Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve. The house is ready for a bit of a party .. we're having a Rock Band party, complete with 20somethings :) Ken, Lisa, Terry and I will be the old folks .. but we can rock out with the best of them! lol Here's my table ... all ready for the festivities to begin! We're having lasgna, ceaser salad, garlic bread, and ice cream and cookies for dessert .. yummy!

I have really enjoyed blogging this year and I'm looking forward to 2009 and all the stitching we will all accomplish! Thank you to all that visit, even if you don't leave a comment *smile* I look forward to staying close to my blogging friends and meeting new blogging friends along the way. May 2009 be a good year for all of us.
Hugs, Michele
I'm grateful for so many things .. my family and friends most of all ...

Monday, December 29, 2008

Is it really over?

We had a really nice Christmas even with all the snow. I've never seen this much snow here, we broke all kinds of snow weather records .. I really liked it, even driving in it .. but I know a lot of people were really tired of it after 5 straight days of snow. I'm hoping for more soon! lol

Santa arrived at our house early Christmas Eve morning .. yea I know, the kids are all grown up .. but we still do Santa, unwrapped and stockings.

Beau was a little put out when Chris open his stocking right where Beau wanted to sleep!

Chris and Monica .. silly grin on his face ...

I got some fun presents. Chris and Monica got me a Rowena craft iron and Robert got me a couple of cd's (July for Kings ... I would highly recommend them) and they made me this wonderful palm tree towel rack for the hot tub area .. I just love it! and it has rope lights wrapped around the trunk. Looks really cute with snow on it!

We headed to my Dad's in the afternoon .. when we got there his power went out and it started snowing like crazy. Here's Robert and Terry getting caught in the snow storm trying to shovel Dad's driveway .. at least they tried :) lol The power came back after about 4 hours. Honestly, it was nice without the power. We started a fire in the wood stove and one in the fire pit in the back yard. We bundled up and sat outside, watching it snow, watching the dogs and Robert play in the snow and just chatted ... Dad has a motor home with a generator, so I got to make some coffee and Dad started the Oyster Stew ... about the time my brother and his family showed up, the power came back .. probably for the best, but it was nice while it lasted.

There's been some stitching going on here too. I finished the Eiffel Tower for Chris and Monica, but because of the weather, I didn't get it made into an ornament. They loved it and decided they want to frame it with a picture of them standing by the Eiffel Tower .. good thing I didn't get it finished! lol

I also stitched this flamingo for my neighbors across the street ... again, didn't get it finished into anything, yet .. I got out today and picked up some fabrics .. hopefully I'll get it done tomorrow.

I've also been stitching on Lizzie*Kate's Christmas Is Forever ... looks like this will be my last finish for 2008 ... hopefully! lol

I'm rotating between the L*K and this ornament by Bent Creek. I don't remember which JCS Ornament issue it's from but I know I've had it kitted up for a couple of years ...

I'm really enjoying my holiday time off, but have found it really easy to stay up way to late and sleep in a little later than I should .. bad me lol.
Thanks for visiting and commenting .. you know I love hearing from you all!
I'm grateful for time off from work ...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

Our Christmas starts tomorrow morning. Chris and Monica are going to her parents for Christmas this year. They live in Spokane, which is about 6 hours East of Seattle. They wanted to have Christmas with us before they leave, so 9am starts Christmas for me. We're having breakfast and presents and then off they go. In the afternoon, we'll head to my Dad's house for Christmas Eve with my Dad and his girlfriend and my brother and his family. Christmas Eve dinner is always casual for us .. spiral ham and all the fixings to make ham sandwiches, oyster stew (Norweign tradition on my Dad's side of the family), augratin potatoes, veggies and dessert .. along with hot buttered rums and egg nogs. My only concern is the snow that is hanging around here. This is definately the coldest winter we've had in 18 years. I definately hope we can make it to my Dad's .. but if not, we'll just have to move Christmas Eve to another night .. as long as I'm with family ... doesn't really matter what the calendar day is.

Christmas will be quiet for us. We'll have a relaxing morning and than will head to my father-in-law's about 1pm. We'll open presents and then off to dinner ... yep, ever since my mother-in-law passed away, my fil really doesn't like to cook or have anyone else cook. It's ok, we've all gotten used to it .. not what we like, but it's what he enjoys and that's what really is important. Spending time with him is what matters .. not where we are spending the time ... make sense?

