In the mail

I finished the Christmas tree quilt.  Yesterday.  At the very last minute.  Of course. 

We made a board for the top sleeve.  Rob painted it and drilled a hole in each end and we used a simple piece of jute for the hanger so his Mom will only need one nail to hang it from. 

I sewed 28 buttons on it and we replaced the hooks on the flat ornaments with red ribbon so she can loop the ribbon over the button to decorate it.  We left some buttons uncovered so she can hang things there.  We're also punching a hole in our Christmas card and explaining she can hang it on a button too using the spool of ribbon we sent and the hole punch. 

The angel was perfect for the top.  I made the blue fabric ornaments about 15 years ago and never hung them on the tree. 

The silver candy cane came from Linda's Christmas boxes and the rest is mostly from our collection.  The rest picked up here and there as I've worked on this project. 

I know she is going to love it.  And, we made the shipping deadline!  Yay!  Rob is sending this in one box and a box of goodies in another.  A few times a year, we send her a box of healthy edibles.  She's diabetic, so there's a lot she can't eat and she has trouble getting healthy fresh food that she can eat in the small town she lives in.  So, we send things and toss in a nice pound of coffee and some fresh apples wrapped in bubble wrap...and a tiny piece of chocolate because she loves it and shouldn't have it but everybody deserves a little bit of something they love, right?  Once, we bought a diabetic cookbook and picked a couple recipes that were simple and sounded tasty and sent all the ingredients except the fresh veggies and meat.  She truly enjoys it and it gives her new things that she can eat that are good for her.  And, it inspires her to focus more on eating things that are good for her without having to eat the same things over and over. 

The couple we gave the tree quilt to came by yesterday afternoon for a visit.  They wanted to give us a personal thanks for the gift and we had a very nice visit.  They're such a sweet young couple.  Like us, her tradition is setting up a tree the day after Thanksgiving.  The wedding meant she didn't have time for that this year, so a few days after the wedding, she came home from work and he had set a tree up in their living room for her to decorate so she wouldn't miss out.  When did the high school jock get so sweet?

Okay, that's it for me today.  I am not starting any more projects before Christmas.  Unless I do.  Because you can never tell with me, right? 

Everybody have a great week!  I have a dentist appointment to start the day.  Yay, me! 



Anonymous said...

I love the tree and I might be inspired to make a replica as we’re downsizing to a tiny flat. It would just work perfectly. Please tell us how the little angel was made for the top of the tree. It’s lovely!
What a thoughtful family you are. I hope your mother-in-law enjoys her delightful presents.

Anonymous said...

Love the tree. It is just perfect with all the ornaments. You two are very thoughtful. Hope everything is ready for Santa. You can get more done in a day, even with working, than we can do in a week. lum

Anonymous said...

I love the button idea. I’m sure she’s going to be thrilled to receive . Thanks for sharing. Mary

Anonymous said...

I really like your tree. The ornaments add a lot and makes it personal. Since I haven't decorated for years, this might be my solution. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

Dot said...

I am dazzled by that tree. Not just the work, though it is impeccable, but the thoughtfulness that you and Rob put into making it work easily for his mother. And the tree is lovely with a charming variety of treasures. You sent your hearts with that tree.

And you did it all by deadline. :)

Mary said...

That tree is so cute. Love all the ornaments. You outdid yourself this time.

Vesuviusmama said...

What a clever idea this is!