It’s Over

ItsOver F throw

monogrammed fleece throw for sweet daughter-in-law


Christmas 2011 is finally over.  I know, I know—-you probably put all your ornaments away before the pumpkin pie was gone and already have your Valentine’s decorations up.  I bet you are set to bake red, white and blue  cupcakes for Presidents’ Day and have a bunting ready to hang on the front porch.

Not me.  Our at-home celebration with our children and grandchildren began Dec. 27th and ended Jan. 3 when they had all left.  So we are a little  lot slower wrapping things up.

The pre-Christmas bug that kept me in bed and, more importantly, out of the sewing room,  is the reason I am still finishing up a few gifts.  The microfleece throw for my sweet daughter-in-law was embroidered with one of my favorite machine embroidery collections, Sandy Jenkins‘ Paisley Alphabet  from Martha Pullen.


I especially like to create an applique’ for the solid portion of the design (gold show above).For this projects, a silver gray ultrasuede was substituted for the fill embroidery.  Shelly loves deep, rich colors so I hope she will enjoy this throw.



Six year old Robert was pleased with the Dallas Cowboy Christmas gifts I made for him, but I had promised some pajamas.  Now they are finished.  The shirt is just like the other I made for him, but now he has a jammie top and one to wear out and about.

But my husband and I are a little glum after all the holiday noise and activity created by three children in the house.  The quiet is deafening.  When our children were growing up, our home was the place they gathered with their friends.  So the chaos of this past week was a poignant reminder of those bygone days.

Still there are little tokens left behind, here and there, that we are loathe to put away.  Robert, who can’t keep up with his shoes or anything else, left his beloved bear behind.  Teddy waits patiently for his boy under the child decorated Christmas tree.  I’m sure this is one sorely missed bear.


ItsOver  cropped ted


Two year old Alastair is remarkably responsible and trustworthy around fragile items.  My mother made this nativity set for our first Christmas as married folk, in 1968.  Treasured as it is, it was perfectly safe at Alastair’s eye level.  He even “improved” the scene with a toy car.  He reminded me of the little drummer boy who gave “his best for Him, ba-rum-pa-bum-bum.”  Little Alastair left his favorite red sportster.


ItsOver nativity


I have always placed little unbreakable Christmas decorations on the stairs, at eye level for even smaller mobile children.  These are the last things to be put away.


ItsOver stAIRS


I don’t know why I am feeling so sad.  In just 50 weeks it will be Christmas again.


4 responses to “It’s Over

  1. Janice,
    This is an absolutely charming post. My youngest just left this morning and I’m feeling somewhat blue. But as you say, only 50 more weeks to go…

  2. Love the red car in the Nativity scene. :-)) So sorry you are feeling blue. It does bring back Christmas memories, however, when I find the lost nesting Santa under a bed in July!! But do you know how much sewing there is to do between now and next Christmas?..way more than you and I can pack into 50 weeks!! haha.. To start with I have to do a Betsy Ross outfit..then move on to Valentine outfits, Easter dresses, birthday dresses, summer dresses, fall dresses, Thanksgiving outfits, Christmas dresses AND all with matching outfits for the Am. Girl dolls! (all this times 2) Whew, I better get off here and get started….

  3. You surely have a knack for putting things in perspective, Judy! You are right—TO THE SEWING ROOM (where comfort can always be found.).

  4. You’re not the last to put things away….. We decorate the week before Christmas (one year we even put up the tree on Christmas Eve) so… I’m not in a rush to put it away so fast, only due to laziness. Besides the wise men haven’t even reached Bethlehem yet and Jesus hasn’t gotten his gifts yet….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.