Friday, November 30, 2007

Holiday Blog Meme

Here's a little survey from my latest internet addiction, the Sew, Mama, Sew! Blog.


* Do you have a favorite gift that you love to give? Last year the gift I loved giving these beautiful Japanese Christmas ornaments. I went to the gift shop today and had to restrain myself from buying more...for the same people. I didn't buy one for myself last year, so I bought one for myself today. And I bought one for this month's bunco.
* If you’re making gifts this year, what are you making? (Post photos if you have some!) I've been very inspired by many of the things on the Sew Mama Sew tutorials, and have a few knitting projects in the works, but not sure I'll have time to make them AND get them shipped out. They might be "Christmas in July" gifts instead!
* Do you have any good stories about handcrafted gifts you’ve given or received? I don't know... last year I made this Joy wall-hanging as a party favor, and a 6th grade teacher thought it was so cool that she decided to have her whole class make something similar as their Christmas gift project.

* Do you have any great gift compilation ideas (a grouping of gifts just perfect for certain recipients?)Most of my great gift compilation ideas are for myself, or for bridal showers, but not really for Christmas. I went to a bridal shower once where the b/g were registered for a few movies. I got them a ceramic bowl, some microwave popcorn, a few DVDs, and a Blockbuster gift card. If I liked the couple more I might have included a blanket of some sort.
* Name one thing on your personal wish list. If I can wish for anything, it would be an embroidery machine. More realistically, one item on my wish list is Bend the Rules Sewing (just one?!?! that's hard...good thing my letter to Santa is below!)
* Do you make and sell things that would make fantastic gifts? (Link)No, but I should... maybe when I'm not a full-time first grade teacher.


* What is your favorite family holiday tradition? My favorite family holiday tradition is taking a nap at 9pm and waking up around midnight to hear the sleighbells. Then Santa comes in and opens presents with my whole wonderful family. I haven't gotten to spend Christmas with my family in a few years, and it's not the same anymore anyway because they don't usually meet on actual Christmas Eve. : (
* Have you started any new traditions with your family that you didn’t practice growing up? David and I hang the same first 3 ornaments every time. We do our decorating the day after Thanksgiving (I don't remember if we did that when I was a kid, because we used to get a real tree).
* What do you love most about the holiday season? Everything! But very most, the snow! Egg nog is a close second. The music and decorations... I could go on and on.
* What do you like least about the holiday season? The lines at the post office.
* Anyone close to your heart that you’ll be missing this year? Everybody! David and I are spending our second Christmas in a row alone together.
* What is your favorite holiday food? Does Egg Nog count as a food?
* Do you have a great recipe to share?Sure, this fudge is super-easy and gets lots of compliments wherever it goes.
2 packages (8 squares each) Baker's Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 c chopped nuts or toasted coconut (or not)
Microwave chocolate & milk in bowl 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring halfway through heating time. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in vanilla and nuts (I don't like nuts in my fudge!). Spread in foil lined 8x8 pan (I think I actually use a 9x13) Refrigerate 2 hours until firm. Cut into squares and try to share!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Dear Santa

I have been a very good girl this year. Here is my Christmas list:

Some dri-fit athletic tops for running... some of my favorites come from Wal-mart where they are called "Dri-More" and I think they are the brand Athletic Works. I don't like the tight ones, just the normal t-shirt kind, but not good ol' t-shirt fabric. I graduated to dri-fit after I noticed that fresh out of the washer, my running t-shirts smelled like I had already run 5 miles. Size small.

I also like running shorts size small. But only if they have at least one pocket, preferably either inside the waist-band, on the back of the waist-band, or anywhere else with a zipper.

Bend the Rules Sewing

50 Baby Booties to Knit

Everyday Italian (or Everyday Pasta)

Scarf Style

My favorite running socks.


KnitPicks Options & Harmony Options in sizes 4, 5, 13, 15 and 17.

The cutest little measuring tape I've ever seen!

Some gorgeous stitch markers.


Love, Elsie sb supplies: Roxie and Toby

Stampin' Up goodies:

Simple Snowman

Jolliest Time of the Year

Big on Christmas

Block Party

Fun & Fast Notes


Fabulous Flowers

Wing It

Short & Sweet

Card stock- Whisper White, In Color colors, Certainly Celery
Designer Series Paper- Outlaw, Wintergreen, Dashing, Linen Prints, Groovy Guava Prints
Photo Corners Punch, Tag Punch, Round Tab Punch

I know that seems like a lot, Santa, but remember, I have been very good. Very good. And my birthday is just a few weeks after Christmas, so while you're in the neighborhood...
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