Maaaaaaajor snowstorm on its way and I've got to get my deer headed in the same direction. Christmas is right behind the blizzard and it looks like everything is going to be trickier to manage. But it will be so pretty outside, so cozy in here.
It reminds me of this day and makes me excited for a little Weather to keep us busy and close in here. (Her fire department is on holiday and storm alert though. We'll have to keep the car cleaned off for trips to the firehouse.)
The ornament giveaway goes to comment #2, Cindy! Many thanks for all your comments and I'm glad you are enjoying the pattern. Another easy snowstorm project right there.
I had so much fun arranging these grocery store stems last weekend. From the yard, I snipped a few cedar branches to mix in and the colors of everything on that tray just make me happy. Sometimes it doesn't take much.
My friend Nicki recently started a neighborhood blog. I've mentioned it before, but I'm still so impressed with the way she has connected her bustling neighborhood to the daily events that might go unnoticed. Music, workshops, merchant stories, goodies, skating with Santa, the secret post office, and now a wonderful opportunity to give locally. Think what a difference one small gift makes. In this case, a book for a child who might not have much to celebrate.
I don't live there anymore, but I have such dear memories of the richness of that life. I can give a book to a child in the city schools of St. Louis, support my old neighborhood bookshop and make a small difference.
It will make me happy too.
**** This is the same neighborhood where I'll be teaching this spring at Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion Workshops. If you are coming (and I so hope you are!), you can walk to the legendary bookshop, a few blocks from the event hotel, just past my old house, across the street from our favorite restaurant. Mary had her first show of original works there way back when she was starting out. And I was there!
Many, many Christmases ago, Oxmoor House Country Christmas (1992) asked me to do some ornaments for their collection. I did a series of felt designs and just unpacked this prototype last night. I love it still. A felt cat and a felt mouse connected by a short length of ribbon so it drapes, hangs and balances on the tree branch. Because I knew you'd like it too, I made it again to offer as a giveaway. One for us, one for you.
Please leave a comment here for the giveaway drawing on Friday.
After the last class I was so happy when many of you asked for another. I've been thinking about what we could do and when.
The date is set for Saturday, January 23 and the project will be Sweater Craft. Here in home-sweet-home Irvington, NY at my friend Jane's house again. As before, we will start up around 9 or so with coffee, work until lunch and finish around 5.
You loved the Hats and the Totes. This time, let's make a variety of projects from red and white felted sweaters for Valentine's Day. These are all perfectly suited to the beginning sewer and you will have a choice of little and big projects to try. There will be a few no-sew projects too!
I have a long list of new things to add to the studio favorites. First off, I made up a new pattern for some slippers and they turned out so daaaaarling! Sketches and samples in the works for an apron, mittens, a scarf, a pillow, a garland, a needlebook and whatever else I can think of. There will lots of options.
Looking here and there, I even found a friendly snowman for winter cheer,
little lovely hearts,
and simple mug cozies. Just right for Suzanne's morning coffee and delicious homemade scones (!!!) to share together.
And her incredible gourmet lunch! Door prizes, favors, friends.
Pack up your bag of craft and sewing tools and come join us. The daylong workshop with materials, morning coffee, lunch and extra goodies is $155. Please email me- chlyons9 (at) gmail.com to reserve a spot. It's a small group. Relaxed and cozy.
A few student blogposts about the last class are here and here and here. I am ready to help you with recommendations for hotels and restaurants and other unique local adventures. It's so lovely here!
Stocking the shop today with holiday houses and a few trees. I have big plans for additions to come and some of the wonderland mobile kits too. We'll see. Thanks for all the holiday house kit orders. A few still left.
Someone contacted my agent to see if I could supply 75-100 snowmen for corporate gifts. O, what a wonderful request! Just came a bit too late in the season for me. Nice though, ya know?