And speaking of trick or treaters, we had 24 last night - all very polite and all dressed in costume. I know this, not because I counted them as they arrived at the door, but because we had a box of 24 bag of cheezies which were given out with a handful of other gooey, sugary stuff. When the last two had left, the box was empty, but the huge bowl of chocolate, licorice and candies was still half-full. Waaaay too much candy! It's not staying in my house... oh no! Mr. P. will have to take it to work and put it in his desk!
Well, some of it can go to the recipient of this little purse that the OnlyChild asked me to make as a prize for the school's Hallowe'en festivities. I got the idea from Sharon's tutorial. She made zippered bags out of towels, but I just reduced the size and made a little change purse. I've made a few of these before. Quick and easy!
Now that Hallowe'en is over, I am in the Christmas spirit. Suprised? Me too. I never feel Christmassy this early in the year. Yesterday the OnlyChild volunteered at a fundraiser for the Youth Emergency Shelter. It was held at Salisbury Greenhouse east of the city. She phoned me about an hour before she was finished and said that I just HAD to go with her father when he picked her up because the greenhouse had all its Christmas decorations, ornaments, etc. up already. It was gorgeous! Of course, I didn't have my camera.
Then this afternoon I met my friend Anne for a coffee-and-marking session at a Starbucks on Whyte Avenue. This is a trendy district near the university with lots of neat shops and cafes. After our marking (which was mostly chatting), she went home and I spent half an hour browsing in a couple of stores.
I found this for the OnlyChild:
How cute is that?! She loves it. Yes, I already gave it to her, even though it's a Christmas tree ornament. I couldn't wait. The OnlyChild and I have not been getting along very well lately - what else is new? We've tried to stay out of each other's way. Even when she annoys me supremely, she still needs to know she's loved, and what better way to show love than with a pretty, pink-frosted cupcake, of the non-edible variety?
And... what else have I been up to this weekend? Yesterday was spent cleaning and then sewing. I played some more with the Swanky jelly roll from a couple of weekends ago. I used the Old Red Barn Co. pattern from their summer Quilt-Along, making my blocks 10.5" square. So far, I'm loving this quilt. I have all the blocks sewn together (not in this photo). It will be a lap quilt for the OnlyChild's best friend (for Christmas, of course). She's been hinting madly for me to make her a quilt for a number of years, even suggesting that she pay me. I wouldn't take money for a quilt. I only make things for people I like, and on my terms!
I've been trying hard to set aside a little bit of time each weekend to work on projects and do the things I love. Last night, while waiting for trick or treaters and watching a movie with Mr. P, I finished my little knitting project (with the bamboo yarn) and I'm making progress on this quilt. There are a few other projects I want to do in time for Christmas, and I think if I continue to be efficient with my time and nothing goes awry at work, I'll be able to get things done. That makes me quite happy.
(Can you believe it's November? Yikes! )