Monday, December 5

Tis' a very busy time of the year. . .

Once again, almost a month has past since we've last posted! I just cannot believe how quickly the time and day can get away from a person. If the saying "Time goes by fast the older you get" is true both of us gals are going to be in trouble!!

I hope that you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving (with the way I get things done I should probably be wishing you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year today!!)

Wasn't it amazing though, that we didn't have any snow on the ground?!

It's been a while and it was a nice change--and even today, December 5th, and just a trace of snow is on the ground, crazy how things change from year to year!

We had a lot of fun (especially decorating and cooking) for the group of family that took the trip to our house. We had a wonderful time, and of course, like many of you have been telling us, ate waaay to much!

This picture doesn't have anything to do with our shop, or projects, or the holidays but isn't it amazing that Joe got all FIVE dogs that were out hunting with the gang at camp a few weeks ago to sit and pose for his I-Pad?! Seriously, it never fails, there is always one dog in the group that has to spoil it!! So congrats, Finn, Abbey, Sadie, Tucker, & Andrew's dog, you all look great!

While the men have been out hunting. . .

. . .we've taken our show on the road.

We spent a Saturday afternoon out in Watertown, South Dakota at the Dakota Quilt Shop.

(Dead camera battery = no pictures of our day)

We taught the ladies all about wool, woolfelt, and hooking. Rug hooking that is!

The fabulous group of 30 created these fun gift card holders for the holiday gift giving season. It was so much fun to see many familiar faces and to meet many new ones. We also had a delicious eats at PastThymes. Yep--can it get any better than that?!! We also made a late day stop in Dawson (home to the newly crowned 2011 MN State football champs!!) to a Simpler Thyme. If you ever get through Dawson make sure you is a very fun place with great gift ware!

And most recently we attend the 2011 Minnesota Make it with Wool conference at Jackpot Juction in Morton. I did have my camera ready for action this time, but we didn't have the time to take any pictures. We both were super, super impressed by the day!! We had about 40 people between the ages of 6 - 60. Most of these were kids in the age range of 10-16. At first, I think we both were a bit nervous about how this was going to go. A room full of kids and only 2 of us. I have to tell you that NEVER in history of the shop have we had an event like that and probably never will again.

These kids (who often times get a bad rep now days) all knew how to sew. Everyone could thread their needles, tie off good knots, and stitch like the best of us!! The stitches they came up with were quite creative and left us wishing that even we would sat and taken note of how they were doing them. They were all so respectful and kind and we cannot tell you how much we enjoyed the 2 hours we spent with them.

To top it all off we decided to stay for the fashion show. Talk about a group of talented sewers!! From age 6 to age 21 kids all showed off the clothing items that they had sewn from wool. From pants and shirts, to blazers and skirts and long coats it was incredible. Many of them added fancy linings to coats, zippers to pants, elastics to waistbands and cuffs, cut plaids to match up perfectly and even on the bias for shirts and added snaps/buttons/hooks & eyes to boot. Amazing! It was all so fashionably "in" and both of us gals found stuff we wished we could fit in to bring home to wear. We were both so glad we stayed and hope we get invited back next year.

Now. . .onto shop progress. Seems like we've accomplsihed so much and yet I don't have any pictures to show for. Hmm...hopefully we'll come up with them later.

The biggest happening has been the Generations Quilt that Darci designed about her Grandma.

We brought the quilt to the nursing home to show grandma the finished result and as you can tell she loved it. She was so excited about it she was showing the nurses when they came to get her for supper.

This quilt pattern comes with grandma's history which has been collected by her children and our personal visits to the home to see her. Grandma is a "go-getter" and is so much fun to be around as she's always in a great mood and has fantastic advice and stories to tell.

To our delight, she joined us at our first meeting so the gals could meet the woman behind the quilt. We have a four generation pic going on above--how wonderful that we all have a common thread running between us. Grandma turns 90 on the 10th of this month. Truly something to celebrate!!

Lacey has been working on our next block of the month.

She chose 3 colors (didn't photograph well but it's white, green & black)

The quilt is suppose to be 12 blocks to end up 80 x 80 finished but beings she was having so much fun she decided to make 2 extra blocks and add more borders to create a queen size quilt. This is a great class to watch for if you are looking to broaden your quilting horizons and we'll show a better photo once it's been quilted & bound and on the bed.

We also got into the winter spirit with this fun winter quilt. We used a bundle of our SW neutrals from the shop hop this summer to create this quick and easy wall hanging.

I'm thinking we'll need a bit more snow to be making these little guys anytime soon!

Well. . .with the way the days go by, before you know it there really will only be 12 days 'til Christmas and we'll still be placing last minute touches on our gift giving projects.

So. . .although I have good intentions of posting again before the holidays, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. . .just in case ;)

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