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Archive for December 16th, 2008

the workshop

For the past week, I’ve been planning, cutting out, and sewing my way to Christmas.  It feels good to spend time at my sewing machine. I’ve been known to get most everyone the ‘same’ gift – but a different flavor of it for each recipient. One year it was ‘warm things’ each person got either pajamas that I made or flannel sheets that were embroidered. One year everyone got a couple sets of napkins. That sort of thing. This year it’s (a suprise!  – not telling ) What’s cool is that it has meant that I’m using a lot of the fabric that I’ve amassed in my stash, and have mostly avoided shopping. I’m nearly done, with the exception of a few new chef jackets for Justin, which are a requested present, and not a suprise.
This the cutting / worktable choosing and sorting fabric for the gift project: 

What’s been fun, though, has been the creation of a game for our five year old grandchild. Its a memory match game, where you put all the tiles face down, then try to pick out the two that match. We played it with cards when I was a kid. So, I had Richard cut and sand 100 three inch square ’tiles’ out of masonite, then I glued square fabric pictures on each one, and covered them in several coats of Mod Podge sealer. This will make 50 pairs – they can start out using just 10, and can increase the pool as he grows. The best part was picking out specific images from the gazillion pieces of fabric that I have. They can finish drying today, then they’re ready for the mail.  Here are pics of all the tiles and a shot of the fifty pairs, stacked so that they would fit into the picture:
    
And here are a couple of close-ups of some of the tiles. On the other side they are just plain brown, ( so’s you can’t tell them apart )
      
I love some of those images – and how many people have not only fabric with crabs, but with cake and cows to boot? Not to mention sleeping hedgehogs. I still need to make a little bag to keep them in.
I like them so much, I kind of want to make myself a set.

Like the rest of the northwest, it’s been super cold here – yesterday it got up to 32, and today will be about the same. There are some hummingbirds who don’t go south, and yesterday morning I saw they were at the feeder, trying to get the frozen nectar  : (  
I brought it in, thawed it out, and they were buzzing around there all day. We brought it in last night, and I think they were pretty happy to see it come back this morning.  I can’t imagine what they eat during the freezing weather??

Richard’s knee is now improving markedly. Finally he is on the mend. Yay!  

We’re planning to go into Seattle early next week for Christmas at Mom’s, then come home on Friday.I hope it warms up a bit by then.

Hopefully, a couple things that we ordered will arrive in time to ship off south. Then we’ll be set.
I still have busy to get to in my sewing room.

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