I have to share my last few finishes of 2012, including a big one… but, it wouldn’t be as fun if I gave it away right up front, right? So a quick December recap first:
Every year, my girlfriend’s an I have a favorites party, you know, like Oprah’s “My Favorites” giveaway episodes? Only on a smaller scale, but same idea. We give the exact same gift to each of the women at the party, something that we consider a “favorite” from the year. None of these five friends are quilters, so no sewing themed gifties. ;-) We started the “My favorites” party tradition last year, and I think it’s going to stick!
This year I gave them each an Aveda gift bag containing Aveda Foot Relief and Hand Relief Lotions:
My favorite Aveda product, period. Especially for Winter dry hands, it’s a Godsend. From my five friends I received:
From Michelle: her favorite car freshener and a Jason’s Deli giftcard
From Kelly: her favorite Gold Canyon candle, Vanilla Rum
From Carisa: her favorite Tea and a statement “Hope” bracelet
From Tonya: an Angel ornament, Lindor Truffles, and an Orange Leaf giftcard
and from Carrie: her favorite Bath & Bodyworks Candle, MERRY MISTLETOE and Pretzel m&m’s
I didn’t have much of a chance to create gifts this year, aside from the Baby Cheetah onesie for Carrie’s baby:
I did sew a pillowcase as a stocking stuffer for my sweetie:
The fabric is Alexander Henry’s “the great outdoors” – he picked out the pillowcase kit a while ago. There are some risque images on this fabric, so I had to crop the photo accordingly. He has another Alexander Henry pillowcase made from similar Cowgirl Pinups, only not quite as risque. I think I eventually need to make myself one of Alexander Henry’s Valentine Men or Construction Men fabric pillowcase to match.
I made my sweetie another Christmas gift, a photo frame that I painted a pale pink and embellished with type stamps to read “Grandpa’s Girl”, since his first grand-baby was due to arrive on Christmas Eve. She arrived promptly on her due date, so I let him open that present right away — She was framed and on his end-table before she turned 4 hours old:
If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you know we spent much of 2012 first moving my Mother from her house 100 miles away (selling the home, cleaning out, packing, garage selling extra stuff, etc.), to a very nice retirement cottage community only 19 miles from us, and THEN, helping my MIL clean out her house (of 58 years!) to move into an Independent Living apartment at a new retirement community. That was a huge task, and it is still ongoing (she is moved into her new home, but the old house is not completely empty, yet – a saga in itself, but I’ll spare you the details).
We have made three, 3-day trips to the St. Paul, MN (about a 4.5 hour drive one-way) since Thanksgiving. Sweetie even made one day trip in between without me along. That is A. LOT. OF. DRIVE. TIME. my friends, or riding time for me, as my sweetie does about 65-75% of the driving on these trips.
But, do you know what that means? You all know what I do when a passenger on a road trip, right…? Hand-piecing.
Candied Hexagons! These are a few I made on the Thanksgiving Weekend trip… and those I made in med-December….
and on Christmas Eve, I sewed the last blocks up while relaxing at home watching Downton Abbey Season 2 on DVD (possibly the only blocks I made outside of a vehicle!). I finished the final one up just before the ball dropped at Midnight, and now have all 104 full blocks and 12 have blocks pieced!
Ta-Da!!! (insert drumroll, here):
Here they are unceremoniously laid out on my studio floor. I have them all organized to start sewing into rows… My sweetie came in while I was arranging these on the floor and he said “wow, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see the day when you had these all made.” I had doubts myself…
I’m considering alternatives for the border, debating whether I want to stick with the original border design or create my own. Decisions, decisions…. but I think I have a day or two before I have to decide. ;-)