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Blogmas Day 24

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…oh wait, no need to dream…I’m in it!

It snowed most of the day. I worked til 3.15 and had to clear a lot of snow off my car so I could drive home. The store was predictably quiet but we still had a couple of people who came in at the last minute.

When I arrived home, I was happy to see that the potatoes and Brussels sprouts were prepped and the apple crumble was almost ready to go in the oven. The recipe for our main dish was new to me – Seitan stuffed with walnuts, mushrooms and cranberries from fatfreevegan’s blog.

After we’d stuffed our faces with roast seitan, potatoes, sprouts and cauliflower followed by apple crumble and ice cream, we did our gift exchange.

I think I can say that there seemed to be a couple of themes running – snacks and Lego!  Oh, and tea.

Mr Fixit and I received a kettle, Christmas mugs and tea gift cards from oldest son. We had various calorific edibles from all the boys. I was surprised to receive two Lego kits but I love them – one is an RV and the other is The Mandalorian with baby Yoda. All three boys have new Lego sets and it is so weird to see – like we’ve gone back in time 20 years.

I had one of those memories pop up on Facebook the other day where they show you a photo you posted on the same date X years ago. It was the five of us sitting in front of the Christmas tree so I got everyone to sit in the same positions tonight and we took some photos of us all looking 10 years older. That was fun.

Mr Fixit doesn’t look much different (one of the benefits of being bald), I have short hair now (and more pounds), middle son has a lot more facial hair now, oldest had long curly hair but he now has short hair and is slimmer, and the youngest was 13 and looking cute with long blond hair, where he now has short hair and a goatee.

They are all men now and it warmed my heart to spend this evening together and see them give gifts to each other and help with dinner and dishes.

And so we come to the last little bag of yarn for Day 24. A lovely set of purple beads along with the yarn today. And tomorrow, one more bag to open that’s not yarn. I’m looking forward to that!

I hope that you had a wonderful day today, whether you celebrate anything at this time of the year or not.

Any excuse for a bit more sewing…

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Any excuse for a bit more sewing…

I sewed Saturday, Sunday AND Monday. And wrapped things Monday evening so I could start giving my co-workers small gifts on Tuesday. Because we are on shift at different times, with most of us being part-time and scheduled different days, I allowed five shifts over the course of the week to see everyone before my holiday week starts on the 21st.

Usually all I feel like doing is vegging on the couch after work. I DID intend to do some knitting tonight but then I remembered that I had seen a poster at work advertising a new tutorial on the blog for a coffee cup sleeve. Coincidentally I had seen it mentioned on Facebook too, and had actually made one, but I messed it up, and the one-way print was upside down!

Well, I looked at the clock tonight at about 8pm and thought to myself, hmmm, lots of time to pop downstairs and run up a quick coffee sleeve, eh! So I did. Rather than make it in Christmassy colours, I went for a gorgeous leafy print. And because a coffee sleeve can get lonely without company, I made a mug rug (coaster) in a leaf shape, just for fun. It’s pretty big, about 9 x 7″, so perhaps more of a mug and a cookie rug.

The button is a ceramic one from the stash. And the mug rug is made with raw edge strip applique, but wider strips than I usually use, and a prettier stitch. Somehow I lost track of time and it was nearly 10pm by the time I emerged!

Other things that I have finished this week include:

this cuff
this zipper pouch with scrappy scrap trees

and this journal which you’ve seen the cover of before, but once I had made my mind up about the person I wanted to give it to, I changed a lot of the pages to be more relevant to her interests.

And now it’s time to hit the sack as I have work again tomorrow.