I was off to a great start Thanksgiving weekend. Outside done, inside done except for the Christmas trees (yes trees, only three this year). And then I have not been able to make any progress since and the boxes of ornaments seem to have become a permanent fixture in the middle of the living room.
Work seems to continue to require extra hours. 83 weeks until retirement not that I am counting! Work caused me to be in a cloud of funk this past fall due to turnover of employees. I know these decisions are business and not personal. However, because a friend was involved, it was personal to me. Nothing has changed but I have moved on and back to my happy place at work.
So besides 10 hour workdays and crashing and burning on Friday nights, I have made more project bags. I really enjoyed making these. I gave myself a self imposed deadline to complete them (16!!) by my Thursday night needlework group's Holiday Dinner. Below are some that I saved for myself, daughters and other stitching friends. It was a great way to make use of finishes that were just collecting dust in the basket of finishes.
|Wool applicate that is going in the mail.|
|A pattern from a visit to Williamsburg.|
|An embroidery piece from a pattern bought at the Longaberger Homestead shop in Dresden, OH|
|Sweetheart Tree design|
|Flowers stitched by my friend Carol|
|Daughter No. 1 put her name on this one before it was even assembled!|
I did finished William's Christmas stocking and feel pretty sure I can assemble it prior to their arrival on the 22nd. I did watch Vonna's tutorial on Floss Tube about how to assemble it. I wish had watched it before I stressed about a lining fabric. She suggests a plain lining because with charms and buttons it is best not to interface. She does beautiful work so I won't argue with her methods.
|Even added a charm that says "stitched with love"|
I managed to squeeze in a weekend in Lancaster County with my friend from work. Deb and I always have a good time together and this trip did not disappoint. Now get this, we stayed at the Caboose Motel......the rooms are actually in train cabooses. We were not lucky enough to get a caboose room but had a suite in the Shady Rest Hotel. It was just what we both needed to decompress from work and family and holiday stress. We actually want to go back and stay for a long weekend in the spring. We are both looking forward to sitting on the porch with a beverage in hand and taking in the beautiful view and mellowing out after a day of visiting all the cute shops in Paradise, Bird-in-Hand, Strasburg and Intercourse, PA.
|Sunset in Lancaster County|
|Early morning Lancaster County|
|Our view from the dining car. It was the Santa Christmas Breakfast Train. Fun to see all the kiddos so excited. There is something about little boys and trains.|