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Christmas books….

December 16th, 2012

Yup…this is LATE for Christmas books….but I have these two to share with you…and maybe two more tomorrow, if I can get to them!

This first one I shared about awhile back because I am a contributor to it and it came out in the E-version last year I believe.  Pretty in Patchwork Holidays came out in print version this year.  I really prefer the print version of all books so I was delighted to actually get it in my hands.

My friend John Adams put this baby together with many wonderful bloggers whom I am sure you know contributing to the project line-up. I started on this gift bag that John designed , and I had really hoped to get it DONE to show you, but I have been so overwhelmed by a great many NON-sewing related things in the last few months, I have had Very limited time in the studio.  Ok, almost no time in the studio....However, January is looking good to have a change around in that department, and I am ever so excited about that change!!

Anyway, there are MANY other wonderful projects in this book beside the bag including pillows, table settings, wall hangings, stuffed stuff, and the cutest little hedgehog embroidery pattern.

And of course there are quilts.  This one by John is one of my favorites. All snowy and chilly-warm using the only real shade of purple that I like, a “grey-ish” Perkin’s purple.

PIP John's Quilt

and of course I am fond of my quilt in the book as well!


The next book to mention is Christmas Magic by Ingrid Perra.  This book is definitely a throwback to the early quilting revival days of the 70’s and 80’s.  Very country, very simple.  I am not sure if a lot of you would like this book or not just because the fabrics used in the book are very much that of that “Laura Ingalls Wilder” look.  They definitely would appeal to you if you like that current Scandinavian revival I see popping up here and there in the sewist arena.

Christmas Magic cover

Most of the projects are simple and very homespun looking.  Looking through the book, these two projects struck my eye as unique and interesting.   I could see them done in more contemporary fabrics as well.

I found this tree “basket” concept very interesting and love the concept behind it.  Same trees with some hip mod fabrics? Could be a fun project!

CMagic tree tray

And Linda and I are always looking for some fresh takes on the whole Advent Calendar theme.  This one is very “gingerbread” looking with these pinks and beiges,  but might be just as much fun in some Chartreuse and Cherry combo, right?

CMagic Advent House

So that’s it for today’s post…hope to have another one for you with two other Christmas books that you might really like to get yourself  which do include some fun things that you still might have time for this Christmas…...if you get them right away….and I get the post actually finished!!  :)

267: Fa la la la …..

December 23rd, 2010


Merry Christmas Eve Eve !!

May you have a blessed Christmas weekend… safe out there !!

Christmas and Marie Osmond

January 30th, 2008

 I know that it is past Christmas, but I just found this terrific Jars of Clay video on YouTube, and I have to share it with you.  I am in a rush this am because I have a class that I have to leave for in 13 minutes, but I also wanted to note that my friend Mark Lipinski has confessed a love for Marie Osmond that I totally share (maybe not the same way, but I think she is just wonderful too)....

Hey Christmas and Marie Osmond really do go well together….remember that movie in the early 80’s….it was O. Henry’s story The Gift of the Magi….Marvelous story on it’s own, and I think Marie did a great job in the flick…I think it was made for TV…back when there were 3 channels we got at home, and there was always something to watch…as opposed to now…

Gotta go….no pictures today….but cool links….if I got them to work right….

Mystic Swamplands and Reinventing Santa

December 12th, 2007

myst swamp in our back yard.jpg   This scene captured my eye last Saturday when I got back from my morning fitness walk.  It reminded me so much of the swamp scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies.  Can you hear the haunting elvish melodies coming across your mind?  I sure can.

On a totally different note, the crew on Mark Lipinski’s Pickle Road Posse on Yahoo were discussing Santa Claus and some of the ways people are trying to reinvent him. I was looking up Santa and what is going down in the PC world and found a Fashion School that redid Santa’s look.  Here are three samples of the students work.

    santa-goes-modern_01.jpg    sketch-jennifer.jpg    sketch-melody.jpg   Now I have been thinking that I would like to be a Santa Claus when I “grow up” or retire or what ever….but now I think I have to lay off of 

these fastbreak bar.jpg and buy a bunch of Just For Men Hair Color….to fit the “new” look…..

I have been working out and trying to lose weight, and I have lost some and toned up some, but those FastBreak candy bars get me everytime…..they are not part of a healthy diet