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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Ornaments and 2014 Quilt Resolutions (Picture heavy)

Each year my sibling and I exchange hand made ornaments.  I also make them for the older nephews since they don't get toys or cash anymore.  I couldn't decide on just one type of ornament to make this year so everyone got a different one.  Here is what I made.
For Brenda and Gene

Bev & Eric

Garrett got one of these.  I kept the other.

Brian & Marcy

Kurt & Liz
And from my talented family...
The front of the ornament from Brenda

The back - Grandma Cookie is what the grandkids called my mom.  

From Beverly

My Brother Brian and his mighty scroll saw. 
 And each year my husband gets me the annual Danbury Mint Doxie ornament.  This year he put Duchess' dog tags on it as this was the year she passed away.  I have one from several years ago with Sparky's tag on it too.  Always makes me cry when I pull it out.
It was a tough year.  Started out good with the birth of my sweet Granddaughter.  Here she is at Christmas helping open presents.  Yes, she's gonna be a red head!  
And to keep it fair - here's little Jack (in the box)!  

And this year my mother passed away on October 6 from Multiple Myeloma.  She was diagnosed about 3 years ago and starting this April, she started going down hill fairly fast.  She dropped a lot of weight and from there she couldn't walk or do anything really.  The last month of her life we had to put her in Bethaney Homes who took great care of her.  Christmas was different this year without her since she always made home made ravioli's for Christmas eve dinner and home made cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning.  My younger sister and her family came down from Seattle and my brother and his family stayed in town.  And this year my oldest nephew and his wife came too.  We were super excited about that because the only time we had been around her was their wedding 3.5 years ago.  I think my dad really appreciated that they came. My dad and little sister did make ravioli's and my dad made cinnamon rolls.  So we are trying to keep some of the traditions my mother started alive.  And our adopted (my being neighbors and good people to my parents for many years in San Jose) came for Christmas Eve dinner.  They are the one's I made the neutral quilt for.  Let's put it this way - tears were shed when they opened it.  

My sister Brenda made some photo props for us to play with and we got my dad to 'pose' for a picture. 
So on to resolutions.  Last year I finished 6 quilts on my resolutions list, started 2 more and took one off the list that I know I will never finish.  I actually took the pieces apart .  But if you know from this post I did finish 45 quilts (small art quilts to large quilts) and some other craft items like pouches, crib bumpers and little girl dresses and ornaments) so I do not feel so bad about only finishing 6.  It's kind of like an annual guideline.  Maybe because I have so many project boxes that if I don't write them down, I'll forget.  I could add a lot more if I add all my fabric collections but the list is too long.  My stash cabinets are overflowing.  
I have updated my list on the right.  I may or may not add more as the year goes on.  I'm really am afraid to check my cabinets and start writing them down.  Yikes!  

May 2014 bring peace and joy to you.  Thanks for looking!

6 comments:

Beverly Andersen said...

I think 6 quilts is a lot, especially with all that you are involved with. I really don't know how you do it!

Linda Blasingame said...

Barb... I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Being out of the "loop", I miss everything! Wishing you a better 2014. Hopefully I'll get to see you, even if it's a short visit

Quiltedtime said...

Your ornaments are adorable. I wouldn't worry too much about that UFO list of yours. You always get so many projects finished.

Elaine said...

Dear Barb, I lost my mom almost 14 years ago and I think about her a lot-the difference is, thinking about her doesn't bring tears but a smile. One of the quilts I hope to make this year is "Why make cookies when you can make a sugar castle" in honor of my mom. She was my only parent and I her only child so letting her go was hard. It will get better but she will always be there. Blessings to you and your dad this year.

Suzanne Kistler said...

Love the ornaments! Every time you post them, I think, "I should do that!" and then promptly forget about it. ;)

LOVE that the BOTV challenge is on your list. I hope that you'll be able to get one done!

AfterMath Quilting said...

I like your resolution list. It reminds me of ideas I have but don't follow through.
Your ornaments gave me lots of ideas. Hummm . . . start 2014 ornaments in January? NO!
Happy 2014.