Thursday, December 26, 2013

It Really Is a Wonderful Life


My Christmas was the. best. Christmas. ever!  I hope that yours was fabulous as well. 

We spent Christmas Eve at DD's.  It was a wonderful day ... presents, good food, lots of fun ... with my favorite people.  It just doesn't get much better than that. I was a little sad when the night came to an end. 

DD and her family gave me these sand dollar ornaments and little quilting boxes.  Yep, my daughter knows me!  


DH was a real sweetie, giving me an Accuquilt Go Cutter (cutting fabric is probably my least favorite part of quilting), a couple of puzzles, a personalized ceramic casserole, and a box of Turtles. 



Christmas Day was a quiet day here at Chez Nana, just DH and me. We watched It's a Wonderful Life (our Christmas tradition) and rebroadcasts of a couple of 2013 Cardinals baseball games. I spent a good part of the day quilting on my Storm at Sea ... I'm just about done with ripping out and restitching.  I'm almost ready to move the hoop to the last bit of the ugly stitching.  I'm beyond thrilled that I chose to rip out all that stitching ... I was so very unhappy with my stitches ... I confess that I was sorely tempted to just shove that quilt into a bag and hide it in the basement ... out of sight, out of mind. But then I reminded myself of all years I dreamt of making a Storm at Sea quilt and all the work I put into piecing that top, and I knew I couldn't give up on it. It's been a lot of work to rip out and then restitch, but it's been worth it because instead of being ashamed of the quilt, I'm thrilled with how it's turning out. 

The next week is going to be a busy one ... today is DSIL's 39th birthday. My sister, her S.O. and her grandson are planning on coming down for a post-Christmas get-together.  

It's hard to believe that Christmas 2013 is now behind us ... and equally difficult to believe that in just a week, it will be 2014. How time flies when we're having fun ... and we are certainly having the time of our lives here at Chez Nana.  

Kathy

17 comments:

  1. Love all your Christmas presents... how thoughtful you are I know and it seems your fam is too! How nice... at least your sis is coming to visit... and giving you a little notice :) Have a nice visit with her and enjoy those cute quilting drawers... are you gonna put hexies in those??? Love how they are made out of old rulers! Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us :) Kathi

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  2. Glad you had a great Christmas! Nice gifts! We had a wonderful time with family and friends yesterday. Now we are getting ready to head to the oldest son's home in NC. Will leave Sunday - for us Christmas continues… ~Jeanne

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  3. It looks and sounds like a great Christmas. It is hard to imagine that the new year is right around the corner.

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  4. So glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas Kathy! Looks like you got gifts that were perfect for you - your family knows you well :*) Looking forward to creating beautiful things together in 2014!!!

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful time! The Go-cutter is going to be invaluable! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  6. Sounds like a perfect Christmas with your family. I love that movie too! Watch it every year while I wrap presents. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Looks like you got everything you need to cut lots of fabric

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  8. You got some wonderful gifts!

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  9. It sounds fantastic. I am so glad you had such a great Christmas and your presents sound like so much fun.
    I am in a weird way looking forward to 2014, first year ever. :)
    Have a restful rest of the week I hope,

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  10. Dear Kathy, It sounds like you had the perfect Christmas! Love your gifts-I haven't been to the Temecula Quilt Store but have heard alot about it. I didn't post today but will tomorrow. I can't decide whether I should start my Alaska quilt or just wait until next summer, after we've moved. Praying that your New Year is Healthy, Happy and filled with love.
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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  11. Well, what a lovely, lovely Christmas for a lovely, lovely lady. Looks like your daughter was "spot on" with your gifts.

    I admire your tenacity with the quilt but you will be extra proud once it is finished.

    We'll begin our Christmas celebration tomorrow after our daughter and little cowboy arrive.

    I'll be back to blogging around the 1st. Happy new year!

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  12. So glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Hope the rest of the weekend is just as great.

    Looking forward to seeing your Storm at Sea when finished.

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  13. Awww, looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! How blessed you are to have such good, loving family close at hand where you can enjoy them, and they - you!

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  14. Love the Sand Dollar ornaments, one of my favorite things! Sounds like a lovely Christmas Eve and a relaxing Christmas Day.

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  15. My daughter gave me two pieces of Thai silk (they bought IN Thailand), each a meter long. One in red and one in white. Now I have to think about what to do with it!

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  16. Glad you had a happy Christmas Kathy! I love the personalized dish : ) Happy 2014 to you and your family!

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