Saturday, December 13, 2014

Elfing around

I had a extra long weekend last weekend and 
it was FAB-U-LOUS!!! 
I was sewing, stitching, baking and cooking!

I put the finish on several smalls. 


I am super pleased that I finished these!!


Two of these I stitched in 2011... I am just getting my feet under me with finishing. I was so glad I found the perfect material for the backing at the Hooking Retreat in November.

I had great supervision through out the day.


Sharing my chair at the sewing table




Ummm, you spilled some.

SQUIRREL!!

...no, seriously there was a squirrel.

I was stitching this piece when I went to visit my Grandma Pat before she passed; it is a good reminder of the love between her and my Grandpa Percy. 


The wool plaid is symbolic to the West Virginia country life..... It's perfect, perfect, perfect.


And thanks to Marly's timely post, about lining up her plaid, 
I was focused on keeping the plaid aligned for this piece. 

The September Sampler I chose to offset the plaid to mimic the variegation of the stitching.



A pin cushion for me...




... a pin cushion for an exchange. 




I painted and waxed the little box too. 8-)

I enjoyed every minute in the kitchen baking and cooking over this extra long weekend.
 
Christmas colors in the kitchen...




 I baked banana bread, pistachio cake (mini loaves) and a new recipe found by my husband, Sam Adams Winter Lager Sugar cookies. I also made a couple batches of a spiced tea mix for gifts.

Looking forward to getting some more elfing done this weekend. 

I've been enjoy the peaceful beauty of the Maine winter landscape...





but the recent rain makes things less attractive and messy.


Headed out this morning with the hubby to lay wreaths on Veteran's graves in Holden. The wreaths are donated from Wreaths Across American which is the organization that places the wreaths at Arlington Cemetery. The wreaths are made in Columbia Falls, Maine.  
Continuing to remember and honor. 
Speaking of such....our Military Appreciation Group coordinated a holiday party at the local Veteran's home with food, festivities, including a magician and an Elvis impersonator, and gifts! It was scheduled for this past Thursday but the FLU hit several quads of the home. 
So the gifts have been sent and the food and festivities are being rescheduled for New Year's Eve once the health dept gives the all clear. 

It has been my gift of joy for the season to be a part of this...
I really don't need anything more. 
Really. :)

Hope everyone is enjoying wonderful moments of joy this holiday season 
with family, friends and community.

P.J.

12 comments:

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love your pictures. Your helper is adorable! Greatwork on those finishes - nice straight backs too! i'm not brave enough to try plaid! I might have to bake some of those cookies too! Happy holidays to you and yours!

Saundra said...

Wow, you certainly did get your groove on with finishing! Great accomplishments with special memories too.

Beautiful cat.

Saundra

Margaret said...

All of your finishing looks wonderful! I'm glad you had a nice weekend to work on everything.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend to me. Great finishes and your goodies look oh so tasty.
Bless you for remembering those who have served.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Barb said...

What great finishes!! Plus you had a wonderful helper. Really pretty pictures of Maine!

Melissa said...

Such lovely finishes! You've been very busy and productive. Maybe in part due to the furry (and purry?) supervisor! ;-)

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

What a lovely bunch of goodness! Elfing...that is fun, isn't it!? I love your Sam Adams...I had a Newcastle Ale this weekend and am thinking about another real soon :) Its 5 o'clock somewhere! Merry Christmas!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

You have been one busy girl! Beautiful finishes and just in time for you to enjoy for Christmas. I know you could not have accomplished all this without the worlds greatest helper

barbara said...

Everything is so lovely! Great finishes and what yummy cookies. :D

Joy said...

You are one busy elf! Great finishes and so enjoy your photo journey!

Angela P said...

Lovely stitching and finishes :)

Krista said...

Great finishes all around! Looks like kitty is very curious, and cute :) Your photos of Maine are beautiful. I hope to visit again some day. Merry Christmas!