Baby it’s cold outside

You’ve probably figured out by now that I’ve tried to use song titles (or lyrics) the last little while for my post titles. After my earlier post, I realized that Dashing Thru the Snow would have been a better title for my tale of driving woes.

Yesterday Mark told the boys they’d go outside to play if it hit 10 degrees.  I don’t think it made it past 2 degrees.

This morning I saw MINUS 10.  Wrong direction!!!

I’ve been staying inside sewing and quilting on the longarm.  And listening to my cherubs play together, during yet another day off school.  I’m hoping they can go tomorrow:  wouldn’t them to miss out on a Christmas Party!  One nice thing about moving up to the Upper Elementary, is that they no longer exchange $2 gifts with classmates, instead they are asked to bring food to donate to the food pantry.  I’m also hoping they can go so they can deliver their teacher gifts, which got finished up last week.  I went to wrap the quilts this evening, and decided to skip trying to find boxe sor bags that might work — I made gift bags.

Seriously!

bags

The fabric was 60 inches wide, I hemmed the short edges, sewed up the two long edges (and actually sewed the other ends of the ribbon into one of the seams) and Voila!  Reusable fabric gift bags.  I didn’t time myself, but I’m guessing I spent no more than 30 minutes total from looking for the fabric to writing the notes and tying it all up.  (The 30 minutes wasn’t necessarily all at one time…but…you get the drift…)

We got one of our nephews a somewhat unwieldy gift for Christmas, and I was trying to figure out how to wrap it — I think I know, now, what I’ll be doing!

In last year’s Christmas Journal, I wrote myself a note reminding myself that I did NOT need to buy wrapping paper, I have more than enough.  Maybe, I need to start making some more of these fabric bags for future gift-wrapping ventures.  Hey! Stashbusters — just think how much fabric  you could making gift bags, for gifts year-round!

In case anyone is interested, I posted about the School Letter Banners I just finished making for a customer — over on the Knots & Bolts blog.  It might be a little too late for a last-minute Christmas idea, but it’ll give you plenty of time in case you need a graduation present this spring!

And now, I think I’m going to turn everything off and head for my nice warm bed, so I can snuggle under the clean sheets with my clean dog.

TTFN-

Suzanne