By Susan Carlisle
As I come to the end of the year, I try to get all the things that have lingered throughout the months finished. This year is no different.
Months ago, maybe even last year I started a smocked dress for a grandniece. Finally, and I do mean finally, I completed the dress-that-would-never-end. I was pleased. By the look on my niece’s face, she was too. Her mother said she even slept in the dress she liked it so much.
I’ve made other items, including over 100 masks back in March. I put together for each of the eight grandkids bags to hang on the back of the seats of a car to hold their “stuff’.
Just this past week I completed a swimsuit coverup for a granddaughter who’ll be having her first swim meet on Saturday. She’s the size of a finger so I hope she’ll be warm and dry while wearing it.
My niece asked me to help her with Christmas presents for her son’s teachers. I embroidered the grinch on kitchen towels. I shouldn’t take much credit for these because the machine did most of the work.
And I’m also going to finish three more Christmas stockings before the 25th. These I will take credit for. They’re all hand-done counted cross-stitch.
Suddenly I’m feeling more successful than I had when I started writing this. Next year I hope to finish a quilt and do at least two more stockings. The quilt has been waiting ten years for me to get my act together.
I don’t want to go before I mention that I have not 1, not 2, but 3 Christmas books out this month. If you’re looking for something to read, I’d love you to try one.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year!!!