So I haven't posted in a week or so, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy!
I finished these pajama pants last Saturday. And while most if it went together nicely, the elastic casing proved to be a bit more of a pain than anticipated. The first problem was, I didn't realize until I got to that step that there was no elastic that was wide enough in my stash! So I had to run out to Joann's (on the Saturday before Christmas) to get some. Thankfully, the line was not as long as I expected it to be. Then there was the issue of trying to get it in-- apparently I stitched the casing just a little bit too narrow, so it took me awhile to wrestle the elastic into submission. Even then, there's a spot in the back where the elastic didn't gather properly (right where I left the opening-- I ended up just having to stitch flat over the elastic.) So not the most professional-looking pair of flannel pajama pants I've ever made, if the term "professional-looking" can be applied to pajama pants, but they're done, and they're very comfortable, and the flannel must be a really good quality because I've been wearing them for about a week and they haven't gone all wrinkly on me from being slept in.
this one that I made several months ago lately, and she had the idea to make one each for the cousins that I and my brother picked (since both of us drew girls), and fill them with handy things. The cousin I got is still in college, so she got things like a pack of purse-sized notebooks, pens, a water bottle, snack food like chocolate and mini bags of popcorn, etc. And the print of her bag has butterflies on it, so for a fun addition, I made this very simple necklace to match--it's just a chain with some iridescent beads scattered in it, and then the butterfly pendant. (My cousin who just started working as a nurse this fall got something similar, and my sister-in-law made her a scarf to go with it.)
Aside from that, I spent some time earlier this week decking my room with some of my ornament collection-- I love my mismatched ornaments, because almost all of them were handmade or given to me by friends, so there's memories with all of them. But I've never really gotten to use them, until this year. So this is what I ended up with:
Anyway, that's all for the moment....though there will likely be another post today, since I'm very close to finishing a project I started on yesterday!