After my pre-dawn prayer and Bible time, the nicest way to start the day is to share a cappucino with Blossom in our cute reindeer Christmas mugs. She has a regular cappucino and I enjoy my de-caff soy-cino.
It's been 3 months since I stopped having dairy and changed to soy, and after the first 6 weeks I actually discovered I like soy milk! It has *really* helped with the severity and frequency of my hot flushes, and my tummy doesn't cramp anymore. Yay!
Tomorrow will be food preparation day here. I have a stuffed turkey breast to defrost overnight, and a trifle to make for Christmas lunch, and I need to make Apple Cinnamon Scrolls Christmas Eve night for Christmas Day breakfast. What do you have for breakfast Christmas Day? Is there a special tradition your family follows?
This year I am giving the Scrolls a red iced topping (instead of their usual pink) and adding spearmint leaves for that festive touch. This is Blossom's absolute favourite baked item so the rest of us will need to grab a platefull before she wakes up or we'll be going without! :-)
Speaking of food, look what is in our bathtub!
Yesterday I did some more work on the first of two new Shabby Roses quilt designs, but this time it wasn't embroidery. I spent hours making fiddly pinwheel blocks. I am a stitcher, not a piecer...but these things must be done. LOL!
More cutting and piecing awaits me today, but the end result will all be worth it! The pattern will be revealed in January - but I need to let you know this is not a free BOM. I think some people had that idea? I have something completely different for my 2011 freebie, but more about that closer to New Year.
The Gum Tree Designers like to play swaps. This year we have swapped pincushion, and doilies, but for Christmas we decided to swap aprons!
Fee's name was plucked out of the cup to make my apron, and it is GAWJUS!!! She used beautiful *Bliss* fabrics...
...and added this scrumtpious stitchery to the pocket....
...and finished it off with a pretty, heart embellished brooch!
Thanks Fee, I LOVE it so much!!!
I made Joy's apron, but totally forgot to take a photo!! She'll pop a photo on her blog soon. Once we all have our photos up I'll do a fashion parade of them on our Gum Tree Designers blog.
My Gum Tree Designer sisters also like to bless each other with something hand-made at Christmas. Let me show you some of the sweet things Vicki, Dawn, Judith, Fee, and Joy made for me this Christmas...
....and this is what I made them...
...diaries for F,D, J, V & V, but a pincushion/needlecase for Judith as she'll be on the road most of next year. :-)
I had better get back to that piecing if I want the quilt finished by January.
Maybe one more cappucino first, though?