My Husband is a Keeper

For those of you who know Dave, you probably already know that I hit the jackpot when it comes to husbands that help without being asked. Dirty diapers, dishes, spanking naughty children…the list goes on and on. It’s so nice that I don’t have to do it all myself!

All joking aside (he never changes dirty diapers), he is a rock star at graphic design. I know I am 100% biased here, but just indulge me. As we were decorating for Christmas, I told him that I needed something red for the mantle and could he, pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top, make me a print that I could hang on the wall? He totally delivered.

And since he was on a roll, he made another one from the Christmas hymn, Angels We Have Heard on High. I have it up next to our nativity, which seems like the perfect spot for it.

Aren’t they pretty? Good news is that they are available for everyone! It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!

Dave’s print shop is called YX Co. and here is the link. Take care that it’s not a .com site. It’s actually .co instead. So if you type the URL in, it’s yxco.co

It really is something you should click over and check out. Like I said, he’s a pretty good designer, and the fact that he changes dirty diapers is a bonus. For me. He doesn’t just change anyone’s dirty diaper. That would just be creepy.

IT’S ANOTHER FESTIVUS MIRACLE! Here’s a promo code for friends and family (or anyone really). Enter XMAS25 to receive 25% off!

And, Merry Christmas.

A Determined Toddler

It’s probably safe to say that chocolate is one of Olive’s main food groups. The few times I have chocolate out in plain site, Olive is the first one to see it. She wouldn’t miss it. She gets a chair from the table, pushes it to where she needs to go, and reeeeeeeeeeeeeeaches until she gets what she wants.

I have to give credit to Ashley Ann Campbell from the blog Under The Sycamore here. Awhile back she took pictures of her daughter reaching for something and shot at this same angle, capturing her legs and feet. I don’t think I ever would have considered shooting from that angle before seeing the amazing pictures that Ashley took of her daughter. She is an amazing photographer, and I’m nowhere near her talent.

But I’m so grateful for others who share ideas and talents because I will always treasure these pictures of Olive, those little legs in her Christmas leggings, and her cute feet that communicate just how bad she wants that chocolate.

All I Want For Christmas…

 

The 12 Diffs of Christmas

It’s the Wednesday before Christmas and you, my friend, are NOT ready. You are the opposite of ready. You are an antonym of the word ready.

Unready.

That’s you. That’s your name. Unready F. Christmas.

The F stands for “For.”

It doesn’t feel good, does it, Unready? You haven’t bought your presents. You haven’t mailed your cards. You haven’t gifted those Christmasy treats that you found on Pinterest to your neighbors.

You. Are. Not. Ready.

Wait! It’s ok! It’s… OK. Take a breath. A nice deep one. Take another. If you’re standing, bend down and put your hands on your knees. Breathe in. Breathe out. You’re ok. It’s going to be… ok.

Now.

What should you do about this?

Get to work? No. Absolutely not. That’s the worst thing you could do.

Freak out? Maybe. But not yet.

Spend the next 20 minutes trying to spot the 12 differences between these two photos?

YES. YES. A THOUSAND TIMES, YES.

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year

Note! The Merry Christmas/Happy New Year text difference doesn’t count. It’s NOT one of the 12 differences. What’s that? Why doesn’t it count? Because. Just Because.

Wait. Why are you reading this? Did you give up already? You’re down here looking for the answers?

Unready, I’m disappointed.

Ok, fine. Here you go. I’m making the text small though.

1. An extra dot appears on Gwen’s sleeve.
2. One of Gwen’s pigtail bands changes color.
3. On Gwen’s shirt, one of the dots in the bottom row disappears.
4. The bow in Clara’s hair switches sides.
5. The gingerbread house on Clara’s shirt looses heart.
6. Clara sprouts a sixth toe.
7. Olive gains a shoulder bow.
8. The snowman on Olive’s shirt grows a third eye.
9. …and loses a mouth dot.
10. Inez’s glasses change color.
11. One of the bands on the arm of Inez’s sweater changes color.
12. Inez loses her pinky.

Ok.

Now freak out.

Christmastime is Here

My hope is that when you read that title, you will actually sing that Charlie Brown song, high notes and all.

So, It’s December 9th and we haven’t even ordered our Christmas cards. I’m really sad about it. We had/have this great idea that we were going to do for our cards this year, but SOMEONE kind of ruins it because she can’t stand up in pictures yet. Whatever. Babies. So we are going to have to save the rad idea until next year. Be excited. Be very excited for one whole year.

In the meantime, we (meaning Dave) have worked on part of our card, but haven’t had time to finish it yet. In his defense he has been rather busy. He had to pull an all-nighter last Friday because he was exporting files all night for an online class he’ll start teaching in January. Do you know what an all-nighter does to people our age? Let’s face it, we can’t pull that off anymore. Mainly due to the children that occupy our home and need constant care and attention. Whatever. Babies. My point is that Dave isn’t the one to blame for non-existent Christmas cards. YET.

ANYWAY, my hope is that the cards will be done and ordered this weekend, so that they can be mailed next week. If you are one of the lucky few who get our Christmas cards, be excited. Be very excited. But not as excited as you should be for next year. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones to get our cards, shoot me an email. After some consideration I may let you in the cool club and send you a card this year. We’ll see.

