Monday, December 01, 2008

The Long Weekend was ...

Fun, productive and exhausting .. but before I get into all that .. I need/want to show off something. A couple of weeks ago I saw on a few blogs the new Moda fabrics, one in particular really caught my eye .. guess which one! lol .. Bistro! Talk about wonderful and perfect for me ... I saw a table runner for my kitchen table, but of course you know that I've very very sewing challenged so making it myself was out of the question. I emailed Kim who I think makes some of the prettiest quilts around ... and aksed if she would be interested in making a table runner for me. She emailed back that she'd love to and sounded really excited .. we talked about size and when I needed it by (anytime next year was what I was thinking!) .. but looked what arrived at my house ....

Isn't it great!! I absolutely love it ... here's a close up ...


and here's the backing fabric .. it's really cute too!


I just love the dark brown fabric she used for the binding and to break up the design. Kim, I know I've already emailed you, but wanted to tell you again how much I love this table runner! I can't wait to use it :) p.s., DH wouldn't let me take pictures until I found a table cloth that complimented it.



Our Thanksgiving was really nice, well it was nice after the stupid football game .. way too much food, but darn it was all sooo good! .. Chris (DS #1) has become the official gravy maker .. it was really tasty! After dinner we played Catch Phrase and Such&Such. If you like fun word games, these are a blast to play. Usually there's 10 or 12 of us playing, from my niece who's 13 all the way up to my Dad's who's 77, and every had a great time :)

Friday Lisa and I went Christmas shopping. We've been doing this for about 15 years now. We don't get up at the crack of dawn .. met for breakfast about 9 .. headed to the mall about 10:30. Other than the traffic getting to the mall, and the parking once we got there, it wasn't bad at all. There wasn't one place we went that we had to stand in line longer than about 5 minutes. I found a couple of Christmas gifts, a couple of must haves for the family, like a can of hot chocolate from Williams-Sonoma :) After shopping all day, we went to see the movie Australia. Wow, it was sooo much better than I expected! Of course 2+hours of watch Hugh Jackman can't be all bad, now can it?! lol

The rest of the weekend was spent getting the house all Christmasy .. hence the exhausting part .. but fun :) I have a little bit more to do, but all in all, it's done .. well except for the tree. We get a real one every year and don't usually put one up until 2 weeks before Christmas. Hate when they dry out too quickly. I put a new picture at the top of my blog, it's my mantle decorated .. didn't realize I took the picture a bit crooked! lol .. guess I'll be redoing that tonight!

Not much stitching has been going on, except I'm stitching on my Round 10 Fair and Square (behind as usual!) .. I do have a finishing picture to share .. last week I was doing finishing on two ornaments for exchanges and while I was waiting for glue to dry (yes, I used a bit) I was looking at a design I had stitched for myself but hadn't finished yet .. I started playing around with wool and pins and well, here's the finished ornament .. I really really like it! I hand stitched the little pillow, put some infacing on the back of the fabric and then just used pins to attached the fabric to the pillow ...

I used the same pins to attach the ribbon to the back .. I thought that was a cute touch :)

I hope the first week of December is being good to all of you :) Thanks for your comments, I always enjoy reading them :)
I'm grateful for long weekends ...












21 comments:

DaisyGirl said...

I used to do the day after Thanksgiving shopping, but the past few years we celebrate Thanksgiving twice, one day with his family, the other with mine, so we ate like stuffed piggies for two days!
Your table runer looks awesome! Great job!
Donna

Jennifer said...

Cute table runner! So you with all those coffee cups!

I, on the other hand, thought it was a GREAT game on Thursday. :-)

Tonya said...

Kim does do beautiful work! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

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CraftyT said...

Very cute runner... Hmmmm a coffee theme.. wonder why? LOL

Your onamnet is cute, love the reindeer.
Natasha

Cindy F. said...

WOW!! She got that runner made in no time!! It's gorgeous!!
Great ornie!!
Your mantle looks soooo pretty:)
Good job!

Michele B. said...

I love the table runner - how funny about your DH wanting you to have the tablecloth there before you took the picture! Your mantle certainly puts me in the Christmas spirit. We don't get a tree till late in the month either - when I was growing up we didn't decorate it till Christmas Eve (old German custom) but DS can't wait that long!

karen said...

love that table runner! I need something for my dresser might have to find some fun fabrics for it.
Your mantle looks great! i got a few things out yesterday but only really the stitchy things so far.

mainely stitching said...

Wow, what a fun post with such lovely things to admire!! :D

Mel said...

Glad to hear you had a great Thanksgiving! Love the table runner! I'm addicted to the Moda Fabrics too :) Your ornament turned out very cute. I may have to steal your finishing idea ;) Happy Holidays - Malinda

Sally said...

Oh wow that table runner is gorgeous Michele!!

Love your little reindeer ornament. It's so cute!

~Kim~ said...

Thanks again for allowing me to make the table runner for you. Im still in awe of it ... and will be for a long time! So enjoy it with that cup of coffee for me!

~Kim~

Shelleen said...

I went the day after Thanksgiving as well. Justin and I had made plans to see Australia since a month ago and I loved it. Now we can't wait for it to come out on DVD.

Cheryl said...

That tablerunner is really gorgeous! She did a great job, lucky you!
Your ornie looks great too

Nicole said...

Wow, the table runner is beautiful! I love it! Sounds like you had a very nice Thanksgiving! :)

POlly said...

wow love quilt you tagged details on my blog

Dragonflymystic said...

wOw congrats on the Beautiful runner. I think we have a lot in common lol... I love the idea of sewing. Practical ... no... not for me. I try at times. Never that good on results.
Happy Stash Enhancing :)
Laura

Michele said...

I like the way you finished the little pillow, I think I will try that too. Thanks for the idea.

monique said...

Fabulous table runner!! I love that Bistro fabric, too :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Great little ornie

stitcherw said...

Your ornament is lovely, and the runner is gorgeous. What an awesome job she did, the coloring is perfect.
Sue