Monday, December 5, 2011


Since my last post a week ago I've been busy trying to get caught up on my Christmas preparations. I've been up hours before the crack of dawn and have been working nonstop trying to get to a point where I feel like I've got everything under control and can take a break and relax. It isn't happening. I'm just as far behind as I was a week ago, maybe even further behind if that's even possible. I don't even have a Christmas tree up and I've never been this late in doing that. I have however made more ornaments just in case I do get one up so I have something to decorate it with.

Here is a sample of some of the ornaments that I've been making in my "spare time". Spare time is found in those hours when the rest of the world is asleep.

I showed you some of the little paper mache Santa heads, here are some of the elves that work making toys for those good girls and boys.

These little heads are fun to make and I love painting their faces but I'm afraid that I'm going to have to stop making them if I ever plan on getting them out there on a tree. I've managed to make two dozen for myself. I've been sharing them with my sisters or I'd have more.

I've also spent some of that spare time on making two dozen stuffed fabric heart shaped cushions. I got the idea from one of the blogs that I follow, sorry I can't remember which one so I can't give credit where credit is due. These little hearts have allowed me to use up some of the fabric that I have secreted away in boxes. If I make two dozen of these a year, it would take me until I'm 110 years old to use up the fabric stash, that is if I don't go out and buy more. As a bonus, making these hearts lets me use up some of that fiber fill too.

I've used four fabrics that go well together and if you look closely you can also see some of the clothes pin Santa ornaments I made a few weeks ago. I remember where I got the idea for these. Thank you Denise. That would be Denise from Country Creations by Denise. I didn't make them exactly like she did but close enough. I made thirty of these little guys. Next year I'll get around to making the clothes pin reindeer.

I just noticed that I have 100 followers now. Wow!! I never thought when I started blogging last March that I'd ever have this many people interested in seeing what I've been up to. I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your interest and thank you for spending some of your time here with me. 

I should get back to work. I need to get some of my mess cleared away so I have a space to set up a tree or two. I still haven't gotten them down from the attic as my usual helpers never got around to doing that yet. I guess I've been too busy to do a proper job of nagging.

I'll be getting my baking under way this week and I need to get the Christmas cards in the mail. I still have gifts to shop for and so many other things to get done so I may not be around much in the next few weeks. I'll try to visit as many blogs as I can and may not always have time to comment but we'll catch up later I'm sure.

As always, thanks for stopping by.


The Bear's Blog said...

Miss Maddyrose - please calm down.

What gets done gets done. You need to sit back and have a little "me" time.

Maybe "making a list" (no, I'm not going to sing)and giving chores to the family would help. Hey, if nagging works - nag away. Giggle.

Heaps of Hugs

Erin said...

LOVE your Santa and Elf heads! How great to have a whole tree decorated with them.

Cobblestone Creations said...

All of your ornaments are so lovely! I understand about the stress you are feeling ~ same here, but I am trying to slow down and enjoy the season. Case in point ~ it's snowing here now and I may just take a few moments for a cup of tea and stare out my window. Care to join me? :)

And when we've finished our tea we can go through my fabric stash! :O

Ascension said...

Un arbol decorado con esas maravillas seguro que queda precioso, enhorabuena.
besitos ascension

Katy Cameron said...

Big deep breath aaaaaand relax. Stick the tree up, stick all the gorgeous ornaments you've already made on it, grab a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie, then sit down with your feet up and admire :o)

Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

You remind me of ME...too much to do!!! But, really, it is my own fault for trying to do too many things. Your latest ornies are just great!!!

Kays Kids said...

I do love your little busy elves, heads. You need to tell them to give you a hand. You have been so busy, with hearts made from the heart and your little peg Santa's. no wonder your tree is not up. Get some rest and start again.
Hugs Kay

orchid said...

Hi!!! Dearest Maddy,
I adore your paper mache Santa heads♬♬♬ And You've made two dozen, kindly sharing with your loved ones. Oh, what a JOB!!!
And you gave me a smile saying "it would take me until I'm 110 years old to use up the fabric stash". Wow, it is the proof that how much you love your work.
Lovely heart shaped cushions♡♡♡ The last picture with the clothes pin Santa ornaments is really beautiful.
Most Important Time for YOU, take your time and hope you can enjoy doing it, however hard it must be♡♡♡
Blessing to you from Japan, xoxo Orchid*

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Hi Maddy, Love all your ornaments. Especially the clothespin ones. Take a will all come together!!!

Rona Gregory said...

Oh Maddy I know exactly what you mean! I do it every year, rush around trying to do everything and finding even more to do! Now I just think 'come the day if I've done it/got it then fine...if I haven't we'll do without it!'

I love your little santa heads and the hearts and those little clothes peg cute

have a wonderful Christmas! xx

Christel Hutson said...

Maddy, Don't fret, Christmas will come and go in a day, all will work out even if you don't get everything done! You know, we Americans over do it anyway..relax, have a cup of hot cocoa, thrown in a pepermint stick, and breathe. Love the clothespin santas, so cute. I like the smaller ornaments usually..I guess so I can crowd more onto my tree..heheh XOXO Christel

♥●• İzdihër •●♥ said...

Your stuff are amazing .. what a talented gal you are . and don't worry much I am sure everything be done properly

Did you see I gave you an award?

keijukammari said...

Wow! those santas are precius. I want to try paper mache too. And the fabric hearts...very beautiful. Wish you lots of inspiration.

Love and light
Greetings from Finland

Nezzy said...

I'm quite smitten with your little Santas.

I too have been tryin' to catch up. 'Finished deckin' the hall here on the Ponderosa yesterday, presents all on the way and today I'm knee deep in candy makin'. I do believe now I'm gonna get~er~done!!!

God bless ya and have a magnificent day sweetie!!! :o)

Maggie said...

Well, you have been busy! I do love the trio of Santa head ornaments that you gave me. Can't wait to get my tree inside so that I can put them on it! I absolutely adore the clothespin Santas, why didn't you show them to me last week when we were together?

Mina said...

Oh my goodness! You are a blur of creative wonder. I love the paper mache, the fabric hearts and the clothes pin Santas. Actually, I sawa some clothes pin Santas at the store but they were not anywhere as cute as yours.

Congratulations on your 100 followers! I will be here when you reach your 200th, my friend.