This is probably the sassiest blog post I have ever written! I think I’m a little hyped up on sugar. You should SEE how fast my fingers are moving right now! It’s actually freaking me out a little bit. And now that I think about it, it’s probably because I’ve only had pretzels and chocolate chips to eat today, and it’s 2:48 in the afternoon. I now realize this is not a good thing. But that’s what happens when your babies have croup.

Oh, did I not tell you that? Yep, the babies (plural) have croup. Is it “the croup” or just “croup?” I feel like I need to consult Diana Barry and Anne Shirley on this one. I trust them much more than Google and Wikipedia. PUT TOGETHER.

Wow, this blog post is just getting crazier. If Dave were home he would have stopped my typing a long time ago and fed me milk and honey to calm the crazy. What!? Did I just say “feed me milk and honey” like it’s some normal thing people eat outside of the bible? Cause I’m pretty sure it isn’t. Or maybe it is. I don’t know anything anymore.

I’m pretty sure people have stopped reading at this point. I know I would have. I bet my mom is still reading though. Hi Mom! And Dave. He’s probably reading too, but only because he’s feeling very concerned about his wife all of a sudden. And he’s probably done some grammer checking for me. That’s one of the perks to marrying an English major. Thanks babe!

I think I’ll just post the pictures of Clara that I was planning on writing about in the first place. Then we can all leave this post feeling happy and NOT CONCERNED ABOUT HOLLY AT ALL.

Plus I think there’s a baby seal in my house because I keep hearing one over the baby moniter. Oh wait, that’s just one of the babies that has croup/the croup.

The baby that is already bored with this blog post.

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Finally Finished.

It is DONE. Bound. Washed. Crinkly. Yummy.

It wasn’t done in time for Christmas, but at least I finished it within the month of December!

Here are a few of my favorite blocks, and you can see my mistakes too. I’m such a amateur quilter but actually, I’m totally okay with that.

The middle of the block is from the line Holiday Happy by Monica Solorio for Lecien.  She calls that funky guy “Gnoma Claus.”  The border is also a Lecien fabric, which is a Japanese line.  Lecien fabric is a bit more pricey, but also more kooky and therefore worth the extra money (in my opinion).

This is Dave’s favorite block, and one of my top five. The turquoise poinsettia fabric in the middle is from Kate Spain’s 12 Days of Christmas line, and the border is from my stash, not sure what line it’s from.

I cannot remember what the middle of this block is from.  I got it last Christmas, or maybe even two years ago.  The border is just a solid apple green from my stash.  This block wasn’t one of my favorites until after it went through the wash.  I love how vibrant it is with the red thread.  You can also see that I had to make the block bigger.  I don’t know what happened, but it was way shorter than the rest of the rows. Oops!

I love this block.  The polka dot middle is from Riley Blake, and the Fa-la-la border is again, Kate Spain’s.

I think this is my absolute favorite block in the whole quilt.  The middle is from Kate Spain (again) and the border is from my stash.  Unfortunately, I bought that border fabric about two years ago and I have no idea what line it’s from.  I realized when it was too late how much I loved it and have never been able to track it down.

I used this candy cane stripe for the binding.  It’s from the line Hip Holidays by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass.  I used a few others from this line throughout the quilt as well.

I backed it with flannel from Kate Spain’s 12 Days and I’m so glad I did. The flannel makes it surprisingly much cozier.

I’m not sure why, but any time I lay it out on the floor to take a look at it, she quickly comes over to walk around on it, point to different parts of it, and “talks” about it in her little toddler language. Then she sits down on it and claims her territory.

I’m really proud of it and will be sad to pack it away until next season. I’m also glad that the whole family likes it.

Fellow sewers (as in one who sews, not sewer as in a place for waste disposal): for what it’s worth, about halfway through piecing the top of the quilt together, I decided to invest in a quilter’s foot for my sewing machine.  In past projects where I have just done simple blocks, there was more room for error when it came to lining up (or not lining up) the blocks.  This quilt was not nearly as forgiving. I can’t believe how much of a difference it makes! It’s an expensive foot, but definitely worth it.

THE Puzzle

Now that Christmas is over and things are much more calm around our house, we pulled out the newest puzzle. It’s 1000 pieces and it’s taken over my life.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but our house is small.

So small.

So very small.

Therefore, puzzles are done on our kitchen table where we eat every meal when it’s not covered in coloring books, markers, crayons and papers that the girls are working on. So this puzzle had to be completed as quickly as possible so that our daily routine could resume.

I had to include this last picture since my baby bump decided to make a cameo.

I try not to think about how much smaller our house will become once the baby arrives. It wasn’t this small when we bought it!

I’m Not Quite Ready

I don’t really want to take Christmas down yet.

Is it really over already?

Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas, from our home to yours.

Now bring us some figgy pudding!

Christmas Eve 2010

After a busy morning, afternoon, and evening, we were able to take some time for our Christmas Eve traditions. We sing Christmas songs, recite/read The Night Before Christmas, open one present (which are always new jammies), read Luke 2, write letters to Santa, and put our stockings out.

Olive just cruised around, chewing on a magnet.

Inez writing a note to Santa.

Gwen also writing a note to Santa, reiterating what she hopes to get.

Dave helping Gwen.

New Christmas jim-jams! Can you tell that Olive didn’t want to stand still for very long?

Now Santa and his elves have to get to work!