What to do while waiting for the electricity to come back on

It’s been well over a month now of energy rationing. Initially it was to have ended by Dec. 1, then Dec. 15, and now we’re told “hopefully” by Christmas Eve. Patience. At least the rationing in my neighborhood takes place in the morning. Sitting in the dark at night is no fun. Although my most productive hours tend to be in the morning. So it’s somewhat of a pain not to be able to use the computer, or the sewing machine, or the iron.

I must say, however, that I have come to realize how much silence can take place without electricity. So I’ve been using those morning hours for hand sewing different Christmas projects. I cannot show my gifts here, but can share some of the ornaments I’ve been making.

Without grandkids and my Jamie here for Christmas, we are going to be a very small, quiet family this year. The kids are my main motivation for decorating and baking, so I hadn’t been feeling much like doing anything Christmassy. But as the ornaments started to pile up, I caved and have put a few decorations around in my studio. After all, that is where I spend most of my time.

These are some of my favorites (you can click on the photo for the pattern page):

In spite of myself, it’s starting to feel like Christmas around here!

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