Saturday, July 6, 2013

Bucilla Felt and Sequin Christmas Stockings

Whew! The hardest part is over! I'm so excited for us to finally get to use these this year. They have been a long time in the making. I'm practically giddy. I keep saying they are done. But reality is that there is still more to do. Names, choosing a fabric for the lining, adding hanging loops and final assembly. But in my mind they are
D O N E because this is the part I worried I would never get to.
 
Bucilla Chrstimas Stockings by TaDa! Creations
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For moi.
I think I'll use "Mother" and "Father" for our names. Or maybe just "Mom" and "Dad", not sure yet. But that way somewhere down the line we may have one child or grandchild who would like to use ours as their own. That would make me very happy.
 
Santa Stocking by TaDa! Creations photo
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For David.

I tweaked this one a lot. Adding sequins where they just wanted running stitches in the beard. And just more sequins in general. I also changed the boots and belt to black from brown and the tops of his boots from yellow to white. But now I think I want to go back to Sam's Santa and add white fir to the tops of his boots. OCD, much?

I've also decided that I should buy lots more Bucilla kits to have on hand for the day way, way, way, way off in the future when our family gains new members (think sons and daughter-in-law, and grandkids, yikes!). Even if I don't get to make them all myself, maybe one of my girls will carry it one. But I could start several now and get them to this point at least. One can dream, right?

Santa and Reindeer Stocking by TaDa! Creations
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For Emily.
This is the one where I swapped out the puppy to put a likeness of her in instead. She loves it and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Christmas Morning Stocking by TaDa! Creations
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When I was almost finished she asked if there could be a mouse climbing up the clock like in "Hickory Dickory Dock." How could I resist?

The mouse ran up the clock... photo
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For Sam.
I can't even tell you how happy he is to see his done. But now he's hounding me for the "pocket" so Santa can fill it. Soon buddy, very soon.
Names, linings, and hanging loops are next. I just need to pick out a fun fabric for all the insides which is proving to be tougher than I thought. In my mind it's got to be perfect. Oh the pressure.
Any suggestions?

Santa's Workshop Stocking by TaDa! Creations
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For Allison. 
This one is totally without a doubt, perfect for her.

Gingerbread House Stocking by TaDa! Creations
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Christmas will be bright and colorful in our house this year. I have a ton of Bucilla ornaments I want to get done for this year as well. But I really do need to fully finish these before I start anything else. Feels SO good to get things checked off my list.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Aidan Turns One {First Birthday Chalkboard}

So of course I made a chalkboard for his first birthday smash cake photos.
 
Like I did for his sister last year.
 
How can {this} sweet boy be one already?
 
First Birthday Chalkboard photo
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Aidan and Bella photo Aidanone048_zps2480fa4d.jpg
 
He couldn't take his eyes off all the kids over on the playset.
Aidan Turns One photo
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Happy birthday sweet nephew.
Aidan First Birthday Smash Cake photo
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Hope you enjoyed all that sugar!
 

 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Christmas in July and some bedtime reading

I am making great progress on our Christmas stockings. You know, the ones that were supposed to be finished last year. I'm on my final kid stocking and then I can add their names and pick a fabric for the lining.
 
Here is Emily's. She loved this stocking, but it felt incomplete with only two children on it. So I drew another girl to cover the dog that we don't have, and it's turning out pretty neat. She's almost done but I'll wait for the full reveal until it's complete. I also have Sam's finished stocking to show you as well.
Bucilla Vintage Christmas Stocking photo
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Bucilla Christmas Stocking photo
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This morning Emily came to me with a stack of books and said "this is what I read last night after going to bed." I asked how she had enough light to read. "I found my flashlight." Where there is a will, there is a way. I'm impressed that she read all of those in one sitting. So much for an early bedtime to catch up on the sleep she missed over the week-end.

We are doing reading challenges at both our library and Barnes and Noble this year. Plus I added another for them since both of those felt too fluffly. If they read 100 books before school starts, they will get a prize. We only started that a couple of days ago and I think we have just 50 days left before school. But they are rocking it at 20-30 books already a piece.

She loves to read photo
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Here is the stack she wanted to read in addition last night but got too sleepy. Quite ambitious I'd say.

She loves to read photo
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We have another trip to the library planned today as we have read all the ones we have out now. Reading really took off for Emily last year and Allison is following suit. At the beginning of the year she wasn't quite through with reading at a kindergarten level and now she is beyond 3rd grade.

I just acquired a sore throat so reading and stitching will be a nice speed for the rest of the day. I personally am reading the Sue Grafton alphabet mysteries and am on letter J. Funny to read books from the 1980's. I keep thinking "if only she had a cell phone with her, those last few paragraphs would have been pointless." Ha!

What are your kids up to this summer? Are you making them read too? We are also doing math flashcards to get quicker at simple addition and subtraction and Allison is going to write a letter to her teacher next week in response to a letter she just sent us, to let her know about the work she is doing.