Holidays 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011 |
We are going to pretend that I am ultra organized and have already begun planning for next Christmas {please insert major humor and lateness of this post.}
Yep, that's what we're doing here.

I am self taught on the sewing machine despite the many attempts my mother made to teach me. Trust me, it wasn't pretty! Over the years I've learned to make curtains, shades, and various other projects for our home. However, anything that involves a pattern doesn't end well!

When Tessa posted that she had made stockings for her family my ears and eyes perked right up. I've been looking for white stockings for the past few years. I'm a little picky and I didn't want something that everyone else had in their homes.


Upon entering the dining room my husband presented two thoughts ...

First thought ~

K: Whatcha doing?

J: I'm making new Christmas stockings.

K: I wasn't aware that we needed new stockings.

J: Oh you silly man!


Second thought ~

K: Why aren't you doing this in your art room?

J: Ummm, have you seen that room lately? I think someone broke in and vandalized it; seriously!

Focus on the task ... almost done ... Santa arrives in a few hours; no pressure ... what was I thinking? ... no worries, we have back ups ... or do we? ... did I donate our stocking with the last bags to Goodwill? ... I can do this ... what time do the stores close on Christmas Eve?


Tessa assured me this was an easy project and that I would have no problems creating my own.

Was she aware that I would attempt this on Christmas Eve? In the afternoon no less? Did she know I would be mauled with questions by my husband? ;)


Finished and hung by the fireplace just in time!

I love how they turned out!
The monogram is just the perfect touch ~ such a clever idea of hers.


Santa was impressed with my skills {ha!} and filled it up to the tippy top.


I am loving our new family stockings. They are one of a kind and made with love. My brother wants me to make them for his family.

Not a problem since I'm ahead of the game this year! ;)

Thanks Tessa :)

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Dee Stephens said...

You never cease to amaze me!! Jealous!! Great Job! Happy New Year!

Lorri said...

Oh my goodness! They are perfect!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Very nice...I just love them! Love the fabric and trim combo you used.

Suburban Princess said...

Awesome! I love the fabric!
You could have your brother's done by the end of this week!

Travelbugmom said...


The last thing I sewed was my son's !st Halloween costume....21 years ago! I vowed NEVER, NEVER again! You make it look so easy.

PS You look adorable!

JMW said...

LOVE the stockings! My daughter received a skirt this year made of that same fabric - it's so soft!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Love them! And good for you, I'm a self taught sewer as well....way to put yourself out there! Happy New Year!

bevy said...

White, dotted chenille stockings! I love them! Knowing my family, they would get just a tad bit grungy...

We are back. Today was the first day... And it wasn't too bad! How was your day?

elliotts said...

LOVE the stockings!! They are beautiful! Happy New Year friend.


French said...

Jo, those are so very Pretty! And where is the J from? I think this would be a really fun project for Christmas Eve! This gives me an idea, which I will email you about tonight, in the email I have been meaning to send for two weeks. Sending warm thoughts, A

Tessa said...

You crack me up! Thanks for linking to my post! You did well, girlie, very well indeed! Had no idea you made them in Christmas EVE!! Crazy! My parents loved the ones I made for them too. Handmade (when not too difficult) is always the best!

Tessa said...

oh, the ottoman - from Ballard. here is what is looks like without the slip -

you'll laugh, but it was a father's day gift to my husband one year (kind of self serving, I know) but he kept saying he wanted some place comfy to put his feet up!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What an adorable stocking!!

Out Of A Bandbox said...

Darling stockings! Jealous of you that you can sew. I have a machine and it has been sitting in my closet for 2 years. It scares me.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Pemberley said...

Your pictures always look so beautiful and I love the all white theme. Happy New Year!

Jan M said...

Love the stockings, and handmade are the best made! The fabrics you selected are perfect, but definitely not the easiest to work with -- especially in the rush of Christmas Eve! You deserved that stocking to be filled to the brim!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and am so happy to "meet" you here! I really enjoyed looking through your last several posts..... and I LOVE the idea of having a quiet dinner at home on New Year's Eve ~ with the MEN cooking! :-)

Kristen @ said...

oh these pictures are SO pretty!! I have never used to Cricket but I love the Silhouette!

Lori said...

Hey girl, Happy New Year, everything looks so lovely!! I was cracking up over the stocking story....I have a very similar one except I never got around to it and pulled our old ones out! lol But oh how I meant well.....I remember telling my husband Christmas Eve morning..."I still need to get the stockings done"
Good for you making it happen! If I start now, I might have mine done for next year!! :)

Ellie said...

I love those stockings too! hmmm maybe I can copy you next year?? Your dinner sounded delish!

I love the Beth Moore studies, but they are soooo deeppppppp! I hope you get a lot out of yours!

Happy 2011!

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