Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Tea 2010

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. 
We have been enjoying the Christmas break with the little things that keep you busy this time of year.
I have also had a cold and so have been resting between adventures. But, before we ring in the new year I figured I should get some pictures up of the tea this year.

I thought it was appropriate for a North Dakota Christmas day tea.

I made the snowflakes. They are pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

We used the Old Country Roses china and flatware. I even got to use the medium platter my sweet daughter got for me this year for the gingerbread scones.

We had:
Egg and Chive Tea Sandwiches
Banana Bread
Chocolate Tea Bread
Gingerbread Scones with mock Devonshire Cream
Sugar Cookies

Our Tea was 
Holiday Dreams from The Tea Table. 
This is a blend of China black teas with citrus peels, rose petals, cloves, almond bits, and genuine Bourbon vanilla pieces.

My oldest daughter and her daughter, aka, Little Companion.

Steve who is in college and therefore thought he was exempt from the dress up a bit request. Should we give him a break?

The angels...

The angels from a different angle...

Hope you had plenty of hugs and kisses this year along with joyful memories.

I'll leave you with a poem:

On Christmas day at half past three
Brew yourself a cup of tea.
Ill think of you, you think of me
Sitting beside the Christmas tree.

Looking forward to 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wow, it is almost Thursday!

As is with just about everyone this time of year we have been busy too!

You have your normal busy and then little surprises that pop up along the way that make you just one day realize that it is almost Thursday, again! My computer was on the fritz for awhile but I was able to get to it today and restore it's usefulness. We also had the school program and package wrapping...

I have been working on my white doily on and off for the last couple of weeks.  I finally completed it today and will share it with you at the end of the post.

Last week I shared with you that I had finished the dress I had made for Little Companion but we still needed to have the photo shoot. It is nice that my Little Companion lovingly complied and that we now have these pictures. 

We were going for a classy young lady look that was fun and a little vintage. 

I have had so much fun over the years with this.

She has an enormous amount of hair for a 7-year-old (and she is not too keen on hairspray).

Love this picture, gives you a little inkling that she is really full of vim, vigor, and vitality. 

Little Companion is a lovely young lady and a joy to be around.


On to the doily...

Now I don't mean to complain but I have to say this was ummm... difficult!

You had your tr, FPdc, FPtr, 5-DTR decrease, beginning 2-DC cluster, 2-DC cluster, beginning 3-DC cluster, 3-DC cluster, beginning split 6-TR cluster, split 6-TR cluster, ending split 6-TR cluster, and your picot. Yes ... difficult. I would have to put it down and really think about coming back to it. In the end I had to take out 3 rows, and re-do. 

But, in the end it was worth it. I have not washed it yet or blocked it in this picture but I did want to share. Now if you think this is an absolutely gorgeous doily that is because the pattern is from the Absolutely Gorgeous Doilies book by Leisure Arts. It is the Perfect Pineapple pattern. I definitely feel that I have climbed another rung on the crochet ladder with this one and am happy that I continued on to completion. 

Happy WIP Wednesday!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

WIP Wednesday

I am feeling a little better this week as I have managed to finish up some of my projects.

Finished up the crochet ornaments and got them hung.
Finished up the dress I was working on for Little Companion.
See the little bow in the front? There is a matching bow to go in her hair too.
Hopefully we will have some time to get a picture soon. She is very busy with school, Brownies, and all the holiday happenings!

Finished up the lap blanket.

Almost finished my hot cocoa gifts, just need to put some stickers on the jars. 
The first recipe I used tasted like it was just missing something so I started over. I found a recipe that used pudding as an ingredient and it was wonderful! 
I think if I do these again I will use smaller jars. This amount may last some folks years!
I also made this hat this week. 
Little Companion asked if it was for her and I told her no. 
She asked if she could try it on and I said yes. 
She said, oh, it keeps my ears nice and warm. 
Ya ... she walked away with it after all!
This doily I finished last month but wanted to wait to share it until after Thanksgiving.
Helps to add to the holiday spirit!

Happy WIP Wednesday!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Crochet ornaments

Well, I really am moving on with my projects. Tonight I got the ornaments on my little tree.

Through the years I have occasionally had one or two crocheted ornaments on my tree and I wondered what it would look like to have a tree entirely decorated with crochet ornaments.

 The tree topper is a last minute improvisation that did not want to stay straight ... just ignore it.

Angels we have heard on high...

 Snowflakes, no two are the same (some are very close though!).

I heard the bells on Christmas day...


Ta Da!

Christmas Bells
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 I heard the bells on Christmas day 
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth good-will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
There is no peace on earth, I said;
For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep;
God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!

The poem is set to music in the video below.
Hoping you have a wonderful peaceful weekend!

Casting Crowns: I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Today I feel as if I have too many projects going. 

I tend to like to start something and finish it before going on.

I have my thread crochet doily I am working on...

A lap blanket...

and a dress for my Little Companion...

She really appreciates the dresses I make for her.

I did get my ornaments all starched and blocked...

with the help of my fancy new homemade blocking board, but have not put them on my little tree yet.
(It is so dry here you do not really have to worry about rust and can use regular pins.)

So those are my works in progress and I hope to finish up a couple of them this week then on to a couple more I have in mind before Christmas...

Happy WIP Wednesday!

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Please go over and visit her at and see what everyone else has been up to.