Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas dreams............

 The storm is over and we are left with beauty that is overwhelming at times.  We don't usually get snow like this and if we do it's gone in a day but this has felt just like being up North.  My plan was to be moved back up North by my 65th birthday which is January 4th but I'm not going to make it...so God took pity on me and brought the North to me. 

It's so gorgeous I couldn't stop taking pictures!  I apologize if you're tired of it.
Nature is so lovely even my cheapo camera couldn't tarnish it......
Okay...I'll stop...but I have more!  I did manage to bake some banana nut bread and took a suggestion from Anita over at Aunt Nubby's Kitchen and added cream cheese to the batter.  You can find the recipe for it over on her blog.  It was VERY tasty and I think I'll be making it with cream cheese from now on.  Also, if you don't have the amount of bananas called for in the recipe just add some applesauce to replace the moisture that the bananas would give.

Speaking of Christmas dreams.........I spent yesterday trying to finalize my gift making and baking plans (which should have been done eons ago).  I went to the files, patterns and pictures I've saved over the year(s) and of course, Pinterest and realized there's so much I want to do and I am already behind!!!!  So, I have decided instead of the 12 days of Christmas I will make it the 12 months of Christmas thereby giving me more time.  Problem solved.....whew...I feel better now.  But I still need to come up with this month and a birthday for one in December.  Breathe deeply............
Here are some of my ideas and if you have any that are quicker please let me know.  This post will go on all week month so check back in and let me know how you're doing.  Maybe if we cheer each other on we'll get it all done...ya think?  Well, it can't hurt that's for sure.  So here's my ideas.......
Hats for the grands as the Big Snowy Owl is definitely not going to make it this month.  It takes 1 skein for each hat and I've ordered more yarn.  2 skeins for the adult hats which I have 2 to make. 

The gray scarf is almost done and then there's another to make like this one from Purl Bee (free pattern) that is for a birthday in January.........

I ordered a hat pattern from them that I paid for but it has every size and style I need in one pattern so it was well worth it.  If you order from them do not expect to download as they do not have that working.  Sadly, I found this out AFTER I paid for it.  It will be coming by snail mail.
I have much more to show you but it will have to wait until tomorrow.  They will be more "craftsy" items that will be quick but precious little items to tuck in.  Hopefully I'll get by to say hello as I want to see what you all are up to at this exciting time of year!
So...here's the tally, like my friend Connie up in Minnesota does:
Gifts finished:  1
Presents Wrapped:  0
Cards sent: 0
Presents mailed: 0
Decorations up:  a few outside but that's it!
I hope you're in better shape than me!  TTYL!


  1. I like your scarves and the colors, they are looking good. How nice of the northern winter wonderland to come to you, since you have not moved north quite yet.

  2. I never tire of beautiful snow photos. I hope you make it North soon!

  3. Beautiful photos Sam - that first fall of snow is always magical I think, and like you I can never take enough photos!
    Good luck with all your Christmas makes - I have just finished a pair of finger-less gloves for my sister that I was worried I wouldnt get finished so phew! But like you, so many things I want to do and not enough time!
    Have a wonderful Christmas Sam!
    Gill xx

  4. I love the scarf. I have only shipped one gift. I paid for 2-day priority and it took 6 days to arrive. Not sure if I will get anything else shipped.

  5. Lovely snow pictures. However, I'm glad it's there and not here. If it would snow at night and not lay on the roads, that would be great. :)
    You can do this, you crafty thing. I have confidence you will knock this out.
    Hugs, Sharon

  6. Oh, your snow pictures look so pretty. Even if the weather is frightful, the sights are delightful :)

    Sounds like you have a great plan for getting your Christmas done.
    You are amazing, and I know that you will accomplish your goals!!

    We are about done with what we're going to do here.
    Outside decorating was easy, and simple.... I put a wreath on the front door and the back door**giggle*.

    Happy crafting!!


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