I got him a table saw. Nah, he asked for it and picked it out but it was from me! He's making stuff for me with it -- or at least I think he is!
I got a lot done in the studio today. I only have the borders to do on the bedroom wall hanging. And, tying off all the threads on the areas I did today. I hate that part of machine quilting. Some people don't worry about it but I always tie them off and bury the threads.
Pat also gets great husband stars today for doing some more decorating in the house. He's done all of the outside and has moved into the inside. He has put lights and garlands around the bannisters. Today he cleared off the Thanksgiving decorations and put out Christmas stuff on the mantel.
I bought this lovely Santa at a vendor at the quilt show in Lancaster, PA many years ago. I fell in love with it -- probably because of his old quilt coat. He is proudly displayed on the mantel with several other Santas I have. I don't think Pat pulled out all of the Santas but they are peaking out of lots of nooks and crannies of the house. This one was the beginning of my Santas and now I must have 15 or so. Some are stuffed, some are floppy, some I've made and some have been given to me. Over the next few days I will try to add more pictures of our Christmas decorations.
We will be putting up a small tree next weekend. Since the kids were here for Thanksgiving they won't be here for Christmas. Supposedly we aren't going all out with our decorating. Jen will be going to Brian's Mom's house in Ohio. Kevin will be going to Tennessee with Aimee. We were thinking of going to California for the Rose Bowl but, wow, airline prices are out of sight. We'll keep looking but it doesn't look good at this point. Pat and I went to Univ. of Southern California and lived in California ten years before we moved east. California in December/January looks good compared to the Pocono Mountains. And, since we get Rose Bowl tickets every year it's good to go to the games every once in a while. USC just beat UCLA so SC will be the Pac 10 representative.
And, just to give Pat equal time: Here is his workshop out in the garage (heated garage). It is always this neat except when he is working in it. He is very neat, unlike me! I'm better than I was but I'm not completely cured of my messier nature!
Happy quilting all. Bonnie