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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Christmas in July! (Then and Now)


I'm glad that Carol at Just Let Me Quilt decided to have this blog hop. I had hoped to make something new to show, but that hasn't worked out.
I spent a lot of time making masks to donate, and then some that people paid me to do. After that slowed down, I had to catch up on some things for my great grands, and some things for gifts. My time is never my own!

I love, love Christmas any time of the year! I had intended to be sewing things for Christmas this summer, but time has gotten away from me. 

 So I'm going to share some things I did for past Christmases. I normally like to make the grands one thing for their gifts. We try to give each of them 3 things even if one is money. The older ones enjoy getting money, but we also try to make that fun. 
 Last year I embroidered the 3 older grands a bath towel, and we hid the money in the top of the box. I taped tissue paper over the envelope, and put lots of tissue in the box. It took them a couple of minutes to realize they had more than just a towel. 




 The funny thing is the rest of the family was sad because they didn't get their own personal towel!  That just makes me LOL! 

I also like to do something for the members of my Sunday School class. So I made them each a stocking with their name on it, and I put a small bottle of hand sanitizer in each one. At that time I had no clue as to how much those would be needed! 
I also embroidered a few Christmas dish towels to use for little gifts, and even made one for myself! 


 At Christmas, I like to do a few things for the little great grands to  wear. Mattie Jean wasn't due until after Christmas, but I embroidered her a little gown anyway so mom could take some pics after she was born. I did a shirt for Ellie. 


This is my planned project for Christmas! This isn't my picture. I bought the panel and some fabric to line it with. I really hope to get it done for Christmas even if I can't get all of it quilted. It will be perfect under my tree.




The best thing about this past Christmas was that all of our family was there for a picture! It's really hard these days with everyone on so many different schedules. Well, everyone except Mattie! She was born December 27!



Be sure to visit all of the blogs on this great hop! There are so many great ideas for Christmas!


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Thank you Carol for a fun hop!

28 comments:

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Great collection of holiday projects and gifts!

Carol said...

Your projects are lovely! I especially like the clothes you made for your great-grandkids! So sweet (and so are they)! Thanks for sharing!

Vicki in MN said...

The little stockings could be so useful to hold lots of small things, not all at once obviously!! You have to get that tree skirt done, so pretty!

Calicojoan said...

You have done some fabulous embroidery. I love personalizing gifts. No wonder the rest of the family was a bit jealous! LOL! Happy Stitching.

Susan said...

Pretty embroideries for Christmas!

For the love of geese said...

I don't buy panels but after seeing the tree skirt I am tempted, that is going to be a great addition. Hoping you get it finished .

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely projects and family with us. The towel story was funny. How exciting this Christmas will be, Mattie Jean's first!

Janis said...

Thanks for sharing all your projects, there are all so cute and some good ideas here for Christmas gifts!

Sherry said...

I have had fun visiting blogs on this hop and I am so glad to visit you again, it has been a while. It is good to see that you are still creating fun gifts and sewing for the littles and for those that are not so little anymore. I remember how much fun I had with blog hops, I should join in sometime. Enjoy what is left of summer.

Carol S. said...

Your family photo looks so sweet and it is a real blessing when everyone can get together. That little red dress is adorable! I need to get out my embroidery machine because you've shared some amazing ideas here. The stockings with hand sanitizer was right on target for sure! Thank you so much for sharing your then and now projects with us, Shirley! That tree skirt will be beautiful when you finish it. xo

Charlene McCain said...

You have done so many lovely projects. They are just beautiful. The Christmas tree skirt you intend to make looks lovely. I hope you will share a picture of it when it is completed. Thanks for sharing!

Carla said...

Awww, look at all those sweet littles with their special outfits. Love it and the pictures are super sweet. I love your planned project. It's gorgeous.

Anita said...

So many beautiful projects!

Karrin Hurd said...

Great Christmas projects, love them all!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

What a lovely family picture! The tea towels you've made are really fun! Thank you for making so many masks - that is quite an undertaking.

Karen's Korner said...

You have given some lovely gifts to your family over the years. Good luck on getting the skirt done.

piecefulwendy said...

So many clever gift ideas! And those littles in their stripey jammies are just darling!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Awesome projects. I am just starting to play with my embroidery machine. I was going to do bath sheets for all my grands.

LJ said...

The best part of Christmas is 'family' and it looks like last year was perfect. Loved seeing all the great ideas for gifts. The embroidery with the 4 trees was delightful.

Patti said...

What wonderful projects and great gift ideas! Thanks so much.

tink's mom said...

That family Christmas photo is a present unto itself. Love all of your Christmas goodies. I love to see embroidery ideas/projects. So many wonderful ideas, so little time. Thanks so much for sharing them all with us.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love those bath towels - what a great gift idea! Thank you for inviting us over for a visit and letting us see your wonderful family.

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed seeing your Christmas projects today.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

So many wonderful Christmas projects, Shirley! And I love your family picture. That's wonderful they were all there!! What fun to include the towel for your older grands and that everyone else wanted one! LOL Thanks so much for sharing your projects!

tubakk said...

Great collection of Christmas things. Those red stockings with name is my favorite.

Susan said...

What fun to have a Christmas with EVERYONE in the picture! And this year to celebrate a first Christmas - and she's old enough to really have fun. What great projects all of these were. The Christmas Tree skirt will look lovely.

Carol Andrews said...

Beautiful projects. Thank you for sharing!

Theresa said...

Lots of wonderful Christmas projest. Love the tree skirt.