In recent years (oh, last 10 or so) it's been our tradition on Christmas Eve night to go to Buckhead, a north Atlanta community to a restaurant called Dante's Down the Hatch for a nice relaxing meal of fondue and soft, relaxing jazz. This year I decided we would stay home, and have my own replica of that meal - sans the live jazz trio, lol! It's a 40+ mile trip down, then 40+ miles back, not to mention the price of the meal that just isn't in our budget these days! So, I ran an extension cord under the sofa, under the coffee table (a large storage chest type table) and covered the cord with a rug. I put a Christmas tablecloth on the table, set out Christmas dishes and a candle, and cushions on the floor. Then we got a fire going in the fireplace just a mere 5 feet away. The hot oil fondue pot was plugged in, and our plates of prepped meats and veggies, little bowls of dipping sauces, and basket of bread and great Plugra butter set at ready. Add a glass of our favorite wine, and we were ready to roll. We found a fun movie on TV and spent the next almost 2 hours eating an enjoying a great meal - just the two of us!
Christmas morning we got up a little later than usual, I put the turkey in the oven and then we opened our gifts. Hubby did a great job this year - again! I am blessed to have a husband who truly puts himself into getting me gifts I want, along with a surprise or two. This year was no different, and I got a wide variety of goodies:
and an iPod Nano and a stereo clock/radio docking station, which I put on my work table in the office/studio
Oh, and let's not forget the stocking stuffed with goodies from the Le Gourmet Chef outlet!
Like I said, he puts a lot of thought and effort into buying my Christmas, and I love him more for it! We don't do a lot at birthdays or anniversary, but at Christmas we celebrate in a special, loving way.
Okay, in my title I said '...and breaking away', and that's kind of what I'm doing! For the last couple of years I've concentrated almost solely on making cards, and while I LOVE making cards, and will continue to do so, probably forever, I've done some thinking about my crafting during this little break, and I've found I miss some of the other types of crafting that I love as well. So, while I'll still be making cards, I'm now working on a series of other crafts that I hope to sell both on Etsy and locally in shops and markets. Among my current projects (in addition to cards) are pincushions, lavender sachets, gift tags and bookmarks, felt brooches and ornaments, and tin can pockets. I've just started, but I've already got about a dozen pincushions and another dozen felt pins/brooches finished, and have probably 30 gift tags ready all but putting ribbon hangers on them. On many of the pincushions and sachets I am using real vintage fabrics - chicken feed sacks from my own personal stash, and a part of my history!
When I was very small we had a chicken house which my mother took care of while my dad was out driving a truck for a living. In March, 1958 the chicken house was hit by lightning and burned to the ground. My mother was 8 months pregnant with my little brother, and she and I lay on the bed in the back bedroom and watched the forestry service's crew trying to put out and contain the fire. What should have been a scary time for a not quite 6 year old, it actually is a special memory for me! It wasn't until many years later that I found out that my Mama had a huge stash - a couple of large garbage bags full - of feed sacks she had lovingly removed the stitches from, washed, dried, ironed, folded and put away. Over the years I had many clothes from that fabric, my favorite was a dress of blue and white gingham, and I have a small piece of that I'm using today to make treasures to sell. Here are some pics of a few of the latest projects:
Mini Pin Cushions - all vintage fabrics, but not embellies.
The fabric used for this lavender sachet is from an old pair of curtains that hung in my house as a child - the ric-rack, lovingly sewn on by my mother, is original. I added the buttons.
So, that's what I'm up to these days! I'll still be making cards and entering challenges, but I'm also happily 'diversifying'. I can't wait to see how this venture turns out! If you see something in the 4 pics above that you are interested in, e-mail me and I'll list it on Etsy for you, otherwise it'll be after Jan. 7th before I list anything.
One last note - 24 years ago today my sweet hubby called me over to the sofa, patted his lap for me to sit down there, and said "I think it's time we went and picked out our rings." My romantic proposal, and the happiest day of my life up to that point! We were married the following July 20th, and I'm loving him more each day! How blessed am I???
Blessings friends! Have a wonderful last couple of days of 2008! Becky