Christmas Stockings

December 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

We’ve waited a long time to say that. Now, don’t get me wrong, we loved out townhouse, and never missed a fireplace until we didn’t have one at Christmas. Now we have two. Making up for lost time, I guess.

I always decorate for Christmas the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this year was no different. Except we’re in a new (to us) house and have a fireplace and mantel to hang our stockings.



Christmas in the Mews

December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

We had our annual holiday party last week, complete with a jolly man in red visiting the kids. They were thrilled! The kids each received a book since the real madness begins in a few days.  The party was the perfect mix of good food, good friends, wine and lots of laughter. Here’s a glimpse of the fun.
















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You Have My Heart

February 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m a little late posting this – hey, it’s been busy here. Little Mister made a Valentine’s Day card for husband and me.

Handmade with a handwritten note.

It stole my heart.

Christmas 2010

December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I just love it and if husband wouldn’t complain I might go overboard decorating the house.  Instead I just make him wrap three columns outside and the deck. It’s a good bit of work and I recognize that but it looks really pretty at night when the house is lit.

Little Mister was outrageously excited about Santa coming to visit – can you tell? We made reindeer food and put it out then I gave the boys their Christmas jammies. Santa in a rocket. I don’t think it gets better than that!

Aunt Katie had on her Christmas jammies, too!

Santa brought some fun toys for the kids.

Aunt Katie put a bow on Q man’s head

Little Mister got the pillow pet he so desperately wanted

Cute hats

And the littlest trying to find freedom on the other side of the gate

Then getting upset with me for not showing him


December 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve been busy making some Christmas gifts* that I can whip up on days that both kids are napping.

Scarves for the boys down the street, and of course, for Little Mister, too.

And a voile wrap for my mother-in-law.

It’s the size of a pashmina and made from one of Anna Maria Horner’s lovely voile fabrics. Detail stitching about 1/8″ around all sides to add a nice detail and voile-a! (lol)

The voiles have a beautiful hand once washed. I’d love to make a spring skirt for myself using one of these fabrics.

I hope everyone likes their gifts!

* couldn’t post this until after Christmas. Didn’t want to spoil the gifts.

Santapalooza 2

December 12, 2010 § 3 Comments


We took the kids to ride the Pink Pig, or Pig Train as they call it, and go see Santa. This year brought such excitement and joy and made me think about the magic of Christmas when you are a child.

Then we were off to see Santa!!!!

And do a little shopping

* I did not coin the term “Santapalooza” – my friend Callie did but it was too awesome not to use!

Parts is Parts

November 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m a room mother for Little Mister. One of our responsibilities this year is to make the auction project ( oh, sigh….I hate it when people ask me to get involved in fun, creative projects with children. hehe). Several different ideas were going through my head.

  1. A mandala. I could paint a canvas with a neutral background and in the center paint a series of rings (like Saturn has). Then I’d have each child in the class put a handprint on the circle with their fingers pointed out like the sun.
  2. A puzzle. Have a piece of wood cut into eleven puzzle pieces and have each child in the class paint a piece.
  3. Make a mandala puzzle

After chatting with a friend of mine I scrapped all those ideas and (unilaterally) decided to make a Christmas tree skirt. Who doesn’t need a cute one? Besides, Little Mister is in a Presbyterian pre-school so I don’t have to worry about offending anyone’s religious preferences.

My plan is to piece a 45″ square piece of fabric. Strips, stars, log cabins and the like will be in the malay of the red background. I will have pops of gold and green, too, but mostly it’ll be red.  Here are the fabrics I have thus far

Once I have the base of the tree skirt assembled I need to get green handprints. I plan to have each child “stamp” his or her hand on a white piece of fabric. I’ll cut out a tree trunk and applique each hand print and trunk on the background – fingers facing out so they look like tree branches. I’ll have each child stamp a star of his or her choice, too, and put that on top of the tree. I might have them decorate their “trees”, too, but I’m not entirely certain about that. I’m hopeful that I’ll get started this week. Little Mister is with his grandparents this week so I’ll have (just a little) more time during the day. Well, when I stop my home reorganization project, but that’s another post.



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