She arrived Friday evening and, after dinner, we mixed up the cookie dough to chill overnight and she dressed the dolls in their nightwear so they could get a good sleep and be ready to enjoy the Saturday activity.
Since my kitchen is really too tight a fit for more than one person at a time, after breakfast we cleared the dining room table to make enough room for our cookie factory.
I dug out the box of cookie cutters and Leia looked them over, deciding which ones would be good for the season.
We made "painted cookies". I mixed an egg yolk with food coloring, red, yellow, blue, and since I was all out of green, mixed blue and yellow on the forth cup.
Each color got one paintbrush and the colors were painted on the cookies once I had them cut and on the cookie sheet.
HOWEVER, these were not sprinkled but carefully placed on each cookie.
It is expected that a child can work on a project for about as many minutes as they are years old, but this is the kid who started taking the ornaments off the tree so she could keep doing the trimming.
We made a double recipe so there were cookies for Leia to take home and some for me to take to the Scout activity tomorrow... and a few to keep and eat here.
We actually spent hours decorating cookies and even the very last cookie was given attention down to the last detail.
While I was cleaning up, Leia went off to the corner rice shop to take some cookies to that special neighbor.
The cookies were carefully packed for travel, after sampling a few. Leia has friends in her neighborhood to share with too.
Yes, I think there will be enough to share. See how many she made? Yes, every expertly made cookie in that box!
Today was not all that much quieter. Church choir, caroling in front of the church, and the walk to the bus stop.
The church is just the other side of Louis Vuitton.
Well, I doubt they came for the singing....
Perhaps it was a dog party of some kind because as I was about to put me camera away, along came another group.
While reading Jennifer Chiaverini's "The Christmas Quilt" I decided to make an eight pointed star.
Then, as I was reading "An Elm Creek Quilts Companion", which was sent to me by StarwoodQuilter
our book club organizer, I found a picture of the feathered star featured in the story, and decided to make that one for my book club block.
Looking through my patterns, I found no instructions for a 12 inch feathered star. I decided I would draft my own pattern... but that is not as easy as I thought it would be... and what a lot of tiny pieces! I drew it out on a 12 inch square of paper. Then I traced the segments on to yellow plastic to make templates. Because the pattern was hand drawn, none of the segments in the drawing were the same size. Well, I figured fabric is forgiving and I would pick the most even segment and use that for a template. Well, so far, so good.
Now I need to draft the center which will be the paisley fabric. I have been thinking about this and finally I think I have a plan that will work. If I make a circle, four inches in diameter and divide it into eight sections, then cut straight from one section to the next one, it should make an octagon that will fit those points. I am lousy at math but if it works, my block for December might actually be finished before the month is out.
I may add some applique in the corners, but then again, maybe I should stop while I am ahead.