You probably think I'm nuts by working on Christmas in September. To tell you the truth, I should have started earlier. Of course, it is hard to think of Christmas when it's 92 degrees outside.
I've dragged out all my Christmas fabric, started piecing 4 patches and put some larger 6" squares together. Between piecing a scrappy yardage and some purchased yardage combined with it, it should be fun putting together things to put in the shops. You can find these at the top of the site here, or at the left hand side, or a link on the right hand side.
I love Christmas. It brings to mind the nostalgia of growing up with parents who loved the 40's and 50's, with the hand made Christmas ornaments, large lights, strings of popcorn, and so on. Oh..and socks laid out instead of stockings...filled with oranges and apples and nuts and candy. The Christmas mornings in northern Missouri were usually brutally cold and we'd stay close to the Warm Morning stove to stay warm while we opened presents.
Fast forward many years, and I'm here with my own family. They don't quite appreciate the little things about Christmas like I did, or at least they don't act like it...they love the lights, but would rather do other things than drive around and look at the Christmas lights, see the shop windows lit up downtown or on the square (if you live in rural/small towns, you'll totally understand), etc. They do seem to appreciate the handmade things I sew up for them for presents, which is nice. I've made warm fleece pajamas in their favorite characters, I've hand sewn a large doll for Jessica, made shorts, and one year they got quilts.
This year I'm sewing with Christmas fabric for my shops. The Christmas fabrics I've accumulated over the years make for great aprons, twirly skirts, quilts, etc. There's a couple of off the bolt fabric yardages I particularly believe will make a wonderful apron--Normal Rockwell fabric! Oh how I loved Normal Rockwell calendars growing up, the funny themes each month. I scooped up all the Rockwell fabric I could get ahold of when I found it. To me, it brings back good memories of years past. I hope it does the same for others!
I don't have pictures up yet, but if you go to our FB page you'll see pictures of the fabric. Love it!!
Oh...I don't know if you've noticed or not, but this is now officially it's own site. WWW.sunnypatchcottage.com.
I've also started work on my "frugal living" site, www.thefrugalkansashomemaker.com. It's up and running, and testing out some frugal cleaners as we speak for the next post.
How are you all doing??? I'd love to hear from you!
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