Thursday, December 17, 2015

Really Random Thursday: 12/17/15

I woke up in the middle of the night,thinking of one gift I really need to complete before next week. Let me say that I have had most of the supplies since May 2014. How do I know this? Because they are still in the flat rate box they were delivered in. Oh dear...

Here is a really pretty holiday plate that Mark made a few years ago. We have sold all that he made so we don't have one of these. This one was purchased by someone in his office. Isn't it pretty? I should put in a custom order. :)
Our airport always has lots of decorated Christmas trees in the main terminal. Usually they have been done by different designers. This year all the trees looked the same, but still beautifully decorated.
But the bonus was that there is a gingerbread village!
Last week I took Ella and Gabe to see the trees and the village. There was even this cute bench so I was able to take some pictures of the two of them. It still boggles my mind to realize the adoption is complete and we no longer have to hide her sweet little face. Can you tell how much she loves her big brother? Obviously, the feeling is mutual.
Oh, and I finished her Christmas stocking. It is a duplication of a stocking made many years ago for me when I was small. I made the first duplication when Mark and I married, and then for Aaron, his wife, Christa, and all the grandchildren. I love the vintage look of them.
I had a meeting in a neighboring town, Reedley, where the regional MCC headquarters is. All up and down the sidewalk, over a block long, are these awesome tile patchwork blocks (sorry for the shadows).

When doing a little cleaning in my sewing room a few weeks ago, I found four Christmas blocks from a long-ago Flickr block exchange. Although they were the same log cabin pattern, they ranged in size from 12 inches to over 13 inches. So I trimmed them to the same size and sewed them together, and then did some cross hatching quilting with some pretty red and pink variegated thread. As soon as the backing is completed, it will be a fun holiday pillow,
Also, speaking of Christmas, my new friend, Linda, made an awesome variation of Christmas in the City. She duplicated the gradated color scheme and was able to get much the same feel in this beautiful table topper. Isn't it just gorgeous?  Her version is now on my to-do list. You can see more pictures and read more about it here. I also love that she calls it Christmas in the Canyon.
I'm off to turn on the Christmas music and make that gift. Hope your next week is a relaxed one.


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Val's Quilting Studio said... #

Great Random post...each picture made me smile. THose little clothespin cute!

Needled Mom said... #

I LOVE the picture of the two little ones!!! So sweet.

Mark's Christmas box piece if beautiful. need to order one.

Gorgeous table topper too.

Unknown said... #

LOVE that plate! :)

Linda said... #

I gasped when I saw my photo! Thank you. :) Love that pic of Ella and big brother. Are those patchwork sidewalk blocks intentional, or are they just tile designs?

Susan said... #

Love those Flick'r blocks! And Ella and Gabe do love one another, don't they? How happy this must make you! An Christmas will be even more special because of it!

Celtic Thistle said... #

I think we all have those moments of panic in the middle of the night Cindy :)

Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

I love those pictures of Ella and Gabe. So precious. I wrote this somewhere else already but I have a felt stocking made for me when I was little too. Sequins and all. Must have been the "thing" way back then.

robinnan said... #

Just love MCC !! They are my close "go-to" store and everyone is very helpful. It's such a quaint little town.