Sunday, December 8, 2013

Winter Storm = lots of crafts!

I have been housebound since Thursday Morning.  They predicted snow and ice for Thursday afternoon.  It hit and it hit hard.  School actually closed before it started because we do not need 4000 teenagers trying to get home in bad weather.  I went to Hobby Lobby Thursday morning because I needed a couple of things to finish projects.  Ice came on Thursday and it snowed all day Friday.   For the past 2 mornings, Mark has gotten in his car, backed out of the driveway, drove up the road and then came back home 4 minutes later.  The roads are terrible!  One good thing, we are cleaning out the fridge.  Our meals and snacks have become very interesting.  Not sure when we will be able to get to the store, hoping that by Tuesday the roads will somewhat safe to drive.  As you probably guessed, No school!

I found a personal shopper that goes to Disney World and will make purchases for you.  This is very dangerous I know, but i had her pick me up 2 Mickey Mouse Popcorn buckets.  One is my tree topper, the other is a Christmas gift.  One of my best friends sons calls me Mrs. Mickey (he can't say his V's) and he loves Mickey Mouse so I am filling his bucket with crayons and a new coloring book for Christmas.

Mickey Tree with a popcorn bucket topper
My online Cross stitch group ILCS - had an online retreat called Finishing Frenzy.  The goal was to dig out unfinished projects and finish them.   I pulled out my finished Mill Hill Christmas Village designs.  I used those 6 x 6 cake boards instead of having to cut out my own.  One thing about being housebound, you find things to use when you are finishing projects.  I bought silver cording and blue fabric at Hobby Lobby, used silver ribbon that I had in my stash as the hangers.  I love how they turned out. One thing I didn't like, was that the cording kept fraying and on a couple of them you can see the frayed part.

Mill Hill Christmas Village

I also dug out all my stitched Disney ornaments and finished them.  I bought the fabric at Joanns, then found the cording and the hangers in my ribbon stash.  Amazing what you can find when  you actually start looking. 
Love how they turned out!  
Disney ornaments
I decided to make a few Christmas Gifts this year.  One of the items I made was this beautiful pink/gray rag quilt. It is for my niece in Chicago.  I hope she likes the colors. 

Gibbs is trying to be very helpful when I am laying out the blocks!

This quilt is for a co-worker.  I have been involved in a secret Santa exchange.  I had most of this fabric in my stash.  I did have to buy the Black Polka Dotted fabric at Hobby Lobby on Thursday.

The boys LOVE the snow!!!!  it is deep as you can is almost to Tusks Tummy.  

Patio table, you can tell just how deep it is.  Bert the cat kept going in the door and right back in.  He wasn't sure if liked the snow or didn't like.  When he did this, he kept the door open and air coming in.  So, we had to been mean parents . We took him down and placed him in the snow.  He HATED it...which is great because he hasn't been outside since Friday.  

Backyard pretty!!


stitcheranon said...

Oh my goodness, sooooo many finishes! They are all gorgeous. I wouldnt worry about the frayed effect, I think it all adds to the charm. I am so pleased you put your rag quilts up. I am cutting blocks as we speak to make a rag quilt out of some pink fabric given me to raise money for Cancer research..your quilts are gorgeous and just make me want to get started that little bit sooner. I love them! Dare I ask though, what do you use as your middle layer?
They really are perfect and I am sure they will be loved for years to come!

Meari said...

Congrats on all your finishes!

Sure is a lot of snow. We got our first accumulation of snow for the season yesterday. Third snowfall this winter, but the first two didn't end up with accumulation. We're due for two more snowfalls this week... and my snowblower is out of commission right now. Ugh!

Stay safe.

Faith... said...

All the finished look great. I want to try finishing some ornaments like that. I bought one of those cord things so I hope that helps. You certainly did get lots of snow! We only got an inch or two.

Katie said...

Beautiful finishes! We didn't get the snow this time. I'm jealous. It's gorgeous.

CalamityJr said...

What great finishing; you certainly used your snow days well! Your niece and co-worker are both going to be pleased, I'm sure, especially if they find out how much Gibbs helped. That's a fun photo!

Anonymous said...

You sure did make good use of your snow days!!! Everything looks great!!!
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Linda said...

Great finishes Vickie. Love the pics of the snow.


Caitlin Jordan said...

Gorgeous stitching