Christmastime’s A Comin’

Santa’s grumpiest reindeer.  (The doggy gifts from Michelle.)  Gretchen was overwhelmed too, but it’s a darling concept, and you can bet your ham biscuits I’ll be attempting to get Christmas Card photos with them next year!  There were cute booties too, to keep Gretchie’s tootsies warm and dry, but she wouldn’t cooperate in the least.

Do the photos look crisper?  If so, there are two possible explanations.  Firstly, the Knight was behind the camera, and secondly, as he is wont to do, the Knight gave me my big gift yesterday.  It’s a new digital SLR camera, and he correctly figured that if he gave it to me early, I might have figured out how to use it by Christmas Eve.  He took about 35 photos with it yesterday, almost all of his fur-girls.  Boy, do they have him wrapped around Gretchen’s wee-est claw!

There were many packages received over the weekend.  It was a busy Saturday too.  We had a great lunch at It’s About Thyme with Rosanne and her SO, did a little shopping at The Frenchman’s Corner, and then had a delightful afternoon tea at their home, with their precious pups in their holiday attire.  Then, I got home just in time to feed the fur-girls and head out to my girls’ night.  THAT was awesome.  Good food, good friends, good wine…  Wish I could remember the name of the North Carolina wine I  enjoyed so very much.  Had the Hatteras Lighthouse on the label…

My custom ornament from Lynn’s Little Creations arrived on Friday.  I found Lynn when Natalie got her custom cake topper from her.  (Congrats, Gnat & Special K!  I’ve had a sneak-peek preview of the wedding photos, and I can assure you they’re off to a great start!)   

The Knight was even quite taken with it, so after the holidays, I’m going to order another ornament of two special angel dogs…    What you must understand is that on most computers, that photo is larger than life! 

Gaylen‘s package also arrived Friday.  Aren’t the stockings beautiful?  Gaylen spoils me; I admired the tissue case when she blogged it, so one found its way to Virginia for me!  Makes me feel twice as guilty that her birthmasiversary gifts will have to sit in Virginia for a while, but they will be waiting for her when she returns.  Aren’t those stockings incredible?!  G modestly says her machine did all the work, but since I can’t even turn on the sewing machine I own, I’m impressed. 

Last but not least, it seems that Jessi‘s package arrived here the same day our package arrived at her house.   There was something for everyone.   Because the girls wouldn’t give up their new toys and the Knight is a slow opener, there is no shot of the whole batch!

The girls love their toys.  They share well, so there really isn’t much point in pretending either toy belongs to a particular dog.  Do note the candy cane/peppermint stripes on both toys though, because I’m sure Jessi selected them for that reason, knowing the fur-girls lurvers some peppermint.

It’s an awful picture (taken by me, with my “old” camera) but you just had to see this cute “Christmas light” full of candy-coated sundflower seeds, my snack of choice.  I thought it would be cute to take it with Gretch, but she was startled by something in the process…

Likewise here is a leaves something to be desired shot of the stitch markers Jessi made me.   (In the future, all shots from home should be better, thanks to the camera that does all but turn itself on for me.  Only those taken at work are likely to be funky, because I’m not carrying the big camera with me!)  Aren’t they pretty though, despite my craptastick photo?

That’s the Knight’s ornament from Jessi.  Homerun, girlfriend.  He came to work telling everyone about it, and demanding that I share the photo for all to see.  (And hey, I took that one myself, with the new camera!)  Jessi, you’re in trouble if he makes one of these to hang on the front porch in life-sized proportions!  (There was more, but in the interest of time and space, I shared a few of the more unique items.)

Thanks to all!  We’re sure off to a tremendous start.  This evening, I’ll buy the last two gifts I need, bind off the last knitted gift, start wrapping and baking.

Phew.  I’m tired just thinking about it.

And good winter solstice and a very happy Hanukkah to my friends celebrating those holidays!

17 comments on “Christmastime’s A Comin’

  1. Bubblesknits says:

    Heh heh…I thought he’d get a kick out of that ornament. 🙂 Glad everything arrived safely.

    I LOVE those stocking that Gaylen made! I really need to get some better stockings for my girls. And I especially need one of those custom ornaments! Maybe she could do teeth for the hubby and yarn for me. 😉

  2. Dawn says:

    What awesome goodies! Love the personalized ornament, how cool is that! Have a great day!

  3. grace says:

    what a lovely haul, glad you had a good weekend,

  4. Anniebananie says:

    What wonderful goodies!!!! And i really love the pictures with the new camera… I’m going to have to talk hubby into one of those for next Christmas…

  5. Nichole says:

    Great packages!!!!!!! Gaylen does amazing work, that’s for sure! 🙂

  6. Wow..really love that special “Moore family” ornament. It’s perfect. Looks like a really nice gift box you all received, too.

  7. Anita says:

    Wow, you hit the jackpot this weekend! Great stuff there!! The stockings are just adorable, as is that custom ornament! I’m not showing the hubby that one that Jessi sent (even though it is cute)…. he’d probably have one on the front porch by this weekend! SNOL

    Sissy is looking pretty indignant in that photo there, he he! The new photos are looking great!!!

  8. MrPuffy says:

    Wow! Santa arrived early and with lots of goodies for everyone! I enjoy vicariously opening the gifts – but do tell more about your camera – I think you take wonderful pictures and I’m curious why this was on your wish list.

  9. monnibo says:

    I’m very jealous of your digital SLR and can’t wait to see lots of lovely photos (not that yuou don’t share those already!)

    Lots of lovely goodies too… I’m very amused by the Knight’s windchimes 🙂

  10. Dianne says:

    Wonderful bunch of Christmas joy! That ornament is just perfect!

  11. Darcy says:

    I love love love the stockings for the girls so cute the ornament is so cool!!!Hugs Darcy

  12. insanknitty says:

    aww.. look how cute the girls look.. well… stoic describes Sissy and Gretchen looks like she is just so annoyed.. but I”m glad you liked the antlers!

    I love the ornament.. so very very cool…. and all the stuff really…

    Special hugs and positive thoughts to all those who have had losses this past week.. how sad… hopefully the spirit of the season can help lift them up a bit…

  13. Nancy says:

    Wow, those are wonderful, special gifts! But I must say…that ornament you ordered is so absolutely perfect, and most striking of all! Merry Christmas, my friend!

  14. Kathy says:

    Awesome goodies! I showed Ed the ornament and was quite taken with it……..lol I’ll have to email Jessi to see where she found it.
    Wonderful package!

  15. KSee says:

    What special gifts. Love the ornament you ordered. Spot on. Jessi sure sent cute stuff. Love the Knights ornament. I do see a full sized one in your future LOL. Gaylen gifts are so creative. You sure have made some special friends blogging. Then you are so expressive in your posts we all really seem to “know” you.

  16. fireflynights says:

    Great ornament.

    Which camera did you get?

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