Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas Gift - Debbie

I always have a hard time
deciding what to get someone
for a gift....even
my best friends.
But I always seem to
know what to make them...
makes sense, right?

I remember Debbie remarking on
one of these somewhere so I
just made her one.

Piece of wood.

Off white paint
brown ribbon
tan button

I think she liked it.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

The Box

I am behind on a Christmas
gift for my friend

Thank goodness she
don't read my blog!

Anyway, I got to working
on it again today.

I had this stained wood that
I had removed from my pantry.

and with the saw I bought
for my retirement gift I
cut the wood I needed a
month ago.

Today I finally got it

I will need to hit the two end
pieces with some stain.
The jars I got a couple years
ago for 49 cents at Goodwill.

But I am not done.
I will be finishing it off tomorrow.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dakota's Toy

My best friend.
He brings me
he keeps
me company
and he stays by
my side when I am sick.


He can't stand a toy that
has a squeaker in it.
They never last long.
This is what happens to
said toys.

And after that activity ...

he sleeps!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nieces and Nephews - Old Brothers Side

 For Christmas the
kids wanted to do
pics for Ray and Lori,
my mom and Lori's mom.
of all them together.

Of course the day
we did it was at
nine in the morning,
on the lake
at it was barely
20 degrees.


Left to right back row:
Chase, Sean, Adam and Cobi
Left to right front row:
Jessica, Paige, Susan and
my great nephew Cole.

Brothers and sister:
Paige, Chase and Cobi

Brother and sister:
Sean and Jessica

Married into the family:
Adam - Paige's hubby
and Susan- married to Chase

Cobi and Cole

Chase and Susan with

Isn't Cole adorable?

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Ornaments Over the Years - Friends

In the other post the other
day I was showing pics
of ornaments I made
for family and myself.

These were made for my best friend,
Mama Jo (her mom) and her
grandson Austin that she was

Here are some that I made
for Mama Jo
Austin from birth till

And Debbie.
I think my fav of all of
these is the snowman head.

Oops....never realized that 1996 and 1998
are the same....


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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Don't Judge Me....

While wrapping packages
out of
scotch tape

Don't judge me!

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Gifts

Years ago as a family my
brothers, sis in laws and I
decided to not do gifts
with each other and
just focus on our
kids and grandkids and

This year I sort of broke
that rule...

My brothers are always
doing for me and
always concerned about
my health and taking care
of me.

I wanted to do something
really neat for them.
I saw this on PINTEREST
a while back and thought
how cool they

They had Mark and Ray's
name on them as far as
I was concerned.

I think they both liked

My sis in law Kim got the cat
With the center of the cat missing according
to Mark!

And Lori being a quilter I thought
this would be perfect
for her.

Enjoy making and giving.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ornaments Over the Years

My son was born in 1987
and either that year or the next
I started making both my daughter
and son's Christmas ornaments.
I was big into cross stitch and there
was some really adorable patterns
around. And then again...some
I altered to make my own.

My son's ornaments are stored away
for the day he is ready for me
to send them to him in
I recently learned that thru
a move my daughters were lost
a few years ago.
Just breaks my heart.

The ornaments started very simple,
just for my son and daughter.
Then later I added me to that
The list grew.
I decided to add my nieces and nephew's,
my brothers and sis in laws
(usually one to share)
and friends.

Yep the list grew.
The last year that I made
everyone an ornament I
figured out of the 25 I made
I had well over 60 hours in them.
I decided to stop.

Since then I have done a few here
and there.

Here are some pics of only a few...
My nephew Chase.
He raced craftsman trucks under
the 98 number so I just did a simple
truck with his number.

I think 2000 must have been my last year to
make the ornaments. This
was Chase's that yr.

The best was the year he got
his license to drive.
When my daughter got hers
I copied and made a pattern
to match the license.
Chase got one from that pattern.

Keep in mind I have 3 nephews and
3 nieces so I don't have pics of
ones I did for each one of them.

my youngest brothers child.
Year #1

the next yr.
(and they are all dated)


Check out the hair on this one...

Some how or another when I was taking
pics of these on my brothers tree a couple
years ago I missed Holly's 1999 one.

So here is 2000

I also took pics of some I made
my brother and sis in law while
I took pics of Holly's.

There was a space and time there that
I skipped for some odd reason
cause this one was from





When my grandkids came along
I also did some for them.
Those being some that
was also lost with
my daughters ornaments.

But then later came my
great nephew and I
started some for him.

Coles first year 

 The problem with not doing
these every years is the years
do skip around.

But with that said I might not
cross stitch my grandkids,
my kids,
or my great nephew an
ornament but they get
one that I have made another
way or I bought specially for them.

Tonight, not being able
to sleep I decided I needed
to take pics of mine.

Looks like I started mine
in 1995.
Loving hot air balloons I
just had to make this one.



And loving clowns...
I had to do this one



But as I sit here tonight and look
over these knowing that one
year my grandchildren,
my nieces and nephews
and my great nephew
will one day be putting these
on their tree with their families
and remembering that they
were special enough to me
for me to have made these
for them...

I think I will start this tradition
back up for next year.
What do you think?

Also, there are several through out the
years that I made Baby's first Christmas
ones for showers.

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come again,