Monday, December 29, 2008

Merry Belated Christmas!

We had a great Christmas and I'm just now coming out of the fog. Of course I went back to work today (boohoo) after a five day weekend which was not so much fun but that's life. The Husband got sick on the day after Christmas and is still recuperating. I sure hope he doesn't pass it to anyone else, because it wasn't pleasant!

So here is a cool shot of the Christmas tree, courtesy of The Husband:

That's the back of Scarlet O'Hara to the left and a Star Wars ornament in the middle. I thought the wiggly effect of the lights was the cool part.

And here are a few shots of the tea cozy's that I made as gifts for lots-o-people. I found the pattern on Sew Mama Sew and altered it a bit to suit my supplies and lazy whims. Here are my alterations:
  1. I didn't bother top-stitching the tops of the pockets. I totally didn't miss it.
  2. I didn't use fusible interfacing. I had some crinoline laying around from a fellow guild member and I used that. Since it wasn't fusible, I pinned it to the back side of the inside piece and stitched it in place while sewing on the pockets. Two birds with one stone.
  3. Urm, I totally eye-balled the location of the pockets, and just folded a crease in to find the middle.
  4. I didn't pre-sew the ribbon/strap piece down. I just pinned the two sides together with it stuck in there and was careful to be sure that I could see a wee bit of it peaking out as I sewed over it.

I also wrote this little poem to go along with it, although the non-cooperation of my printer caused most people to instead receive my goof-ball overly enthusiastic (but humble, I hope!) explanation in person:

I am a tea cozy

I hold your bags of tea

If that doesn't suit your fancy

there's still a use for me

I can hold charge cards, gift cards and more

I hope you find something

fun for me to store!

My mom wants me to make some for her yoga studio (Well Within Health Center in Streetsboro Ohio) but I think for now I am cozied out. I also have two projects coming up with my guilds - one is a round robin which has a due date for the center square in mid-January (and yes, I haven't started!) and another where I need to use two crayon colors to make a quilt. My colors were blue and red-orange. Hmm. I already have some blocks made up in those colors for another purpose that I haven't gotten back to...maybe I have a different use for them! And of course there is the ongoing hand-piecing of the starburst quilt and The Boy's quilt needs layered, basted, quilted & bound.

Anyways, I hope you all had a great holiday, or just nice days off if you don't celebrate that sort of thing. I'll take a few days off any time of the year!


  1. I was going to ask what a tea cosy was...but thanks to the picture, I don't have to!

  2. Everyone my mom made them for loved them too! I love mine! I use it everyday! They are so cute and your poem is awesome too!

  3. I love those lights on your tree.
    I also like those tea cozies, so cute! Would work well for hot chocolate too!

  4. Zegi, that is the same plan we have ( Sorry, I don't know how to do a link in the comment section.

    For our two phones we pay a total of $20 every 90 days. Have you looked at the "Sugar Mama" thing on their plan? That is what we do to get free minutes.

    You watch ads online and give them your opinion and you get up to something like 70 or 75 minutes for free per phone.

    Like I said, we rarely use our cell phone minutes so we just use the free minutes, so this really works for us. We don't use it socially so that is how we are able to have such a low bill. We don't use it for social purposes.

    I loved your tea cosy, and the quilt and your daughter's coat. You are very good! I can't sew a thing. I took sewing in school but never did anything with it.

    The ladies at our church worked together and gave me a beautiful quilt for my birthday (with pillows to match) so I have a beautiful handmade quilt!