People Hanukkah is nearly here and only a fraction of the gifts have been completed.... So today I cleaned my house. Because nothing reduces stress like a shiny countertops, vacuumed rugs and folded laundry. Then I cut out these dolls. Pattern by Emily Martin of Inside a Black Apple.
I have no idea how long it will take me to sew and stuff these but selecting the fabrics and cutting these girls out was so much fun. They are adorable and the pattern is free.
And I finally got around to binding this quilt. I know what you're thinking, but I really dislike sewing the binding on - so I did it by machine. It looks pretty good but best of all it's done - and these days I'm all about completing unfinished projects. I used my binding-by-machine tutorial but cut the binding strips to 4" rather than the 4 1/2" that I recommend in the tutorial. I think 4" looks better so I'll edit the tutorial as soon as I get a chance.
I also purchased three of these wood trays at walmart yesterday for the kiddos. I'm hoping that not only will these make well received Hanukkah gifts but that they will also serve to keep their various collections in check and visually appealing. I find rocks, crystals, seeds, shells, and pine cones everywhere and I'm hoping this tray will encourage some organization - the old a place for everything and everything in its place.
And here are said kiddos looking through craft books for just the right gift to make for dad.
Once they selected the gift that mom should "help" them make for dad they went back to what they normally do - act silly and scale furniture. That's how we roll around here.
Happy holiday prep everyone. And check out this fun Hanukkah song written by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.