We usually don't stay late, he gets tired pretty quickly .. maybe DH, Rob and I will take in a movie in the evening. Soooo that's how I'll be spending the next few days ... as long as the weather cooperates!

Merry Christmas to all my online friends near and far. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday full of all that warms your heart.

I'll leave you with a few winter pictures from this week ... thanks for visiting and all your comments, I really enjoy reading them :)

Saturday night the snow started ...

This was about 11:30pm Saturday night ...

Sunday morning ...

and when it stopped sometime Sunday evening we had about 10" of beautiful snow ... I say beautiful, even though I've been housebound since last Thursday, for the most part. We don't have a car that is very ice/snow worthy ...

Maddy LOVES the snow!

think they look a little tired? We were out in the backyard for about an hour of hard fun play .. they love to chase snowballs and try to catch them in their mouth! lol

I'm grateful for family ...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Trees and gifts ...

We are still having unseasonably cold and icy weather and we are bracing for a hell of a winter storm. The weather guys say it's suppose to snow from tonight (Saturday) until Monday. This should be interesting! I do have a couple of gifts still get, but if I can't get out, I'll order them online, print out the picture and they can have the item when it arrives :)
My father in law gives us all money for Christmas. This year some of the money went towards new tires for my car, but I splurged and got myself something I've always wanted, but never found the perfect one ... may I introduce y0u to my RED tree! lol It looks crooked in the picture, but it really isn't. I hung all my stitched ornaments on my new tree. I just love being able to see all the ornaments .. usually they get kinda lost in my regular Christmas tree. I found the ribbon and fell in love .. it's got santa hats all over it .. not sure I like it in the tree .. but it'll do this year.
Here's a picture of our family Christmas tree. We got a smaller one this year and set it on our coffee table. I really like it, although I couldn't put all our ornaments on it .. we went through our ornament boxes and picked out ones we wanted to see this year .. maybe next year we'll get a bigger tree But I do love it :) Oh and yes, those are stuffed animals in the windows above. I don't know how this started, but over the years we decided to start putting our Christmas stuffed animals in the high windows .. they now cover the windows in the family room (where the tree is) the dining room and the living room! lol
Here's my favorite two trees with snow on them ...

Now on to a couple of lovely surprises that arrived in the mail last week. The first ornament was tucked inside a Christmas card from Wendy. I was soooo surprised when I open it up .. look at the wonderful ornament Wendy stitched for me .. I just adore it! and the finishing is really nice!

and here's the back fabric .. isn't it great :) Thank you again Wendy for your friendship and this lovely Christmas ornament.
This ornament arrived with a few other goodies from my dear friend Karen. I forgot to take pictures of everything .. but I stole these off Karen's blog, this sweet ornament is already hanging on my red tree. Karen coffee dyed the fabric .. it's it cute :)

Here's the other side ...

Karen also sent me some of her coffee dyed fabric .. last night we were watching White Christmas and I stitched this and finished it too. I think it turned out really cute ... Believe is a freebie from Tanya (The Sampler Lady). I stitched the Belle Soie Cranberry.

Here's the back of the ornament. The reindeer is a freebie from a French site that I can't find the link for ... I stitched the reindeer with Belle Soie Espresso .. I really like how this ornament turned out. Thanks for the fabric Karen :) I found the rusted bells on Ebay .. thanks for the tip Vonna :)

Whew .. didn't expect to have so much to show you all at once! Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments! Only 5 more days .. are you all ready???
I'm grateful for my red tree ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Wow, seems like it's cold everywhere in the US right now .. well, maybe not Florida! lol .. we are having unusually cold weather for Washington, some of the coldest temps since the early 1990's. Just gotta love global warming! lol .. looks like we are going to get some snow tonight/tomorrow .. 1 to 6 inches in the lowlands .. that's a lot for us .. not for the mountains, down here .. it'll cause havic everywhere. But ya know what .. I just love it! and it's really easy to get in the Christmas spirit when it's cold and snowy outside .. like I need an excuse to be in the Christmas spirit! lol

