"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friday, December 16, 2011

last minute scritchies and last minute gifts






Today I received the 5 ounce pygora/wool/silk blend that I ordered from my friend who raises fiber goats.  It was a mistake to buy the first couple of ounces...  I'm now an addict.  It's soooo soft.  

I needed a pick me up since this morning I woke up with a scritchy throat.  I really don't have time to be sick! I did nothing wise today to try to keep it at bay.  I don't have time to take care of myself.  So much to do, so little time...  

I did finish a couple of gifts this evening.  Only about a gazillion to go.  I know, I should be done by now. What is the law that says that however long we have is how long we'll take?  So, although it makes sense (and I know some of you have mastered this) that you could be done a week before Christmas and then just relax...  Me?  I plot out how long it will take to finish what I need to accomplish.  Make the mark.  Then get excited about what else I now have time to make...  Actually I get excited about what else I can make when I realize that I'm about to make the mark!  This philosophy finds me up at 1:00am Christmas Eve morning putting the final touches on several last minute projects.  Ah well, that's me.

Blessings, Debbie   

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  1. The fiber does look so soft! I set my mark for the 23 and then I am going to clean my house...promise. I hope you are feeling better since I know exactly how you feel about not having time to be sick. Have a lovely weekend Debbie.

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  2. Oh, that wool does look VERY soft! So nice!
    You'll get it all done!
    I hope today is a click click click (needles) day for you, Debbie!
    Stop for goodies and tea, okay?

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  3. I was intruiged to know what a scritch was.......hope you get rid of your scritches soon....that pygora/wool/silk blend looks deliciously soft, I'm wondering what you'll turn that lovely mix into.

    On the Christmas crafting front I realised a long time ago that the possibility of knitting an extra pair of socks, mittens and a couple of scarves was definitley 'No Go' in the final week before the big day............and believe me I tried many many times over the past couple of years.............a few friends now know that their gift may be re-labelled as a 'Happy New Year' gift and are quite content with that.

    Good luck with your last minute gift making,

    lily x

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  4. You are not alone. Sadly. LOL!

    Oh, that wool looks so heavenly to touch!! Can't wait to see what you do with it! blessings ~ tanna

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  5. Look at all the fun you're having! I'm rather laid back this year as it's going to be a very quiet one here. Enjoy. Maa

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  6. So sorry to hear that the "scritchies" have come. :-/ They rarely come at a convenient time, do they? I'll pray for you today...that the scritchies will soon be on their way, that you can take some time for respite, that you will continue to enjoy your last minute preparations.
    And you can put me in the camp of those who are never finished. I just quit when the day arrives. However, I am not crafting many gifts this year as you are, so you have such a good excuse!
    (I think that I will add "scritchies" to my vocabulary...what a great word!)
    Get well hugs to you...

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  7. Sorry about your throat - make sure to gargle with salt water...

    I love the fiber your spinning...beautiful! I am almost done with shopping but I have sewing to do - dresses for my girls...

    However I have a bad muscle in my left shoulder blade area that has given me trouble before and yesterday it decided to get really bad again, spent the afternoon and evening in bed with my heating pad and muscle relaxer and IB. Going to the doctor this afternoon. Sigh...I can't do this right now! Yikes!

    Deanna

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  8. I hope you feel better lickety split!!! Drink lots of tea :)

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  9. That fiber looks wonderful. Hope your throat feels better soon. Know exactly what you mean about finishing gifts! Never heard of that law, but it certainly rings true in my case!

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  10. Oh no! Sorry you're sick. I'll be praying for you to get over it quickly, so you can enjoy the holiday!

    I still have a baby blanket to finish, and a hat for my brother to start and I was just thinking last night "Hmm, I wonder if I can crank out 4 beanies for my guys by next Saturday too"... Crazy! ;)

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  11. I think back to last year and I told myself I was going to make my presents in Jan for this year. Did I do it? Nope, Have I worked like a crazy woman this whole month and still have so much to do, yep. I think it just gets that way. Oh do stop and take care of your self ( knowing I never take my own advice.) But I pushed myself at Thanksgiving with something that started with a scritcy throat and I am still sick. I had to finally go on antibiotics. I would love to get Meg, some of that lovely wool you have in your pictures.
    Oh the cookies, that is why I gave you two recipes in case you were out of time. The truffles are pretty and would be nice for gifts but the other ones are for when you just need something quick.
    They are really good using lemon cake mix and I have even used Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting.
    My girls though, would never use a cake mix but would make it from scratch.
    I think I drive them nuts. :)
    Have a nice day today and I hope you rest some.
    I did post the recipes just for you. :)

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  12. I wish I could feel that soft fiber. What are you going to make? I hope you feel better soon!

