Thursday, November 22, 2007

Work in progress

Here's a snap of the not-pressed, full of stray cat hair, top of the advent calendar I'm working on for the kids. The imperfect border is pieced together from scraps- some Christmas-y fabrics and some not so much. The applique snowperson is made from an old t-shirt. I did buy some felt for his/her hat and the background for the star.

Is this picture out of focus? Or is it my aging eyes? Probably a little of both.

I debated quite a lot what to "write" on it. Merry Christmas? Let It Snow? Dear Santa-? (I had a pattern for all of these phrases in a book). I decided on "Comfort & Joy" because that's really my wish for the kids- and for everyone- during the Christmas season and beyond.

Of course, my 8 year old looks at it and the first thing she says is "Mom, why'd you write 'comfort & joy'? What the heck does that mean?" I say... "you know the song... (clearing throat)... oh-h, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy...oh-h...etc., etc." She just gave me a puzzled look and walked away. I guess that one didn't ring a bell for her!

I've now got to stitch the numbers 1- 24 on the little felt pockets for the count-down. I figure that I can take my embroidery thread and needle to the hospital with me next week and that will give me something to do if/when DX sleeps.

BTW, the basis idea for the advent calendar came from "Australian Country Threads" the Special Christmas in July edition from 2006. It's a great quilting magazine- I tend to like it a lot better than some of the others. More projects and less advertising. Check it out sometime.


Anonymous said...

Wow,it's beautiful!!

Doreen said...

Carolyn, good luck with the palate surgery. I will be thinking of you guys, I hope all goes well and DX is not feeling too bad afterward. We go next week to Victoria again to have Ben tested to see if they are going to close the fistula. It took about a month to get this appointment, I wonder how long it will take to get the surgery date???

RoLo said...

Wow it is looking great.

Tracey & Mike said...

That's awesome! I've wanted to make an advent calendar for a couple of years now, just never seem to get around to it.
Good luck to DX on Monday with his surgery - we'll be thinking about all of you!

Wendy said...

You are very crafty.. it looks amazing.