Stockings

January is coming.  A new year, a new beginning.  December has been hard, y’all.  I wasn’t really feeling the Christmas spirit, although I tried to keep things fun for the kids.  RaptorDad, bless him, really stepped it up this year as far as holiday traditions go.  Plus, I must have been an exceedingly good girl this year as Santa brought me the fancy Kitchenaid mixer that I’ve been dreaming of for the past 14 years.  :)  And since his elves at Amazon shipped it in its original packaging, I got it a week early!  RaptorDad was so mad that his surprise was ruined, but I loved having it for Christmas baking.  I even tackled the oft requested merengue pie.  I foresee a loooooooot more baking in my future.

But January.  I always love January.  It always seems so shiny and new and full of endless possibilities.  I love making lists and goals for January.  Why wait!  I’m going to make a little mini to do list for the week right here to keep myself accountable.  Starting with blogging!  I’m shooting for 3 times this week.  With actual pictures and finished projects.

  1.  Blog 3 times.  Shoot, maybe I’ll even go nuts and have some more blog posts cued up for next week!
  2. Write and mail thank you notes.
  3. Mail Raptor’s Girl Scout Christmas Cards.  I even bought stamps today.
  4. Pictures of the kids.  Let’s be honest, Christmas Cards aren’t happening this year, but I at least want some pictures.
  5. Pack away Christmas stuff.  I know, I know.  I should leave it out until epiphany, but I’m just done this year.
  6. Work on December Daily.  I have 9 days done; I’d love to get at least 5 more done this week.
  7. 1 garbage bag of clutter from art room.
  8. 1 garbage bag of clutter from my room.
  9. Deal with laundry nightmare in the babies’ room.
  10. Find out where to donate cloth diapers.  Sorry Mother Nature, we lasted about a year longer than I expected with twins in cloth, but the jig is up.

And since I promised pictures of finished projects, did I ever share pictures of the babies’ stockings?  I finished right in the nick of time.  (I literally finished Mia’s stocking on November 30th lol.)

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And here it is!  The cording for the marionette strings is not a task that I ever wish to undertake again, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out overall.

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I love the nordic feeling of Xander’s.  :)  The one weird thing is that their names went on the backs of the little hanging ornament/ snowflakes.  I might end up creating something new for that down the road, but for now, I’m just thrilled that they are done.

I’d say that I was going to take a break from the felt for a while, but I just told my sister that I would make my brother-in-law one so it looks like I’ll be playing with felt for a while more.  Luckily there’s still plenty of Gilmore Girls to watch.

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