Whew! Is it almost 2013? December has flown by. I thought I would share a few of the highlights from the past month with you.
The month began with the birth of my nephew, Brenner. Isn’t he a cutie? Now I have someone to model all of the baby clothes I’ve been making!
Around the end of November, I had the urge to sew something Christmasy…and why not choose a very time consuming tree skirt pattern that requires 54 strip-pieced triangles? Actually, the pattern itself wasn’t difficult, and it was fun to play with different Christmas fabrics, it just took a little longer than I first anticipated. And I did finish it by the second week of December, thank you very much!
Speaking of sewing, this year I thought I would get crafty and reuse some of my Christmas fabric for gift wrapping. A few months ago I purchased Melody Miller’s book, Ruby Star Wrapping, and was mesmerized by her resourceful design and reuse of fabrics and everyday household items for packaging gifts. I am already in awe of her fabric design and constantly drool over them at my favorite fabric store, Crimson Tate. Seriously, she’s pretty amazing.
Knowing I would be purchasing wine (from a local winery, of course) as gifts for some of my family members, I decided to make her “wine wraps” to cover the bottles. I think they turned out quite nice, if I do say so myself. They can be reused as gift wrap or even be used as a tea towel.
My post would not be complete without an update on the girls. Since this was their first Christmas with us, we decided it was only appropriate to decorate the coop.
Although this is the second winter the chickens have seen (based on their age when we got them in March), we think this month is the first time they have experienced snow, since we didn’t really get any last winter. We have learned they do not like it and prefer to stay in the coop (can you blame them?). After the first couple of inches we received last week, it took a little coaxing (or pushing) from us to get them outside. You can tell they’re less than thrilled (and conveniently standing on the patch of grass without snow).
And then came the “Blizzard of 2012″ this past Wednesday, and they haven’t left the coop since. We’ve tried to lure them out with treats, and Mr. Hauger even made them a miniature snowman, but nothing has worked. They’re quite content staying inside.
From our coop to yours, we wish you a very blessed new year!