Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Busy Workshop

 Happy Tuesday!  It is officially winter today!  LOL!!   Shortest day of the year here in northern hemisphere - YAY!  Now the days will start getting longer - very slowly - but at least it is the right direction.  So far we have made it through December without any seriously frigid or snowy weather, in my area.  I love that.

The workshop has been busy!!!  I promised to show the nap blankies - mind you they are not professional in any way!!  I used what I had on hand - so $0 cost.  Some of the material I have had for years.  
These are just little patchwork blankies.

              This has a flannel backing on it.  The sisters have the same backing on theirs.
                                  This is for the youngest (6 mo.) and has a fleece backing
                                                  Flannel backing on this one as well

Nothing real special, just lots of piecing of different fabric.  It did about break my poor back - I have no big space to lay things out - so I did a lot of crawling around on the floor.
Each of these is laying across my bed crosswise - so you can see their length.  My bed is a queen.

I have been busy in the kitchen too.
Grape jelly for gift bags, Springerle cookies (for 3 family members) and my own version of snack mix.  I used what I had to make it and to be quite honest it is pretty tasty!!!!

Cinnamon Crunch cereal, frosted mini wheats, peanuts, pretzels, and M&M's - melted milk chocolate and white chocolate.  Made a turkey roaster full!

             Jelly and cookies are expected in the gift bags every year (a well as homemade salsa)!
Today I will finish up bagging and wrapping.  I still need to go to Aldi for a GC sometime this week.  I am still waiting on my jerky and summer sausage to be delivered.  I am getting worried.  I have called and checked - I just don't know that I believe them.  I sure hope it gets here.

Is your workshop busy?  I think the rest of the week will be a bit slower pace here.  I have more to make and do, but I am not going to worry if it doesn't get done.  I mean in the scheme of things it isn't going to change the world!!!!!
Hope you are having a good week and that your workshop is winding down!!!!
Talk to you tomorrow!


  1. Hi Cheryl, what beautiful quilts you have made. I am sure if you wanted to you could turn your talent into a way to make extra money and providing a service to your community. I wish I had such talent. I can't sew a thing but replacing a button. I really want to learn to crochet and have been searching for a local place to take lessons. I learned a small amount when I was a teen but that was 40 plus some years ago. I think it would be a relaxing and useful hobby. Happy Holidays!!

    1. Aaahhh thanks! These are pretty much just patchwork not really quilted. I wish I knew actual quilting - that is pretty neat.
      I have made most of the gr gr babies a blankie over the years. It is fun. I have made 3 actual bed size ones as gifts in years past.
      I don't sew much anymore - but I sure did as a youngster. Made all my clothes.
      Sewing for the community (homeless) sounds like a nice idea.
      Have a wonderful week!

  2. Good morning, You blankies are pretty special! I always tied my quilts. Longarm quilting is very expensive. Hand quilting is pretty tedious unless your watching TV!

    1. Howdy. Thanks. I usually tie mine as well. This time I did my "quilting" on a few certain pieces - so as the sides won't bunch! So I guess I did a small amount of machine 'quilting'. LOL!
      Glen's aunt (Pics and Pieces blog) quilts and she is so talented. She got it from her Mom for sure. She also has daughters who do the same. She has the fancy machines! I can only dream on!!!

  3. Beautiful blankets! They will warm those little ones now and become lifelong keepsakes. That's really some special gifts! I think when someone loves/cares about someone enough to handcraft something for them, it is mighty special!!
    I made snack mix also. Always a hit and makes lots to share and serve. I really like that. I also give jams as gifts. They all know it is an annual thing and seem to look forward to it. This year it was a jar of jam, homemade pancake mix and a bottle of pancake syrup. I called it their breakfast bag.
    Your cookies really look so good!

    1. Thanks. I have done this for most of the littles. I hope they appreciate it.
      Snack mix is so yummy. I love the breakfast bag idea. I have done themes before as well. I would love a gift like that.
      It is funny how certain things are just 'expected' every year!

  4. Love the blankets, Cheryl! What a wonderful use of what's on hand. The same with your snack mix. And it's always special to get homemade jam. It's been a few years since I've made any.

