Tuesday, December 16, 2008

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things...

My most prized Christmas possession... our Christmas stockings. They were handmade with love, mostly by my sister-in-law Theresa. They are beautiful and I adore them. There is so much thought and care put into these stockings, both from her and myself.
I spent hours and hours searching for the perfect stocking for each of us (me, Alan, and the kids). Theresa knew I was wanting them... I had a stocking kit for over a year and had dreams of hand making my family's stockings, yet I just knew that it was one of those things I would probably never actually follow through with. She swooped right in and wanted to make them for us. I just love her!!

And they are even more beautiful than the pattern calls for. She added extra bling to all of them. She added extra snow swirlies on the snowmen, extra sequins all over, and there are matching bows that we added to each of the stockings that kind-of ties them all together.

I wrote and sequined the names and I sewed the toppers, made Selah's cupcake and the tree on hers. Selah even did some of the beading and sequining on her topper and tree too. She really enjoyed it.
And Theresa did the rest! She is amazing at it. (I'm trying to convince her she needs to make them for her family now.)

One afternoon last year Theresa, Lou Anne, and I went to every fabric store in Springfield searching for the perfect fabrics for the backing/lining. The snowman has a fabric that is snowmen... Selah's sugarplum fairy stocking has fabric that is candies and cookies. My Christmas tree stocking has ornaments all over the fabric, etc. (See what I mean now by "lots of thought and care into each one?").
Theresa and I then made stockings out of the fabric. I made the pattern, cut the fabric, and Theresa QUILTED each one of them. I took the felt part home, added sequins all around the edge of the stockings, and blanket-stitched the felt stocking front to the quilted stockings.

Perfect. Beautiful. And quite notably my favorite Christmas heirloom.

Thanks Sister!!!

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