Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Christmas Through The Year, February Edition

First, I want to thank everyone for praying for those in the path of Cyclone Yasi in Queensland, Australia.  You can read an update on Jenny at the Among the Gum Trees blog - she's ok, everyone's ok, but it was certainly a frightening night.  Queensland folks continue to need your prayers, as the flooding certainly isn't over.

But now I'm breathing a sigh of relief, and can focus on getting our February post done.

This is the shortest month of the year.  While I'm happy about that because it's WINTER here in Michigan, it makes me feel a bit rushed about getting a Christmas gift done.  But together we can do it!  I think I know what I'm going to make, just need to print off the pattern. 

Our Christmas movie this month is one that still keeps me laughing - Elf.  I think Will Ferrell is perfectly cast as Buddy, James Caan as his father, and of course Bob Newhart as Buddy's elf father.  Normally I prefer the old classics, but this has become a new classic in our family.  See if you can rent it or borrow it at your library, and enjoy a good laugh while you stitch this month's gift!

Here are a few tutorials to start you off with.  The first one is from Kelly at Charming Chatter....the Patchwork Hearts Tutorial.


I can see these done in red and green, or blue and gold, as well.  I think they'd make not only a lovely Valentine's decoration, but Christmas too!  Thank you Kelly!

The next is a lovely way to store headbands for little girls, [or big girls!] from Emilie Handmade.   This is a no-sew project, very very pretty!  Sorry for no pic.

The next link is for the top 100 tutorials of 2010, from The Long Thread.  Get your beverage of choice before clicking on that one!  Lovely projects.  Enjoy browsing!

My shoulder is not much better, so I'm still trying to stay away from my computer too much, which is killing me.  You have no idea how much I miss you!  I have re-arranged my computer space a bit, so I can either sit in my recliner or with my sewing chair, whichever is more comfortable for the moment.  I hope it helps.  Life is a bit boring without you all.  I'll be back soon to show you pics of our February Give-Away, still need to have a photo shoot - you'll love it! 

18 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thanks for the update on Jenny and the cyclone. So scary, for sure. And we have enjoyed Elf this year! I bought it for my middle son, and although we had seen it once before, we all enjoyed the innocence of Buddy. A very fun movie.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Love the patchwork hearts!!!! So cute and looks very "doable" even a novice sewer.

Shoulder injuries are tough to treat. Probably just rest and not aggravating it is about all you can do.

I've not even heard of Elf but will keep in the back of my mind. BTW have you seen Marley and Me? It's about a dog that isn't very well trained. We found it painful to watch but some find it funny.

Cheryl said...

Yes definitely scary times for those in the path of the cyclone..still in our prayers. Thanks for the great links...and Elf is a wonderful choice.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

So glad for the good report about Queensland. Maybe we need to make some of those rice packs that you heat in the microwave and send them to you for Christmas so you can use them on your shoulder to help it feel better. I'm off to look at that big list of tutorials and see what I can come up with. (No need to reply, but sending you hope that you feel better)

Darlene said...

Thank you for the good report on Queensland.

Well, Allie I failed in January - didn't get one Christmas project done. Dagnabbit - what's a girl to do? February is too short to accomplish two Christmas projects or is it? :-)

Loralynn said...

I so feel for you with the shoulder pain! I have back trouble and know how debilitating it can be. I hope you will be feeling better soon.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Oh Allie - I'm so sorry that your shoulder is still hurting so bad! I just LOVE Elf - it's one of our favorites, too!!! So funny - great pick!! Can't wait to see what you made for February! Be sure to get your rest so you can come back soon!

Joy said...

Wasn't it such a relief to hear that Jen and family are all ok after Yasi's fury!! Boy there's some devastation up in North Qld Allie, it'd break your heart.
Sorry your shoulder isn't much better ... hope it is soon you poor thing!!
Sending big (but very gentle) hugs ;o),
Joy :o)

Talin's Corner said...

It certainly has been a weird season as far as weather is concerned. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Toyin O. said...

Glad about the good report about the queensland flood:)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Elf is a favorite with the boys in our house. Those patchwork hearts are adorable. Love the basket full.

I was hoping your shoulder was feeling better. Sorry it is still giving you grief.

Michelle May said...

Love those little hearts. My heart is so happy that Jenny is ok.
Hope your shoulder get's better soon. Not fun! Not fun at all!
xx, shell

Joanne Lendaro said...

I LOVE ELF!!!!!!!!! My kids are so sick of that movie, they will limit my viewing to December only! Remember "the yellow ones don't stop..." hahaha!! Okay, so a story for you...my kids will only eat Log Cabin syrup and I can only get it at one store here. So I buy 4 bottles of it when I need to replenish my stock because it's a store I don't usually shop. So I'm in line with my 4 bottles of Log Cabin Syrup, and the "cute" litte 18yo. male cashier asks if I thirsty for some syrup. I tell him "no, it's for my house guest named Buddy". He does not get it, my two boys are running for the nearest exit!!! They want absolutely NOTHING to do with me!!

Glad that Jenny is okay, love the little hearts...got to get busy now!! Have a wonderful day sweet allie!!

Val said...

I love your tutorials. They really help!!! I hope you get better soon!!!

Mama Pea said...

Sorry your shoulder's feeling so bad. Maybe you need Dragon Speaking Naturally so you can dictate to your computer instead of type!

Tanya said...

Hope your shoulder gets better soon. That sort of crimps, sewing, computer, and cooking. I can live without the cooking but the other two! You probably feel the same way...

Nellie put the kettle on said...

thanks so much for the tutorial by Charming Chatter for the Patchwork hearts. It worked perfectly for my 'using up stash' efforts. As I have 2 girls I have quite a collection of pink fabric. Must admit didn't realise how much actual sewing was involved but to see it come together was lovely. Have posted photo's on my blog, check it out.
thanks Lynnelle

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

So relieved that Jenny and her family are safe. I love those patchwork hearts, so pretty. Thanks for sharing these great links, keep your shoulder warm and hope its better soon!

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