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December 27, 2011

A Griswold Family Christmas

The holiday weekend got off to a rough start for me. After experiencing a situation eerily similar to this, the Griswold Christmas Vacation continued when I was up in the attic and accidentally put my foot through the bathroom ceiling. The whole family was over for Christmas Eve and we were short a stocking, so I went up in the attic to grab one. I didn't bother to turn on the light because I knew the location of the box I needed, and while stumbling around in the dark, my idiot self thought there was a board over one section (where there obviously wasn't, lol!) and I stomped right through the ceiling. I let out a yell, and when Ray and his brother came running, my size 11 foot and part of my calf were dangling through the bathroom ceiling. Aside from a small bruise on my knee (and ego), I was completely fine, and we all got a pretty good laugh out of it! ;)

The good news is, it's not as big a deal for us as it would be for most, because my father-in-law and brother-in-law both work at the family roofing & drywall business, so fixing it should be quick & painless :)

The hubs and I are currently laying on the sofa watching mindless reality TV (Ice Road Truckers - woot woot!), so here's a quick Telschow 2011 Christmas in review...

These are the handmade gifts I mailed to my family in Kentucky. The Echino bag & Strawberry clutch were for my sister, the houndstooth bag for my mom, the box pouch sets for my aunts, and the coffee coozies for my mom and dad.

This is a plaid yoga mat carrier I designed for my dad. It wraps around and velcros in place. I didn't know the circumference of his mat, so I made the velcro strips pretty long to allow for adjustment. The inside is flannel to keep the mat from sliding around.

Another Sidewalk Satchel for my future sister-in-law. The purple Keyka Lou clutch was also for her, and the Amy Butler one was for my cousin.

Puppy Adventures...

Human Adventures...


 Blue Steel.

 I made homemade cinnamon buns - yum!

My mother-in-law drinking eggnog out of a gravy boat. Long story, but my husband's usual shenanigans are to blame ;)

My new cutting mat wouldn't lay flat, so naturally the logical solution was to lay on it (rather than re-rolling it in the opposite direction)

We're a crazy & colorful bunch, but we always manage to have a good time ;) 

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas with your loved ones (and Santa brought you all the quilting supplies on your list!)


  1. Your Christmas looks like a lot of fun!! The gifts are gorgeous :)
    I'm still laughing that you put your foot through the ceiling!!

  2. um yeah...that last picture needs to be next year's Christmas card!

  3. That whole post made me smile. Glad you had a fun Christmas. And, ooooh, loving the size of your cutting mat!

  4. Awesome post! Your bags look great and it looks like you and yours had a great time for Christmas. The pups are cute too. :)

    Have a great rest of the week!

  5. Had a great Christmas. Son, daughter-in-law, 2 grands, and DIL's parents came out for presents and prime rib. Yum! I got a 28mm rotary cutter - rounds out my collection. I am typing on my Zaggmate keyboard for my ipad. Love it. Makes commenting on blogs so much easier. I find the on screen keyboard unwieldy and slow. Not much time to sew now. Going on a trip next week for three weeks. Have to get us and the house ready. I will be shopping for a new serger. Thinking about a Babylock - I want auto threading and cover stitch. I have an old Kenmore. Your foot through the BR ceiling - hilarious! Glad you weren't hurt bad. Bonus that your family is in the business. Love your gifts for family members - I made pouches for gifts this year.Have a happy New Year.

  6. I L-O-V-E it!! What a happy Christmas- you all obviously had a marvelous time :) Makes me smile!! Hugs!

  7. Looks like you had so much fun!! I got the same mat I love how big it is!!

  8. You crack me up, and I definitely watched Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve, followed by Three Amigos. Always a winner. I'm glad you had a fun holiday with your family!

  9. Hee hee, love the various antics. Alas, we had no drinking out of the gravy boat, but I did have a truly surreal conversation on the phone with my granny who was thanking me for a gift she hadn't actually had yet! When asked where it was, I could only answer honestly 'In my lap', as I was finishing it off - this sent my other gran, who was sitting in the room with me, into a fit of the giggles...

  10. A trombone, puppy scarves, a leg through the ceiling, and Lana drinking from the gravy boat -- can I come to y'all's Christmas celebration next year? The most exciting it got over here was when my brother received a bright red old lady dress for Christmas. But then everyone realized that someone had just handed him the wrong package. Yup. Not as exciting as a trombone....


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