I hope you had a lovely holiday season! We were lucky enough to spend this Christmas break making memories with both Joe’s family in Council Bluffs and my family outside Chicago. I love days when you can stay in your pajamas as late as you like. (Because sleeping in isn’t really an option these days, with a toddler who wakes up before dawn.)
Here are a few favorites from 2015:
Seeing the stocking I finally sewed for Emmett hanging from the fireplace. I bought the Christmas fabric forever ago (October 2011?) at a shop in Dubuque but didn’t have my DIY act together together in time for his first Christmas. I pieced and quilted it over Thanksgiving with my mom, and used this free pattern and tutorial to base the shape.
Cooking a Polish family favorite with my father-in-law. Joe’s family feasts typically feature golumpki, a dish of ground beef and pork and onions and rice rolled in a steamed cabbage leaf. This year, Joe’s mom had to work and Joe was
hung over resting all morning, so it was up to me and Stevo to fire up the stove. I really enjoyed making these! I didn’t take photos because, well, my hands were covered in raw meat, but you can watch Martha Stewart make them with her mom in this video. Playing Suspend at both family parties.
My niece Mia got Suspend
for Christmas and brought it over in the morning. Such a fun multi-generational family game! You have to figure out how to hang and dangle the metal pieces without them falling. Kind of like Jenga.
Reading for pleasure.
There are few things more relaxing for me than getting lost in a good book. I downloaded Station Eleven
, my next book club book on the Kindle app this time, so I could read in the car during the nighttime drives. The interwoven story lines are gripping.
Handmaking gifts is always a favorite
, although unfortunately I didn’t do very much this year. (I did sew new pillowcases for my mom using the APQ sewathon roll-up pattern
.) Emmett got lucky in this department, though. My brother made him the IKEA-hack learning tower
so he can be a kitchen helper. And my mom and aunt made a way-awesome “quiet book” together! I can appreciate the hours and hours they spent on it:
I have a few days off and a to-do list a mile long, so blogging is the perfect procrastination. I’m hoping to put down words about motherhood at 18 months, because everything feels different as we’ve hit new developmental milestones.
Longtime readers might know I’m a bit of a Saturday Mfg. fan girl. The Des Moines-based marketing agency does some great work, including the branding for the 80/35 music fest and our friends at Thelma’s Treats.
Each holiday season, they put together a package for their friends and clients that has some witty take on tradition. I totally include their office party signage set in our Christmas decorations box. This year it was a Santasfaction Audit Toolkit, which Brian shared with me when I saw him at the “other office,” as Mars Cafe seems to be for half of Des Moines’ creative community.
Genius. Am I the only one who thinks they should open up a little web shop for their clever packages?
Saturday Mfg. is a generous sponsor of TEDxDesMoines, too!