Friday, November 30, 2012

The Last November Day

I don't know how it happened!
I have heard all my life about how time goes faster when one gets older.
It's true, but I can't figure out how!
One minute it's still early November and we're talking with the Roof Guys and setting a date mid-month.
Then we get a call and the roof replacement is postponed to the end of the month and it's time to plan Thanksgiving dinner.
Now here it is, the last day of November, we still have the same old roof, and time is just zipping by!
Well, rather than focus on the negative (and flying time is a negative, right?), let's show you what I've been up to these days...

My sister gave me these vintage printed dish towels to embroider years ago. I love turtles and she saw these and thought of me (Thanks, sis!).  There's supposed to be a towel for every day of the week, but I only have two of them- Sunday and Friday. They've been sitting in a box for awhile, and I came across them and decided it was time to work on them.  The washable ink is starting to fade in some places, so better get to it before I'll have to start making it up as I go! I must say, I really like the detail I came up with on the stomach and the hat. Almost done with this one, and then I can start on the next.  The real question here is: Can I use them as what they were intended for when I'm done with them? We shall see!

Every year I do hand made ornaments to give as gifts. I try to keep it different and not too difficult since I have to make mass quantities of them. I get inspiration from other people, magazines, stuff I see in the stores, but this time, inspiration struck at home! Remember those spirograph drawing sets we had as kids?? Evelyn was drawing one night with the spirograph and I noticed how they could be snowflakes... ornament snowflakes!! Evelyn and I drew a bunch more onto tissue paper, then I embroidered right through the paper onto felt. Still a work in progress, but thought I'd share in case anyone wanted to try this.

We set the tree up two days ago. Only lights on it right now because I like to wait until kids and cats are used to having the tree around before adding ornaments. You can just see the curiosity getting ready to kill this cat, can't you??  I'm glad I don't have ornaments on this yet, because yesterday morning I found Peter somehow tangled up inside the tree, lights all wrapped up around him!!  Wha...?!?  A firm warning that the tree will get put up if he does it again and so far, no more mishaps. I'm thinking the ornaments will go up tonight after dinner.

Christmas shopping is just about done with, a few more items and I can call it good! Soon I'll be able to focus solely on crafting and baking and wrap presents little by little. I don't yet know what our Christmas plans are, but whatever they will be, as long as it's with family and friends, it's perfect! 
Let's just hope December doesn't fly by as fast as November did, hmm?

1 comment:

LarryLilly said...

Ah yes, old roofs needing replacing, cold and wet weather upon us and when does the tree need to be up?

I remember as a kid back in the 50's, tradition was that the tree went up the night before Christmas, I mean, homes were small, and Santa was supposed to bring it, right? Homes didnt have the luxury of using up space for a tree for more than a couple of days, so it went up the night before, gifts under it, then it was on the curb (this was near NYC) by the next day, New years at the latest. As time went on and that fantasy went away, its a 6 week afair, but where is the fantasy in todays world. Santa doesnt bring girls bratz dolls does he?