~ and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

~a quiet night~

      ~Reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”~

     ~Em reading to dad “Olive”~

   ~remembering the reason~

    ~food for Santa and Reindeer~

     ~ the bounty~

   ~love the kitty paper!~

  ~art easel, stockings~

  ~peace~

~Quiet Moments ~

This holiday season is going so fast. I have so much I want to do, but sadly I am not able to do it all.  I feel fine with this. Tis true.

I am going to slow down and enjoy each moment that comes my way.

  ~literally~

This has been a hard year for my family, but one thing I know for sure is that it is the little moments of complete joy and happiness that sustain me.

How is it possible for one little girl to have so much excitement??

Her joy reminds me to be present,  right here, right now.  

~ I hope you enjoy these holidays with the ones you love~

~Peace~

~And then it was three years~

~Someone please tell me how can it be three years already? How can the time go by so fast. It seems like just yesterday we were having your birthday party.  Planning Christmas gifts… how can you be gone?  I am still wondering.

~You live in my heart, you live in my mind.  My heart still hurts because you are not here.  You are my little brother until the end of time.

I miss you Rob and I love you. I will always honor you.

Love,

Jen (your big sis.)

~Advent in our home~

This year I wanted to introduce advent to my family.  I love the idea of  anticipating the birth of Christ, the return of light through  Christmas.

We try to always eat dinner together as a family every night. It is our way of reconnecting and sharing our day’s events. 

So it just seemed logical to create our advent on our dinner table.  This was my inspiration~ and it just worked perfectly for our family. Once we get our tree I will add some of the trimmings to our tray.

  ~ week one  Mineral~

This first week my family really is enjoying this process and I know this will be a new tradition for us…

   ~it just feels right!

~Red Letter Day baby quilt~

What feeling is so nice as a child’s hand in yours? So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp.
~Marjorie Holmes

So, I think I’ve mentioned my cousin really liked her quilt I made for her new baby..

She wanted me to make a quilt for her friend in Canada daughter Xyla Rose (beautiful name!).

For the main fabric she picked a Lizzy House line the Red Day Letter and had it shipped to me. It is the cutest line!!

This is what I came up with-

~sorry for the cloudy day weather pics..

 ~back (kind of blurry)

 ~I think this little area is my favorite!

So, I used linen for the sashing.  I have been wanting to try wool for the batting.  After all this quilt is going to Canada.  I love, love, love cotton batting, but I just feel like it is so thin sometimes.  The wool is thin, it makes it a little transparent, just a bit.  But, it is warm, really warm and very, very soft.   I think it will be good.  So? We’ll see. Have you ever used wool? What did you think?

Can I just say I finally got the corner thing figured out??  I have read many, many tutorials but I was always a little off.  No more! I got it . Yay me!

So, now that I compare the 2 quits, obviously I did not exactly replicate the design, but I hope she loves it anyway!

 

Updated:  I recieved a lovely comment from Lizzy’s mom! I asked her how she happened to come upon this name for her collection.  She was kind enough to send me back to where Lizzy explains the name…and it is perfect! It really makes this quilt that much more perfect! We should all be so smart as to have a Red Letter Day, everyday!!