Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 2014 Christmas Tree Adventure.

We found this year's tree on our drive home from church Sunday!
I think it is the most perfectly shaped tree we have ever found!
 Dad had to work and was at home, so we called him in with the pontoon boat for assistance.

 He wasn't thrilled with its location, a few branches were grown into the fence.
 But, with the aid of his beautiful wife he was successful in tree-fence removal!
 We even let them drive home together :)
After our candlelight communion service at church we jumped into getting the beaut decorated.
Brenna and I jumped into our most festive pjs first.  She made teenage mutant ninja turtle ornaments this year!
 Quinn ate oyster crackers and pointed out our flaws ;)

Even the dogs joined in the fun!


 Whew! It was a lot of work...hahaha!
 Hurray!
Alissa

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chicken On The Shelf?

We went to a Christmas party Saturday night.
There was a white elephant gift exchange.
I got this:
 I don't like chickens...and yet I keep getting chicken gifts.
So now Felix has come to live in my basement dwelling.
Where should he sit?  Next to Aunt Gladys?
 In the toy corner?
 Near the wire rack?
On this book case?
Or on this book case? 
Everyone seems to have an elf on the shelf, but I've got the chicken on the shelf!

Alissa

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Christmas Dress!

This week I had the privilege of having a friend over and sewing a Christmas dress for her daughter.
It turned out pretty cute!
 I found this taffeta? like fabric for the skirt at either Walmart or Hobby Lobby in the remnant section.  It was perfect.  She bought a pattern and away we went!
We're thinking a bright red, wide ribbon for the waist will make this a great holiday dress.

Alissa

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Tradition...Stuhr Style

 When my youngest brother and sister were little we started a new family tradition.  Each year we attend the Christmas even at Stuhr Museum.  This year was no different!  
 I love the feeling of going back in time.  The darkness, lit by kerosene lanterns and sometimes the crunch of snow are so restful.  It never fails to cause me to slow down, to be still and remember the reason we celebrate.
 I've always claimed to be an old lady in a young body.  And pretending I live in the 1890s warms my heart.  I would love to go back and be a part of those "simpler" times.  A time where so much of your time was taken up with surviving.
 So pretty! 




 I'd move in if they'd let me.





 This year there was a choir singing in the church.  It was beautiful!  How I love the old carols and their praise to the Christ child.




May your Christmas season be turned to the birth of Christ and what he did for us.  If you claim him, if you know him...don't just leave him in the manger or on the cross.  What are we doing with the precious truth?

Alissa

Friday, December 05, 2014

Finish It Up Friday...Dazzling Batik Diamonds

Yay! It's done!
 I started this king size quilt last December.  I have plugged away at it though.  I had most of the top done in January.
 I decided to do dense echo quilting in all of the white diamond space.  It took a lot of time, turning and turning that quilt on my treadle.
 The pattern is Dazzling Diamonds by Jason Yenter.  I had to add some extra diamonds and borders to make it the king size.

 The back is a solid, light green.


:)
Alissa