Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy Holiday plus The Year in Review...and I've Been Outed


Hang on, this is a long one faithful reader.

My youngest son in law tells me that I can't post any "excuses" as to my absence of late faithful reader. Harumph I say. Let's say what did December consist of around here since my last post? 24 hours after my last post, I received a call from my daughter overseas asking me "could I come?" 72 hours after that my husband landed in the hospital. After some crazy juggling and some gracious rescheduling, a couple of the kids came at the drop of a hat while I zipped away. They stayed with their dad while I went...



here! What, you don't have time for a trip abroad two weeks before Christmas, faithful reader? What is a momma to do when her baby says, "Can you come?" Well get on a plane, of course. I helped babysit, house hunt, bathe and snuggle as well as travel home for the holidays. Lest you think it was all drudgery and hardship, there was a side trip


to the most delightful pasticceria you have ever seen! The Pasticceria Ferrari. I am sad there is no website. It is a delight for all of the senses.


Princess opted for a Santa cake. So cute but she wasn't touching that hot milk.


Mommy and I chose a more "healthful" option, Ha!, of berry tarts with hot chocolate that was the consistency of melted pudding. Oh my....

Enough of that, it was time to return home by racing through as many airports as possible. I hear the Munich airport is nice if you aren't running through it like a madman.

I returned home to a still recuperating husband late on the 17th. Yes, one short week before Christmas. There was a tree to put up, NINE pair of pj's to finish, shopping to do, gifts to wrap and preparing for the arrival of the rest of the family. Whew, and as you can see from the top photo it all came together and we had a wonderful, crazy, joyous, loud, fun holiday.


Now for that year in review.

  • Four Rompers
  • Two Machine Appliqued Sundresses w/bloomers
  • One Sundress no bloomers
  • One Slip
  • One Appliqu├ęd CC Lucy
  • Three Toddler Bibs
  • Two Undermachine Pocket Mats
  • Two Machine Embroidered Jackets
  • Six Monogrammed Scarves
  • Twelve Luggage Tags
  • One Bridal Garter
  • One Monogrammed Table Runner
  • One Monogrammed Silk Covered Hat Box
  • One Smocked Bodice Flower Girl Dress
  • Embroidery on "Liberty Rose" Inspirations #71 as well as signature square to insert into a friend's throw.
  • One Appliqued Long all
  • One Appliqued Jumper
  • Two Aprons
  • Two Doll Garments
  • NINE pair of Santa PJ's.
  • One Smocked/Embroidered baby dress
Total 58 items all along with
  • One Rotator Cuff Repair and 9.5 months of rehab
  • One SAGA Convention
  • One Half of a Local chapter Workshop
  • Two trips abroad
  • ANDDDD One Wedding for our youngest daughter
But really no excuses as to why I have been silent faithful reader. I have already started planning for the coming year. Easter outfits are planned and designing a christening gown has commenced because as I stated in the title, I have been outed.


Someone, aka Lori Anne, found the ticker at the bottom of this page. Our newlyweds have brought home a little Belizian souvenir from their honeymoon. We are blessed to be welcoming a new addition to the growing family at the end of June.

I hope your holidays were half as wonderful as ours were and that the New Year brings many, many blessings to you and those you love. I promise to post more in the coming weeks. I have a few Christmas projects to tell you about.

26 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new addition! It looks like your December was pretty exciting.

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  2. You were right!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations again! Whew, I'm tired just reading that post, but oh, what a story-Wonder Woman! Hope your January is a tad more settled than your December was!

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    1. I told you, people are going to start listening to me more often. :) I don't know about Wonder Woman, just Survival Woman.

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  3. Some things are more important than posts... sounds like you had quite a few "things" taking priority! I am amazed at your list of accomplishments... bravo!

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    1. Thanks Kellie, I was surprised as well. I knew it wouldn't rival years past but I thought it would be a lot less considering my shoulder. I am glad for how much I did accomplish.

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  4. I am glad you were outed and we all know how good Lori is at that sort of thing!

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  5. Your December sounds wild and wonderful and full of memorable events. Best wishes for your DH's speedy recovery and congratulations on the newest addition to your lovely family.

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    1. Thank you Karen, it was wild and memorable. I will be a teeny bit glad for a slower pace for at least a few weeks/days.

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  6. Wow Martha you have had a really relaxing December LOL. Love the pjs and the family photo. Congrats to Amy !!

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    1. I know right? I mean who needs bubble baths and yoga when you have this? :) Thanks so much.

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  7. Happy New Year to you, Martha. The thing in your post that most impressed me...was that you even remembered what you did in the past year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well and don't be impressed. My photos upload to my computer with the dates attached. Otherwise I would have not known half of it.

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  8. Oh, you've been a busy woman! So happy to hear of the new baby! You'll need more hours in the day with all the stitching you'll want to do! :)

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    1. Oh Cheryl that is so true. I feel like I don't have time to sleep. MY brain is whirling with al of the projects I want to do for both the grands that are here and the one coming. I feel like the Mad Hatter.

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  9. Oooppss...sorry. :) The PJs look great on your crew. So happy about the baby - and so glad you're back blogging!

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    1. No problem Lori Anne, It was there to be found. I am kind of surprised it wasn't found sooner. It had been there almost two weeks. :)

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  10. Love your post and your work!

    I have a question that I am hoping you can help me with...I am making Kathy Neal's Mary Claire pattern and it calls for using the fil tire' stitch on the center front panel. I'm not familiar with that stitch. I would like to learn to do it by hand and have searched my resource library as well as online and don't seem to see instructions...can you help? Where might I find details on this stitch?

    Many, many thanks,

    Anne Robertson

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    1. Anne, I sent you an email, let me know if you don't get it.

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  11. Whew! I'm tired just reading about your adventures! And congratulations on another grandbaby! Glad you're back to blogging!

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    1. Aunt Honey, I'm tired too! :) And Thank you, we are excited about the newest addition.

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  12. Wow! I don't know how you did all that, and were recovering from rotator cuff surgery as well! I too had rotator cuff surgery this past May, and have been busy smocking, sewing, travelling, etc., but not nearly as busy as you! (My healing was slow and painful, and definitely didn't allow me as much sewing time before the pain increased). My hat's off to you! And what exciting news about another grandbaby! Congrats! (You have also inspired me to start blogging, and I just started that in November).
    Mary

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    1. Mary, I hope your recovery continues to go well. I am glad I could be an inspiration to you. Keep up the good work.

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  13. Oh my word...I bow to you, Woman!! That is amazing to see & hear all that you accomplished, while recovering from surgery, too. (I'm babying my right arm in hopes of avoiding exact same surgery)
    I'm sorry I didn't know about your hubby. I must go back & catch up.
    Congrats on a new little addition to your family. Your sewing machine is going to be smokin'!! LOL

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  14. My goodness, you've been busy! I love the pj's, what a great idea. But pockets? Now really! Congratulations on the little one to come.

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