Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hurry Up Monday!!

Finally, the holiday excitement is winding down.. it is safe to breathe once again - if only for another 205 days..

My bout with pneumonia has finally lightened up so that I can breathe somewhat normally again - so that is a definite plus!  It took 2 rounds of antibiotics to get things under control, which really surprised me as although I get sick often, usually a single 10-day round with amoxicillin and 'all becomes right with the World again'.

I hope that the holidays found everyone happy and full of love and hope for the coming year.  I know that I am looking forward to the new year.. well at the very least, January 4th 2010..
for this is the day in which the people are slotted to return to school.
Ugh.. I never knew children could argue so much!  The little one can even strike up a good argument about not arguing...
Although it's been so very long since I have written, I am still very behind the 8-ball on holiday tasks - (mostly due to my illness).  The gifts that were supposed to be mailed out the weekend of Dec 4th never made it to the post office and are still sitting by the front door awaiting a ride to postmaster.  
(All those who were to receive gifts, received an email explaining that I was not forgetful, just ill and couldn't get a ride to the post office to get out the packages and most received photos of their intended gifts - not the same, I know.. but what can you do?)
But of course, there was still the challenge of working up my daughter's Christmas combos.. the blanket and doll.  After seeing so many dolls leave the house for others, the people were feeling just a tad jilted at not having any made for them!
In November, I decided to change that - and add a blanket which I fell in love with upon first sight a few months prior from a Herschnerr's mailer.

Now, of course, MY people don't care about it being billed as a 'Christmas' item - but done up in Pink and Purple.. and they would pay close attention.
So that is exactly, what I did.. made this beautiful (and fancy) afghan for my beautiful (and not so fancy) children!
**Although, I must admit - I HATED this pattern.  Too much sewing!!!  The entire border is made separate and then sewn to the body of the afghan - very tedious and a very lengthy process - especially when you have only limited space.  But the end results were worth it...

But in addition to the blankets, they needed the dolls to go with.  Originally, I had worked up the original doll version (purple) but for the pink, I made the dress more like the afghan with a white pineapple 'under dress' and the pink lattice overlay. 
My hope is that 20 years from now, my beautiful daughters will still have their beautiful afghans and reflect on the cherished memories of childhood and find strength in those memories when their own lives present struggles or discouragement.

Finished up on Christmas eve.  LOL (talk about working right up to the wire huh?)
Then of course there is the whole 'Christmas Eve Tradition(s)' to get thru.
Well, each Christmas Eve since my daughters were born, we would end the night by reading T'was the Night Before Christmas.  As the kids got a little older, the exciting (and often very delicious) chore of making Santa's fresh Christmas Cookies mere hours before the big man's arrival was added to the tradition.
This year, since I was running late, there was also a 6 foot tree to decorate - so Daddy became very important part of this year's traditions..

While Daddy read T'was the Night with the girls, I was in the kitchen cleaning up the dinner dishes and making the dough for the sugar cookies.

Now Santa-Daddy doesn't particularly like "Sugar Cookies"; preferring to have a piping hot plate of Toll House instead... 
but  Toll House cookies are drop and as far as the people are concerned.. quite BORING.. and definitely NOT up to the Christmas caliber that the people come to expect when it centers around making gifts for the man who brings them the world under an evergreen tree.

So away they went, quick as a flash 
they sprinkled the sugars (a touch more than a dash)
okay, so who am I trying to kid?  
It is a no wonder the poor cookies do not buckle under the weight of colored sugars, gumdrops,licorice strings and various 'other' sweet goodies the people use to create their masterpieces.  Cookies with enough tooth rotting goodness to impress even the wildest of  Who's in Whoville and make the Grinch even Grinchier.  
The kind of cookies that could only be eaten by the sweetest of the sweet.. you know, like Santa himself, one of Santa's little helpers.. and of course, the cookie makers...

We then placed these wonderful creations on a plate and put them in the 'Tree Room' to await the Santa Seal of Approval... and then left to retire for the night (which only meant for me to frantically finish up a purple doll before trying to get a few hours of sleep).

A few minutes later, I had a frantic 9 year old - panting, near tears and positively fuming at my bedroom door..
"Momma, Hooch ate Santa's Cookies"

Apparently, Hooch - My daughter's 3 year old Bull Mastiff, wanted to play the role of Santa this year...
a drool stained plate and a few broken cookies, left us nothing to dread -
so replacements were placed, of course.. after Hooch went to bed..


Happy New Year to all.
May the New Year treat you better than previous and find you and your family in good health - mind, spirit and body.


Linda said...

I'm sorry to hear you've been so sick but glad you're improving. I hope the coming year brings you good health and happiness.
The gifts you made for your girls are stunning! the dolls are beautiful but those afghans are masterpieces!!! Glad you all had a Christmas to remember, just take care and get well soon.
That little kitty is adorable - the cutest I have seen in quite some time!

Gramzie said...

So glad you are feeling better K4TT, the blankets are just beautiful and the dolls are so adorable. You did a fantastic job!!!! The kitten us just too funny!! Thanks for sharing all with us and I wish you a very wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous new year!! May all good things come to you in 2010.. The best always,

Krissy said...

omg!!! I adore your little 'yarn buddy'!! How precious is that lil face peeking out of that skein!
Oh MY the afghans are gorgeous and the dolls so sweet and pretty. You sure do good hookin'!
LOL @ the Santa Dog. That's a good one. And here he probably thought 'wow, they love me so much that they left me a plate of goodies! I'm such a good dog'
What fun and craziness at your house for Christmas! Wish I could have been there to join in the good times :)

Katherine said...

Sorry you are still under the weather. Very nice work though.

Brenda said...

absolutely stunning work on those blankets and dolls! You sure know how to tell a story!! I sure enjoyed it!! I am so sorry to hear you have been under the weather!!
Happy New Year to you & your family,

Debbie said...

I am soooo glad you feeling better :o)) Hope you have a very healthy, blessed and wonderful New Year!!! The gifts you made are beautiful, what wonderful work you do. Love the kitten in the yarn, just too adorable and what a comfortable home the little one found. Love the cookie story and glad you made enough to replace the eaten ones.

Leslie said...

Oh Your afghans and dolls are super stunning!! Sorry to hear you have been feeling yuck but may the New Year bring you a wealth of health and Blessings galore.

Vicki said...

first katt!! happy you is cant was verry fun was so seek before christmas.
what a wunderfull and fun doll you have doing and the afghan coming not long after smile
What a start for me at the day read you is so good write storry
and too the last,but not so little.
happy new year to you and family and animals
take care,or try at list
big big hug from me and a cold sweden

Candy said...

glad you are better my friend
what a wonderful work you've done afghans and dolls !
they are very lucky to have you my dear
many many kisses for you

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