Sunday, November 28, 2010

What I did on my Thankgsgiving Holiday - My Favorite long weekend!!

This is my favorite long weekend because the holiday part is the first day usually, followed by three days of dong whatever you want.  This year was a little different but still very enjoyable.  Well, we weren't having a big meal on Thanksgiving as the married kids are spending it with their other half's families.  Jess and Jason came to our house Thanksgiving afternoon to spend the long weekend with us.  Thursday was 1) read the ads for Black Friday.  2) plan for Black Friday shopping trip starting at 2am.  3) start making approximately 30  fabric wallets as gifts for friends.  Click on Valori Wells to see the pattern and link to "Keep Me in Stitches" quilt shop where you can purchase the pattern and fabric.  Jacqi shared the pattern with us last weekend at our Bjorklunden retreat last weekend.  Thursday night we selected coordinating fabrics and cut them to the pattern size.

 Friday we did get up at 1:45 am to do our "Black Friday" shopping trip with daughters/sisters Tracy and Liz.  We had a chilling fun bargain hunting adventure arriving back home by 10 am.  Naps immediately followed.  Afterwards Jess spent the day with one of her nieces and one of her nephews having the funnest day ever according to one young gentleman.  Later that day we finished pinning together wallet fabric preparing for sewing. 
That evening sewing, turning and pressing was done
Saturday was brunch with the family, grand kids and all.  It was a wonderful morning together.  Liz and Tracy picked out their favorite wallet from the assortment.  They will get them as soon as we finish the closures.  We thought they were an appropriate initiation gift to "Black Friday" shopping, their first time for this, where you just use your cash and cards, no time for big bulky purses.  Its serious business, hunt and buy, no browsing.  Get in and get out. 

Later that day after more bargain shopping, a nap by one and a workout by the other, more work was done on the wallets, we opted for buttons and buttonholes.  At the end of the day we had put together 37 (thirty-seven)!!!! Valori Wells wallets. 

Are you one of the lucky ones on our Christmas list?  To make your own wallet check out Jacqi's shop, "Keep Me In Stitches", Appleton, WI.  She has great fabrics and buttons to finish these quick, cute gifts.  Easy too, but 37 is a lot.  Thank goodness, Jess and I worked well as a team.   Thanks J!


Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Those are adorable and perfect for gifts. I will have to get that pattern. The retreat looked like a blast as well. I do not know how you fit it all in and work at the same time! You are amazing.

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Pat Bishop said...

They are cute, just hoping there is one left for me, I've thought of a few more people I should make them for though.

The retreat is becoming more treasured each time. Such good friends and good times.

I'm fortunate to have several weeks of vacation, an understanding and supportive husband and family and a great life (a cleaning person doesn't hurt either)!