Sunday, November 22, 2009

Company's Coming
(the Elves are busy)

A couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted to have a Christmas Ornament Exchange Party! Now you must understand that this is odd for me because I have serious Hermit-like tendencies.
My sweet Ron (he's the sweet DH that's always around to help me) and I got busy making lists and plans.

First up - the invitation! I spotted these cute cards at Wal-Mart and Ron made the insert I glued inside the card. He took pieces parts from the front of the card and using his graphics knowledge put it all together for me! The RSVP's started coming fast & furious - 28 so far. Whew! LOL

Then we started working on gifts - I want everyone to leave with a Christmas gift from us to each and their significant other. I spotted a perfect gift on Terry Atkinson's blog - the Molten Chocolate Recipe made in a mug. We're going to need 50 mugs, 50 bags (made in an afternoon), the ingredients for the cake (still to come), the recipe card (notice the same cuties from the invitation), ribbon for the recipe card and ribbon to tie the bag.

And, in the same picture you'll notice we've made name tags for everyone, too. The invitation cuties are on the name tags, as well. :-)

Still to come-----party favors. I have an idea!

And, I have several games planned - of course a game for the ornament exchange; a game that involves 10 ornaments on a tray with questions about the ornaments & one other simple game. teehee!!!!

BTW, would you like to join us?

Company's coming so we must have a new Christmas quilt to hang on the quilt rack in our entry way. So, yesterday I spent the afternoon working on a new quilt. WooHoo! I fell in love with this pattern, "Cameos" by Fig Tree Designs, when Sherri showed it on her blog a while back. I knew it was a must do. The pattern calls for a Honey Bun with border & background yardage. I had a Holly Jolly Jelly Roll with some yardage so I cut the strips down to 1 1/2" and got busy! Six out of twelve blocks done and plans to make more today, maybe the other six.

I'm having so much fun with this quilt the block is fun to do! If you're looking for a different and fun project this is the one you must do! Thank you, Sherri bringing this cutie to our attention. I'm planning to make it again in some wonderful Spring fabrics after Christmas.


And, in the midst of all this I managed to finish up my Christmas Swap goodies for Simone and will have that package and other promised goodies in the mail on Tuesday!
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Yes, I have been a busy girl but I'm having a ton o'fun.
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I know that most in the U.S. are busy getting ready to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday but I hope that you've still found time for your needle and thread.
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Thank you for visiting with me - I love that you stop by. Come again and come often!
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In Friendship!

33 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You certainly seem to be on a roll with the plans for your party Darlene! It looks like lots of fun!
And that cameo quilt may be one I need to try. Thanks for the idea.

sewprimitive karen said...

My gracious, you are wonderful!!

Quiltersal said...

Darnit! I wish I still lived in Arizona (I was raised there) and could come to your ornament exchange! It sounds lovely and the swag you're making for everyone is just too terribly cute!

I love, love, love that cameo pattern. You've given me some great idea for quilts.

Thanks for the inspiration and the blog...I always know I'm going to read and see something inspiring!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

A Christmas ornament exchangae sounds like too much fun!

I adore your Cameo quilt. I saw it on Sherri's blog, too, and fell in love with it. It's on the very top of my to-do list. I love your happy Christmas fabrics.

Quilt Hollow said...

I saw that quilt on Sherri's blog and also fell in love with it...if memory serves me correctly her border fabric was perfect too! Looks like some fun times will be had at your party...if I weren't so far away I'd pop in on you. Those invites are adorable! Look forward to hearing more about it.

Carol said...

Darlene, that's going to be so much fun! Good job with the invitations. I like your cameo blocks. I'm planning on making that quilt soon. Have a great time at your ornament exchange party.

paulette said...

Whew! You HAVE been busy!! I love your quilt!! Fantastic! It's the white that makes it pop!! I want to make one now! So where do you live as I would love to come to your Christmas ornament exchange...(nothing like inviting myself but it does sound like SO much fun and I am making the perfect ornament....) and your mugs and bags....too cute!! Lucky guests! Well done! Make sure you take lots of pictures and I will just cut and past myself in...;o) Take care!
Paulette

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My goodness Darlene, you have been a busy little bee :-) I love your Christmas quilt. It looks a fun pattern. I will have to hop over and look at Sheri's. Enjoy your ornament exchange.

