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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things..... last Christmas in South Africa




































I had to share a picture of a little girls baby quilt, I just did for one of the local girls.It is hard to see the water stipple behind the turtles, which she had already hand quilted. Then added a little flower border. It surely is a sweet little quilt.


As I began to decorate the outside of the house...just the front porch so far.... I began to ponder....on what things I enjoyed putting out year after year...and why some things stayed in the boxes.... year after year. I guess it is that some have stronger memories about some things than others. As I put up the tree ornamnents....and for years I have traditionally used shaped ornaments.... some from my folks tree, others I discovered at thrift stores..or after Christmas sales. Some of these have absolutely no value...except in my memories..of the kids hanging them up...or the walnut shaped ones that we found still in the Neiman Marcus box..at the Goodwill store..which my youngest had called Neiman Marcus, ( we kind of taught him that so he wouldn't blurt out we had bought his older siblings something at Goodwill... so he just always said it came from Neiman's...the little guy was too young to read!) Or the Waterford ornaments I bought to remember my trip to Ireland, or the bowling mouse, my oldest chose as his ornament one year to buy for the Christmas tree. I just can 't seem to let them stay in the box. It certainly has been fun taking them out of their boxes... as this is the first time in 4 Christmases we had our own things to hang on the tree. I am so looking forward to having the children and Grandkids here, good times are ahead. ONe of the
traditions that began several years ago...were the "Ball Wars". I had purchased DS 1's College alma mater Christmas ornament...and also had DH and DD's alma mater. Well the kids came home...and suddenly the balls began to move around the tree. Every time someone walked through the living room, they would shift their alma maters ball to the top and shift all others down below. We need to add two new balls this year...but DD has suggesested, we go by BCS rankings...so her school will be on top! We'll see when they all arrive what happens! I had to post this photo of me sitting in a taxi in South Africa, this was a bakki taxi, basically a little pickup with seating for four or more in the back of the camper part. I rode through the parking lot with these lovely ladies. That is what I was doing in South Africa last Christmas! Had to include a front picture of the vehicle...for your enjoyment. Note the wire holding the hood shut! Good times. Happy sewing to you. I have another quilt to get out tomorrow, and one to finish before I go to Phoenix next week. I get to work with my sister at a Conference...so it should be fun. Have a good one. Hope to post again before I fly out.

6 comments:

Lorraine said...

I know what you mean about ornaments...I have ornaments that I have had for years and each year as I put them up I remember all the trees in all the houses I have lived and give thanks for my current situation......I also have the little santa who sat on our Christmas cakes when we were growing up....I found "him" in a cupboard at Dad's house and now he graces our Christmas cake....memories are made of these things....I haven't got my decorations out this year as yet...but this weekend is all about CHristmas decorating!

The Jen said...

I couldn't tell from the picture... but I hope the college ornaments are starting out level. =)

Libby said...

It's a funny thing about ornaments - they just get to you, sometimes even when they are meant to do so. I was going gaga over some little ceramic ornies that I bought for our first tree. They weren't meant to be special - they were what we could afford *cheap* Now more than 25 years later, they hold such a special place in my heart.
I love the ball wars game. I can just imagine all the strategy that must go into it *s*

Margaret said...

The tree is part of Christmas, for years we jhad real pine trees and then graduated to a green foil, creation. Now I put something on the Dining room table and leave it at that. We go to the girls places for Christmas Day, so I don't have the need to decorate. I do appreciate everyone elses decorations .

Annie said...

I love the turtle quilt! Got quite a chuckle out of the van, yikes, sure looks like a tight squeeze in the back there!

: )

sewkalico said...

This is the first year for ages that I don't have 'my' ornaments. they are in SA, where we usually spend Christmas.... It feels kind of weird looking at the tree without them :-(

Those taxis I know well (Although try not to get into too many banged up ones on my way tgo college every day!!)