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An Advent Calendar

Whew!  December is here.  Can you believe it???  I have big plans for a relaxed holiday season this year.  (Ha!)  No last minute rushing around.  I’m not really making any gifts this year (I might make one or two little things), so that will help.  One thing I’ve always wanted to make is an advent calendar.  TheManoftheHouse thinks it’s heresy to have anything other than those cute little German Advent calendars that have a piece of chocolate behind each door.  That’s what we always had when the boys were little because I didn’t get my act together back then and make a homemade advent calendar.  Since I don’t have much to make this year, I thought it would be a good year to finally make one.

Advent Calendar

Better late than never, and this way, I’ll be ready for Grandkids, right?  I couldn’t decide if I wanted an advent calendar with little doors, or to just wrap up gifts and put numbers on them.  I’m pretty sure I won’t go the gift route, but I do like the idea of having a little chocolate or an activity to do together in each pocket.  So, I compromised on medium sized pockets so that I’ll have a little flexibility in the future.

Advent Calendar

I used Monica’s Pennie Pocket pattern — omitting the hanging tie and opting to fold over the back triangle in order to make a channel that will allow for hanging.  Like the Valentine pockets I did in February, I used felt for the front flap and crocheted around the edges.  I also embroidered the numbers on the flaps using my embroidery machine.  I haven’t quite decided how I’ll want to hang them.  I thought of several options…in rows on a wall,

Advent Calendar

strung along a fireplace or a window,

Advent Calendar

or running up our staircase. For this year, I think the staircase will win out.

Advent Calendar

Do you like the little numbers?

Advent Calendar

For those of you with embroidery machines who might like to make an advent calendar, I’ve packaged those 24 numbers into a downloadable zip file (the numbers would work on all sorts of advent calendars – even just plain little pockets). They’re currently only in .hus format — I don’t have the time or the software to convert all those numbers into all the different embroidery machine formats. Hopefully you have the software to convert to your format. And, as always, if you use them for anything, let me know — I’d love to see what you make!

XOXO,
Anna

Happy Thanksgiving!

I thought I’d just pop in here while I take a break from all the Thanksgiving festivities.  The pies have been made,

Thanksgiving

the linens have been ironed,

Thanksgiving

and the table has been set

Thanksgiving

with one of my favorite projects ever, the Give Thanks tablecloth.  (It’s a project from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine from 4 or 5 years ago — “Give Thanks” and maple leaves are repeated along all the borders of the tablecloth.)

Thanksgiving

Now, I’m just waiting for the big bird to cook and the family to arrive.

Thanksgiving

If you’re in the US, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year and that you’re fortunate enough to spend it with family and friends!

XOXO,
Anna

And P.S.  — when you’re trying to figure out what to do with all those leftovers, don’t forget the Turkey Cranberry Crescent Pinwheels!

Transition Weekend

Well?  How was the weekend?  It would have been better to ask you that on Monday…and I would have, but I couldn’t post yesterday.  Uploading problems somewhere along the line…Grrrrr.  Anyway, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of moving into this house by cleaning our clothes closet and living to tell about it.  It was a close call though, we almost succumbed to dust inhalation.  Whew – it was bad in there!  The closet is breathing a big sigh of relief now and I counteracted the dust effects by spending a whole day outside in our beautiful fall weather.  One last day of yard cleanup with the other man in my life, John Deere.  John, Dear.

Fall Cleanup

John and I go back 22 years and he’s getting tired, but he squeaked through another year without complaining too much.  It was a perfect fall day so I thought I’d wave at you with a modified Wilson.  Don’t you think I look hot with my hearing protection?   (I’m channeling my inner robot.)  They’re a new accessory this year — I should have been wearing them all these years of mowing — John has a little trouble with volume control.

Fall Cleanup

I’m pretending the hydrangea stalks are my antennae.  All the leaves are gone from the hydrangeas now, but the gorgeous pink flowers are still there.

Fall Cleanup

So, this concludes another season of yard work.  It was one of the best that I can remember — our summer was just perfect — cool and just the right amount of rain.  And our fall weekends have been just the right weather combo too, so that the final clean up wasn’t with snow.

Fall Cleanup

Potential snow flurries are in our forecast by week’s end and I’m looking forward to the new season of extra time to work on inside projects.  As soon as the outside work was over, I started one — a little red for Christmas, which is screaming at me everywhere I turn.  (Man, I wish retailers would cut us some slack and let us enjoy our seasons!)

Red Crochet

Anyway, I’ll be spending my week prepping for Thanksgiving and sneaking in a little crochet here and there.   I hope you all have a fun week planned too!

XOXO,
Anna

Socketty Socks

Haha — that was some serious fun, reading all the comments on my last post.  I really enjoyed seeing where you all stand wrt the holidays.  There are a few of you over-achievers who are all done with your shopping (!), but I’m happy to say, I’m not the only one still sitting around waiting for the lightening bolt.  I will say that I’ve at least…Oh Wait.  I can’t say anything — there are big eyes lurking and I wouldn’t want to give anything away.  Oh well, it wasn’t anything earth shattering anyway — just a little start.

In the meantime, I FINALLY finished up this pair of socks.  Since I rarely travel for work anymore, I’ve lost my prime sock-knitting time so it’s harder for me to accomplish much in the knitting department.

Blue Green Socks

I love the blue and green colors.  But, oh dear.  My friend the camera has rudely pointed out a little bitty (well, not so bitty) mistake in these socks.  Do you see it?  That left heel down there — right across the middle.  It appears I’ve missed a row of pattern.  Ooops! I didn’t even see it until I was downloading the pictures.

Blue Green Socks

Oh well, it’s WAY too late to fix that little problem now.  That’s ok — they’re super comfy, just in time for winter.  I have no idea what the yarn is (sorry — I bought them from a pile at Cami‘s and they didn’t have a ball band).  I just used my standard sock knitting method and knit a plain ol’ stockinette stitch for the bulk of the sock.  Easy Peasy!

Blue Green Socks

In other news, remember when I told you about Penny‘s big drive to get everyone to sign a petition to bring back Flea Market Fancy?  She’s having a big ol’ jumbo giveaway over at the Flea Market Fancy Blog — you should definitely RUN over there and check it out!

FMFFGiveaway

Bring on the weekend!  TheManoftheHouse and I have a BIG closet cleanout scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully boxes won’t fall on us and kill us….wish us luck!

Have a great weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

Just Waiting Around

Wow! Thanks for all the nine-patch love! You guys are the best!

Well? How’s it going out there?
Tick. Tock.
Tick. Tock.
Time’s Slipping Away.

Red 'n Green

I’ve just been sitting around thinking. Surrounding myself with books and ideas, just waiting for lightning to strike. I want ideas to fall in my lap! I feel like I should be working on something, because I know when the big pinch comes, I’ll wish I’d started earlier.

Red 'n Green

It’s like having restless leg syndrome. All jittery here. Afraid to buy a gift — what if something I like better comes along? Afraid to start a project, ’cause if I don’t get it done by Christmas it will be destined for the UFO pile. And it’s hard to judge how long it will take, ’cause that lightning could strike any minute and I’d be off in another direction.

Red 'n Green

Oh, the indecision! How ’bout you? How are your legs???

XOXO,
Anna