    My holiday prep is also just about done. I'll finish wrapping gifts tonight (hopefully); there aren't as many as in years past, but I consider that a GOOD thing. I'll bake pie and rolls Christmas Eve morning, but otherwise all food for the feast is on hand. Cookies went out the door to all of our nearest neighbors over the weekend. If they're in the house, I eat them! LOL! One neighbor brought us homemade flan.

    The biggest frugal plus this year is my hubby sold his 8 yr. old car yesterday for cash! Woo-hoo! With his retirement at hand and our out-of-state move planned for spring, it just made sense to sell it before registration renewal (steep in CA) was due.

    Have a blessed rest of your week. Looking forward to incrementally longer days. --Elise

    1. Thank you!
      Sounds like you are just about ready! I am with you on cookies in the house. If here I can't help myself!
      YAY what a big win on selling the vehicle. That is great and the money will sure come in handy.
      You have a good one as well. Yes to the longer days!

  5. Your blankies are soooooo cute and I know they will get lots of love!

  6. Those quilts/nap blankets are beautiful, Cheryl. You have been busy this week. The snack mix and jelly all look so good. The color of your jelly is so pretty.

    1. Thank you. It is only Tuesday and I feel like it should be much later!! LOL.
      The grapes did all the work as for the color! It sure is tasty!

  7. Love the blankets! What a neat idea.

    I did the last of my grocery shopping today and I do NOT plan to go out of the house again until after Christmas. The stores were very busy, the streets full of cars, and I don't like crowds at all. Covid-19 or not.

    Hope your items show up soon. Enjoy the last of the prep.

    1. Thanks.
      Glad you are done and plan to stay in. Safest place to be!
      I hope so too, but I am not holding my breath. I guess I just punt on those gifts! I.O.U.'s probably!!

  8. I will be working on the last mitt and getting the two pairs into the boys bags today.

    Other than that and waiting for Kurt to call with news about his vehicle so we can make plans is all that is left of my day.

    God bless.

  9. Cheryl, I love your reference to the babies in your family. "The Littles" like a story book made just for them. Maybe next year you could write a book just for them. They will grow up way to fast but their Mom's will put those blankets away after they are used for years. The Littles will be able to pass those blankets to their littles and on and on. What a gift, what a joy!!

    1. What a wonderful idea on a book! Love that. Gives me something to ponder!!!

      I may not even be round when they are grown - so hopefully things will be saved for them. My Mom saved my stuff - so I hope theirs does as well.
      They are all such a joy and a blessing in so many ways. They sure can put a smile on Aunties face and wrap me around their tiny fingers!

  10. Ooo, I love the quilts, Cheryl. They have one of my favorite things on them: vintage hankies! I have a small collection of them. Bless you crawling around on the floor...ouch!
    Mmm, that snack mix looks great, as do the cookies and jelly. I bet everyone looks forward to Auntie Cheryl’s goodies gifts! I know I would😍
    It’s the time of year to say “Merry Christmas”, so I will!

    1. Thank you. I love hankies too. I have some I am using as a valance in my bedroom!
      The snack mix is tasty - I had to put it out of sight today!!! YIKES - I kept getting a couple bites as I walked by. LOL
      Merry Christmas back at ya!

  11. The blankets are beautiful. I just need to wrap up the gifts and will be done. I will do a little baking on Thursday and again on Christmas Eve. I hope you have a very Blessed and Merry Christmas with your loved ones.

    1. Thank you! Sounds like you have it all wrapped up so to speak! Good for you.
      Thank you, I am looking forward to seeing everyone.
      I wish you the same.

  12. Cute little patchwork quilts! Anything patchwork must be a quilt, right? You have been busy making goodies, which I'm sure will be appreciated and gobbled up. lol The snack mix looks addictive.

    1. Thanks! I guess I think that was as well - but I also figure maybe it isn't a TRUE quilt!
      It is very tasty. I had to hide it for now!! LOL

  13. Weird I was looking at comments on the stats page and saw a comment from Kim at Out My Window - but I don't see it listed here.
    I wonder how many times that happens?
    I hate that.
    So Kim yes, it is fun making something for no money. I hope they are loved.