Friday, December 27, 2013

My sewing machine and I can now rest

I always get stressed before Christmas because I make so many of my gifts. It is usually Janae that I make the most for because she really appreciates the things I make. This year she talked about buying handmade stockings for all her animals and I talked her out of it. It would be so expensive and that is something I could do. Oh, what a job it was!


Now that they are done I am so happy I did it. Janae loves them and that makes it all worth it.

The dogs are all named after a "thing"--so the dogs got their "thing" on their stocking.


Lace for lacie, Bells for Bella, Lillies for Lilly and a matchbox Bentley car for Bentley.

For the cats and Bunny Fufu they got pink for the girls and blue/green for the boys.


The pictures I printed on a iron on paper that I got from Walmart.

I made larger stockings for Janae and her long time boyfriend Sidney. The larger stockings were actually easier for me to make than the smaller ones thanks to my arthritis.


I made the stocking just the perfect size as they fit across Janae and Sidney's mantle. No more room or anymore fur kids though! Someday I am hoping to make some human Grandbaby stockings though :)



I also made a pillow of the furbabies with the Rachel Ashwell Simply Chic sheet fabric that looks so perfect on their bed.



I figured she needed a replacement for the Santa pillow.


Now for some heat therapy for my hands and some rest for my sewing machine and I.

There is surprising news around the Brown household as Chantel has recently become very interested in Guinea pigs...2 girls, Penelope and Paisley. They are really cute and fun.


The surprising part is that turns out after having them for a couple weeks we realized we got more than we were planning for. The longhaired girl (Paisley) is with piglet...or probably several piglets. (Baby Guinea pigs are actually called pups but piglet sounds cuter!) You can feel the little ones moving around in her belly so we assume she is close. So now we are on guinea pig birth alert. Wyatt is pretty excited because he wanted a guinea pig too. I guess it was meant to be.


If you have never been around Guinea pigs before they are surprisingly adorable. They purr and coo. It is so cute! They say the babies are running around about an hour after birth and have a third of their full size by 1 week old.


Now I am working on taking down Christmas and dreaming about spring....

Thanks for visiting!

28 comments:

Janae said...

I love my gifts sooooooo much!!!!! Thank you so much you are such a wonderful Mom. I am so lucky!

lynn said...

the stockings and pillow are so sweet, sandy:) the guinea pigs are cute! and how great that paisley brought wyatt a late xmas present:)

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Sandy,you did such a beautiful job of the stockings. They look so pretty. My,you will have a full house of fur babies soon,they are so cute. x

Deb said...

Wow - you have been busy. Everything is adorable. Time to rest a bit and enjoy what's left of the holidays. Hugs, Deb

pat in NY said...

Sandy, your stockings are super beautiful. The same goes for your pillows. I just love everything you do.
Happy New Year to you, your family, and all the fur babies.
Pat.

Grandma Carolee said...

Sandy, the stockings and pillow are beautiful & so creative! I, too, am looking forward to some stockings someday for great grand babies. :-)

Lady of the Woods said...

Maybe I get too emotional at some things, but those stockings and the effort with your arthritis and your joy in spite of it brings tears to my eyes...and on top of that, those stockings are GORGEOUS and there is nothing made anywhere that can compare to those, Janae must be truly thrilled.
The guinea pigs....I never knew anything about them, but I am enchanted by them now with their cooing sounds and how hairy they are lol please do keep us [me] posted with them I'd love to know more.
warmest hugs, lady

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

Janae needs to be a Vet when she grows up and live on a farm. I love when people have a love for animals and treat them like family. Unbelievable that you made the pets each a personalized stocking. WOW! Mazi got a hand-me-down from our other dog.

Melanie said...

Dreaming of spring too Sandy! Have never had a guinea pigs before, did not know that they purred! That is sweet. Can't wait to see the babies!! Sounds like fun! Loved the stockings you made, they are lovely!! You are so talented and I always enjoy seeing what you have created!

Art and Sand said...

The stockings are so sweet.

I too am looking forward to grandchildren to spoil at Christmas and throughout the year.

We had two sweet guinea pigs years ago. One used to sit on my shoulder when I graded papers. One night he crawled down and started eating a hole in a student's assignment. I took the chewed up piece to class the next day and told the class, "sorry Michael, my guinea pig ate your homework!"

Junkchiccottage said...

Sandy,
The stockings and the pillow are so cute. I love that you put little things on the stockings that matched where their names came from. Tooo cute.
We had a long haired guinea pig when my girls were small and she was so full of personality. She would ride my daughters skate board and loved it. It was too funny to see her going down the drive on the skate board and then wanting to go again. They are sweet creatures. Keep us posted on the upcoming birth.
Kris

Lady Lilith said...

I give you credit for all that hard work. Your effort really paid off as they came out stunning. Nice job.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Those stocking are precious. And I had guinea pigs when I was young. I used to put them on leashes and walk them outside.

Simply Me said...

your stockings are so adorable!!!!! and so many !!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!! XX

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your stockings turned out great, Sandy! I did stockings for a first this year myself and also found the bigger ones easier to make. Love the pillow, too!

Happy New Year!

Karen said...

Hi Sandy,
I just loved looking at all of the adorable stockings you made for Janae's doggies. It must have taken you forever. They are all just perfect! The pillow is so pretty too. I also would like grandkiddies some day. My middle son is getting married in June so I hope that it happens when they are ready. Thank you for visiting me and all of your kind words! Have a very Happy and Healthy 2014. Take care,
Karen

Luisa María Benito said...

Genial que bonito.Me encantan las fotografías, trasmiten, son geniales. Ha sido un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.
Felices Fiestas!
http://personallyselected.blogspot.com
Luisa

June said...

All those stockings are darling Sandy! I also love the pillow you made for your daughter. So cute!
Welcome to the newest members of your family :)))
hugs...

Brandi said...

Ooh your stockings are so pretty. You are so talented!!

Laura Tieri said...

All of your gifts are beautiful! I told Janae that she is going to need a bigger fireplace pretty soon to fit everyone's stockings on there!
Happy New Year to you & your family! Thank you for sharing with us all year!

Karen said...

Your family is so lucky to have such a creative and talented mom. You made so many beautiful things. I hope your hands are feeling better now. Have a wonderful new year, looking forward too seeing what you create in 2014.

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Oh gosh, Sandy, I can't believe all that hard work you put into those adorable stockings - you do need rest, indeed! How wonderful for Janae to receive such special stockings.

Ana said...

Wow Sandy, the stockings turned out beautiful. You did a wonderful job. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, Sandy - I am in AWE of you! Those stockings and the pillow were absolutely STUNNING! And so personalized! How very creative you are! Okay, those guinea pigs are the cutest things ever - especially the one with the wild hairdo!!! I just love them! Can they be box trained? I wonder if Baby would like one (like as in want to befriend it, not like as in want to eat it!)
Happy New Year to you!
Donna

Fairytale yourphoto said...

Such pretty art! I love the things you make. I just sub'd you and your daughter's blogs after finding them, I have become addicted. Thanks for Sharing!

Paola T. said...

Hi Sandy, I had never seen such beautiful stockings! Love the colors you used and the pictures! A hug from Italy. Paola from http://ilpaeseincantato.blogspot.it/

Susie Holler said...

Your stockings are just too die for. Can I have two please for my Siamese cats? honestly how did you find the time to do these?.beautiful.susie from cake plates and other treasures.

Anne said...

What beautiful stockings!Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!