What did you do today? I always take down my Christmas decorations on New Year's Day--a tradition I started during my many years of working, and it has always stuck. So we did that, a little cleaning, a little watching of the Mummer's Parade (if you aren't from Philly, click here to see/hear what they're all about! You gotta be there to understand.) A little stamping, a lot of blurfing, mostly a quiet day. Here is what Pumpkin did:
Kind of what I wanted to do too! But I did sleep in, so that was my consolation!
I also wanted to show you what I made for my brother-in-law for Christmas. Last year he lamented that everyone in his family (my sister, niece & nephew) all had cross-stitched Christmas stockings I had made for them. These are quite elaborate and they take me almost a year to make. The only reason I had made my sister one is that her childhood stocking had been lost in a fire a few years ago, and before my mom died, she asked me to make her one. Normally I would just make them for the children, as my siblings and I have stockings already. Here is hers:
My BIL felt left out (who would think a GUY would care about a Christmas stocking!!!) and offered to pay me to make him one. Of course I would not ever accept money, but right after Christmas last year, I began stitching. I never said a word and was hoping he forgot all about it. I didn't even send it to their home in South Carolina for Christmas eve, so imagine his surprise when he had a gift from "Santa" when he came up the day after Christmas:
This photo was taken on my front door, so the fabric looks a bit lighter, but they are actually both the same. Gail's portrays a little girls' vintage bedroom; Russ's is a workshop. He was flabbergasted and just couldn't believe that he now had a stocking! My sister was now the one lamenting, because now she will have to fill it! My eyes definitely have changed over the last few years, and I think this is the last one I'll be making! I think I could have ironed it a little better too! LOL! Here are some details:
The doll house, apron and stool.
Noah's ark & workbench.
Tools & Santa toy.
Thanks for humoring me while I shared some non-stamping things! Tomorrow I hope to pass on an award I got from my Color Throwdown friend, Broni! Happy New Year's to everyone!