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Showing posts from December, 2016

Christmas Gifts #1

Most of October, November and December were consumed by secret Christmas craft projects. It's such a relief to finally be able to blog and Instagram about them without worry. It's going to take a couple of blog posts to get through them all.

 First up, my woven projects. I made two scarves- one for my father-in-law's Christmas Eve birthday. Since he bought me my Cricket Loom for my birthday, it was only fitting I weave him something for his birthday.

The second was a super soft and hopefully super classy plaid scarf for my sister-in-law. It was really difficult to pry this one away from Ellery after our little photo shoot. The girl definitely has an appreciation for my handcrafts- especially the soft and cozy ones.

Christmas Photos

Looking at lights and freezing our bums off. #christmaslights #merryandbright #soverycold A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Dec 22, 2016 at 6:53pm PST

Christmas Eve cookie-making-

Christmas Morning-

(These were like her first and second presents opened. I think she would have been happy to stop there.)

Thank you, Grandma! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Dec 25, 2016 at 6:38am PST

Mom- put this on Facebook so everyone knows I got Lego Minecraft! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Dec 25, 2016 at 6:40am PST

(She got bored with Sam's very slow and meticulous present unwrapping. So, she started reading one of her presents.)

Brendan surprised us all with a pool membership for Christmas. Best Christmas Ever! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@

Christmas Memories Quilt

I have a habit of starting Christmas quilts right after Christmas. Before, I'm too busy with handmade gifts and all the other December craziness. Right after, everything's so much calmer but I'm still feeling merry. And then I have almost an entire year to get it finished.

I started this one right after Christmas last year. It was the first Christmas after my mother-in-law's death. She loved Christmas. It was the time she'd get to see her kids and grandkids, after all. I don't think I ever saw her in December without a novelty Christmas shirt on- reindeer, snowmen, Santas. She had them all. So, I gathered up all the Christmas novelty fabrics I had leftover from Christmas quilts, pillowcases and advent calenders, added some leftovers from quilty friends' Christmas projects and every red and green fabric I had and put them all into this crazy, Christmas patchwork in her memory. Since it has elves in it, it reminds me of my elf-hat wearing brother as well.