I am on a working marathon right now, so it’s really been hard to get some sewing in.  I STILL have to finish my “Three Bluebirds” wool rug before Christmas.  It’s very close to being done. My last day working for the year is tomorrow.  Yipee!  My sister, Kristin and Scooter are home for Christmas break.  Kristin is a huge help to me with taking care of the girls while I am working!  While I was at work yesterday, the three of them made a beautiful gingerbread house.  It’s tradition that Kristin is always the foreman on the job overseeing the construction!  In years past, I’ve made it ALL from scratch.  It was super time consuming.  Not to mention, what a mess!!  Then I wised up and realized I was no Martha Stewart and bought a pre-made kit.  Genius!!  Some of the best money I’ve ever spent!  It’s so much easier for the girls too.

I think they did a wonderful job on the 2010 Gingerbread House!  I woke up this morning to notice that a few of the candies were mysteriously missing already!

I came home from work yesterday to also find another little surprise.  I know I’ve mentioned before how blogging friends are the best, well yesterday was no different.  I received a little package from my friend Lynn in California…

Lynn sent me her own pattern that SHE designed, “Heartfire” and a lovely Christmas card.  Lynn is an amazingly talented designer, teacher and quilter!  Her blog is Sew’n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog.  It’s such an AWESOME blog.  Lynn is always posting beautiful quilting pics, tutorials and the most delicious recipes!  I just told her I’ve probably gained 5 pounds since I started reading her blog!  If you’ve never been to her blog, stop by and say “hi” and check out all her wonderful posts.   I mentioned to Lynn a while ago that I just loved her “Heartfire” pattern and wanted to purchase it, so look what landed on my doorstep!  I think I already have the fabric picked out to make it!  This project will be moved high on my priority list in the new year.  I can’t wait to get the fabric to start it!

Also I received a little package containing a calendar I won in a giveaway from Tara Lynn Darr at Sew Unique Creations blog.  The calendar is Barn Quilt 2011 donated by Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail.  It has the most beautiful photos of barns across North America.   Tara threw in a few surprises from her as well… 3 of her patterns for miniature quilts!  How generous!  Oh and they are just the most darling quilt patterns.  I can’t wait to make those too!

Looks like I’m going to be pretty busy in the New Year!  I can’t wait.

As I mentioned earlier, Scooter is home too.  Look who jumped in at the last minute and decided he needed a photo taken too. 



  • WoolenSails says:

    Great goodies to enjoy and create with.
    I just got mail that I won the fa la la book and felt, it made my day.
    I needed a pick me up;)


  • Lori says:

    I've seen those gingerbread kits and it looks like it can still be fun to assemble but much easier!!
    Love the goodies you received!!

  • Yvette says:

    YUMMY! I am ready to tear your Gingerbread house apart and eat it. What a fun tradition.

    I love your new goodies too! I look forward to seeing your sewing progress on them.

  • Sharon says:

    They did a great job on the gingerbread house! I can see why a few of the candies were missing. LOL!

    How exciting to get unexpected goodies sent to you! Such wonderful gifts! Enjoy!

  • mary pernula says:

    Wonderful gifts, I love blog. friends, I have been blessed to get to know some and it looks like you have to. HUGS MARY

  • Unknown says:

    What a lovely post! I'm glad you are enjoying your goodies and thank you for sharing the Sew' Wild Oaks blog – I love her blog and must get that pattern she sent you!

  • Darlene says:

    Wonderful treats in the mail. 🙂

    I love that Kristin is the Construction Foreman on the building of the Gingerbread House – LOL
    Awesome tradtion. We've tons in the past and have had so much fun.

  • Carol says:

    What fun mail! Love the Gingerbread House…what a wonderful tradition! Scooter is a cutie!

  • Mama Pea says:

    Yay! Neat presents! So fun. I am off to do some grocery shopping so I can start baking with Elsa this afternoon. Just catching up on a few blogs first! Have fun!

  • Carrie P. says:

    Some really nice gifts Santa delivered already.
    You can't go wrong with a kit. It turned out great.

  • Jeanette says:

    Lovely goodies you've received. The gingerbread house is cute. We(& by we i mean my stepson) usually do ours from scratch too so i banned the gingerbread house this year as i hate the mess. 🙂 Scooter looks so cute peeking over the top of the cards. Hugs,

  • Kristin says:

    In my opinion, I think you should have put the X-rated photo of scoot up….;) jk jk

  • Joanne says:

    How fantastic!! You will be busy!
    The gingerbread house is a great idea – thanks!!♥

  • Karen says:

    I remember the "Gingerbread" house my mother made when I was in 4th grade. It was made with graham crackers and icing. I took it to school and it was for the kids to eat but the teacher said it was too pretty and I should take it back home. My mother was disappointed that the kids were not allowed to eat it.

  • QuiltSue says:

    What lovely pressies to get. I love the Heartfire pattern too, and Lynn's blog is definitely fattening. I made some of her raspberry shortcakes on Monday, thinking they'd last a while. Nope, all eaten by various family members by yesterday. Tomorrow I'll make some more.