The last few days before Christmas are my favorite to shop. I'll think of some reason to go to the mall.
So today I went. I like the Christmas atmosphere of Carols and songs playing with Christmas decorations in every store and center of the mall.
I like the Santa scene. I like the crowds. I like seeing that one thing that hits you in the brain and says, "this is the perfect gift for _____." I like finding the perfect holiday sale that I can't pass up.
Though, my Christmas shopping list has been made for weeks, and everything has been checked off, and checked twice, I did find a perfect gift that I wasn't even looking for.
I still may need another trip to the mall before Christmas Day just to get my "fix" before the season ends.
I was delagated to attend the fall fest with the youngest of the grands. I was all crazy excited about it and volunteered a booth, too. I would have to manage being with the little one and manning my both. We'll see how that turned out at.
We started with the games and treats.
And checked our loot a time or two.
And We did face painting and a pumpkin craft.
She had time to help give out our treat bags, too.
Fun day with all the costumed dressed kids.
Our little treat stand was built the day before for under $10.
* used large moving box -$0
* dollar tree Halloween table cloth, crepe paper rolls, $3
* scrap wood pieces - free
* a lot of tape and spray on adhesive - in my stash
* suckers, bubble gum eyes, pixie sticks, gummy spiders, and spider rings for 120 trick or treaters.
My hometown fall parish fair had its 80th birthday last week. And I have attended 60 of them (give or take a few years). This year was no exception.
We took along the 3 little grands for them to re-live my life with me. Their parents take them every year also, and we took their parents every year when they were children. Generations of fair goers here.
We rode everything we could from the Ferris Wheel to kiddie rides and one in-between roller coaster up and down the midway.
We made our way thru the 4H chick and bunnie exhibits with their blue, red, white ribbons shining bright. The kids were amazed that the animals won ribbons for for first, second, and third places.
Fair food of course.
A group picture without me. Don't know how that happened.
Another birthday cake, gifts, and party for the second five year old in the family.
Rather chaotic with Birthday girl sitting on the table. The parents threw the bday party in the midst of moving in a new house and unpacking. So there was no set rules. But you can't let a five year milestone pass by without a celebration.
I've been stitching up a few quilts the past few weeks. Seven to be exact.
#1 was for my daughter's neighbor's baby shower for her baby boy. I was given full roll on color, theme, etc. All her requests was if I would make her something for a baby shower for a boy.
Cutest dinosaurs ever. With soft minky fabric for backing.
And I added two matching burp cloths just because I couldn't get enough of the dinosaurs.
#2 was for my daughter-in-law's friend's new baby boy. She ordered the fabric off Etsy cause it had to be a specific theme. I stitched it up and oh so pretty it became. No picture of the finished piece, but the fabric was navy, tan, and white with tan minky backing.
#3 and #4 was a request from the sister of daughter-in-law. She supplied the fabrics and I stitched them up.
One for a girl. One for a boy.
I had to add fabric to my stash cause she only sent fat quarters, which wasn't quite enough. She supplied fleece for the backings.
This for baby girl.
With the pretty coral back.
And for baby boy.
And the pretty green/real backing.
#5, #6, and #7 was a brainstorm idea of my daughter and me. She wanted new covers for her girls beds for their new house. We agree on a carousel horse theme. And she gave me the go ahead on my choice of design and fabrics. I had a vision and altered it as I went step by step. I found carousel horse fabric for a stuffed project on etsy. I ordered all 4 they had cause I thought I might have a future use for them.
I gathered my coordinating fabric and started the stitching. Pinks and mints made for a pretty combination. With a fuzzy pink backing.
Two made for two twin beds.
I made another one baby quilt size for my other daughter-in-law's sister who's expecting a baby girl.
The fabric is laid out a little different on the baby one.
They are all given out to the respective babies and little girls. I really like them all. Which do you like?
. . . happy life, happy wife, mom and maw-maw, a heart for family fur babies, a sister to many, a daughter, and a child of the King. I love outdoors and doing a little sewing, crafting and making a house a home.