As some of you may or may not know, I’ve got Christmas on the brain.
You see last year, I started off just fine with that Christmas anticipation but with all the heat (in Miami) the commercialism, the rush and nickel & diming, come Christmas, “that Christmas feeling” had dissipated. The first time ever for me : ( So much so that this Summer, I didn’t even go to the Robert’s Christmas Wonderland in Tampa, as I usually do. But as of late, I have been on Facebook enjoying all the “I believe in the Magic of Christmas” posts and enjoying all those magical photographs of Christmas around the world. Even the Counting Down to Christmas (slow down people!) has had my daughter talking about it since October!
This year, thanks to Julie The Crafty Quilter, we have been preparing for Christmas every month with her “Christmas Once a month” posts. (I am behind on my November post) But, I have also joined all these other events to keep me focused, excited and slowing down enough to take in everyday in December.
First is the Holiday Extravaganza going on at RUKristin’s blog the day after Thanksgiving, a new Black Friday Tradition! You can get a sneak peek here, I’ll be featuring a great recycling tutorial for those Holiday Photo Cards. I hope you’ll stop by!
Up next is the December Daily which is Ali Edwards’ great idea. It’s just enough scrapbooking to keep you sane and remember all the details of the holidays instead of recalling them in a blur! Just 25 days! That is all the memory keeping you have to do. Now that I can manage! I can’t wait to get my stuff in the mail. She has a great kit to you can buy to make your own December Daily journal, you can check that out here. But all you really need is a photo album or generic scrapbook with some pretty paper, stickers and maybe some ribbon. As much or as little as you want to make it!
I am also a list maker. It’s the only way to get things out of my head and so guess what? There is a 30 days of lists event going on, read all about it over here. It’s a special December edition that, of course, is going to go right into my December Daily Journal, one a day. These lists can be written anywhere and it takes what? Like 5 minutes of my life? I can’t wait to start!
And lastly, just because this is my first Thimble Blossoms pattern, by Camille Roskelley, I am having a Vintage Holiday Quilt Along!! Heidi had one of these last year and they turned out great! I am going to start quilting on December first, 2 blocks a day, and hope to have it done by Christmas Eve or sooner. And I’ll post my progress periodically. No pressure! I really fell in love with this Vintage Modern Fabric Collection of hers. It’s the most I have ever splurged on fabric (at that time.) I know there is so much going on in December, but I really would love to put this over my sofa to greet Christmas guests as they come into my house. Say you’ll quilt along!