Well!!! Here I am again, your faithful, if sporadic, crafty friend! I have lost my camera, today, so no pics from me.... but I have been making things... I have been very inspired by the Sew Mama Sew Blog, they are so good about coming up with lovely ideas for making handmade things for gifts for people you really, really love, and who really, really love you! So far I've printed gift tags and stationary, little Christmas Houses, and sewn a meal planner to put on the fridge and a calling card case for some calling cards I printed out..... so sweet.
Sooooo, I've drafted a pattern for a skirt for my Prairie Princess, and I've made her a wool coat for Christmas. I'm making a doll and clothes for the Barefoot Contessa from this Dover Book on Dollmaking at left. It has patterns for the doll herself, underthings, petticoats, a cape, a suit, lots of dresses, skirts, nightgown, etc... really everything a lady could need, including a wedding gown! There are several books from Dover I like for dollmaking. There's one for making Godey Dolls that I find particularly fetching, it's more detailed than the dolls I have made, but I've got some experience now, so perhaps I'll take it on later!
I'm making really good progress making socks. I only have one more to start, one for Mini Me, but everyone else has a pair waiting for Christmas morning, Halelujah! I've done most of the Christmas shopping for the children, but as for the rest of the family.... not so much. This Sunday is the first of Advent and then is St. Nicholas Day, so it's more feasting for us, soon! The plan is to make foods that have something good hidden within... cranberry jelly filled buns, omelets, a stuffed pork roast, etc... to remind us of St. Nicholas doing good works in secret. Also, brandied mini tartlets and peanut brittle for dessert from my Everyday Food subscription. I get tired of our standard fare and love to receive new inspiration often!
Speaking of food, I made and delivered Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls to the neighbors. Some were surprised... like one neighbor I terrified (it seems she didn't hear the loud "Hello!" I called as her son ushered me in)! One was belligerent (What do you want!?) till she finally figured out that I brought her a gift with no strings attached! Another couple of neighbors invited us in for short visits, which was nice! I think it was a hit! I have some pretty ribbon candy already wrapped and set aside for Christmas gifts for all of them. They're getting some Christmas cheer whether they like it or not!!!
Don't tell my daughters, but I plan to make us all matching skirts to wear for Christmas the rest of the winter in a non typical pink... I got some really nice suiting for $3 a yard. I think they'll be sweet. What else??? Well, after I find my camera I'll post pics and tell you all about the rest of my housewifely endeavors! Happy St. Nicholas Day!!!