Monday, December 30, 2013

Between Christmas and the New Year

Some Christmas Odds and Ends

Our tree this year.

It's hard to believe that Christmas was almost one week ago. The older I get, the more that it seems that time passes at warp speed. The harder I try to hang on to time, the faster it flies. 

Christmas was fun celebrating with family. Though the period of time I had with my kids was not long enough, we made the most of the time we had. We carried out the traditions we created over the years and as always, there was plenty of fun, food, gifts and late-night laughter to go around. 

Our dog Ellie--her constant movement makes for blurry photos! She loved Christmas, especially opening presents and having everyone home!


A few of my Christmas 2013 Projects

Microwaveable/Freezeable Rice Paks (Heating/Ice Packs) 
Made from Recycled Jeans

These rice packs are folded in half and tied for gift-giving. They are sewn in the middle to channel the rice from flowing to one side. One pant leg will yield two good-sized rice packs. I save tags from other recycled jeans (such as LEVI tags above). Recycle jean pockets for "gift pockets" as shown below.

Gift Pockets
The pockets of jeans can also be recycled! Stuff them with goodies and wrap up a gift card!

Janice Pope 2-Hr Tulip Bag

Another 2 hour Tulip Bag (Janice Pope Pattern) made from corduroy. This turned out so well! It took a bit longer than 2 hours as I added extra pockets and velcro.

This time all pockets have velcro closures. Inside are 2 pockets: one on the front side and the back side.

And don't forget the dogs! 

Purchase some healthy dog treats from the pet store and package them for all your doggie friends. Use cardstock folded in half (use a paper punch to make a festive edge on the cardstock), and make a tag. Tails will wag for sure!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that everyone has a blessed 2014. 

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!