Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Dear Readers

The holidays flew by way too quickly, and I find myself wondering where the time went.  For a change this year, I wasn't up late on Christmas Eve wrapping gifts.  I have been known to have to finish wrapping after coming home from midnight Christmas Eve service.  This year I was done with most everything a week ahead of time so that I could relax and enjoy.

Mass Ave Knits had Saturday Make and Take knit togethers, and my daughter and I went to a couple of them.  I made this snowman cup cozy.  (Yes, that's a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte!)

I also made this tiny scarf inside of a glass ornament at one of the Saturday Make and Take get togethers.

One evening all of the family piled into Grandpa's Highlander, and we went to Garfield Park to see the model train exhibit.  Then we stopped for dinner and drove around different neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights.  My daughter-in-law made delicious peanut butter kiss cookies and brought candy for the ride.  We also made a Starbucks stop on the way.

For Christmas dinner, I decided to do something different.  This is sweet and sour chicken.  I was going to make rice with it, but there was so much food that we all decided to pass on the rice.

We also had carrot souffle'.  I used Paula Deen's recipe, so there was a nice amount of butter.  It is becoming one of our family's favorites.

My daughter made Southern Banana Pudding this year.  I've put the recipe in the Recipe pages under my header.  The little pudding is for Daniel.  I finished the little quilt this year, and that is a knitting needle Christmas tree.  You can see how I made it here.  

I'm still working on taking the decorations down and putting them away for another year.  I still have the family room tree to pack away.

This tree is still sitting in the entryway.  I always hate to see the decorations come down.

This is about 1/4 of the Yes, Kevin I Can Do Scrappy Mystery.  This is going to be a pretty large quilt when it's put together. And, my Allietare mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter is in a lot of pieces.  The mystery has been revealed, and I just love the quilt so I'll keep working on it until I at least have a finished top.

I've been taking stock of the things in my quilt room.  I've sorted through my strips and scraps.  I kind of want to make some string blocks, but don't really have an idea for them yet.

And I'm wondering why in the world anyone would need so many charm packs.  This isn't all of them.  I've found a few more stuck in baggies of projects.  I think I'm going to work on using some of these soon, too.

Thanks for reading my blog and leaving such nice comments.  I hope that you have a healthy, happy New Year.

This was a cross stitch I did years ago.  I bought a frame for it this year so I could get it out of the moving box.  

Hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping  by for a visit.


  1. Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful Holiday Season!
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  2. Dear LuAnn,
    what a wonderful and interesting post. I hope you can distinguish all the scraps. I love Bonnie Hunters mysteries too, but first I have to finish some of my Ufos.
    Have a nice day

  3. Loving the Scrappy quilt--and I must admit I don't know why I have so many charm packs either--I'd love to use them up--but hate to cute them..for some strange reason..lovely decorations-no wonder you hate to see them come down...hugs, Julierose And Happy New Year!!

  4. Happy New Year, LuAnn. Your decorations are beautiful. I always feel like the house is kind of empty and sad after the decorations are packed away. LOVE your knitted cup cozy. Can you share your pattern? And your scrappy Christmas mystery quilt is lovely. I have yet to get in on a mystery quilt. Maybe one day?

  5. Sounds like you had the perfect Christmas, with plenty of leisure time to spend with the family. Love that Mystery Quilt!! Happy New Year.

  6. I have way to many charm packs also.... Need to use them up to.....

  7. I have way to many charm packs also.... Need to use them up to.....

  8. Looks like a great holiday for you and your family.
    I'm with you--I am still "undecorating", and I hate to see it all come down. I have played Christmas music on itunes the past two days as I have been working on it. : )
    I don't know how you keep up with the mysteries. I don't even try anymore.
    I just bought the tumbler template from Missouri Star Quilt Co. for the 5" charm squares to use up some of mine. Isn't it funny how they accumulate?

  9. what a fun festive time you had with family and friends.
    Love that little scarf ornament and cup wrap!
    Happy New Year

  10. Nice addition to the Starbucks red cup which caused such a stir. The sweet and sour chicken looks yummy and Paula does love her butter.

  11. Sounds like you had a fabulous Holiday Season...Happy New Year!

  12. Happy New Year Leanne! What a lovely idea... going on a tour of Christmas lights with the whole family. Even better... you took yummy stuff to eat. Your little scarf inside that ornament is so gorgeous. Bet it was quite fiddley to make too... well done. Seems like your mojo is on the rise again. Love your new mystery quilt. Watch out for those charm packs... they multiply like rabbits if you let them! Good luck using some of them up..... Hugs...xxx

  13. I think the charm packs multiply in the dark. LOL Your food and decorations look wonderful. We had lasagna for Christmas dinner this year. It's nice to make the day before and just put it in the oven to warm when family arrives.


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