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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Now December!

Happy December! Have you hit the ground running this week? I know that I have been trying to get the house decorated and all pretty and warm for December. I love this cool weather. The oranges and lemons and grapefruit love it. Today, my plan is to make pillows. Yesterday, Emilie called and asked " Did I want to go to the fabric store?" We had such a wonderful time and as we were walking around, I found the ticking.

I had wanted to buy ticking as I saw the cutest Christmas pillows made from ticking. So here is my ticking.

I think any day spent with a sewing machine or a hook or a needle and thread is a good day. Having Christmas music and candles is a plus.

Emilie wanted to make a quilt, so we came back home and washed her fabric. While it was washing she made my centerpiece on my dining room table. It is so handy having a flower designer in the family. I went out and gathered pinecones and she made the greenery look so good. Here is what she made.

I do love these boxes that Ron made for me. They are so versatile. I wanted to show you the jar Peter won at work while we were gone.

They were having a contest to guess how many M&Ms were in the jar. He said it was filled a lot more.
and he guessed and got the closest. I keep telling him to take them back to work, but so far he has not. They do look nice and Christmasy sitting on the counter. I haven't even had one!

The rest of the day, Emilie used my rotary cutter to cut out all of the pieces on her quilt, while I ironed. It was just a nice day the way I love to spend my time. I think in December, I can forget what is important. I get so caught up in my lists, that I need to spend more time, doing what is important. Like stopping in the afternoon, watching the sun go down and having coffee. I think because I still have Mom's and new babies on my mind. I keep thinking of that other Mom who had her newborn son, who's crib was a manger. I want to spend my days thinking of those things rather than my lists.

Have a lovely day,

“We are women, and my plea is Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.” (Elisabeth Elliot)


  1. I keep thinking of Mary too as my daughter is in her 8th month of pregnancy. She was born 3 days after Christmas 27 years ago so I certainly was "great with child" and thought of Mary so much that year. I was glad I didn't have to ride a donkey! Angela

  2. It's so lovely just to slow down and enjoy the season. I've been forced to slow waaaay down, and it's actually been really nice to kick back and think. That centerpiece is gorgeous! And Grats to Pete on his win!

  3. I love red ticking & have made a few Christmas things with it.
    Emily has decorated Rons box so beautifully for Christmas too! I love it!
    Enjoy the lovely glow of Christmas & warmth & love of family!

  4. Your grapefruit looks beautiful! Red and white ticking is just right. I can't wait to see your pillows.
    Yes, mamas and babies. Beautiful.
    I think a few handfuls of Peter's winnings would do you good! I am a big believer in M & M's. Ha!
    The trip to the fabric store sounds great and the arrangement is GORGEOUS! Wow!
    Take care, sweet Kim.

  5. Lovely photo's ...
    I especially like your table box

    Happy December Wishes

    All the best Jan

  6. I am SO jealous of your grapefruit! Your very own?!! The centerpiece is beautiful, too! I think it sounds like you had a great day together. I hope she enjoys making the quilt!

  7. What a perfect day! Love that centerpiece! xo Nellie

  8. Oh I LOVED the sound of your day....I can't think of anything better then sewing with my daughter, or sister, or friend! The centerpiece is REALLY good. Don't have any flower arrangers in this family, but your sure right that would come in sooo handy. Enjoy making the quilt....sure hope we get to see it when it's finished!

  9. Lucky you! Spending the day with your daughter, and puttering around the house. Emilie did a great job with the table centerpiece.
    Love that red ticking fabric, you'll have to show us your pillows when you finish with them.

    Congrats to Peter! How fun!
    You really should have a few M&M's. Chocolate is health food, don't you know :)

  10. LOVE the beautiful centerpiece! What a good way to spend the day, looking through the fabric shops with Emilie and then starting up a quilt. Now that sounds like such fun to me.

    Moms and babies on your mind -- sweet things to think about.

  11. How lovely to spend the day with Emilie...she did an amazing job with her centerpieces..Upon completion you must post a photo of her quilt...Kim you and Ron are parents to such wonderful, talented children...speaking of children, how is the new baby? Has everyone settled in? Thinking of you...

  12. I love the flower box, and that jar!
    If they were here, they'd have disappeared by now!
    Ticking, there is nothing so lovely!
    I love that color!
    So good you got to spend the day together working!

  13. Are those really grapefruit? They look like oranges to me.

    This is surely a lovely time of year to have a new baby in the family. I just wrote my son a birthday card and told him that he was better than Christmas for me the December he was born.

  14. I agree- I so want to not rush through this season with haste and abandon. I want to drag each day out to it's fullest.
    Have a great weekend!


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