Family time for the holidays

December 28, 2006 at 11:44 pm | Posted in Family, Sewing/Crafts | 7 Comments

How was everyone’s Christmas? I hope you had a chance to spend some time with family, some time to reflect on the year’s triumphs, challenges and blessings, and some time to yourself :o)

MIke's family

My brother and his family were in town for a week over Christmas! It’s not often that I can see my family for the holidays. My sister lives in Louisiana and my parents and brothers live north of Austin, TX. Though they were staying about 30 miles north of here with my sister-in-law’s family, I was able to see them every day. The kids, 3 and 6, were all geared up and prepared for snow, but somehow in Illinois, in December, we were unable to provide any?! We had some rain, some overcast days, and a sunny day or two, but none of the white stuff.

Don’t worry, we still had plenty of things to keep us occupied. Like gingerbread houses. Mmmm.

morgan gingerbread garrett gingerbread

And taking Metra into Chicago to visit the Field Museum. The train ride was a novelty for them. This photo is of my husband Ryan with our nephew and his cousin. It reminds me of this photo of the cast of “The Honeymooners” for some reason.

Ry Garrett Bella train

The kiddies were fascinated by the exhibits at the Field Museum. Dinosaurs, animals, archaeology – what’s not to love?

Alligator? Crocodile?

I made a doll for our niece for Christmas, my first one from Wee Wonderfuls’ Make-along story. She is really into Snow White, and while I didn’t want to make it totally Disney-fied, I borrowed the bright colors and love how the dress and headband ended up. I also included a matching hand mirror so she could practice pronouncing letters and words with her new little friend (she had surgery in late Nov. to close a cleft palette). Plus there’s that whole “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall” tie-in.

olive morgan olive

I made some of my favorite owls as a gift for my sis-in-law. The white one represents our nephew, who just got that blue/yellow belt in taekwondo. His sister is the aqua princess, and their late sister Lorraine is the periwinkle one. She has little angel wings on her back.


Now I have to buckle down and get packages off for the color-iffic swap-o-rama and Heels (sorry, S., the box has been sitting here for a week! I’m running it to the P.O. tomorrow, I promise), as well as some last projects of the year/first projects of 2007.

  • Sister’s quilt and apron
  • Brother-in-law’s (brother’s-in-law?!) Sister’s husband’s Saints wall hanging
  • Nieces’ and nephew’s peas
  • Nephew’s duck puppet


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  1. I just looooove the owls. they are gorgeous! and sorry to hear about your lost loved child. i know the little one belonged to your sister/brother… but i can still wish you peace.

  2. Gosh, Jen, thanks for your caring words. It’s so sweet of you to write that.

    She was their first child and they had her only a few days, but I know they still miss her presence in their lives; we all do.

  3. I love your take on snow white, it’s adorable.

  4. “Snow White” is adorable!
    What kind of fabric did you use for the skin?

  5. Love all your stuffies. Just discovered your blog. Everything is so cute. I have to try some of those “peas” and buy the book for a gs!
    You’re very talented!!!!

  6. Snow White “Olive” is too cute! Love the headband!

  7. Absolutely love the owls!

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