It's funny how it takes a little while for things to get back to "normal" after the winter holidays. There's a little bag of cinnamon almonds from my neighbor that I've been munching on since Christmas Eve, still hanging around. There's a little vintage plastic reindeer on the kitchen windowsill that didn't make it back into the Christmas box. My Swedish electric candles are still up, and I think I'll leave them in their windows all winter, since it's soooooo dark here during the day lately. There is a little pile of envelopes from holiday cards whose new addresses need to be recorded in my new address book. The big stuff has been cleaned up and put away; the little stuff lingers, like glitter. Christmas contrails.
I took some photos as I was making Christmas presents this year so that I could show you some of the stuff that I only hinted at before, since I didn't want the recipients to see what they were getting. For my sisters, I made versions of the Farmer's Daughter Apron I made for myself and Andy's mom last fall. The blue one with the daisies was for Susie, and this buff-colored one with the red flowers was for Julie:
Sometimes I think maybe I'll do a pattern for these, and then I get tired and go and lay on the couch and watch some more made-for-TV-Christmas movies, and the impulse fades.
Julie gave me the prettiest scarf, which you can see right here on her gorgeous new blog (yay, Julie!). Please give her a big hug and a kiss for me when you're over there, because my sissy is just awesome. I love her and you will too. xoxo