Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas and other things ~

I've been pretty busy lately what with getting ready for the Holidays and all ... so much sewing and knitting to do, parties to attend, friends to hang about with, that I've totally neglected my little blog. Got a reminder from Blogland that I need to keep it up more often so it's on my list of things to do more often. Now that I'm not having the crunch of getting things ready, I'll do it more!

In the first picture you see are some zip bags I made for a swap at my local modern quilt guild, also known as PMQG. We traded fabrics, took them home and made something (zip bags in my case) and brought them back the next month. My swap gal loved her bags! I got a lovely bag for my knitting needles. I'll post it another time.

This is my little Christmas tree! Think it may be the smallest I've ever gotten. Got it at a local grocery store, put it in my cart and then put it on that moving belt to pay for it. Do think it turned out lovely, especially with that little monster sitting on the table!
Haven't named him/her yet ~ any thoughts on names?

These are two little pin pillows I made for the wonderful women who own 'Cool Cottons', Pam and Marie ~ where you can find the most wonderful fabrics! They both made me feel so welcome when I first moved to Portland. Just a small token of my appreciation for such lovely ladies!

The other day ~ Tuesday ~ was my knitting group Secret Santa party! My secret Santa (Tamera) gave me the lovely bowl you see at the right of the photo, made from fabric! she also gave me a cute pencil bag, some fabric and yarn!

Also, one of the women (Melinda) who works at my most very favorite yarn shop, Happy Knits, made me the lovely boxy zip bag in green and lavender with tools to make yo yo's some fabric! was so touched by her kindness.

Sarah (owner of the lovely yarn shop, Happy Knits) gave me some wool fabric! A big surprise!

Also, my wonderful quilting friends, Annie, Kathie and Carol and I exchanged gifts ... purses, fabrics, flashlights, embroidery, soap!

I'm blessed by these friends.
It was lovely to spend time with these wonderful friends! A good time was had by all!

My son, William and his lovely wife (my d-i-l) Brandie took a class at a local craft shop, Collage here in Portland on painting with paper. This is what I did! I'm so pleased with it and looking forward to doing more 'painting'.

Collage is not your average shop for crafting or taking classes. If you live in the area, you should check it out! They offer a wide array of classes and have great tools for almost every craft!

Wishing everyone Peace, Love and Grace this holiday season. May you be safe and comfortable with your family and friends.
I am blessed with much love from my family and friends, thank you for all you have given me.


  1. wow, you were busy, I'm sure everyone enjoyed the gifts you gave them. :)

  2. Looks like you have been very busy. I do love your little tree and the tree monster underneath. As for a name, Zoolie from Ghostbusters comes to mind, only because my kids just watched that movie.

    Anyway, hope you have a lovely and abundant 2011!

  3. I really like the fabrics of the zip bags.

    Hope you had a nice holiday and birthday (I think you mentioned on my blog that you just celebrated one.

    Happy New Year!

  4. I dont know Elsa, I think he looks a bit like a Harvey or a Henry.

    Have a great year.


  5. I can't begin to tell you how thrilling it is for me to see all of you commenting on my blog! I love your blogs! thanks so much!

  6. Hi Elsa,

    The Jan Eaton book is really worth getting if you can find it.
    Its a great reference book for blocks.

    I think you should count your UFO's. In fact, I think you should show us your UFO's.....


  7. I love your fabric choices. And the pin pillows are adorable.

  8. Your collage looks great! I wonder if you could do something like that with fabric instead of paper, and then just raw edge applique around the pieces.

  9. I love your collage. You're the next Charlie Harper with paper!

  10. I like the composition in your collage. You did a great job. Want to see more!

  11. Love your blog and all your creations, really nice to visit your blog, Catherine x