December 13, 2009

Oh my!

Owen Good heavens - it's been over 2 weeks since I updated my blog.   Is anyone still stopping by?  I guess life just got away from me.  The boys had their first middle school concert and it was really fun to hear how good all the bands and orchestras sound.  Owen had a clarinet solo and I was impressed, as always, by his talent.  The band teacher has asked him to learn the bass clarinet in addition to his regular clarinet, so he must see potential in Owen too.   Eric plays the viola and is also very talented, but I wasn't able to get a photo of him - sorry E!

Tis the season for a million errands - I finally had a free weekend and we took the kids to see Santa, baked cookies, finished most of the shopping and decorated.  We bought a new refrigerator that will be delivered on Wednesday, so we won't put the main tree up until that happens or it will be in the way of the delivery men.

Living Here are the rest of our holiday decorations.  This little white fiber optic tree is so pretty, I just love it decorated simply with colored balls.  That tree skirt underneath?  My very first "quilting" project, before I knew a lick about quilting.   Yes, it is satin, and yes, I used satin on the back too.   Please, do not turn this puppy over - I beg of you!

My Opening Day quilt using Roman Holiday fabrics is newly displayed in the living room because it is the closest thing I have to a Christmas quilt.  I hope by the time next year rolls around, I will have completed more quilts that I can display during the holidays.

Buffet And this is my other Christmas vignette - you can see another early quilting effort on the top of this buffet - a Christmas tablerunner with prairie points along the edge.  I have a Tiny Christmas Annie at the base of the feather tree to the left, and my collection of Ballard Baines Christmas teddies on the opposite side.   A new find this year - the adorable snowman cookie jar that Lily found.   She must have been channelling Thelma and her wonderful cookie jar collection.

I've been working on cutting out a new Christmas quilt -  Miss Rosie's Toulouse, made of the fabulous Maison de Noel line from 3 Sisters for Moda.   Oh how I wish I had been a fabric hoarder back when these fabrics came out - I would have bought gobs more of this wonderful stuff!


  1. I love going to school Christmas concerts and plays! Your little man look so grown up and handsome! :~)
    I too would love to have more Christmas quilts to display during the season. I think I might just work on Christmas all through the year, then I will be ready!

  2. I love that Opening Day quilt every time I see it! I wish I had started earlier as a fabric hoarder too!

  3. Lisa,
    Can't wait to see your Toulouse - I have a stack of Maison Noel FQs, as well as some yardage that I really feel ready to use. I've been waiting for just the right project. Right now it's a toss up between Miss Rosie's Summer Wind, and Fig Tree's Jelly Roll Diamonds....Toulouse is such a good choice, too...

  4. I just love little guys in ties! Great form on the clarinet, I would know, being last chair all 4 years of high school.
    I think your quilt looks very festive. All the decorations are lovely, "it's the most wonderful time of the year", for sure!
    Maison de Noel....what perfect fabric for this time of year.

  5. Oh, yes, we are still checking up on you! How adorable Owen looks playing his clarinet! And congratulations on getting your decorations out! Enjoy the new fridge too.

  6. Boy oh boy, what a handsome grandson I have! He looks so mature. What happened to that sweet little "preemie" we worried so much about?
    Your holiday decor is very festive, my dear! Will you come to my house and decorate next year?
    I adore your new cookie jar.
    Grandma Dot