Monday, November 26, 2007

Back to Work!

My vacation's over and it's back to work for me! I'm incredibly tired tonight and I've stayed up waaaay too late--as usual--but I was on a roll and trying to get everything done, more or less. Yes, there are many things I thought I'd get done while I was on vacation--like taking in and hemming a few pairs of pants--that I didn't quite get to, but I'm happy to say that the house is just about ready for Christmas and it's nice and clean! I think the only thing I have left to do is decorate my tree for the Sweat Shop--and maybe a tree for my daughter's former bedroom, but I'm undecided about that. I need to make a trip to JoAnn's for a few things, so maybe I'll look at their trees. Or not.

Besides the decorating, today I shampooed the rest of the house--my daughter's room, my bedroom, and the other half of the hallway. I also decoupaged some Holly Jolly and Christmas Past fabric onto my Holly Jolly letters and used Gorilla Glue to attach thumbtacks to the back. Not ideal but it seems to have worked--at least for now.

Anyway, I'll just share a couple photos with you before going to bed to get my beauty sleep.


"Holly Jolly" of course! It looks a little stark in that space, so I'll have to find something to liven it up a little bit--not sure what though. And remember that Santa cookie jar on the left? I decided since we aren't eating cookies, I COULD fill it with our 100 calorie snack packages.


And since I'm showing you letters, here's the "Noel." They seem to be reflecting the flash too much, but they look pretty good in the space, which can be seen from the front entryway; to the right is the kitchen and to the left is the hall leading to the bedrooms and bathrooms.


Back in the kitchen, here's my hutch. The hutch is a dark green, and I like to decorate with red and white for the holidays. I can then leave some of it up after Christmas as we move toward Valentine's Day. In fact, I have a Valentine's Day tree. Really! Wait until you see it! But one holiday at a time. Oh, and those "dolls" on top of the hutch--I bring those out every couple years and stick them somewhere in the house. These guys are "vintage"--they were my mom's many years ago. Since I'm going for a slightly retro look this year, they seems to fit.


The front bathroom--I just figured you'd want to see the runner I put up on the wall.



And a stitchery and paint (acrylic with textile medium) pillow cover. This is in my son's former room. I tried to get a couple photos in there, but the flash reflected off the window in one, and the other didn't turn out very well either. I'll have to get a few more photos another time.


And, finally, the quilt on my daughter's bed. I took a shortcut on the applique when I made this a few years ago. I traced the shapes of the holly leaves, berries, and bow onto a lightweight nonfusible interfacing. I then sewed that to the fabric, "good" sides together, cut a slit in the interfacing and turned the pieces right side out. After pressing them, I pinned them to the quilt and sewed them on while I was quilting the quilt. It worked out just fine! I'm sure I'll use the technique again someday.

Time for my beauty sleep, so I'll say goodnight! Thanks for visiting, and I'll "see" you later!

11 comments:

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I'm first, I'm first...to say well done on the Christmas decorating, all looks fab...I'll just take my nap under that last quilt...it should be fine, don't go to any extra trouble!!! LOl!
You are beautifully organized now, all ready for Christmas, -love all those letters, Tracey

Chookyblue said...

your decorating looks great..........hopefully I will get the tree up this week.........

JudyL said...

Your decorating looks fantastic! Love your "Holly Jolly" letters. Hope you're able to get up this morning and back to . . work! :(

Darlene said...

It all looks fabulous! I'd say you got lots and lots done while on your vacation. Pat yourself on the back!

The letters are extra cute!

Thimbleanna said...

Excellent job on the decorating! Lucky you -- it looks like you'll be all prepared this year. I'm just WAY behind LOL.

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

What awesome decorations for Christmas! I am very impressed. Patchalot has a link to your blog, and I enjoyed looking at all of your work. I will enjoy seeing more in the future!

paula, the quilter said...

I want to thank you for jogging my memory on that way to applique! Thank you, thank you. Why? Because I happen to be in possession of 2 different applique quilt kits. You know the ones where the pieces are printed on the fabric, you cut them out and applique them onto the quilt top. And the top has the quilting pattern printed on in with blue dots. I really didn't want to hand applique these tops for some reason and I know that fusible wouldn't work because then the heat from the iron would set the blue quilting pattern. I completely forgot about this method. So, again, thanks!

sharon said...

Well look at you Ms. Holly Jolly!!! Everything looks great. I didn't clean out my hutch like I told you I would. I've had enough of decorating for one holiday. Love the quilt on your daughters bed. Very pretty.

pudge's girl said...

A slacker you are not. It is almost enough to get me into action. I love how the little tree skirt you made looks. Good job, and good laughs.

happy zombie said...

You're decorating is so beautiful Kim. And I love your Thimbleberry tree quilt!

Nan said...

WOW!! Everything looks gorgeous!! You are the busiest woman I know - you really know how to live vacation to the fullest, don't you? I am impressed, to say the least!