Friday, November 23, 2007

Use it for the Holidays

So did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? My granddaughter and I spent a few hours traveling to and from Pine Grove, a little town above Jackson Ca. It was sooo worth the trip. It was wonderful to spend the afternoon with my brother and his wife visiting from Arizona, my stepbrother and family from the bay area and of course my Dad and stepmom. Great meal, great company. And great news too! My stepbrother and his wife are expecting. It was surprize for all of us! And of course the dinner was awesome.
Today I've been pretty wiped out. Did you go shopping today? I went to the grocery store and the dollar store, no crowds there! I seem to remember when we thought that 7am was awfully early to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. The sales were so great, I mapped out where I would go and stood in lines. Not anymore, any sane person is in bed at 4am and I really feel for those who work retail now.
4 am ??? NUTZ !!!
Thank you for all of your ideas and links to crafty gifts. As soon as I posted the question, my friend Deb sent me a link for roll-up placemats. They're cute and have a pocket for utensils. I went digging in my stash and found a few yards of Barb's Kitchen line, you might remember, it has all of the little salt & pepper shakers. Very cute! So had exactly enough of that to make twenty tops and found some vegie fabric for the backs and some stripes for the untensil pockets. I even found some cute fabric napkins at the dollar store. I was looking for utensils, but they weren't very nice. I think I will look at the thrift stores, Ross and stores like that,they really don't need to match. I'll post picture when I'm done, I've got them all cut out and the tops pieced so far. And thanks to all of you I have great ideas for next year.
I received the most wonderful gift in the mail today, from one of the sweetest bloggers we know. How Darlene finds time to shower us with such sweet little gifts, I will never know. I just know that I feel so blessed and special to recieve this little piece of her. I was going to hang it in my sewing room. But now I think I will put it in my office so that I can spend more time with it! Isn't it CUTE???
Thank you Darlene, I love it!!! Just looking at it puts a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

And speaking of special blog buddies, I think Vicky may be feeling a little better cause she is talking up her stash! She sure gave us a scare. Keep up the good thoughts for her. Since I'm using what I have for my gifts this year, I'll be linking up to Judy's Stash Busters. Wish me luck, the new lines are so tempting!

Well, I need to go prep a block to take with me to pet sitting tonite. I just know that all of you are already busy with holiday preparations. I'm not even going to mention how many days we have. :-)


Darlene said...

You're welcome! :-)

Katie said...

Those placemats are great! Thanks for the pointer. :)

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I agree with Vicky we should use up our stash this year. God knows we all have wayyyy more than we need. But also those new lines are very tempting huh? LOL Let's see how long I can last. Maybe until let's say Tuesday???? LOL

atet said...

Love the placemat link. Not sure about this year (I just finished organizing all of my projects for this Christmas -- um, I need another me!) but maybe for next! Glad your holiday was wonderful. Like you, I did minimal shopping -- but I did have to go to Joann's to pick up some supplies for my Christmas gift making!

Thimbleanna said...

Can't wait to see your placemats -- that's an awesome idea for a bunch of work pals!

Alison-Andrew's mom said...

Hi there, I am visiting for the first time and am a brand new blogger myself! The placemats are incredibly cute and whoever receives them is very lucky!

Wendy said...

Your description of the fabrics you're using for the placemats sounds so cute. Can't wait to see them.
Darlene is such a sweet and generous soul...what a special gift she gave you.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

The placemats will be a great gifty!

Yep I am trying hard to use up fabric and not add to it! I have done pretty good I think this last year and hope to do even better next year!

Kim said...

Your placemats sound great! I'm looking forward to seeing them, Mar! Did you make it through the rest of the weekend? I think that 4 a.m. shopping's nuts too! Heck, I've only been in bed for two or three hours by then!

Nan said...

I can't wait to see your placemats - they sound so cute! What a wonderful gift idea!
Darlene is a wonderful lady, and you are very special to receive a gift from her. It is so very pretty!