Lisa and I did our annual Christmas cookie baking on Saturday. This year we were a bit more crazy than usual, we baked 6 different types of cookies and we make 2 double batches of each .. YIKES! lol the least amount of cookies each got was 80 cookies! lol funny thing is they will be all gone by New Years Day. We made 2 cookies that we've made before, the Eggnog Cookies and Peanut Butter Rice Crispy bars. The other 4 cookies are Strawberry Cream Cheese Rounds, Double Chocolate Espresso cookies, Spicy Gumdrop cookies and Chocolate Carmel Wafers. Here's a peek some of the supplies ...

the cookie bakers ...

and some of the goodies ...

Tonight DH and I went Christmas shopping, with the snow coming tonight, we really wanted to get it all done, or close to it. The one thing DH and I do really well is shopping, really we do! I had a good start already, but tonight we finished up everyone but 3 family members .. and we know what we are going to do for them, so they should be easy to finish. This is my last week of work before Christmas break. Boeing gives us about a week off, paid time off between Christmas and New Years. I took 3 extra days of vacation .. so I'll be off from 12/22 - 1/6 *woo hoo* lol

I've been doing a bit of stitching, but most of it's for Christmas presents, so no pictures to share yet.

Speaking of stitching .. A couple of weeks ago Peppermint Twist was released and I mentioned on my blog and to a couple of other stitchers about doing a SAL starting in January. Well, my dear friend
Karen took the lead and started a blog for this SAL. Come join us, we'd love to have you .. or just bookmark this link and come watch the progress. I received my chart, fabric and threads over the weekend .. omgosh I just love it in person! Can't wait for January :)

Thanks everyone for your comments .. I really enjoy reading them. Stay safe and warm out there.

I'm grateful for cookies to give as gifts ...

Monday, December 08, 2008

Way behind ..

I've been receiving some lovely exchanges and I've been really bad about showing everyone pictures ... so grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the pictures :)
I received this lovely package from Elza from an exchange on the Christmas Ornament Exchange blog. Now this was much more than a ornament for my tree .. Elza stitched a very sweet design and fastened it on the bottom of a fabric box. Along with this lovely box, Elza sent me a Christmas journal and a string of St. Nicholas'.

KarenSC had my name for the Pals ornament exchange .. look at the box of goodies she sent, along with the cutest reindeer ornament. I love how it's finished .. the buttons on the back are an adorable touch :)

I stole this picture from Karen's blog ... I just couldn't get a nice clear picture ...
and look at this cute reindeer pin she sent me .. he's on my coat for the season.

Today's mail brought my Round 10 Fair and Square squares from Monique. How can you not smile at this cute ladybug!

and look, a little extra from Monique. My very own reindeer floss ring .. matches the threadholder I ordered from her last week! lol way too cute :)

Still with me?? Need a refill yet? lol .. I do .. brb! ok .. I'm back :) Of course I've been stitching for these exchanges too .. here's a couple of things I can show you .. the rest haven't shown up at their new homes yet.
I had Carol's name for the Christmas Ornament Exchange. I had lots of fun stitching this JBW design for her. I was really pleased with how it turned out .. thanks for new techniques I learned from the classes with Jane Timmers.

Don't know if you remember, but Natasha one my 2nd blogiversary. Here's the biscornu I stitched. The design is from Praiseworthy, it was a kit with the greatest glass beads. Loved the colors, but I didn't care much for the fabric, it was a bit too flimsy for me. I also included some floss and some fabric ...

Wow, I do think I'm done for now .. aren't ya glad! lol .. I'll leave you with a picture of the newest addition to my reindeer collection .. DH's birthday was on the 3rd. We went to dinner and a movie with the kids on Saturday night. We went to Starbucks before the movie .. I'm kinda addicted to their pumpkin spice lattes :) anyway, look what came home with me .. aren't they adorable!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend .. get all those Christmas decorations up yet? Is your shopping all done?? I wish I could say, to both .. hopefully we'll get the tree and it will be all decorated by the weekend.
Oh and thank you to everyone that stops by and leaves a comment .. I really enjoy reading them. Have a great week everyone!
I'm grateful for new reindeer friends ...