Okay, I’m Ready for Christmas Now

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Good news, Internets! After more hours than I care to admit, I have finally finished the last of the Christmas stockings for the boys.

This was one of those “seemed like a good idea at the time” ideas: 4 of those felt and sequin stocking kits you can get from craft magazines. Do you know how many pieces each one has?? Well over a hundred! Each!!

I first started the project in (gulp) the fall of 2000. Yikes, I hadn’t thought about that until just now. I made the first two and was finished by the following Christmas. I think. Can’t remember anymore. I bought the second pair of kits in…..ummmm, I have no idea. 2005 maybe? I know it took me a while to get started, and even longer to finish. As evidenced by the fact that I’m blogging this in May of 2009.

The fourth stocking belongs to Captain Earthquake, and he’s been remarkably patient as I worked on it. This project accompanied us to football practices last summer and has been my focus of attention for every piano lesson the boys have had for ten months. I’ve decided that the boys will only be able to have these in their own adult homes once their wives have signed a contract in blood stating that if the house is on fire they will stop and get the stocking before leaving the premises.

It was a long and often tedious project, but it’s finished. Now I can move on to the next thing on my todo list. (Like mailing out my Christmas cards. Do you think folks will notice if I say “Happy Spring” instead?)

How about you? Any really long projects hanging over your head?

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Jennifer D May 16, 2009, 10:36 am

    Wow, those are pretty detailed aren’t they?? I admit I have a few half done projects. Like one in particular, it was a REALLY cute outfit for my kids, they matched. A dress with pinafore and bibs for my son all in matching Noah’s Ark themed material. I even got cute buttons for them, elephants and giraffes. Adorable. Yea, they’re not done, the sad thing is all they need is hems and button holes. I really dislike doing button holes, my machine isn’t to good with them and I was waiting for the hems, to make sure they weren’t to short. I always do the hems last….. Well now they will get finished for my youngest daughter and a nephew. They were suppose to fit my oldest two were 3 and 1.. They are 9 and 7 now. I’m sending them home with my mom to finish lol…

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  • Lee May 16, 2009, 2:38 pm

    Talk about Christmas in July! Well…May really. I remember my mom used to really do well at having stockings for us that were special and unique to our family. Now you’ve got me all misty eyed….

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  • Nixon Vengers May 16, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Stockings are nice ways to prepare original Christmas presents for kids πŸ™‚ I should get my mate to do some together this year, if we find the time.

    My only long current project is to have enough time for my family this year, because usually in November and December I get called many times for work πŸ™ Which means not seeing my family the whole month. Let’s hope for the best.

    – Nix

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  • hingis May 16, 2009, 4:20 pm

    It would be best to shift the focus. How many people are EVER “ready for Christmas”? I’ve only got one child, and tend to get her gifts ahead of time. But STILL find myself hitting Wal-Mart and K-Mart on Christmas Eve for last-minute items. How is that possible? πŸ™‚

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  • Wendy May 17, 2009, 10:34 am

    Amy, there must be something in the air. I dragged out my knitting basket yesterday, and am determined to finish the baby blanket I started when my cousin announced her pregnancy. The baby turns 1 in July. LOL

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  • Michele Hinthorne May 17, 2009, 4:14 pm

    Hi Amy! Congratulations! I know how it feels to have unfinished projects lingering and how it feels when they are FINALLY done. By the way, the stocking is beautiful! πŸ™‚ In Christ, Shelly

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  • office space ortigas May 20, 2009, 3:17 am

    Great, having finished project or task is really fulfilling. I’m happy for you for that job well although it’s too early for Christmas at least you don’t have to rush when Christmas come.

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  • HID Kits May 20, 2009, 9:53 pm

    lolool preparing MONTHS in advanced? =P

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  • Tom BingoLive May 21, 2009, 4:19 am

    Amy be lated congratulations ,actually i was out of station,i m looking forward to you.

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  • Social Networking Philippines May 26, 2009, 1:23 am

    Congratulations!..You’re a great mom..This is a good technique as well as you don’t have to hurry in times these things will be needed.

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  • KY's Commonwealth Eye Surgery May 28, 2009, 6:03 am

    Well since I have no kids I have no such plans but I do want to give something to my parents and relatives.

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  • robert is currently doing business in the philippines May 29, 2009, 2:13 am

    i am happy to know that you have finally finished that stuff.. i know how great is the feeling if you have finished what you are doing.. i think your kids will be happy if they see it and you are the one who made it, i am sure that they will really appreciate it..

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