We found out, 24 hours before our scheduled Christmas Eve party with my extended family, that one of us had been exposed the day before to someone who just tested positive for COVID-19. It was a short exposure, and chances are that everything is fine, but we didn’t want to run the risk of bringing the virus with us to all of our relatives.
So, just like last year, we drove out to my mom’s house and dropped off / picked up gifts from the front steps. And once we got home, we connected via video to watch everybody open their gifts from three different locations: the gathering at Mom’s house, our family room, and a quarantined bedroom upstairs. It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t terrible either, and I’m glad that we have the option of this type of alternate plan!
This morning, we tested those who were quarantined, and their negative test gained them entry to the family room for in-person gifting. We still made them sit six feet apart from the rest of us, though, just in case it was still too early for valid testing 😀 We’re skipping our gathering with the other side of the family today, too, and hanging out here instead.
We’ll know in a few days whether we truly dodged the COVID bullet 🤞🏻
It’s a roundup of the little (and big!) moments I have captured all week. Some of these images are posted on Instagram, but many aren’t posted anywhere but here. Some days there may be no photos, and other days there may be multiples. It’s more laid back than the Project 365s of previous years. You can learn more here 🙂
Here’s a very short video, featuring 1.5-second moments from the week:
Here’s how I make polymer clay buttons to match my sweaters. There will be a blog post to go with this video, and it will go into detail and provide some additional context, but not until after Christmas.
Oh, and if you are one of those people who thinks my fingernails are always on point, here is proof that they are not 😜
Thanks for helping me celebrate the week! If you want to see some of this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Instagram ♥
I'm not going to write TWiP posts anymore (2022) TWiP is going away. But I plan to share more short blog posts here. And there will be more tutorials. And more shows-and-tells. You may not hear from me every week, but then again, you may hear from me twice some weeks. Three times, if I'm feeling prolific. I'm committed to keeping this blog active. I'm just finally accepting that a weekly TWiP post is no longer the best way for me to do that.
TWiP: Purple! (2019) There is not an overabundance of purple in my life. I more of a green girl, and I appreciate little bits of any color that looks nice alongside green. But purple? I have nothing against it, but I don't go out of my way to surround myself with it. So, it's always a surprise when my weekly mosaic ends up featuring is prominently, like it does this week.
Vertical Hold (2016) I designed a shawl and named it after an obsolete TV knob, as you do.
September Sweater 2013 (2013) The September Sweater is complete! Come see!! I'll even share my pattern with you :-)
Production (2012) My approach to doing production work has always been the same: get excited about an idea, work on
Charmed (2010) Ah, the "charm pack." A package of 40-some-odd five-inch squares of fabric, samples of each