So what have I been up to this week???? Nothing blogworthy. I managed to cram all the Fall decorations I want to keep from 3 LARGE plastic storage bins to 2 LARGE plastic storage bins.... a 33% reduction in stuff. Satisfying, but not blogworthy. I've been helping my son get ready for his semester exams. Glad to help him but nothing you can take a picture of.
And then the UPS guy rang my doorbell and brought me this!! Blogworthy stuff! My order of Pam Kitty Love fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop. Such loveliness!
I selected 3 FQ packs and the buttery dotty yellow at the top (that blends into my cutting mat) is going to be the border for this quilt.
I'm going to make the Vanilla Cakes version in the lower right corner... so I'll have pretty Kitty Cakes! Oh that doesn't sound right... perhaps I need to rethink the name, but it will be pretty.
After cramming the Fall decorations into the bins I dragged out the Christmas decorations and began to disperse them throughout the house. Got the Nativity scene and the little Christmas tree in the foyer. Got the stockings hung on the mantle. And then I turned my attention to what I am now referring to as the demon tree.
Do you see that LARGE black unlit section in the middle??? It started with one strand out and now has gone to 2 strands out and I found several bulbs burnt out on the top part too! This tree is 3 years old. The only year it totally worked was the year I bought it. If one more strand goes out, and we all know it will, I'm going to cut off all the pre-lit lights and just put lights on myself. I will never buy another tree like this. Putting the lights on is my least favorite part, so purchasing this tree was going to free me of that task... forever and ever and ever and ever. At least that was my delusional thinking. Only 3 years old and I'm right back to the task I paid big bucks to avoid. Marsha at Everybody Loves Clark is having the same issues and is planning to send her annoying un-lit pre-lit tree out for the trash after Christmas. Mine may be joining hers.
Sooooooo I have plans this for the weekend to turn on my sewing machine and to get the demon tree decorated. I picked up another strand of lights today at Walmart. It was the only package of multi-colored ones in the store. All that were left were packages of all blue or all green, no white or multi. And they were out of extension cords and the heavy duty double stick foam tape I use to attach the stocking holders to the mantle. I guess tomorrow will include a trip to Target.
Hope your holiday preparations are going more smoothly than I might house. Off to empty the dryer and perhaps sit down and knit a bit.