The Busiest Time of Year!


I love Christmas, but this year has been tough! I think the reason for the difficulty is because this is the first year my husband and I are alone. We are officially empty-nesters and it’s made me a little depressed, especially during the holidays. I was a homeschool mom for 12 years so I spent a lot of time with my children and I loved every second of it. Our oldest son just celebrated his second wedding anniversary and our youngest son is attending college out of state. I usually start my Christmas decorating the day after Halloween, but this year I didn’t start until my son was due home from school (end of November). Another reason for the delay in decorating was I had an order for 4 memory quilts the week of Halloween and finished them before we went on vacation at Thanksgiving. I worked day and night to get them completed because I wanted to finish them before the Thanksgiving holiday.

I knew when we got home from vacation I would have Christmas gifts to work on and I wanted to give the memory quilts my full attention. Plus, I don’t like to take orders for quilts after Thanksgiving because we are so busy during the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas. We’ve had parties and church events to attend every weekend this month plus a few on weeknights. My husband and I are runners and we just wrapped up a very busy race season to top it all off! We have run 5 races since October 28th. All of them were out of town but one so we had to travel to get to them. Needless to say I’m ready for some down time to get creative and have some fun in my sewing room!

I usually finish the majority of my Christmas shopping on Black Friday but couldn’t get it done this year. I’m actually supposed to be shopping now but I’m taking a break and having a ‘pick me up’ to help motivate me to continue. Hopefully I’ll finish today but if I don’t, no one but me will know that I didn’t buy every little thing that I had on my list.


I have completed a few embroidery projects for stocking stuffers, and enjoyed every bit of time I was able to spend in my favorite room in the house. I still want to make a Santa purse for my niece but I’m not sure I’ll get to it before the big day…

I can’t wait to have a full day of quilting after Christmas. My resolution for the new year is to finish every UFO in my sewing room!

Gracie the thief!

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