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  13. The fiber is gorgeous. It is going to make something special. I have all the gifts bought, but do have a few last minute things to do, like bake.

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  14. Gorgeous wool! I always tell myself that it will all get done somehow. And probably at 1:00 in the morning :) Happy crafting!

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  15. My spinning daughter would go nuts over that soft roving. JB

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  16. It's your "tradition" for Christmas Eve! You probably wouldn't want it any other way! xo

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  17. That's me too! And...I have a scritchy throat today, probably for the staying-up-late-thinking-about-Christmas stuff. I decided at the last second to make my mom a mixed-media collage type picture for her Christmas gift. Which I did finish, but it needs to dry before I can mail it off to her!! Hoping Monday won't be too late to make it to her...:)

    Happy day to you!
    xoxo...Gloria

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  18. Your recipients will be so happy to cherish something made by your loving hands! Praying for your throat to feel better soon (and that you don't share your "scritchies").

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  19. Oh I hope you feel better soon!

    I wish I lived closer to you.. then you could show me how to spin! I'm still having problems.

    Feel better..drink tea.. and things will get done.

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  20. Debbie, I am into serious triage gift making now. The ones that have to be mailed the farthest are getting finished firstest...and I'm counting on time standing still at some point!

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  21. Oh, thank you for the warning. I've always felt that I should not purchase the beautiful yarns at the farmer's market or at the shop by the river where they raise sheep. No, I'll stick with my blends and cheap tricks from Joann's. It does look wonderfully soft and beautiful.

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  22. I hope you get to feeling better so all of those projects come together "in time." I'm a bit like you....using up ALL the time to the very end. I don't even have a proper Christmas tree up yet! Ho ho!

    Jody

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  23. I"m sorry your throat is hurting. Hope you feel better soon. Your spinning wheel is beautiful!!! the people on your list are lucky indeed to receive beautiful things made by you!!!

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  24. Drink some ginger water. It will help, I promise. Mix 2 quarts of water with 1/2 cup each of apple cider vinegar and honey. Stir in 1/2 t. ginger. Sip on it as you go through your day. Trust me.

    Dr. Debbie


    (And I just saw the adorable centipede scarf. Too cute!!

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  25. My oldest son has been coughing and blowing his nose for more than a month now. Our weather is cold, hot, warm, muggy ... sometimes all that in one day. Lots of germs floating around that's fore sure. Drink some tea with honey. Sometimes I just skip the tea and for the spoonful of honey just before bedtime. :) That wool looks wonderful. I love that you are able to spin it into something usable. I'm such a procrastinator. So much so that this year, I've not decorated or put a tree up. Time is just flying and we have one more week of school before our winter break begins. So many of my friends have said the same thing I am feeling, it just doesn't seem like Christmas is next weekend. December has flown by. Hope your weekend is great. Tammy

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  26. This is so fascinating to me...I would just so love to see you work...go girl, your talent inspires

    My mother use to sew when we were all in bed so we couldn't see anything she was making for Christmas...she is now sewing 250 pillow cases for the Children's hospital...so I know what those Christmas Eve hours are

    I pray you get to feeling better soon

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  27. Praying you are feeling better. It is an unwritten rule that we mothers can not get sick at Christmas, Debbie~smile~ rest and get plenty of fluids.

    Beautiful wool blend, and I can see how this philosophy you have , which I have too, would have you up at 1.a.m. I can only imagine the feel of this wool in your creative hands.
    Wishing you and your dear family a most blessed and joyous Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  28. "scritchies," eh? I learn something new every day!

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  29. Debbie,
    You signed up for my Craft it Forward and I have a little something for you,but no address. Could you email it to me? My email address is under my profile.
    Warmly,
    Tracey

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  30. I hope you are feeling better.

    I think I am glad I don't knit or crochet - I would spend too much money.

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  31. Oh, I hope that you have been taken over by the knitting bug and not the scritchie bug! :-/

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  32. Debbie, a blessed and Merry Christmas to you! I fear you must be sick to be so silent all these days - hope you're feeling much better!
    xxoo

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  33. What beautiful yarn, that will make. A very merry Christmas Debbie xoxo Clarice

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  34. I hope you are enjoying the holidays and not sick.

    Happy New Year.

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  35. Happy New Year, Debbie! Hope you enjoyed the holidays. All the best for 2012. xo

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  36. I'm trying to get caught up in blog land after being away for a while. I see you have been away too. Hope you recovered in time to enjoy the season and had a really merry Christmas!

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  37. Sliding in here to whisper "I miss you, dear one!"

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  38. I'm with Cheryl! I miss you, too! Come back! Come back!

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  39. Thinking of you and hoping all is well...

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  40. And ditto to the above several comments.

    Thinking of you...

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