Monday, December 30, 2013

FYI: Merry Christmas 2013


Merry Christmas, Friends! I hope you've all been enjoying some time making memories with friends and family. The best part about this holiday for me is gathering. We have spent a lot of time with family making the dishes we've enjoyed for years, eating meals together, singing, playing games--and a first for our girls this year, skiing! 

I was happy I managed to squeeze in some traditional cookie baking so we've had plates of them sitting around to nibble on. I also managed to sew some handmade gifts, which I'll share in a bit. Didn't manage to finish new Christmas dresses so I think they'll be New Year's dresses. (Thankfully they aren't red and green.) But the compromises were worth it for more time with people (a lesson I keep trying to learn when facing a long list of tasks for people!).

We mailed out a Christmas card again this year (one of my favorite traditions)--this time of my own design. You may recognize what the girls are wearing: a combination of Easter dresses and the pom-pom trimmed Bateau Neck Dress

It's a good time of year to reflect on our many gifts. The people who enrich our lives and the blessings we've received and the faith that sustains us. I'm thankful too for the opportunity to make things and share them with you.

Best wishes this holiday season for the things you are celebrating, and happy new year!


14 comments:

Valerie said...

The dresses that you sew for your girls are seriously to die for! What a beautiful family photo! Merry Christmas, and thank you for inspiring people like me to sew and crochet!

Mereknits said...

Your family is absolutely gorgeous. Happy Holiday's!
Hugs,
Meredith

Nanna Chel said...

Happy New Year from Australia. They are lovely Christmas photos. I love reading your blog and look forward to continuing to do so in 2014.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Happy New year!

Giselle said...

Feliz Ano Novo Família Linda!
Muitas realizações a todos!
Muita saúde pra sua família!
Abraços
Giselle

brenda o said...

nice nice family on the card.
Was the card single with double side printed ?
Happy healthy and prosperous new year.

Anonymous said...

yoiur family picture is one of the sweetest I have ever seen. Brought tears to my eyes. How beautiful! God bless!

Karen P said...

Okay...you told us about the dresses but what about the fab scarf you are wearing; I am now starting the new year with envy, so much for resolutions ;) Happy New Year to your lovely family!

Anneliese said...

@Karen P: :-) Don't start the new year with envy! Make a scarf like this one. Here are the details: http://www.aestheticnest.com/2010/01/crochet-belle-scarf-embellished-sweater.html

Karen P said...

Thanks so much for sharing; may be the next project to work on. Then I can reteach myself to crochet (I'm a better knitter). Teaching my oldest daughter to knit this Christmas break as she is down with a broken foot ;(.

Egy kis ezmegaz said...

You are so beautiful family! <3
I wish you a Happy New Year from Hungary!

Elasha said...

Beautiful photos Anneliese! I'm with you on the balancing act of making vs. taking time for the people around you -- people win every time. January is a great month for sewing anyway! Happy 2014!

Anonymous said...

Felicidades para vosotros, formáis una bonita familia, que el nuevo año os traiga mas felicidad aun!! Un beso. Ani- Sevilla.

Lucinda Poel said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous family photo! Love the colors you chose, and how the background leaves in the photo pick up the chartreuse accent color. Just beautiful! And the dresses look simply perfect!

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