All because two people fell in love...

We met in February 1989, started dating in May, and got married in September. And Josh came *almost* 11 months later, just in case y'all were wondering. And then no more came. We waited, and waited, and then Lauren decided to make her debut in May 1995 (5 weeks early), and then Kayley 1997, Jacob 1998, Krissy 2001, Lindsey 2004 & Joey 2006. We lived in Texas until 2005, and then we moved to Arkansas, just about 25 miles north of Texarkana, Texas. Fortunately all my children are Texans (and my handsome husband) because Texans are just cool. Wish I was a Texan... but husband had to settle with a California gal, which I think is pretty cool too.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

So crafty

This is my trusty ol' sewing machine that my mom's mom gave me in 1989. She bought it around 1981, so it's rather ancient compared to most cool sewing machines today. My zig-zag stitch doesn't work well, and I have never had it serviced. Maybe I need to take it in soon. It's a Kenmore... think Sears will service it?
This is the apron I did for Kayley. Now that I am done with it, it looks huge! She can just double wrap it for now. I know she will be so excited for it. She's been wanting me to make her an apron. It took my about 3 hrs to do this. 1 hour was doing the stupid straps... just trying to get them pushed through to the right side. I was getting mad there for a bit.
Look at the finish details... cute lace that matches and even buttons!
These are the stockings that I made. Okay, I didn't do them all in one day... actually over a period of about 16 years~ LOL!! Top left is Josh's, hence the lighter fabric (made about 1992). Then Lauren's, Kayley's, and bottom right is Jacob's. I've had those one done since 1998 or 1999. Then I had Krissy, Lindsey and Joey... and never a stocking for them. I have been debating for a long time whether I continue with the current pattern, or do something new for all. Kids really wanted me to make the last 3 like the others, so I did those yesterday. Krissy's or Joey's don't have hair yet because I need to get a lighter yarn. Krissy cried and cried yesterday because of it. I guess she thought I was going to keep hers bald.
Of course, the tree looks a lot better when it's dark and you can see the lights. And when all the ornaments are spread around instead of the top section... my tree would look better. It was perfect for the first, um... maybe 24 hrs? After that Joey hasn't been able to resist. He's doing good with the gifts at leaving them alone, but the ornaments & ribbon? Forget it!
Last Saturday I went to the Dallas Temple with the youth. Kayley stayed home with the younger kids (Josh was also here and technically in charge, but Kayley is the boss). They made this giraffe with some clay they found. I thought they did a great job.

Now maybe I will go finish the Christmas plates I was suppose to have given out at Thanksgiving 2007, and then 2008, but never did... I really need Rebecca here to help me! LOL!!

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Siouxsie said...

Those stockings are awesome. Such a cute idea for the style. Good job getting them done before everyone moves out of the house like I probably would have done. ;-)

Megan said...

My sewing machine is wayyyyy older than that! My grandma (LaVina) gave it to me. My dad says he remembers her having it when he was a kid. It's all like 1960's retro and made completely of metal and it's so heavy I can't lift it. I always have to have my husband put it out on the table for me. The brand doesn't exist anymore, I tried looking it up on the internet to see if I could find an instruction manual. All I found was another machine someone was selling on ebay in a different color! but it still works and i made our stockings with it!

Becca said...

Wow--I hope I'm not hurting your feelings, but I am most impressed by that clay giraffe. I guess the kids inherited their skills from their talented mother!

Valerie said...

I have a Kennmore too. It is super simple but it gets the job done. I don't know that Sears actually fixes them...I used to have a warranty on mine but don't any more. I think they would send them out...just depends on your Sears.