I hope you all had a nice Christmas and pleasant time with family and friends. Patrick and I spent Christmas Eve with our daughter and we had a great time and lots of fun opening presents together. The closes I could get to my son and his family was via Skype but how wonderful that modern technology "almost" takes us there.
We had a quiet Christmas Day just the two of us and it was nice to relax and enjoy our time just reading, watching movies, and doing a little stitching. We did venture out yesterday for breakfast and did some grocery shopping while the rest of the world braved the malls. NO WAY!
Feels good to have some finishes to show for my first days of vacation so here goes. I hope to get a couple more done before the end of the year.
There has been talk in one of my groups about starting 15 new projects in the first 15 days of January, 2011 and then finishing the 15 projects before the end of the year. Rather than committing to such an undertaking I thought I would list all my current WIPs and UFOs and commit to getting these completed before the end of 2011. Hopefully this will give me some "wiggle room" for my model stitching and ornaments I like to get done.
Well guess I have to backtrack a little to fill you all in on what I been up to lately. On Friday, December 3rd we drove up to Folsom, CA for the wedding of my niece Lisa. We stayed at the gorgeous Lake Natoma Inn which was walking distance to the Folsom Historic District . We had a nice dinner on Friday evening and set out early on Saturday to enjoy the Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown. We also took a tour of Pioneer Village where volunteers lead demonstrations in blacksmithing, and panning for gold. It's also home of the oldest freight station still in existence in the West.
We went back to the hotel late in the afternoon to dress and shower for the wedding which was to start at 6PM. It was held in the Pavilion room at the Inn and was a very quaint and intimate setting. Reception was immediately after the ceremony and we had a great time catching up with family and friends. I hadn't seen my (step)brother in years so it was wonderful to see him and get caught up. I wish my niece Lisa and her husband Michael many happy years to come. Here is the lovely couple.
Michael & Lisa Gross
December 4, 2010
During the week I finished my model for Country Cottage Needleworks and took a sigh of relief to put it in the mail just two days past my deadline. Thanks to Nikki for being so patient and forgiving. I know it has arrived safely in her hands and I'm sure her fans will just fall in love with this piece.
In between crazy days at the office I managed to get our Christmas tree decorated and it's great to have the holidays to look forward to. We've had so many activities to keep up with but enjoying it all. This weekend my daughter had a total baking blowout and had bowls, plates, and trays full of brownies, cookies, candies, as far as the eye could see. She provided bags and tins and each guest was able to fill one with goodies. A total YUM fest!!
Almost forgot...I did find time to finish my Little House Needleworks, Joy to the World ornament in a stand up which now sits with my other holiday decorations.
And no week is complete without a photo of my grandson Izaiah. Have a good week!
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