Sunday, December 7, 2008

Catching up!

Believe it or not, I've had more important things to do than blog over the past two weeks! Last weekend we had a wonderful visit with daughter Andrea and her family. As you can see, Grandma got snuggle time with Lily and Ella!

So did Aunt Carol!

Ella loves being held while she's sleeping...

and Grandpa did a great job of walking around with Ella when she was feeling a little out of sorts!

With so much love to share, I just didn't have much time to compute! The week before Thanksgiving, I received my copy of Royal Diadem by Sherry Pence. What a beautiful pattern! I am honored that the name I suggested for this doily was chosen! Thank you, Sherry!

The next day, I received these beautiful gifts from my tatting friend and adopted sister Laura. I requested the oak leaves, but how ever did Laura know that my favorite color is blue? She must have psychic abilities... she even knew that I'm tatting snowflakes for my very own tree! ; ) I love the red bow! I never used to like red or purple, but my mom's favorite color is red, and Laura's favorite color is purple... it's a good thing I decided I liked those two colors about 10 years ago! Oh, and the gingerbread cookie (my favorite), was gone that evening. It just called out to be eaten for dessert! Plus, I had gingerbread on my mind... I had read The Gingerbread Boy to the kids at school that week! Thank you, Laura!

My week just kept getting better... the day after Thanksgiving I received my Top Banana tatting shuttle that I won on eBay, along with a beautiful little button basket from Dave and Jo Stanbrough at Grizzly Mountain Arts. Now I feel like the Top Banana! Thank you Dave and Jo!

I finished putting together the treasure boxes that Dave and I finished for the grandchildren. Dave used a different stain than the one he used for Sherry's birthday. This one was an oil based stain. Dave said it took forever to dry, and it didn't spread very evenly. It still feels slightly tacky, but I don't think we have time to make new ones before Christmas. They still look nice, and we learned something new about stain!

And, last but not least, here are three views of my snowflake Christmas tree so far. Tatting snowflakes is addictive! My tree needs lots more snowflakes, but I think it will be a while before I get back to them... too much to do before Christmas!

If you don't hear from me over the next few weeks, it's just that I'm so busy trying to finish up what I've started in time for Christmas! With that in mind, I wish all of you a very happy holiday season!


  1. What wonderful photos, Diane! Thank you for sharing them with us all :)

    Your little boxes came out so nice! They will be treasured keepsakes for sure!

    That tree is adorable!

    I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season as well!

  2. Wow, I'm exhausted reading your blog today!!! LOVELY grandkidlets.

  3. Your tree will be filled up in no time I just know seem to be putting out tatted snowflakes faster than anyone I know! How nice of Laura to send you the tatting/tatted gifts. She's a sweet and generous soul! We're all so lucky to know her!
    Your grandkids are adorable! You're very fortunate to have such a beautiful family. I think having a gift made by a team effort from a set of grandparents gives not only a beautiful gift, but a sense of security knowing that their grandparents can work together on something.

  4. Lily and Ella are gorgeous and they look to be as sweet as they are pretty! All of the pictures are great. Thank you, adopted sister, for sharing your joy with us. I am so glad you liked the goodies I sent to you. You made my day - again!

  5. Great boxes, decorations and all, oh I love wooden boxes!

    Lily is pretty and Ella is so adorable - made me miss the time when my children are still babies!

  6. My Ella has really grown up. I have not been doing any crafting lately and I'm just itching to get to it in full gear.


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