Monday, December 26, 2011

A most unusual Christmas present

I received a lot of cool presents this year, including a bicycle (which hasn't come yet), a chafing dish, and some wasabi lip balm, but this is the most unusual.  My friend Andy found it in a shop some years ago, but he doesn't know where it might have originally come from.  If anyone has any ideas about it, I'd love to hear them.  In case it isn't obvious, it's a woman giving birth, assisted by three other women.













Sunday, December 25, 2011

Atomic Nativity


And in contrast to Annie's fabulous First Nativity, may I present The Atomic Jesus Family. Like wow, man.

Merry Christmas!

Here is my Christmas present to you all: Kirk Munroe's "The Mince Pie Prince." It was my mother's book, but it must have originally belonged to her mother or her aunts. It was published in 1897. The pictures were "tinted" by the hand of some unknown child relative. Sis -- who do the pictures remind you of?

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Oh my, it's the spitting image of him, is it not?! I always loved this book as a little kid, but I also found it a little scary, in the way the best fairy tales are. And since mince pie was my favorite holiday dessert it was something of a cautionary tale as well....I didn't want to turn into the M P Princess! xo, Sis








Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Eve!

The First Nativity


Good morning, Sis!  House is spotless, presents wrapped (fingers crossed behind back).  Do you like my picture of Ogg giving Urg-a a Christmas rock?

Enjoy your party!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Good morning, Annie
Is your wrapping done? Your house clean? Stockings hung by the chimney with care? Hopefully your chimney repairs are completed so that Santy will be able to deliver the goods!
Merry Christmas and Happy Sewings in the New Year!
xoxo Sis

Monday, December 12, 2011

New Laptop



What a day! Annie and her wonderful husband-person came over and set up my new laptop for me! Actually, the only laptop I've ever owned! I really appreciate the help...I could never have done it myself. At least not in such a short amount of time. I would have been sweating and cursing over it for days. While the genius husband-person wired everything up and made it all work, Annie and I decorated the green tinsel tree in the bathroom. Didn't it turn out well?
I've also been working on making fingerless gloves since it's so @#$88-ing cold at work and space heaters are not allowed. I've used Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8703 for a starting point and I'll be doing a little fine tuning as I go along. The sample pair is quite plain, but I like the tiny bit of decorative stitching at the top and bottom. I think I will narrow them a bit to make the wrist a little tighter and add some ribbons and/or buttons for trim

Sunday, December 11, 2011

All little girls like to dress up



Minkie wearing frizz she pulled off the scratching post.  Oh, pretty girl!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

You are invited to take a look...

... at my old book collections.  (See links above)  This is from my newest acquisition, Costume design and illustration by Ethel Traphagen:

Kitteh Hat!