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First the sewing projects:

I made this dress for Hannah earlier this week. The bodice fabric is stuff I got at WalMart some time back. I think I only paid $1 a yard. It shrunk like crazy when I washed it, so there wasn’t as much to work with as I originally planned on. We used Hannah’s Christmas money to buy the jungle print. I was a tad disappointed after I got it home and washed to to find the stripes were printed significantly off-grain. I forgot that I knew better than to buy striped fabric from a store I know sells seconds. The dress turned out cute anyway – even if the stripes don’t match at the side seams and the animals look like they’re running downhill. I chose the tiger to applique on the bodice because it was the most colorful animal in the print.

Next I made some pajamas for Ruth. This fabric was given to me by a woman we used to go to church with. It’s thin and there wasn’t much of it. It had already been cut into. So I had to do some creative cutting to get all the pieces of this pj set cut out of it. Several of the pieces are cut cross-grain. I don’t particularly care for this fabric. Honestly, I think it’s downright ugly. But it’s serving its purpose well. And there’s not enough of it left to make anything with. Yay for stash reduction.

Now for the fun stuff:

Something else we got with Christmas money was some plastic storage boxes/bins to organize the toys we also got for Christmas. We got each of the children a small box with attached flaps that overlap to make a lid. Ruth used hers as a helmet. She said, “When the blue things are down, then I’m safety. But when they’re up, I’m not safety.” I think this is future blackmail material.

Josiah with his new hammer (which he may not use without supervision).

And here’s Esther shortly after Hannah’s birthday party. (I know it’s an older picture, but it’s so cute!)

The link here broke long ago. Basic gist: Using computer technology face recognition software, I was shown to look like various people, including Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson and I are from different races.

You should see me shoot hoops.

Much better!

HT: Fashion Incubator

One of Hannah’s Christmas gifts was a set of lace-up cards. They came without any box or bag to keep them together, so when Hannah started begging to sew something with me, I suggested we make a bag for her cards and strings. (I almost typed “strangs”. That’s how you know I grew up in the South.) We chose the “Royal Stuff” Mary Engelbreit print that I’ve had laying around for several years (I bought it as a remnant.) and whipped up this simple drawstring bag. Ruth had to have one, too, and she chose the purple with pink flowers. We finished hers this morning after breakfast. She’s keeping some color-by-number pictures and crayons in hers.

A simple drawstring bag is a wonderful quick project. They don’t take long at all – even if you finish all the seam allowances. They can be made in any fabric and almost any size. A large one out of canvas is great for hauling laundry across a college campus. A tiny one in velvet and lined in satin is perfect for a special piece of jewelry.

I also made a dress for Hannah yesterday, but will take pictures and blog about it after I finish the accompanying bloomers. It’s done though, so yay me!

Our Chritmas was good. Charlie worked Christmas morning (yuck!), so we opened gifts Christmas Eve (yay!). We didn’t get any pictures of piles of paper, but we do have a few cute pictures of the children.

And I have to share this one. My sister sent big boy underwear for Josiah. He has it on over his diaper.

If I make this post ridiculously long will it make up for not having posted anything personal in so long?

Here are some of the things I’ve been wanting to share:

The floral arrangement Charlie’s aunt and uncle sent us for Christmas. That carnation was not broken when it got here.


The candle holders we made based on the one here.

After all our gifts were wrapped up and shipped, I allowed myself to play. I was inspired by a post (and links) at One Hour Craft.

And last night I made this quilted postcard. I picked up a book at the library about them. Mine is different than what I’ve seen so far in books because I fused my quilted piece to a card. It needs some tweeking – it’s just a first attempt. It’s satisfying enough to make more.

A sparce blogging time is great for sharing links. This one is controversial – it has to do with the creation/evolution debate. The Watchmaker

I’d give a hat tip, but I’m not sure the guy who owns the blog where I got this wants public traffic. If I find out he doesn’t mind, I’ll put up the tip.

The worst recording ever of O Holy Night. Thanks Stephanie!

Just found a site FULL of children’s activities. Great stuff. Kiddley

Of the Father’s love begotten, ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

At His Word the worlds were framèd; He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean in their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
Of the moon and burning sun, evermore and evermore!

He is found in human fashion, death and sorrow here to know,
That the race of Adam’s children doomed by law to endless woe,
May not henceforth die and perish
In the dreadful gulf below, evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessèd, when the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face, evermore and evermore!

This is He Whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long expected,
Let creation praise its Lord, evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heaven adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him, and extol our God and King!
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert sing, evermore and evermore!

Righteous judge of souls departed, righteous King of them that live,
On the Father’s throne exalted none in might with Thee may strive;
Who at last in vengeance coming
Sinners from Thy face shalt drive, evermore and evermore!

Thee let old men, thee let young men, thee let boys in chorus sing;
Matrons, virgins, little maidens, with glad voices answering:
Let their guileless songs re-echo,
And the heart its music bring, evermore and evermore!

Christ, to Thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving, and unwearied praises be:
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory, evermore and evermore!

Hear it at Cyber Hymnal