Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Little Holiday Creativity

I haven't been a total slug over the last few weeks. When the dogs were sick I tried to spend as much time on one floor as possible so that Samba wouldn't try to follow me up and down the stairs. I'd gather up my craft du jour and settle in front of the TV and when we weren't racing in and out the front door, I got a few things stitched. Would you like proof?

This is a shawl that I knit for a friend who is always chilly even in summer. I liked the colors and fortunately they were also her favorites.

Check out this neat shawl pin that I found on Ebay. It looks like it was made for this shawl. We exchanged gifts a few days ago, so now I can post these pics

This piece took forever. I thought it would never be finished, but here it is. Done

For some reason this year I feel like stitching Santa and his reindeer. Who knows why I choose a particular subject, it just happens. This one looks like they're having a great time flying over rooftops.

This is a big piece. I had to cut fabric the right length and I have no idea what to do with it now that it's finished.

Here are closer shots of Santa and his buddies.

Finally this is one that I finished last night. It has more of an old world feeling to it.

Today was cookie day. I made lots of cookies, then divided them up for friends. The house smells wonderful, like gingerbread and peppermint. I don't know how the dogs can stand it. First are frosted gingerbread.

These are those absolutely decadent fudge like cookies made with coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, graham cracker crumbs and condensed milk. They are way too rich and way too good.

These are made with almond flavor and cherry chips.

And these which are delicious are chocolate mint, made with Andes peppermint chips. They smell great and taste even better.

Tomorrow is dog biscuit baking day. That will get a lot of attention, I'm sure.
See, I can be creative at times.


scotsmad said...

You've been extremely busy! Love all the stitching. Maybe you should put the Santa on a hand towel. We don't know how big or long it is. We have a scottie one, it looks great.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

gMarie said...

Love the knitting. The last cross stitch Santa is my favorite. The other - I would frame and hang over a door or place on the mantle. I take pictures down at Christmas all the time. g

Jo's World said...

Everything is so beautiful! Especially the flying Santa. Polar Express is my most favorite Christmas movie, have you guys watched it?

You have done a masterful job on all and the baking looks divine!

Merry Christmas,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Jeanne Pursell said...

You sure have been busy!!! The shawl is absolutely gorgeous!! Love that pin too!! And the cross amazing!! Those cookies all look insanely delicious!! The almond and cherry ones in particular caught my attention...may have to look up that recipe!! Glad everybody is feeling better. xo
Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh my gosh. I am in awe. Stitching and cooking and looking after all your wonderful pets. What a wonderful home you have. Merry Christmas to you all. Enjoy those biscuits, they look sooooo yummy. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Two French Bulldogs said...

Wow, very creative indeed!
Benny & Lily

SissySees said...

Wow. They are all so beautiful, Sue! I think the cross stitch stocking is my favorite though, probably because I need to make Mark a stocking but haven't decided on a "medium" much less a pattern. I wish the old gent who painted the canvas I used to have the same man make a belt for Mark for the wedding was still around...

The cookies look great too! I'm hoping for some baking this week.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

My mouth is watering just looking at all of your delights!!

I adore the shawl and the pin is fabulous.

I would make the long piece a table runner and then "double dog dare" anyone to sit anything on it!!

Merry Christmas,

Chihuahua Rocky said...

Omg that looks great. Wish I could have some of the cookies =D

Mitch and Molly said...

Our mom is feeling like a slug now! Look at all of the wonderful things that you have accomplished, Miss Sue! Those cookies look sooooooooooo yummy!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Ruby said...

OMD! That shaw is beautifuls!! And, yes, that shaw pin looks like it was just made for that shaw. Great find!
Oh, I am SO jealous over all your delish cookies!!! Especially the Chocolate Mint ones! YUM! (that was Ma, NOT me! hehe)


Marjie said...

You have been busy, and those are some great projects! I'm sure your friend will really enjoy that shawl, and the pin that goes with it!

Casey said...

Mmm, I hope some of those cookies are for me! Momma is trying to finish all her Christmas candy. She always thinks she has plenty of time and then ends up scrambling at the last minute!

Nichole said...

Look at all those beautiful - and yummy - creations! You've been busy!

Life with Wrigs said...

Beautiful shawl! I'm sure your friend loved it! I love your cross-stitch pieces, too. I am in awe of both your talent and the fact that you accomplished all this while caring for sick dogs. The cookies look delicious!

Susan and Wrigs

Soggibottom said...

Just let you know, I HAVE BEEN HERE :-) xxxxxx