Day 254: Pattern Design

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I wouldn’t consider myself an artist and I have no professional training.
I don’t know how the pros do it but this is how I start with a pattern for my embroidery.

An idea forms in my head and I draw it a bunch of times in my embroidery book or private journal.
This was supposed to be a Christmas gift but I started much too late. My music teacher SiL loves anything related to music and dragons.

This pattern is going to be a bookmark with the music quotation of “Music is what feelings sound like” with music notes all over it.

I hope she likes it. And I hope I finish it before Christmas next year!

Day 253: Angel Tree

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This was the first Angel Tree that Kit and I have done together. I didn’t realize how mushy our insides were until we went shopping for a child that needed a coat.

The first time I looked at the Angel Tree, I had to (literally) fight back tears in the store because they all needed coats and mittens.

A few days later we came back and chose Jacob. He wanted Hunger Games books and anything with his favorite sports team on it.
They also had his clothing sizes on the card.

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Kit’s favorite color is orange so I wasn’t surprised a bit that he picked out a bright orange coat for our kid. “You even dress our imaginary child in orange!”
Yes, by the time we got to the first rack of coats he was ours. The orange one turned out to be the buffest and best one.

During most of the shopping trip we had cracking voices and moist eyes. Being the bleeding hearts we are, we spent $40 over our limit.

If we see any kid in our area wearing an orange coat we will likely burst into tears.
I hope you had a good Christmas, little Jacob!!

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Part of our December Adventivities.

Day 248: Fishing Box

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The random gift boxes and toys that come out just around Christmas are always a bit fun and strange to me.

This is something I probably would have never imagined on my own….Just think of the possibilities.

This could be adapted for a small child (more candy) or for a aspiring/serious fisherman (more fishing accessories).

Tackle boxes are relatively inexpensive. They have gummy worms and Sweedish fish in their tackle box. As well as some fish shaped hard candies.

The real fishing tools they have in this set are just two red and white bobbers. ONe could easily go to a specialty candy store and buy a small scoop of all the aquatic creature shaped gummies or candy and fill up the box. How much fun would that be?
From a not fishing person, it would be much more fun putting the gift together.
This would be a sweet as a father’s day gift or that little redneck kid you know that is having a birthday.

Thoughts? Creative or dumb?
I believe this pre-made kit was in the $7-10 range.

Day 239: What’s in Your Stocking?

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I know there are many, many lists out there for what to put in your husband’s stocking but you know what, we need one more blog about it.

My hubster isn’t your typical hobbyist. He likes hunting and fishing but hasn’t been in years so he doesn’t need extra tackle or extra paraphernalia.

He’s not a guy who gets into baseball/football/basketball and there just isn’t much swag for people who like Professional Bull Riding. My hubster is really one of those guys who is hard to shop for.

Let me also preface my list by saying that items that go in stockings should be food or small gifts that cost under $5-10.

The exception to this rule is for adults. Many adults don’t want as many toys–instead wanting practical items (think kitchen utensils) or want a fancy accessory. By that I mean putting classy tie, jewelry, cufflinks, etc.

Kit and I don’t have a ton of money to spend on each other so any big presents are just wrapped under the tree. We bought all our small gifts at Everything’s a Dollar store. Small inedible gifts are typically wrapped in tissue paper.

Here’s our list of stuffers:
Scented candles,
Peanuts, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds,
Chocolate covered coffee beans,
Soft (old fashioned) peppermints, life savers mints,
Caramel creams,
Lindt truffles,
Jolly ranchers,
Beef jerky (traditional),
Chocolate covered cherry cordials,
Key chain light,
M&Ms,
Beenie Weenies, and
Oysters (this was a gag but we are weird and love eating them).

One of the sweetest gifts I gave didn’t come from a store. I wrote a letter to my husband and stuffed it into the stocking too. He wasn’t expecting it and read it straight through. He won’t want me telling but I saw him wiping the corners of his eyes.

I wrote about the fun and trials we had this year. My hopes for next year. How much I appreciated his love and support through hard decisions and teaching me to drive a manual.
It helps that he is an awesome partner, so writing the letter was easy. It means a lot to receive a hand written letter. It is something that takes time and he knows I was thinking about him the whole time I wrote it.

We will be traveling on Christmas Eve and Day to our family’s house so we’re doing our gift exchange early.

Day 235: Stocking Stuffers

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Went ape shit at dollar tree recently. Sorry for the worty dird but that phrase only sounds right with a profanity.

We decided to do tiny gifts in stockings. Something my family lovingly calls Stocking “tumors”. Those extra presents crammed into a stocking which makes it look even more bulbous. They are definitely the only kind of tumor you want for Christmas.

I tried to keep things simple but there are so many people together on Xmas that I still bought a ton of stuff.

I am trying to make things too but I got a late start. They may end up being Valentine’s gifts.