i like to bring my christmas out a little at a time, and savor it as we go. so our tree is usually up for several days to a week before it is completely decorated, the stockings come out on their own special day, and i tweak and rearrange things as we go. to me, it seems to help the season linger longer.
this year i finally got smart enough to just turn the gingerbread house decorating over to the kids, and i was surprised by how well they did with it. i should have done this long ago (instead of making everyone crazy while trying to make it fair and cute and enjoyable and perfect all at the same time). noah was the most excited his year - anything involving this much candy is on his list of very favorite things.
i made a new advent calendar from a fabric panel designed by nancy halvorsen. tashi helped me one night as we shared some "one-on-one" time and chatted about her life as we worked - so much funner that if i had done it alone. she had wanted to go somewhere together for her special time, but i was too tired. this was spontaneous, but turned out to be better than we could have planned. just a few of the ornaments are pictured.
these two quilts, a runner, and a topper/wall quilt, were made on comission for the local gift shop. the ginger bread men are a project i have long planned, and the stars were begun last year, and continuing on this year. i can't decide wether to make garlands or tree ornaments of the stars and gingerbread men. i would like to do both.....better get busy and make some more.