A Handmade Christmas: A few thoughts.

(These were actually neighbor gifts from last year, I didn’t even take a picture of this year’s gift.  Inside are the tiny blue sewing kits that you buy at the dollar store.)

My deadline for sewing is today—-ahhhh!!!  And I can see the end in sight.  I got the kids pajamas done (they aren’t as fancy as last year’s, but it’s going to be okay), the teacher’s gifts are done, neighbor gifts are handed out…..and I am ready for Christmas break to get here.

The last thing on my to-do list is to make one more nephew’s present, and pick up the quilt tops from the quilter today.  I do still have to bind those, but the binding itself is done and ready to go, so it will just be a lot of hand-stitching in front of some good Christmas movies.  (By the way, does anyone else out there get sucked into Lifetime-Christmas-sappy-movies when they are up late, or is it just me? )

One reason I set the sewing deadline for myself was based on something that Daryl Hoole said when Liz and I went to see her a while back.  She said “Children deserve your best, not what is leftover.”  In the last couple of weeks I have often thought about that quote.

So, I am taking the few short days this Christmas break to give them my best.  Which really, to me, means all my energy.  Because of some unruly thyroid health problems, energy is not always my friend…and most nights I find my self totally zapped of any and all of it.

So, after today my sewing machine will be pretty quiet for a couple of weeks,  while my energy is being spent in making sugar cookies, graham-cracker gingerbread houses, driving around to find the coolest holiday lights and other such activities.   And mostly I am just pretty darned excited about just having everyone home.

~Elizabeth

PS–I do have one more super-simple, no-sew kid Christmas craft to share with you on Friday before I sign officially sign off for a week or so.  So, I will see you then!

11 thoughts on “A Handmade Christmas: A few thoughts.

    1. Um, I probably should have put that in the post. (My brain is fried from late-night sewing….). I just added a caption under the picture. Inside are the blue traveling sewing kits that you can buy at the dollar store.

  1. Um, I probably should have put that in the post. (My brain is fried from late-night sewing….). I just added a caption under the picture. Inside are the blue traveling sewing kits that you can buy at the dollar store.

  2. My mom is a total sucker for those Lifetime Christmas movies! Hallmark Channel too. Be careful with those late nights! Love the quote. Thanks so much for the reminder. Merry Christmas!

  3. Good for you Elizabeth! Not enough people remember to just relax & savour the time spent w/ the children. Life w/ them being young is so short! Don’t forget to schedule in some serious ‘cuddle’ time!!! My Daughter, (27) is coming home for a week & a half, she’ll be here this Sat! I am SO excited, have all sorts of crafting, baking, movie watching on the list. I also told her I DO want to sleep, holding her in my arms at least a couple of nites while she is here!! That NEVER gets old!! Happy Holidaze! Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed about ANYthing. Just cruise along & ENJOY these times!! God Bless you & yours! kweenbee_612@yaoo.com

    1. Chelle,
      I have a 27 year old daughter, too, and I still tuck her in when she is here! I am lucky, for now, that she is close. I savor every moment I can catch with her and we also have cuddle time. I know you will enjoy your time. I hope it is special in every way! Have a Blessed Christmas!

  4. Good for you…..you will never regret time spent with your beautiful family. Take time off…enjoy and savor every moment..it will be all too soon gone. Have a blessed Christmas season.

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