Pumpkin Spice is Nice

Happy Sunday, my friends! Fall must be here because the pumpkin spice has returned! I have to admit, I do love pumpkin but sometimes the “flavoring” used in restaurants and popular coffee joints is a little chemical tasting.

That being said, I did get on the pumpkin spice bandwagon and purchased some donuts from Krispy Kreme yesterday. My mom and I have a tradition of having cinnamon rolls or donuts on Sunday morning for breakfast. It’s basically our cheat for the week. I look forward to it, too.

Since fall is almost here officially, I’m starting to get Christmas shopping done. I think this year I’ll be making gifts for everyone. It’s not much, but handmade gifts are a little more special. My nieces and nephews will be (hopefully) getting beanies. I’ve had trouble finding a pattern to follow. It’s weird. The harder patterns I understand and can whip up, but the easier patterns are so hard to understand! I don’t know why that is.

My mom is getting a quilt. Her favorite color is blue, so I looked online for some country-like blue fabric. I found some jelly rolls (pre-cut fabric strips) that are a mixture of blues and pinks and paisley. My mom likes paisley, though, and she saw the fabric and commented how beautiful it was, so it looks like she’ll like her gift! 😀 Personally, I think paisley looks like little amoebas floating around on the fabric, but that’s just me. Here’s a looksie at what I’m using.

My brother-in-law will be getting a scarf and my sister will be getting a set of dishcloths/washcloths. My dad will probably get a beanie as I noticed the last beanie he wore seemed a little tight on his head, and where he works gets pretty cold in the winter.

Since I’m a creature of habit and organization, I have to have a plan of attack for making the gifts. Otherwise, I’ll be overwhelmed and probably give up. So, today I’ve made a plan to iron, cut and sew five sets of strips. That’ll be my plan of attack to get the quilt made. As for the beanies, I’m gonna try another prototype of a beanie pattern and see how that goes. Unfortunately, the yarn is in a massive rat, so I’ll have to undo that first. Today, though, I’m working on the quilt. I may alternate days of crafting so I get a break from one. That’s about all I can do. It’s daunting at times, but Christmas comes up fast.

One present per person doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but since there are shipping restrictions for my sister’s family I’m trying to make things that won’t take a lot of space in a box. My dad needs something that doesn’t take a lot of space while traveling, so a beanie will work for him.

That’s my update for today, folks. I did get the living room gussied up for fall, so we can enjoy the decorations for a while.

Love you all and until next time, stay healthy my friends!

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