Another stocking complete!

Finished up another stocking earlier today!  This one is for my daughter, Clare.  I had chosen the fabric, but Clare determined the placement, the stitching, and the thread colors.  I think she did a nice job, don’t you?

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I apologize for the flipped photos – I can’t seem to figure out how to get them topside up!!

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Here is a picture of both stockings done.  The first one I decided to offer to our dog, Bess.  Her stocking is tall and skinny because Santa brings her bully sticks.  ; )

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Both stockings were cut from a paper bag template (HA!), machine quilted and embroidered.

How is your Christmas crafting going?  Whatcha workin’ on?

Busy, yet trying to stay grounded…

The seasons change so quickly and the holiday season is so short.  I realize that it’s important to observe each holiday as it comes and to be fully present in family, in emotion, in love. That said, I am at work on Christmas items…and it’s not even Thanksgiving!!

As I sit at my machine making stockings for my family, I am enveloped in gratitude.  I am grateful for a family to create for, for my talent, for a warm, safe home full of everything that I need and for my many fantastic friends (lucky girl, I know!), one of which is Renee of JaneEleanor, who inspired me to create stockings for my family simply by showing me a picture.  Ha!  Sometimes…most times, that’s all it takes, folks.

For my first, I’ve chosen a smattering of Amy Butler fabrics sewn together in random strips, then quilted.  The cuff is in the works as I type.  This one was more experimental for me and I’m excited to personalize each one for my kids.

Happy holidays, whichever you celebrate.  Blessings and peace to you and your family.