Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wall Hangings

I made wall hangings for each of my daughters and son in law's for Christmas.

The first picture shows the one I made for my eldest dd. She wanted one in earth tones. Well, I include shades of brown, green, yellow, orange, etc in earth tones but, she dislikes all of those colours, with the exception of brown. While looking for fabrics nothing seemed to speak to me, however, I did find this panel, so made a whole cloth quilted wall hanging. I like the way it looks and she did too.
My youngest dd wanted one that was blue, the picture below is the one I made for her.

Because they are both quite large they are going to be hung above the head of their beds.

The next one you have seen before, its was made some time ago for my son and dil. They are going to hang it in their dining room.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's all over for another year-

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and Santa was good to you all.
We had a green Christmas, started in the a.m. with some freezing rain, then just rain but skies tried to clear later in the day. Highways were great for travel, which I was thankful for.
Christmas day I cooked dinner for eleven, I don't mind the cooking its the last minute things that have to be done just before serving that I hate doing, such a lot clutter in my small kitchen. We had a lovely meal with all the trimmings even flamed the Christmas pudding and we all received some nice gifts and everyone had a great time.
On Boxing day, eighteen family members came for a visit and gift exchange. I laid out a buffet table with finger foods, dips, veggies, chips, etc. etc etc. so everyone grazed all afternoon.
All of the days preparation, and its over within a matter of minutes. I am thankful that I am able financially and health wise, to do all of the necessary work for a meal for family, however, next year I have decided that I am going to make the food preparation and serving a lot easier on myself.
2010-- Christmas dinner -- Baked potatoes -- no last minute mashing, and pot to wash. BBQ steaks -- no gravy to make or roasting pan to wash. Salad -- no pots to pans to wash. A nice bottle of wine. Dessert -- gotta have a Christmas pudding, and trifle. Boxing day, -- pizza from the shop down the street, salad and wine, and shortbread cookies.
Today, I am going to do very little. As I sit at my computer the turkey bones are simmering away, ending up as soup for dinner tonight, add some leftover pie for dessert, easy meal for a Sunday.
My youngest daughter worked over the holidays, so was unable to take part in our festivities, so tomorrow, I have invited her and family for dinner, to help clear up the leftover ham and other dishes.