Saturday, December 3, 2011

An Apology

In my attempt to ‘keep it real’, I may have been a bit harsh in my last post.  I received a very nice e-mail from the designer of the bag pattern I was bitching about from A Quilter’s Dream.  She was sincerely interested to learn how she could make the pattern better and also offered to send me a pattern of one of her gusseted bags to see if I liked it.  Now that’s customer service and I appreciate the time she took to contact me and try and make things right! 

I’ve had another busy week, but at least I have some things to show for it.  I finished these socks:

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The lighter ones are Knitpicks Stroll hand painted sock yarn, and the darker ones are Madelinetosh Tosh Sock.   I love working with the Madelinetosh yarn and I’m anxious to see how it wears.  I find the Knitpicks is very soft, but pills quickly. 

I made this little Santa bag – it’s wired around the top and can be used to hold cards, candy canes, chocolates, you name it.

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Since I was starting to get into the Christmas spirit, I made this little doorhanger kit that had been lying around here for about 5 years!

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My Aunt asked if I’d make her a couple of these to give to her neighbours.

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With all this Christmas going on, we Leo put up the tree today.  This is the first time in 3 years it’s seen the light of day – poor little Molly’s never seen it.  I had a light bulb moment when I went to inspect his work.  Every one of the ornaments holds a special memory and a lot of those memories include people no longer with us.  Maybe that’s why I haven’t been so enthusiastic about Christmas lately.

Finally, I am thrilled to show you this next picture.

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My orchid is going to bloom!!!!!  I’ve had this for 4 years – I know it’s been 4 years as my sister-in-law gave it to me when we hosted Sandra & Darren’s engagement party over 4 years ago.  I made the mistake of cutting off the dead blooms and you can see the dried up stalk towards the back.  I was just about ready to give it the old heave-ho, when I noticed a new stalk growing and then the buds appeared!  I can hardly wait until it blooms as I can’t remember what colour it was.

This is more exciting than an Advent Calendar – I check the progress every day to see if the bloom is opening.

4 comments:

Joan said...

Ok, I know your computer died this week. Where are you blogging from?

As usual I'm in awe of your talent and creativity. The doorhanger, Santa bag and towels are all adorable!

The orchid is really exciting! Amazing how such an ugly plant can produce such beautiful blooms.

I'm decorating the tree right now, although my heart isn't in it. It's more a chore than anything, but I know I'd miss it if I didn't do it.

quiltmom said...

I love the Santa bag- His beard is so cool. You make the nicest things Irene- you are one talented lady.
I can't wait to see your beautiful orchid.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Rian said...

Love the doorhangers! What a great idea--I've never seen anything like that before.

Joan said...

Did your orchid bloom yet? :-)