Category Archives: Holidays

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

Merry Christmas!

I hope you managed to get everything done and that you’re able to take time and enjoy family and friends.  And if you’re one of those who’s up all night on Christmas Eve putting the last stitches on that special gift, I’ll be thinking of you — I’m not in that boat this year, but I have been in past years and those are some fun memories.

I was hoping to show you a picture of bolts of Liberty fabric under the Christmas tree — as proof what a good girl I’ve been this year.  Apparently I haven’t been THAT good LOL.  A few bolts of Liberty fabric were supposed to be delivered this week but DHL dropped the ball.  Their excuse was that they forgot to load it on the truck.  Sheesh.  I’m glad Santa never used that excuse when I was a little girl!  Instead, here’s a picture of some fake little bolts under some fake Christmas trees with a fake deer keeping them safe.  Pretend they’re the real thing — they will be in a few days.

Thimbleanna: Liberty

Anyway, save your Christmas money boys and girls because the Liberty will be coming to the Thimbleanna shop in the new year.  There will be a giveaway and always low prices.

Thimbleanna: Santa

Until then, I hope Santa is good to you and I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!

XOXO,
Anna