Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Treasures

One Christmas Present for Ben and I this year was a new camera so soon their should be an improvement in my pictures. This picture and a possibly a few more to come are yet from my older camera. This one of the gifts I made for a friend. It is a scrap bag to put threads.., in when you are sewing. I didn't take picture of all my gifts but in addition to this scrap bag I made the cake pin cushion, two sketchbook/pencil case sets, a colored pencil roll, tea wallet, two buttercup purses, four reversible drawstring bags, a recipe card wallet and an oven mitt.

My next project will most likely be reversible flannel baby kimonos with matching shoes as I need to have one of three mailed out in about a week. I have three relatives all having baby girls in March.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sweet Treats

I did a little holiday baking today. Most of the ingredients made it into the bowl where they belonged. As requested by Ben I made snicker doodles.

I also made divinity. Yummy! Not sure that either will last too long. :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Seattle in December

The faithful crew cruising the streets of Seattle. If you could have seen down the street next to us you would have seen two horse drawn carriages. In Seattle we visited a quilt shop and a yarn shop in our travels. The quilt shop had these really cool topographical map quilts that Ben thought were pretty cool. The lady who made them spent a crazy amount of hours on each one.

A trip to Seattle would not be complete with out walking through Pike's Place Market. We had some very tasty mini hot doughnuts and sampled some not so tasty goat cheese.

My sister had to take her picture with the fish guy who threw a stuffed fish at her and made her and made her jump. I'm just sorry I was walking ahead of her and didn't see it happen.

Here I am trying to drag the branches down to my level to prove this silly tree was blooming already. A couple weeks ago it was bitterly cold. At 9 in the morning it was still only 16 degrees out one morning. Today was a balmy 59 degrees requiring no coat.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Special Music

This Sabbath was our Church's special musical Christmas program. My family performed the last song, "Let it be Christmas" by Alan Jackson. My current camera only takes three minute clips so you will only get to hear all of the first two verses. My dad played the bass, my mom played the guitar/sang, my sister played my keyboard/sang and I played the flute.

Date Night

The third Thursday of every month has free admission hours at several of the Museums in Tacoma. Ben and I decided to take advantage of this and a date out of it. We first stopped at the Outlet store from the Brown & Hailey's candy factory, they are the makers of Almond Roca. Then we toured through the Washington State History Museum. The Tacoma Glass Museum was toured next. They had this really cool exhibit where glass artists made glass figures/creatures based off pictures that kids had drawn. The green guy pictured above was one of my favorite creations. They also had this area called the "Hot Shop" where we were able to watch them creating with glass. During the hours they are in the Hot Shop you can watch them live at the following link. Online it says the Hot Shop is Open Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm, Third Thursdays 10am to 8pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

Cake anyone?

I've been wanting to make this cake pincushion for a long time. This pattern was featured in a Quilts and More magazine. The special cake pictured above was a Christmas gift for my friend Karrina. :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Journey to Bethlehem

This past Thursday night Kristina, Ben and I journied to Bethlehem, with bellies full of pizza, to see the Wisemen/Camels and to find "Baby Jesus."

Here is Kristina and I all bundled up for our Journey. It was really cold and frosty out.

Luckily the Roman guards allowed us into the city because it was a lot of fun walking around the market place and even joining in with a bridal celebration. On the out skirts of the city we found ran into the shepherds an saw the angels heralding His birth. At the stable we found Him wrapped up from the cold in Mary's arms. (A very cute baby I might ad.)

Christmas Cards

Last week I was able to finally get a start on my Christmas cards. I was having a hard time narrowing down what items I wanted to use to make my cards this year.

I finally decided that I was going to need a variety of card because I couldn't decide on just one. There for I have two color themes and then variety within each theme. The first them are the cool winter colors (blue, purple) and the second theme is the traditional Christmas colors (red, green).

Early Present

Ben's Christmas break from school is going to start about a week before Christmas so he is going to have some free time on his hands. In addition to that when I'm excited I have a hard time being patient, plus Ben claims he doesn't care if he is surprised on Christmas.

Since he was able to guess what I had bought him I didn't see much reason to wait till Christmas day when he could start enjoying his present now. :)

My original plan had been to place it in his Christmas stocking as a surprise but maybe now I will be able to sleep in a little longer on Christmas morning before excitement wakes me up.

Christmas will be over at my sister's house so Bagheera won't be going but at least she was able to watch the first present of the season be unwrapped.