Friday, December 25, 2009

A Merry, Quiet Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Last night and today have been lovely, quiet days around here. Maybe quiet isn't quite the right least for me. I have been working like a beaver, but enjoying it thoroughly.

Here's Mom all ready to head out for Christmas Eve candlelight service. She looked super in her new coat and accessories.

After church, we came back here for our "traditional" brunch. I usually make a breakfast strada and coffee cake with fresh fruit. The casserole bakes while we open our gifts. This year was the usual routine......without the fruit.

We won't be doing any entertaining this year......I'll miss it. I so enjoy having people over. The hubby doesn't enjoy it like I do. We often have the in-laws over right after Christmas, but this year he wanted to have a more restful holiday......maybe I can talk him into something for new year's.

Here's a couple pics of the scarf I whipped up for the work gift exchange. It's a slip stitch pattern that I've worked's fun and easy.

This is "secret Santa" pick. She's a great gal and really loved her gift. Her favorite color is purple......can you tell?

In between all the rush lately, I got out Timmy's vest to work on. His exact words when he saw it were, "that has sleeves, right?" "'Cause I really want a sweater." Well, I was having a problem with the pattern, so I decided to tink back to the rib and make him a sweater instead. Hopefully he can wear this before he graduates from college ;)

I also want to start some embroidery work. I purchased eight cotton dinner napkins at Target (four white and four ivory), and want to embroider on them and crochet around the edge. I'll keep it simple since I'd like to have them done for spring....and at the rate I've been going, that's wishful thinking.

One last thing before I go. Have any of you read The Shack? I received it with part of an early birthday gift and couldn't put it down. I'd love to know what you thought of it. All I can say is that I enjoyed the story very much, but felt it was not theologically accurate.

Next post I'll show a couple of the sweet birthday gifts from my beloved friend, Nancy. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Until then, I hope you all feel the love God has sent to us in Jesus.

"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people..."
Luke 1:68


Emily said...

Grandma looks sooo cute there. Good thing the coat and hat survived church!! ;)

Love You!!!

Tracy Batchelder said...

Your mom looks happy in her new outfit.

Nice work on the scarf and hat.

I tried to read The Shack, but didn't like the way God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were portrayed. It felt disrespectful to me.

GlorV1 said...

Hi Amy. I hope your Christmas was wonderful How time does fly. Your mom looks very happy and that's great. Looks like you have a busy schedule ahead of you. The scarves are very nice. I just popped in for a few minutes and have to clean the studio in the garage. This week I'm shopping for Boeff Bourginon (I think that is how it is spelled) and am picking up the indredients for it later this week. I am going to follow Julia's recipe to the T. Take care and Happy New Years!!

YayaOrchid said...

Your Mom looks super! Glad you all had a nice time.

Those gifts you whipped up look wonderful. Lucky recipients!

Hoping you continue to have an abundant life! Happy New Year!

Kathi said...

Amy, Your mother looks so cute in her coat and hat. You did such a beautiful job on that hat and scarf. I have not read the Shack, but did hear the God is portrayed as a woman? I believe that is why I did not read it. I have heard rave reviews from people. I wonder what Focus on the Family would say? They do book reviews on their website. Happy New Year's, Amy. Kathi

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh, that scarf set turned out beautifully - no wonder your friend was so happy! Your mother looks adorable. Sorry about the entertaining -- my hubby is the same way -- he gets so tired of all the get-togethers, but I just love them. Happy New Year's Sweet Amy!

tea time and roses said...

Hello Amy!

Oh my how wonderful your dear Mother looks in her beautiful coat!:o) Your knitting is beautiful!: Judging from the smiles someone else loves your knitting too.:o) Happy New Year to you my dear friend.



M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Amy,
I can't get over how absolutely adorable your mom looks in this picture here. How sweet of you to help her get all gussied-up for the program. And your purple cap and scarf look So CUTE on your friend from work. You did a great job.
Take good care,

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