I'm determined to make this month a happy, low-stress, fun month in which I nonetheless accomplish at least most of what I intend to (after all, that is part of happy; it's a great feeling to finish projects that I set out to do).
I have a few magazines from over the years, but the one that I buy consistently at this time of year is Canadian Living, particularly their special Holiday issues, but often lately the December issue as well. This year, there was a pattern for a Tree Skirt that is also available on the website, and it reminded me of our first Christmas in our house, for which I was determined to do things right and make a tree skirt now that we had a real tree.
I went to Fabricland, found a tree-skirt pattern thingy where there is a semi-circle of printed fabric right there to cut out following the directions directly on the fabric. I selected fabric for the backing, and a nifty bit of braided cord to embellish the edge with. I had to use curtain-leftovers in the end for backing, as I had miss-measured, so that backing-fabric is still sitting around waiting to be made into a pillowcase or something.
I had no sewing machine, but that wasn't about to stop me! Besides, my Mother-in-Law has always been generous with letting me borrow hers. As it turned out, whether it was because the machine was not available at the time, or because I couldn't seem to coordinate picking it up (I truly can't remember), I decided to just get started and sew it by hand. I took it with me on the bus, and did a few stitches there and on my lunch break at work. I stitched in the evenings and the weekends, and I finished it on time, but I wouldn't have if my Mother-in-Law's machine hadn't become available later (it's a pretty big tree skirt, and the layer from the cord was a bit tough to get through)!
That Christmas, under the tree for me from my husband was a large box, wrapped with the unused backing-fabric pinned in place, was a sewing machine of my very own. That machine has been a big help getting things done at a quicker pace, but I must say, I am proud of that tree-skirt!