Saturday, January 16, 2010

Christmas Wrap Up

Ola Senorities~
I know, I know... it's the middle of January, all the Christmas posts should have been posted by now, but I have just one more. One last thing to show & tell, a really great gift from my hubby, and a few precious moments...

This was sooo exciting! Look what Sean gave me!!

A Singer Confidence!! Yaaaaaayyyyy! My old sewing machine wasn't "bad" per say, but it wasn't great either, I bought it about 12 years ago at Target, for around $75, it was just a basic-no frills machine. Right before Christmas as I was finishing up my gifts, it started sounding mighty funny. Ka-chunk, ka-chunk, ka-chunk... you could hear it all the way down the hall, and it was vibrating a lot too. Zig-zag wasn't working right either. Not good. I'm really enjoying learning all this sewing stuff, and am looking forward to learning a lot more, but I didn't want to invest who knows how much to have a $75 machine repaired. Shoot, 1 hour of labor probably would have cost more than it was worth. I saw this lil beauty at JoAnn's and fell in love. When the weekly flyer came out, I saw this baby on sale ($189 down from $299) so I cut out the page and circled this model with a great, big, fluorescent pink heart and left the ad on Sean's keyboard, hehe... I'm not very good at subtle. Lo and behold, I got it!! Wooohooo!

Look at all the cool stitches!

I'm dying to make some stuff!! I don't even know what yet! I've done a few things so far, and a couple of repairs, but nothing thrilling. I'm pretty good at square things, but I'd really like to learn how to do patterns and simple garments. I have 6 nieces, so I also think I'd like to learn how to make cloth/softy dolls and cute clothes for them. Like my mom used to make for me. They were awesome, way better than the Cabbage Patch's my friends had. I'm 35 years old, and I still have every single doll my mom made me. I think that says something (like maybe I'm a pack rat!! Ha!). Anyhooo... I'm stoked!

Here also are just a few snapshots I wanted to share, good times with the people I love.

My brother Greg showing Josiah how to work his cool new snowboarding boots.

Ava, playing with her first Christmas dolly.

Time with Alex... home on leave for Christmas. We miss you kiddo!

By honey... you take care!

It all comes and goes so fast, doesn't it?? Yes Lola, this is how I feel too...

Now! What to get started on in this new decade, so many ideas and possibilities???
What about you? What are you starting on this year?

Thank you ALL so very much for the many lovely comments, compliments and suggestions on my last few posts! What fun to share with like minded peeps! It was a real moral booster to hear so many kind things, I can't thank you enough!

Big oxo's to you all!

p.s. Just one more! These were among my favorite moments, snuggling with Ava looking out over the moutains from Greg's deck... Ana caught this one on film which I didn't know until much later (I usually prefer to be behind the camera) but I'm so glad she did. oxo.


Marilyn said...

Sometimes it takes a big hint like that. A sewing machine is a wonderful gift. I will look forward to hearing what you sew on it. My sewing machine is 35 years old, but I love it still eventhough there are no fancy stitches. I always start the year with tax stuff, not fun but such a reward when it is done. This year I am actually going to try doing them myself, not an easy challenge.

parTea lady said...

What a terrific gift. You will have such fun experimenting with all those fancy stitches.

My new year always starts with a flurry of birthday celebrations (my three children and one grandson have Jan. birthdays).

That picture of you and Ava is precious.

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Sweetie! I loved all your photos, especially the last. How adorable you both are!...Boy, Santa Sean was very good to you this year! (it must have been your pink fluorescent pink heart that did the trick!) What a great new sewing machine, and I'm sure Lisa, you will make lots of fantastic goodies with that little beauty!
Hugs, xoxo Paulette ;)

Southern Touch Catering said...

Oooooo. I was thrilled to have a new mixer, but oh how I would love a fancy new sewing machine. Mine was 31 this past Christmas. It does still run wonderfully, but doesn't do all the fab stich work. Good for you! I'll be waiting to see all the fabulous projects come up with.

Angela McRae said...

What great family photos -- and especially that last one! It's definitely one of those pics that really *does* speak a thousand words! And hey, I don't mind the extended Christmas crafts report at all, so don't worry about it. How wonderful that your hubby got you a great new machine! All those stitches! Wow, you could even do crazy quilt embroidery on the machine if you wanted. (Forget I said that. I gather you're like me and always eager to try a new craft! Ha!)

sweetcakes said...

Happy New Year, Lisa!

Have fun with your new sewing machine!