Five Best Christmas Movies of All-Time (In my humble opinion)


My husband and I have a long-standing Christmas tradition that we have enjoyed as long as we have been Santa.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

On the Sunday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas, after having tucked the wee ones in bed… we pour a little holiday cheer…turn on an old Christmas movie… and wrap the presents we have accumulated during the week.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

We always begin with my favorite Christmas movie…..We’re No Angels.

We're No Angels

Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov and Aldo Ray are escaped convicts from Devil’s Island who end up helping the family they come to rob.  Hilarious.  Very witty–and the body language is as funny as the dialog.

Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

We also love:  The Bishop’s Wife—The old one with Cary Grant.  Cary Grant plays an angel sent to help a bishop and his wife, but things get complicated when Grant falls in love with the Bishop’s wife…

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#3 on the list:  Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet.  Another very funny movie with a great script.  Uncle Felix has the funniest lines…

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Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

#4…The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.  This is the movie on which You’ve Got Mail was based.  Rather sweet…

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#5…A Christmas Carol.  There are dozens of versions of this great classic, but our favorite is the one with George C. Scott as Mr. Scrooge.

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Christmas Movies-Oldies but Goodies

Did you notice that I didn’t mention It’s a Wonderful Life…It is not on my top five list…I may be the only person on the world-wide web to say this… but I hate this cloying movie–when Jimmy Stewart screams “Maaarrrryyy…I’ll say no more…

What are your favorites?  I’d love to hear…

WIP-Christmas Tree Project

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

With just 13 days until Christmas, I am nearly finished with a few little gifts I am giving.  Just a bit of binding…it seems I am forever sewing bindings…

For this vase quilt, I started with a 22 inch square of fabric and drew a 12 inch square in the middle.  I quilted a 1 inch border on the outside of the drawn square.

Free Motion Quilting Border

Next, I repeated the one inch border–this time on the inside of the outer edge.  (In the next photo, you can see a few penciled guidelines to help position the motifs.)

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial

I cut out a paper triangle to give a rough outline for the simple doodle trees and placed them on the diagonal lines…

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial

After sewing the Doodle Trees (see tutorial here),  I switched to matching green thread to fill in the center and borders with a bit of “swirling wind”.

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

I still had a few more Doodle Trees  swirling in my noggin, so I made this sampler of trees (all different), with the same basic formula:

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

Now I have several quilts (to bind) while I’m watching my favorite Christmas movies…(more on Christmas movies soon…)

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

I found a tutorial for these ornaments on Pinterest…not in English, but the photos do the trick.

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

Speaking of Pinterest…if you like what you see here, please share…it’s a great way to connect and so easy!

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

Hope you are enjoying all the bright colors of the season!

Tree Project Free Motion Quilting --Tutorial Christmas Decorations

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Decorating Christmas Trees with Free Motion Quilting

WIP-Christmas Gifts

The Art of Soup!?


Last week, as I was rushing through the aisles of Target, I found art in the most unexpected of places-in the canned soup aisle!


In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first exhibition of Andy Warhol’s pop art, Campbell’s  is selling tomato soup with Pop Art labels.


Mr. Warhol was known for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary…

Andy Warhol Campbells

These tomato soup cans jumped right off the shelf (visually) among the aisles of all the familiar soup labels.  Off the shelf and into my cart…

Andy Warhol Campbells

Who wants plain ol’ soup…when you can have “soup of a different color”?!

Brilliant marketing if you ask me…

Andy Warhol Campbells


Got to go, I have the strangest craving for a grilled cheese sandwich….

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