Category Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas!

It’s here!  Can you believe it?  Christmas is here already!  Did you make it?  I managed mostly.  I knew when I said a few weeks ago that I wasn’t planning to knit or sew anything this year, that comment would be a mistake.  No sooner did those words fly off of this keyboard, than I saw something I wanted to knit for gifts.  I made a valiant attempt, but didn’t get all of them done.  That’s what the break between Christmas and New Year’s will be for and I’ll try and show you if I manage to get them done.

The shopping is all done, the gifts are all wrapped, and most importantly, the cookies are made.  Just in time for my traditional Christmas Eve breakfast!  We’re having our annual gingerbread competition later today too.  I’ve already heard at least two people say they’re going to win this year, so it should be lots of fun.

Thimbleanna: Cookies

So hey. Totally unrelated to Christmas (but I’ll throw in a Christmas related photo or two lol), but do you loooong-time readers remember this photo that I posted years ago when TheFirstChild and SweetiePie were just starting their new lives as a married couple? I took this picture of them as they walked away from us and inadvertently caught this sign in the shot with them. It was a happy accident as the big job of building a new life together was just beginning.

Thimbleanna: White Coat

Well, now, they’re doing another kind of construction. Well, mostly SweetiePie is doing all the work and a new baby will be joining our little family in June. Eeeeeek!!!! We’re all beside ourselves with joy! The first grandchild. The first great-grandchild. The first child of the new generation. There may have been tears and jumping up and down when they told us. And I’m not just talking about TheManoftheHouse. It’s so cute how my nieces are so excited that we’ll soon have a baby in the family again.

Thimbleanna: Pink Ornaments

Poor SweetiePie, she’s been sick, sick, sick for several months.  Just when it seems to be letting up, it hits her again.  Her energy is starting to return though, so I’m hoping the rest of it (notice how I’m sparing you the gory details – you’re welcome!) will soon clear up too.

Thimbleanna: Pink Ornaments

And, are you clued into my little Christmas ornament subliminal message??? It’s … a … GIRL! Be. Still. My. Heart. Pink Sewing LOL! Smocking!  I’m thinking that pretty little pile of Liberty will keep me busy for awhile. Oh, the excitement!
Anyway, all that good stuff will have to wait a bit longer — we have the holidays upon us. Wishing you all a very VERY Merry Christmas — full of love, laughs, and lots of cookies!

XOXO,
Anna

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thimbleanna: Thanksgiving

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
~Grandpa Jones

XOXO,
Anna

Happy Halloweenie!

It’s that time of the year when the Ghastlies get to come out of hiding — Yipee!!!

Thimbleanna: Happy Halloween

Sorry for the absence around here — there just hasn’t been much blogworthy going on.  I’ve been stitching a little every night (that TAW is going to be the death of me) and my little knitting project is done — just needs to be rinsed and blocked.  Otherwise, it’s just our normal boring routine and trying to clean things up a little.  We’ve been going through our bookshelves and trying to clean them out a bit — it’s a lot of work!  I even cleaned up a teeny bit here on the blog — I updated the header to a fall theme and added an extra tab that shows some of my past thimble headers just for fun.

Thimbleanna: Happy Halloween

I’m all ready for the little trick-or-treaters tonight too.  I love seeing the little kids come by – I really miss that part about having small children around.  I met a friend for lunch this morning and there was an adorable little girl there all dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood.  Such a fun time for little kids!

Thimbleanna: Happy Halloween

Also, this is one of my favorite days of the year. Not because it’s Halloween, but because we end daylight savings time. Fall Back. An extra hour in the day.  WOOHOO!!!  I wish every day had an extra hour in it. Or maybe ten — yeah, an extra ten hours sounds a LOT better!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!
XOXO,
Anna

Happy July 4th!

