So I Bought a Sewing Machine Yesterday
Nice gift, huh? This is for my MIL, not for me, sadly. I got to test drive it and I loved it. I have a Janome Jem Gold, which is similar but doesn't have the ability to adjust stitch length or width, unlike this one. It has needle up/down, and adjustable speed, etc. Really everything most sewers need. My MIL mostly mends, makes costumes and craft projects, so I think this will be great for her.
Here's my snowflake blocking board I made yesterday. I also picked up a few snowflake patterns:
I have to say Micki's comment yesterday about her dh's family's reaction to her snowflakes doesn't surprise me. I've learned not to give handmade things away unless I know the people well enough to know whether they appreciate them.
And, sure, you can buy doilies and snowflakes for 50 cents at a discount store. But that is not the point. Teaching yourself how to make something and watching it come to be is the point. The fact that there is a tangible result at the end is only a plus. I am desperate for nonbreakable ornaments (I have two young cats) so these fit the bill.
Yesterday's cookie: Raspberry white chocolate. I love these, but the jam starts to discolor the cookie after a day or so and they don't freeze well. I'll be giving them away to dd's teachers tomorrow.