Scrappy days are here again!

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I found myself with extra time to sew this weekend. I was supposed to work Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and have Wednesday and Thursday off. However, shit happens and as it turned out I developed a sore throat Saturday evening after dinner.

With covid at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now, and after a terrible night’s sleep, I texted my boss Sunday morning and told her I thought I shouldn’t go to work and that I would get a test that day. That meant lots of sewing time, and knitting and Netflix too (I completed the yoke of Turtle Dove and divided for sleeves and body).

The test result came back this morning – negative, thankfully – by which time the other assistant manager had been asked to fill in for me today. So more sewing time was had, as well as a bit of housework and some menu planning for the week. I baked lasagna and chocolate chip cookies to keep the family’s tummies happy.

And this is what I made…

scrappy trees with cinnamon stick trunks
16 tree ornaments/gift tags from quilting cotton, some batting and pink soft fabric
a round pincushion with a moose button (hard to see the moose in this photo)

I know exactly who the pincushion is for. The other things I have made/am making are being piled up in my sewing room at the moment. I am just enjoying the creation of them and looking forward to deciding who to give them to.

Mr Fixit and ds3 went out yesterday and bought a tree and we have set it up and decorated it with a red theme and strung lights everywhere. I think we are in the same frame of mind as our neighbours – make more of an effort with Christmas/Solstice/Yule this December because it’s been such a blah sort of year. Get the tree up early, brighten the place up with more fairy lights, bake more goodies. We are fortunate in that the five of us live under the same roof and Christmas will be very similar to previous years because the rest of our family lives so far away that it’s almost always just been us. We only travelled to visit them on the other side of the Atlantic one Christmas, and we surprised them all. That was 1999. The kids were aged between 1 and 7 and we had a great time. Mr Fixit’s parents, who used to come over quite a lot, usually visited in the spring or fall for the least extreme weather, but they did come one Christmas and the funny thing was that it wasn’t a white Christmas in the valley. We had to drive up to the ski resort for some snow.

Have a happy and bright day!

4 responses »

  1. Hi Nicola,

    Receiving a homemade gift is the best. Those are so sweet ! and using up scraps so the landfill remains free of most material. They say a lot of clothes are being thrown into the fill.

    Happy Holidays to you and family. Be quiet here like most days. You inspire me ! Getting rid of collections is my time taker .

  2. Not sure which one you mean. The scrappy trees are made from thin strips of multiple fabrics zigzagged to batting. The small ornaments are cut directly from a quilting cotton from the place I work at. I cut a strip that had 16 trees on it, spray basted it to batting and backing, stitched around then cut just outside the stitching.

  3. I am using more scraps than ever, which means that less waste is ending up in the bin, which is a good thing! Have a joyful December. Love to you and Perry.

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