Hoss' stockings (they are the pony and miniature horse).
All of the pets have Christmas stockings. Seems like I am making stockings every year.
The stockings are now all hung by the woodstove. There's very little room left wood timbers next to the woodstove. Hopefully no more animals find their way to the farm in the next few years. Otherwise, I'll have to think of another way to display the stockings.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Today, we read about Las Posadas, and then had tacos and nachos for dinner. Last year, during the Home Ec class I taught, the girls did a more in-depth study of Las Posadas. We made chicken enchiladas last year which we all enjoyed.
Living in a rural area in a northern state, there are not any Las Posadas activivites going on. It's too bad...I know the girls (and I) would enjoy seeing what a real-life version of Las Posadas is like.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This year, they worked together on a gingerbread tree. Sophia was in charge of the frosting (which Olivia finds difficult to do); and Olivia was in charge of decorating the tree with little candies.
When the girls were done, I was ready to take a picture. Gretel wanted to get into the picture with the girls.
Perhaps Gretel was hoping for some frosting if she posed nicely for the picture. (I think the girls did give her some when I stepped into the kitchen.)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
All the patterns are different on this window - just like snowflakes are different from one another.
Window stars - in a variety of colors and patterns - are available in my shop, Harvest Moon by Hand.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
These window stars were sent to Italy for the Seasons Round Exchange. They are made from a special type of paper that allows the sunlight through and provides almost a stained-glass effect.
The blue star is folded 6 times per point (or 48 times total) to make the star pattern.
The purple star is folded 6 times per point (or 30 times total) to make the star pattern.
I've been making the window stars for over a year, and each new pattern and color (or color combination) that I make I'm as equally as exciting about as the first star I made.
More stars in a variety of colors and patterns are available in my shop (Harvest Moon by Hand).
Sunday, December 6, 2009
There's a little wooden statue of St. Nicholas in the center of the table.
Friday, December 4, 2009
The girls and I have gone to the St. Lucia program at the local church now for a couple of years.
This year, they served breads, cookies, punch, and rice pudding with lingonberries.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
This is selection of wool that the children chose from to make their Christmas ornaments. I like the vivid colors of the wool.