We try to focus on experiences and making memories rather than a lot of gift giving. Most times those experiences happen throughout the year, not necessarily during the holiday season, but this year we wanted to experience the special magic that Disney offers on their holiday cruises. Sprinkles, our elf on the shelf, even got into the spirit.
|Sprinkles, ready to set sail with his pals Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto|
|The Grand Lobby of the Disney Dream|
I didn't do as much holiday sewing this year and I'm okay with that. I gave a glimpse of the commissioned Christmas stocking that I was working on and here is the finished project. Mine is the one on the left.
I also made some potholders for my parents and mother-in-law. They're a really quick project and works well with scraps. I used this tutorial, if you're interested. I made the set for my mother-in-law on Christmas morning so I didn't have a chance to photograph them but here are the ones I made for my parents. They've also requested some holiday and spring themed ones that I'll have done for them when they come for a visit in February.
We'll be hosting a laid-back New Year's eve get-together with some of the families in our neighborhood so that's the next big thing on my calendar but I'm hoping to get a bit more sewing done before then. I still need to finish up my November blocks for the Compass Quilter's Bee and get them in the mail to Sharon!
I leave you with a family selfie that we took on the Disney Dream. It's a little bit out of focus but it reflects the happiness of our holidays. I'm wishing all of you that same happiness now and into the new year.