Just Stick with What I Know

stick with what I know

I rarely look forward to deviating from my habits and daily routines.

I’m probably more routine-oriented than most and I’m completely okay with that.

I like to stay where I’m comfy.

That isn’t to say I don’t appreciate a challenge.

I’d just rather tackle a challenge from the comfort of my own cozy, routine-oriented life, on my own terms.  (Yep, I totally realize that isn’t how life works.)

My little world revolves around homemaking, working from home, reading, and quilting.

It’s a quiet life and I love it.

One of the things I enjoy most about quilting is being able to give someone something I took the time to make.

When I’m dropping a good portion of my income at the fabric store, and have a look of sheer horror at the running total, the clerk likes to remind me, “You can’t put a price on handmade.”

The entire time, I’m thinking, “My bank account balance says otherwise!”

Sometimes, I think maybe people might prefer a store-bought gift, or even a gift card so they can pick out their own present.

The problem is that I grew up in a home where my mama made gifts.  If she didn’t make the gifts, she made new stockings or gift bags to put the gifts in.  There was always something handmade about the holidays.

The year she passed away, she told me I needed to make the stockings/gift bags.  I promised I would, but then none of us were in the holiday spirit much, and I didn’t do it.

Oh, not keeping promises.  That’s a whole other story.  I need to make those stockings still!  Someday I’ll make that happen.

I like giving things I make, but I also sometimes worry that it might not be enough.

I guess that’s a little bit of self-doubt bubbling up to the surface.

Lucky for me, my son will ask for handmade gifts.  My daughter does, too.

I just never know if everyone else likes them as much as my family does.

This year I made a few gifts, and I had a lot of fun, even when things were not turning out as planned, or finished up in time.

Making gifts is just one of the things I enjoy about the holidays.

That, and I really don’t enjoy parking lots or shopping centers during the holiday season.

This year I made some mini quilts.  Some turned out better than others, and some didn’t get finished in time for gift giving, but they kept me in my comfy place: right in front of my sewing machine.

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This one needs a little repair work to the stitching of the face, but it was fun to make for my dad.
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This mini was for my son.
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Just a little bit of paint on this one.
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I didn’t remember to take a picture of this one after I finished the binding, but this is the almost finished mini quilt.
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This one didn’t get finished in time for gifting on Christmas Eve, but it is finished now and waiting for its new home.

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Do you make your holiday gifts or do you prefer shopping for the perfect gift?

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