Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Secret Santa

I have a list a mile long to get done between now and mid-December. But I couldn't resist signing up for Shawnee's Secret Santa Swap!

This is what I have to come up with by December 7th at the latest - for someone I do not know:

At LEAST One Handmade Item
Something to Read (book, magazine, poem)
Something for the Tree (garland, ornament, topper, skirt)
Holiday Goody (candy, cocoa, tea, coffee, chocolate)

Challenge: Include one gift for each letter needed to spell out a word from the season (SNOW, JOY, FAITH, LOVE, HOPE, GIFT, TREE, JESUS, STAR, SANTA, etc). We did this last year and it was SO MUCH FUN! Of course, the perfect gift for an "A" is an APRON.

Then, make this a special box -- gift wrapping, bows, the whole nine yards! Include a note identifying yourself with your email and blog address so your partner can contact you with her grateful thanks.

I'm excited to put something fun together and excited to see what I get in return. Below is the questionnaire I had to fill out.
  1. What are your hobbies? Quilting
  2. What are your favorite colors? I love most everything except purple and pastel colors. More of bold/bright or natural is my thing.
  3. Do you collect anything? no, other than fabric and patterns, lol.
  4. Are you allergic to any fibers or animals? no
  5. Do you have any pets? 2 cats
  6. Coffee, Tea, or Chocolate? tea (mint) and chocolate
  7. What do you like to read? anything good that isn't too heavy/dark/disturbing. historical fiction and some sci-fi fantasy if it isn't too weird. I also love quilting/sewing project books. I have a wish list on the sidebar of my blog.
  8. Do you prefer Cookies or Candies as a sweet? either - I have a major sweet tooth. dark chocolate over milk and white for sure
  9. What is your favorite holiday treat? All of them. I love brittle, but it's too hard on my teeth.
  10. Describe your favorite holiday tradition. the first Christmas we were married hubby and I got each other an ornament. We've done it every year since (this will be our 12th) and now we include getting one for each of our boys. I love unwrapping them every year and looking at what we've given each other. Some years they have to do with something from that year - a trip or something special from the year. I love the idea that in 50 years we'll have a tree filled with gifts to one another.
  11. Did you believe in Santa as a child? yes
  12. When do you open presents? Christmas morning
  13. Do you put up a tree and when? If not, how do you celebrate? yes, first weekend in December
  14. Does your tree have a theme? no - it's a total hodge podge, but most ornaments have a story
  15. What has been your favorite gift to give? to receive? I can't think of anything specific. to give - I love to give homemade gifts. to receive - anything that took some thought - oh and fabric!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Dream Sewing Room and a few other things....

Well, it's been a year since my last entry. Lame, I know. But we've been busy. Cory completed his PhD and we moved from Hawaii to Idaho where he got a job as a professor at ISU. While I miss many things about paradise, there is a lot to enjoy in Idaho. Like the fact that we were able to finally buy a home. And not just any home, this one came with a 13'x21' unfinished workshop that makes an AMAZING sewing room! While I day dream about finishing it someday with a ceiling and flooring and french doors into the adjacent family room, it works perfectly for now. It is huge and came with shelving and built in counters that are the perfect height for sewing and cutting. I absolutely love this space.

Since this photo was taken, I moved my two spare machines and made the area on the left a perfect kid craft area for Leif. And that back wall is where I eventually want to put French doors into the family room. For now, while he still has a lot of house projects going, Cory is using it as his workshop space. Which works fine for me. I have plenty of space in the rest of the room.

I've also joined the Port Neuf Valley Quilt Guild and enjoy my once a month guild meetings. They do a quilt show in the Spring and also a retreat, both of which I am looking forward to. While there aren't any quilters in my age group, it's fun and I know I can learn a lot from these amazing quilters.

I'm doing a monthly friendship block swap with the guild and I also signed up for my first online swap with the Flirty Apron - Fall Table Runners. I also just completed a Facebook Pay it Forward type swap that I signed up for several months ago - we had till the end of the year to complete our swap. So, while I have yet to find any sewing buddies here, I'm enjoying this swapping and hope to do more.

My Fall table runner for the Flirty Apron Swap. Since this photo was taken I have quilted it, just have to bind it and get it in the mail on Saturday.

These are bookmarks I made for my Facebook Pay it Forward Handmade Gift Swap. I used my oh so talented friend Shelley's tutorial. I did 6 sets of 3 bookmarks and sent them off to my friends in HI, WA, ID and Germany. I am going to start another similar swap for 2012.

I have a pile of projects to complete right now - curtains for the kitchen, our bedroom and Kian's room, a surfboard wall hanging for Kian's room, a duvet cover for our room, a huge pile of pillow cases and a slug and an elephant for cousin Christmas presents and a diaper bag and baby quilt. My goal is to have all that done by the end of the year. Unrealistic, but I'm at least hoping to get the curtains and Christmas presents done.

I have decided to keep my name of Patchwork in Paradise. While I no longer reside in the phenomenal state of Hawaii, I will always carry paradise with me wherever I go. So Aloha for now, all pau ( I must go bind that runner.)