My apologies for being MIA for awhile, not quite sure where the days have gone; suddenly there are only 29 days until (GULP) Christmas! One thing is for sure, it is definitely starting to look (and feel!) like winter and Christmas around here. We have had a few days of snow and COLD! I had managed to get some of our outdoor Christmas lights and decorations up before the deep freeze hit and here is one of our lighted reindeer after the snow hit.
We've had even more snow since I took these pictures so it really is a winter wonderland around here! Thanks goodness I got some of our Christmas lights up 'cause it's getting a little deep out there now! Our big dog LOVES the snow, here's a picture of him in his idea of puppy heaven!
His favourite trick is to lie on his side in the snow at the top of a hill and then push himself down the hill with his back legs. It is too funny to watch, he looks like he is tobogganing! Our little pup is not quite so enamored of the snow and cold and so she was inside watching from the warmth when I took this picture. Her idea of heaven is a queen sized bed all to herself complete with down duvet!
I think I was telling you about the ornie swap I was in at one of the forums I belong to and the ornies arrived last week. Here's a picture, I received 21 ornies in all (including getting one of my own back which was very nice since I never seem to keep anything that I create!).
I've been doing a lot of stitcheries lately for some reason, I don't usually do too many of them but I needed some candle mats for myself and just kind of got into the swing of doing them! I still have to sew on the backs and turn and finish them but I have four candle mats completed and I'll be listing them shortly as well. Once I get them done I'll post some pictures here so you can see what else I've been up to.
On a Christmas celebratory note, our niece called the other night and invited us to her house for Christmas dinner this year! It's so exciting, this is the first time she has ever hosted "the event" and I know that she will do a wonderful job. We will all bring a contribution to the feast as is our tradition but it is still a big job to decorate, get the table all set, cook the turkey, etc. She has had a fabulous role model though as her parents are masters at hosting LARGE parties at the drop of a hat and always do an amazing job of it. I tend to stress myself out to the max when it's my turn but for them it is no big deal. Wish I could be that way but hostessing is not my strong point! Some folks are good at it and some not and I definitely fall into the latter category! We will truly enjoy visiting her home this Christmas to celebrate the day with our wonderful family, I can't wait!
Well, I guess that is about it for now. I'll try and get my candle mats finished tomorrow and get some pictures taken but it may be a little later in the day as we are getting a satellite internet connection hooked up tomorrow and I will be able to finally say goodbye to my dial up internet connection!! Woo-hoo! I can't wait! The thought of having a high speed internet connection is so wonderful, I'll be able to visit all of your blogs in the blink of an eye as compared to how long it takes me now. It quite literally takes me hours to visit everyone and on some blogs I never can get the sites to load completely if they have a lot of graphics or pictures. The next thing will be a new super quick computer and then just watch my smoke! Talk to you all again soon and happy crafting!