I used the last remnant of this incredibly fun green spotted Christmas fabric on Hazel's new Christmas skirt (gulp).
I have been hanging on to it for a few years now, waiting for just the right project to put it to good use.
I think this probably qualifies.
All the fabric on the skirt is from Michael Miller, but like I said the circles print is no longer available (super big sigh). I'm not sure if the other prints are available either - I've had them for awhile.
At any rate, here's to happy Christmas skirts...and to little girls who love to wear them.
I've been trying to dig myself out from the 15 or 16 boxes of Christmas decorations that have been hiding in the attic until this past week. I have lots to show you, but I'm not finished yet! I always forget what a huge effort it is to deck my house out in full Christmas glory, but it's always rewarding to sit back and enjoy it when it's all up. My kids love it. My husband just says, "Can't wait until January, when it's all back in the attic." Actually, after that statement he was careful to compliment several things that were already up. Apparently the doghouse isn't a very appealing place to him, nor was the stink eye I shot in his direction (wink).
How's this for a totally glamorous behind-the-scenes shot? Careful - you're turning a little green.
I still have a mountain of Christmas projects and gifts to finish. Don't believe me? Check out the work table in my studio:
Breathtaking, I know. If you can tell a lot about a woman by the contents of her purse, imagine what you can tell about the status of a person's work table...although I'm not sure I'm ready to hear anyone's interpretation of mine at this point! It's mostly gifts for friends and family with a few extra ornaments in the mix. And the tree topper stars I haven't made yet. But I do have my booth all planned out for the International Quilt Market this spring! I couldn't sleep for a couple of hours one night because I was so excited about how it was all coming together (in my head, anyway) and my mind was absolutely racing. The price one pays for creative juices, I guess.
I'm going to have to work fast because I only have 1 relatively quiet (as in not completely, totally booked) week before Christmas left. Next week I'm off to NYC again to do the final decisions on my colorways, then the day after I get back is my big annual Christmas Cookie exchange and from there it's one thing after another...sheeesh! I've got to get more organized next year so December isn't such a hugely insane rush. I was talking to a lady at church who mentioned that she gets all her Christmas gifts made and bought by July...for the following year's Christmas! Wow. I don't know if I could ever pull that off, but I know I could do better than I'm doing.
And no, in anticipation of your most oft-repeated question, I don't sleep. Much. Not as much as I should anyway (Mom, stop reading this - I know what you're going to say, and you're absolutely right). I try hard not to push myself too much though - if I've had a day or two of less than ideal sleep hours, then I either squeeze in a nap somewhere or go to bed before midnight (otherwise known as early for Shelley) to catch up. I turn into a very grumpy zombie if I'm sleep deprived consistently, so I know my limits. Funny thing about getting older...those limits keep diminishing and I keep forgetting I'm not 25 anymore. My body remembers, though, and reminds me to face reality more often than I care to admit.
It seems that there's always another big project coming down the tube (excuses, excuses) plus some surprise ones thrown in. Like the wedding I just committed to photographing because they didn't have a professional photographer and the wedding is in 2 weeks. I don't classify myself as a professional, but I'll be able to come up with photos better than no photographer at all! :-)
Here's another impromptu project I got involved with at the last minute. I had been asked to be the photographer for this big youth dance, including coming up with the photo backdrop. The decoration committee wasn't sure where they were going with the decorations, so I suggested using the whole medieval castle idea since their theme title was "Royal Ball".
I got a bunch of flat cardboard and made the gold-painted throne backs for 2 big chairs, then made a bunch of shields and crowns for the photo area and the main dance room. Because heck, if I'm going to go to the trouble of making a few, I might as well make enough for the dancing area, right? Yeah, sure!
This is a terrible photo, but it gets the idea across. The bunting is actually made from those inexpensive vinyl tablecloths. In the dim light it (almost) looked like fabric.
I had made a giant stencil for the eagle image on the shields, and I used the positive image of the eagle on the red banners below and spray painted around it to accomplish the effect you see.
Anybody need a giant stencil of a medieval eagle that has multiple layers of spray paint all over it? Don't everybody raise their hands at once, now.
My friend Keva was there to help chaperone, so I grabbed her for some goofball shots just for fun. I think we accomplished our objective, don't you? Don't answer that. Okay, well, I've probably spilled enough "real-life Shelley" fodder for one night. Time to go excavate through the Christmas stuff which has buried my dining room table for days. I know it's under there somewhere.