Happy Holiday

I’m currently suffering Christmas-mania withdrawal….Today I miss my sewing machine terribly, but cannot find it in me to get my butt out of the chair I’m sitting in.  The problem is that I decided to craft most of the children in my life’s Christmas gifts.  Not sure of the exact motivation: homemade gifts are thoughtful, I’m feeling unusually thrifty, I felt up for a crafting-challenge, or I’m totally crazy…..  Here’s what I managed to turn out after a sleep-deprived week of vacation.

First up: Cinderella dresses using this pattern.  One for Josie, one for Penny, and one for Roxy, a sassy little lady in our lives.  I give the pattern a 7 out of 10.  I didn’t love it; it’s not the cleanest looking dress on the inside, but I think the end product turned out pretty nice:



Here is the trio of dresses hiding out in the garage/ wrapping station.  Unfortunately my very naughty daughter decided to sneak into the garage and saw everything…at least she had the good sense to look surprised when she opened her gift.



And here are the dresses in action:

with a crinoline

without crinoline

















Josie has been asking for a few crocheted items lately…a pink elephant I made her cousin Jade about 2-3 years ago, a baby pear with a pacifier, and a duck wearing a Santa hat.  I decided to make her something I knew that she would like, and if anything, would be in her two favorite colors: pink and purple.  I used a pattern from this book (one of the co-authors is Josephine and the other is Lan which are Josie’s first and middle names-so weird).  Josie got a bunny and Penny got a giraffe.  Here’s how they turned out:

peek a boo!

where's my acacia tree?!?

Josie’s play apron broke recently, so I made a replacement non-plastic replica for her and Penny.










Here are the aprons in action.






And finally, for Gavin, a little gentleman in our lives…who is 6 going on 40 and has betrothed himself to Penny (although I hear he is having second thoughts after meeting all the stylish girls in his kindergarten class….), man-wear.

Mustache pajamas for his birthday (as modeled by Josie):











Please note that Josie selected the fabric for these pajamas with the knowledge that Gavin’s favorite color is green.  I figure she has the perspective of youth on her side, but all I see is a mustached Kermit the frog….



Finally, for Gavin’s Christmas present, a tie-shirt.


I can’t claim credit for this one…I was in a boutique shop in Claremont and saw a onesie with this same tie applique on sale for $18.  I have the exact same fabric in my stash…and voila.  I really can’t claim credit for the idea of the mustache pajamas either…Gavin’s mother is the brainchild behind those.



Well, that is all.  My next project is a belated Christmas present for my niece in Arizona, and then something funky for myself.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and I will leave you with a recipe I found for the most DELICIOUS hot chocolate (especially with an added shot of Kahlua or Grand Marnier-live it up-it’s the holidays!)


  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Bring the milk, cream, cocoa powder, and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Off the heat, stir in the chocolate and the vanilla. Cover, let the chips melt for about 1 minute, then whisk smooth before serving.

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