Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Picture from Christmas Past

How does time go so fast on the weekends and so slow during the week??? I got a lot done this weekend – but of course, not everything on my list. *VBG* Maybe I should re-evaluate my list! I took a break from the computer. Came back to a zillion digests from Stashbusters on email!!! Good heavens!

I love Christmas. That being said – I did nothing to get ready for Christmas last weekend. The photo above is part of my Santa collection in front of my Grandma Grant's Christmas tree quilt. A few years ago I just laughed when they said cutting a large print for smaller pieced blocks was a "new technique"! I don't think so!

I’ll decorate on Saturday December 1st. My goal is to blog every day in December, at least up to Christmas, sharing favorite decorations, traditions and memories. Consider it an advent calendar of memory “presents”. Hope you will add your favorite holiday memories and decorations in the comments.

Here's a teaser to last you until Saturday: I love Christmas tree skirts. They make a great gift for newlyweds or new parents. I always put light backing on them. This is so they can trace their hands on the back. An easy tradition – on decorating day – trace the children’s hands on the back of the skirt. We traced their hands with pencil and then livened it up with liquid embroidery. AND of course, when we got the dog we had to add puppy paws on the quilt. (wet puppy feet on brown paper – draw around, cut out and then “transfer” to the back of the tree skirt) only did that once – convinced them that dog feet don’t change that much!!! We only drew the adults’ hands once too. By the time the kids left home we had a lovely spiral of hands circling the back of the tree skirt. I love it every year.


kate said...

I REALLY do like the handprint idea!! When I did my Sam's parade quilt, it had Kali's handprint in it. Sam was NOT happy. So Sam and Chad's hands are "holding" on the sleeve on the back. :-)

Tracy said...

What a GREAT idea! I am a new parent this year and I am going to add this to my list. I can't wait!

Marcie said...

What a wonderful tradition! A family history in handprints!