Thimbleanna:  Happy 4th

Happy July 4th to all my US friends! And to all my UK friends, especially Pam — Happy Pam’s Birthday!!! Pam, I hope you’re celebrating your birthday the way we do — by grilling outside and watching fireworks! ;-D

TheFirstChild, SweetiePie and Winston are here and we’re having a nice quiet weekend. We’re planning a 4th of July bike ride downtown this morning and then we’ll have a little cookout with MeMum and BigDaddy here, at our house. Followed by some fireworks — TheManoftheHouse bought a few more than he should have this year — hopefully it will be fun AND mosquito free. (We’ve had such a wet year (the wettest June on record) and the mosquitos will eat you alive out there!)

I’ve managed a little sewing while the kids have been here. SweetiePie had some homework to do, so we sat together and I put a few stitches in another Chuck Nohara block. It’s slow going, but I have 5 little blocks now — this is going to be a loooong-term project!

Thimbleanna:  Chuck Nohara

The latest block, with the piggies, was a fair bit of work. I think it was meant to sew the little wedges onto a background fabric, but the piggies didn’t line up with the openings, so I cut them into hexagons and stitched them back together again.  Here’s a poor cell-phone picture taken before the wedges were sewn on.

Thimbleanna:  Chuck Nohara

I loved that I didn’t have to worry about my stitches showing on the seams, since they were covered up by the wedges. This was a really fun little block to make!

Thimbleanna:  Chuck Nohara

Ok — must run — lots to do today. If you’re partying in the US, have a great time!

XOXO,
Anna

Happy New Year!

Once again, the kitties of ThimbleannaLand are here to wish you a Happy Happy New Year!  They’re looking a little like they have a hangover from the New Year’s Eve celebrations, but rest assured, we run an alcohol-free kitty hotel around here.

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

Can you believe it???  2015???  Wow.  We joke about how the weeks and months fly by and now, the years are flying by too!  I’m pretty happy to kick 2014 out the door — it wasn’t a spectacular year.  We all managed to survive, and I’m really grateful for that, but, I’m hoping that 2015 will be a lot more fun.

It’s been really busy around here these last few days, but I managed to have a little look back on the blog.  It wasn’t a great year project-wise — especially when I see some of you over-achievers out there who have a bajillion quilts done in a year.  My pace is definitely more like a turtle, but that’s ok, I guess.  I’ve been doing a lot more hand work — it takes a lot of time but I really, really love it.

Thimbleanna: 2014

The really exciting part about January 1st is that the new Spring/Summer 2015 line of fabric from Liberty of London can finally be listed for sale.  They have pretty strict rules about their campaigns — you can’t show or sell the fabric before the date (even though I saw a lot of sneak peeks) and, the killer for me, you can’t sell the fabric on etsy (even though Hello! — there’s lots of Liberty on Etsy!)  So, I’ve been busy re-vamping the little Thimbleanna.com shop here on the blog so that I can sell the Liberty that arrived here last week.

It’s a small shipment to start, but Oh. SO. Pretty!  It’s all about Alice in Wonderland this spring — have you seen the adorable little print with all of the characters from the story?  I love love love it!  I only have the gray colorway so far, but it’s a start!  I hope you’ll have fun oggling the fabric — and I think you’ll find the prices VERY friendly for Liberty ;-D!

Thimbleanna: Liberty

Ok, kids — must run. Time to get back in the kitchen. I hope you’re having a wonderful New Year’s Day. We’re having our traditional New Year’s Day dinner, even though we’re a teeny little crowd here this year. Thanks so much for hanging in there for another year — you guys are THE. BEST. readers anywhere and I can’t even tell you how much your invisible friendship means to me.

I Heart You.

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. I had to add a little human verification checkbox after the comment form. Tech Support wanted me to add some word verification stuff to solve the comments not being forwarded to my email problem, so I compromised with the checkbox. Sorry. It’s pretty quick though — just click on the little box when commenting and be on your way. It really has nothing to do with the problem I’m having, but they’re Tech Support and I’m trying to make them happy. Even though it didn’t solve the problem. ;-8