Show and Tell 5: Life in Our Little Handmade Home

Show and Tell 5: Life in Our Little Handmade Home Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Tree

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Christmas Day has come and gone in a flurry of gifts, get-togethers and gratitude.  Unfortunately (at least in my mind), there were no flurries of any other kind.  We had a green Christmas, and I have to say, I didn’t like it.

I made sure to focus on so many other things that I didn’t always notice the lack of snow on the ground.  Enjoying our grandbaby’s first Christmas was a pretty big deal around here.  “Miss P” enjoyed her day as much as an 8-month-old baby can, but her parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all enjoyed it enough for her!




Christmas morning was a little unusual for us, in that it was the first time since my husband and I married that we had a quiet early Christmas morning with just the two of us.  We rose at our normal hour, just before 6:00 a.m., had our coffee and opened our stockings together.

We enjoyed breakfast with my mom and our daughter’s family, and after that, our son-in-law’s mother and sister joined us as well.  It was wonderful for Miss P to be surrounded by so much family for her first Christmas and a good time was had by all.

I’m so glad that I knew ahead of time that we would be having more people join us as it gave me a chance to pop out and get some wonderful gifts from The Body Shop.  It’s a favourite of mine so naturally, I always think that everyone else will love it too!

All in all, it was a wonderful day 💞






Oh boy, do I have some projects ahead of me!  Not only did I receive a few more quilty gifts when opening my advent calendars, but I also received several quilt-related items in my Christmas gifts as well.  I’m very excited about this gorgeous quilt kit by Patti Carey of Patti’s Patchwork.  I’ve definitely got a lot of kits to finish before next Christmas season!


Show and Tell 5: Life in Our Little Handmade Home Star-crossed Quilt Kit


A couple of other things that were on my wish list were a small iron for pressing seams right at my sewing machine and a mighty Oliso iron.  I’m very pleased to say that I got both! 

PLUS, I got a gorgeous Fat Quarter Bundle of Dawn on the Prairie!  You might remember my Falling Leaves Table Runner, which was made using Dawn on the Prairie.  Well, my mom loved it so much that it went into her Advent calendar, so now I can make another for myself!


Show and Tell 5: Life in Our Little Handmade Home Fat Quarter Bundle, mini steam iron, oliso smart iron



We are leaving our decorations up through New Year’s, but I’m not sure how much longer they will stay.  I want to get completely organized well ahead of my vacation at the end of January, and that includes enlisting my husband to help me tear down Christmas and set everything else back out.  



The countdown continues to my trip to Disney World.  As of this morning, I’m roughly four weeks away!  In my advent calendar, I got this cute Donald Duck figurine by Jim Shore.  He’s a favourite artist of mine and I’m always excited to expand my collection!


Show and Tell 5: Life in Our Little Handmade Home Donald Duck Jim Shore figurine



I’ve started reading the mystery novel that came in my Missouri Star Advent calendar – The Haunting of Quilter’s Square.  So far, it’s a light entertaining read!  I got a few books for Christmas, so I’ll be diving into those next.



A few months ago, our daughter decided she would like to learn how to crochet.  I have absolutely no idea when it comes to this particular craft, so she went online and found some tutorials.  I absolutely love the gifts we got from her this year:


Show and Tell 5: Life in Our Little Handmade Home crocheted dishcloths and coasters



With Christmas fresh on my mind, I like to make a list of everything that worked out well, and new things to add to our celebrations next year.  The perfect way to track those is with my favourite journal, the Leuchtturm 1917.  My husband and I have already decided that we would love to have Miss P (and any siblings that might come along) spend the night on Christmas Eve Eve – it would be a magical evening for us and a chance for our daughter to get any last-minute items checked off her list.

We will also be having an annual sleepover on New Year’s Eve.  We don’t generally go out to celebrate, preferring to stay in and be cozy.  So why not make it a tradition to have our grandkids come and stay so mom and dad can sleep in!






I took a few days off at Christmas time, so not a lot of new content this week!  Next year, it’s my intention to be more prepared for the holidays.  But I feel like I say that every year, haha!  I will say that if you like to be in the know, be sure to tune in to my YouTube channel next week.  I’ll be highlighting some of my most popular projects from 2023, but also letting you know what I’ve got in store for 2024.  Stay tuned!


Thanks for joining me for Show and Tell.  I’ll have LOTS more to share with you next week!  In the meantime, from Our Little Handmade Home to yours, Happy New Year ❤️








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