Carol said...

What fun! Those invitations are just as cute as they can be. Have tons of fun at your party...if I lived closer I'd be right there! Love your Cameos...that Holly Jolly fabric is so happy!

Piecefulafternoon said...

YOur party sounds fabulous. We do an ornament exchange each year - just within our family - I plan for it all year. Have fun!!!

Karen said...

You are going to be the hostess with the mostest. I don't think I can make it to your party but thanks for the invite. I can't afford the airline ticket right now.
Your plans are very creative. And your new quilt is so cute. I like the Holly Jolly fabric and it makes up cute in this design. Enjoy your party.

Cara said...

Just be careful with that recipe, depending on the microwave fun things can happen! It is yummy though.

Sounds like you are going to have one fun party girl. Wish I was closer ;)

Sherri said...

What a great idea for a party!!! I really want to do a party like that...wonder if there's still time...hmmm! And I love your Cameos quilts...those are such perfect fabrics!!! Isn't it a fun pattern?!!!

Kaaren said...

Take lots of pictures at your party. It sounds like soooo much fun!

I absolutely love your new quilt. The fabrics are just perfect, especially the candy cane stripes.

You're on a roll now, Darlene and it looks like there's no stopping you. Woo hoo!

Thimbleanna said...

Looks like you're having a great time with all your party prep -- what a fabulous idea! I hope you'll tell us how you do the actual exchange!

Allie said...

Darlene that sounds SO FUN!!!! Not to mention terribly ambitious, lol! I used to host ornament crafting parties for all the kids - I think it might be more fun for adults, lol. I love the quilt you're making, what a lovely way to greet your guests!
Dh did an awesome job on the cards!

Janet said...

I wish I could visit but it's a bit far to come. Dh made a great job of the invites and you're going to be the hostess with the mostest.

Michelle said...

I would RSVP, yes if I did not live in Canada! I have seen Sherri's Cameo quilt and decided it was a must make for me. I am thinking about using Figgy Pudding with it.

Lori said...

Wow! So many fun things lined up!! I bet the party will be a big hit!!
I love the stripe in the new quilt. So adorable!!!

Sweet P said...

If I lived near you, I would be there in a heartbeat! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Carrie P. said...

Sounds like you are going to have loads of fun. I just bought some fabric for those little bags too. I was going to make some of those cups up for my kids to try. Have fun.

Quilter Kathy said...

Sounds like a fabulous party...can I come?!?
It's a little far to travel, but it would be worth it :) LOL
Love the new quilt!

Micki said...

It is going to be a fabulous party! I love all of your plans!
Micki

Sinta Renee said...

Wow! I am impressed by all of your projects! So fun and cute! I wanna come play at your house;)

Chocolate Cat said...

What a great idea for a party, it looks like it is going to be so much fun.

*karendianne. said...

mmmm, you have some great things going on here. Your blocks from the Cameo quilt look fantabulous. I'm thrilled to read you're enjoying the making. Well, and thrilled to read you're enjoying all the holiday makings actually.

I smiled at your Hermit-like tendencies. I thought it was just me! :) Warmly, *karendianne.

julieQ said...

I bet you all have a great time at your party! I too saw that recipe idea for favors...great idea.

Fiesta said...

Darlene an ornament exchange sounds like such fun. I am looking forward to reading about it. Thank you for sharing.

Sarah said...

Oh what a fun party!!! I love that invitation so so cute. I can't wait to see your favors :) Oh and the quilt is adorable, I love that fabric. Looks like your mojo is back and settled in!

Sarah said...

I meant to say the ornaments, not the favors, duh. The favors are very cute :)

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Your party sounds like a ton of fun Darlene...too bad Canada is so far away! Promise me you'll take a ton of pics so that we can see how great a party it was after it's over, ok? Love the Cameo quilt pattern, I can imagine it looking good with almost any kind of fabric.

Jackie said...

The party sounds like a lot of fun. All of your preparations are perfect!

Kim said...

This is all just so much fun and I absolutely do wish I could join you for the fun!

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