Well, I'm FINALLY starting to work on some Christmas gifts!
Today I began work on a set of holiday mug rugs for my mom, dad and aunt...and one extra for when they have a visitor....one for each place at their kitchen table. They no longer decorate the house for the holidays, it is just too much effort for them with all of their health issues...and DH and I are lucky if we get anything decorated at OUR house (we have reduced our decorations to just a table-top tree and 4 stockings), so we really aren't able to help them much. I thought maybe having just a few mug rugs in a holiday theme would give them a little bit of the "holiday" feeling without having to run down to the basement and pull out boxes of decorations. They can slide these little pretties into a drawer for storage.
The golden text fabric is The 12 Days of Christmas, which has special meaning in our family. Every Christmas Eve when J was little we would sing the song...with each member of the family taking two days. My aunt even bought a set of 12 ornaments and we would randomly pick two in order to be assigned our days! The funniest part? My husband HATES to sing in front of people and especially hates The 12 Days of Christmas. But, MOST Christmas Eves he would give in and mumble his two days, lol. I'm sure the back of the mug rugs will ring some bells for the folks and my aunt!
I have had both the green fabric and golden fabric for a few years now. They were part of a bundle of fat quarters I purchased on Ebay when I first shut down my business. The burgundy stripe is a material that I got for free yesterday. What did they used to say on A-Team? I just LOVE it when a plan comes together! I plan to attach the little block with some decorative stitching and then stitch something on the empty side (in a matching burgundy thread). I think I have a plain Christmas tree outline in my machine embroidery patterns.
The green fabric included these cute little blocks along the bottom selvage. The piece I received had 2 of the Season's Greetings block...
...one Happy Holidays...
and one Merry & Bright. I will give a different one to each and wrap the second Season's Greetings separately for the last place setting at their table. I only got as far as pinning on the blocks today...dang tremor! But I will continue work on them the next chance I get.
In the mail today I received this GORGEOUS necklace from my Best Friend (...me waving wildly...) who lives in Florida. She picks out the BEST birthday presents! They are always something beautiful, super unique, and usually purchased from talented local crafters. She knows me so well!!! I can't wait to call her tonight and thank her!
All in all this has been a great day! I have managed to chip away a bit at my LONG "ToDo" List and received a beautiful gift from a special friend. Can't do much better than that! I'm off to "rock and read" for a while...
Take care, everyone!