Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More Downsizing

I've got my sewing machine set up on the dining room table and I am going great guns like a single person sweat shop. I might finish these Amy Butler bags for my MIL yet. (Did I start them last year or two years ago?)

Sunday was my turn to make dinner but I wasn't sure how I was going to get my father into the house because of all the snow. They did a lousy job plowing our street because the neighbors at 1 and 5 (next door to each other) left their cars in the street. Apparently walking to the backyard driveway is too far {not}. So we brought the mountain to Mohammad meatloaf to my sister's. I made Mandajuice's teriyaki meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad, and the dude made Pioneer Woman's peanut butter pie for dessert. The meatloaf is a big favorite; last year I bought everyone the Soy Vay to make it. My mother (who never cooks) confirmed that even she made it, but the "recipe is complicated." Turns out, old hand cooks like my mother aren't big on photographing every step of a recipe. My sister also put in a special request for Chile con Queso which around here we call crack dip.

Anyway, as I made my lunch by scooting the dirty dishes out of the way--including the skillet with dried on Velveeta--I was thinking something along the lines of Spinster Stitcher's post only I was worried those British birds from "How Clean is Your House?" might show up. I don't know how I am getting on a plane in five days.

In the continued downsizing, my sisters-in-law have gone from being proud owners of quilted messenger bags to proud owners of beaded jewelry.

This one is for the dude's sister. When I think of her, I think of neutral shades. Her husband is the geologist and hiker and somehow I think of her as being a natural, outdoorsy sort, though I can think of little evidence for this conclusion. I do know she wears these colors.

The dude's brother's wife, however, wears a lot of bright blue. I had trouble putting something together. I thought I wanted to make something like this necklace, but I couldn't find a donut that lent itself to being matched with bright blues. The turquoise donut was all wrong. I was wandering around the store and thought there was something very cool about the large beads I ended up using. I'm not going to lie to you, it is bright. This may be a miserable failure. Or it will become a treasured possession. I'm pretty sure there are no in-betweens on this one.

What am I doing here rambling on? This bags aren't going to sew themselves!


Catherine said...

Love, love, love the beaded jewels! I can so picture the bright one on a black or dark chocolate sweater!

Have a wonderful Christmas and safe travels!

Deb said...

I think that she's going to love the necklace. It's such a pretty piece. Both pieces are, but I love color, so the necklace is #1 on my list.

doris said...

As I told Coni, I'm just so damn grateful that two other houses (Spinster Stitcher's and Stitch Bitch's) look something like mine!

Nic said...

The bracelet and necklace both look great!

Nic said...

PS And you're safe. "How Clean Is Your House" has been cancelled by Channel 4. No excuse not to sew now :o)

Giovanna said...

Those are both lovely and I'm sure they'll make your SILs very happy. Merry Christmas!

riona said...

Beautiful bead work ... I love the striations on the bright donut ... that is definitely something I would wear on a gloomy day ... just looking at it raises my spirits.

Alice said...

I love the necklace! The bracelet is pretty too. There is nothing wrong with your kind of downsizing, what thoughtful gifts!
Your dinner sounds good too. I'd like to try the meatloaf.
Enjoy yourself in England.

Lee said...

I think that the clean, organized and peaceful holiday home is just a figment of our imaginations.

I know that your gifts will be well received. They're beautiful! And - yeah baby - my book rec made the gift list! I hope your aunt enjoys it as much as I did.

Have a wonderful trip!

doahleigh said...

You're just full of the creativity eh?

Melissa said...

Love the jewelry! Good luck with the messenger bags. I sure wish I was getting on a plane to anywhere in five days even with unfinished presents in my suitcase!

I'm going to have to try that meatloaf recipe, it sounds wonderful.

Carolyn NC said...

Both jewelry pieces look great! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!