Christmas Tidbits

Truly, this is the most wonderful time of the year.  And it’s just around the corner.

Meanwhile, the black velveteen for Vivian Rose’s Christmas dress (because black is this child’s best hope for an all-day appearance of cleanliness) is still in the package from Farmhouse Fabrics.    I’m still returning china, laundering and pressing 140 dinner napkins while recovering from Thanksgiving.  We were deeply involved in a fabulous almost family wedding Thanksgiving weekend.  FYI, the groom is almost family–there was nothing” almost” about the wedding!  That’s what the 140 dinner napkins were all about.

For 5 days of Thanksgiving and 5 days with so much for which to be thankful,   our house was filled with the families of both of our children, including all 4 of our precious grands.  It was a glorious time, but exhausting with the wedding thrown in there.

But back to Christmas……

Tidbit #1:  Do you all know about Jacquie Lawson‘s electronic greeting cards?  They are just spectacular.  For a small fee you have unlimited access to cards all year long. I share this with you now because of the advent calendar she offers each year.  Members, for a very small fee (as little as $2 each for 10 or more) can give a daily magical electronic Christmas experience to children or anyone.

This year there are two versions, a Victorian Christmas


This year's Jacquie Lawson electronic Victorian Advent Calendar

This year’s Jacquie Lawson electronic Victorian Advent Calendar


and a Seaside Advent calendar.


Seaside Advent caledar

Seaside Advent calendar


I ordered one each for myself and one each for my husband, in addition to the grands and other children we love.  Please at least look at the preview of these delights.

My two older grandchildren, 11 and 12 years old, asked me at Thanksgiving if they would be getting calendars this year.  Of course, they have received theirs and when 11 yo Robert called me last night, we decorated a tree and made a wreath “together”  as we chatted and discussed our choices and creations.

I have no affiliation with Jacquie Lawson whatsoever, but I want to share this unique Christmas experience with you.

Tidbit 2:  Another of my project tutorials has been posted at Brother’s Stitching Sewcial blog.  This is a quick gift idea, embroidered linen coasters.




As a bonus, the Winter Wonderland embroidery design is being offered for free.  Please check it out and leave a comment if you like it.  If you don’t……..well, never mind.

Tidbit #3:  Did you look closely at the banner above at Janice Ferguson Sews?  It’s from the Stetson Mansion’s web site. I was tickled pink to see the Early American Sewing  Machines book in this Christmas collage.  I’d love to peruse that volume.

The Christmas tour of the Mansion is a highlight of the season for us.  When the older grandchildren are here for the holidays, we will take that tour.

Well, that’s all the tidbits for now.  Right now, I’m busy finishing up a cute Disney Christmas quilt then I’ll move on to Vivi’s dress, decorating the tree and Christmas cards.  Can you tell I’m waaaaay behind schedule?

This weekend I’ll be at Rebecca’s gingerbread house decorating party and then  Vivian’s preschool Christmas program.  More Christmas delights to come!

I hope you all are not behind schedule with your Christmas preparations as am I.   Happy Christmas stitching to you all!



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