My dear patron has filled my year with projects, the whole year! She loves my work and wants me to do a purse for her, one for her mom, a large wall hanging, an 18" doll, a Christmas tree Angel, and six fairy ornaments, and possibly a sculpture. These are to be VERY elaborate and extensively embellished (read encrusted). I am looking forward to doing these varied projects. She has only one condition....there must be some purple in everything.
Also, she has a Guatemalan quilt she wants me to repair. That Guatemalan fabric won't take vigorous machine washing! Some of the blocks need replacing. This is not such a very exiting project.
I am having to polish up my bag making skills, it has been a while since I have made a pattern of an existing bag that cannot be taken apart. Just how do you get that zipper in there and then turn it right side out?? Beats me...I will have to fiddle some more. I used to be able to do this, and even taught classes in it.....I have my notes somewhere. It is the zipper that is befuddling me, never done that before.
It is also Christmas....DH and I are into baking cookies to take with us when we show up for Christmas dinner at the two places we have been invited. So far I have done two different kinds, one is the most delicious oatmeal cookie. I have been searching since childhood for the perfect oatmeal cookie, I think I have found it. I got the recipe a couple of days ago from a friend. DH so far has baked none....and it was his idea in the first place!!
Both families have lots of children, Christmas Eve 3 boys and 2 girls from 15 down to 5 and Christmas Day four boys from 22 to 17. We will be awash with torn paper and laughter, and even some interesting conversation. University boys are fun to talk to, so full of confidence, with none of their shiny sharp edges knocked off by life yet.
If you haven't got grandchildren for Christmas, borrow some! hehehehe
Merry Artful Christmas to you all.