November 12, 2010

JOY!


Holiday Cheer Joy Banner!
Kits are available for this quick little project - no sewing machine required!
Kit - Moda fabric, felted wool, buttons, ribbon, jingle bells, and floss!

I love Christmas! I know my family will be gathered all together and there will be lots of food, laughing and fun. When my boys were young I loved to go all out on the decorations around the house, but now that they are out on their own, my decorating is simplified. As long as there is a fresh Christmas tree with lots of twinkling lights and the stockings are hung by the fire, I'm ready for the holiday to begin. I knit my family's stockings many years ago and although they have held together well, they have been stretched to the maximum through the years. We always take turns pulling one item out of the stocking at a time. I think we started this tradition to make the fun last as long as we could.

In my family, and my husbands family, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals are at the Grandparents house. When I was little that meant we would spend the day at my Grandma Ruby and Grandpa Bert's farm in Aurora Oregon. If we were really lucky it would snow, but in Oregon a white Christmas is a rarity. Grandma had a wood-burning stove in her kitchen, along with an new fangled electric one, and quite a bit of the meal was cooked in that old stove.
Growing up I knew there would always be cookies in Grandma's cookie jar and if I was lucky they would be her Ranger Cookies - my favorite! I hope you like them!Click HERE for a printable version of the recipe.

At some point through the years, the dinner gatherings shifted to my parents house. No wood stove, but the food was just as good. My mom makes THE BEST homemade rolls ever. My nephew once at 13 before his mom caught on and cut him off.
My sons are 21 and 23 years old now. In another few years they will be married with families of their own and the holiday dinners will be held at my house. My wish for my grandkids (only imaginary at this point) is that they have wonderful memories of going to grandma's house for Christmas.

I hope you like this little banner project and I hope it brings you a little Joy this holiday season! Click HERE for the FREE directions. Merry Christmas!
If you would like a kit, please mail a check for $14 (includes shipping / US only please) to -
Kathy Schmitz 3433 SE Henry St. Portland, OR 97202

Cheers!
Kathy

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24 comments:

Vicki said...

I've been waiting this morning for your post, and it was worth the wait!! I love the banner! Thank you for the cookie recipe, too. Thanks for participating in this blog hop. I get more impatient for the next story and treats every day.

Maggey and Jim said...

I too was waiting, but love the little banner and looks really good where you have put it. Christmas sounds like a great family time for you too. Hang on to those moments, they fly by all too quickly..
Maggey

Jeanette said...

Thanks for the cute banner pattern! I love it and have printed it out already. It looks like a fun one to make. Thanks for participating!

Anonymous said...

I just love your JOY banner. Each year I make something for my mom,daughter, sister-in-laws, nieces, and a few friends (15 total). I think I'll make a few banners for some of them. You have great Christmas memories and ranger cookies too. Thanks for shareing ;-) Debby (Wisc.)

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful pattern and something simple I can make up to decorate with. Thank you for patcipating and making such a wonderful item for us to make.

Debbie

Stacy said...

Hey!

Love the banner! Super cute!!! Thanks also for sharing your Holiday traditions with us... I love your grandma's name! Can't wait to try out her cookies! Happy Holidays! Stacy

Roosje_anita said...

Thank you for the banner pattern, I love it.
Anita

Carrie P. said...

Such a sweet banner. Thanks for sharing it and your recipe and your Christmas memories.

Christine said...

Thanks so much for a lovely 'joy'ful banner! I'm definitely going to make one or more for gifts!
Christine

Mary said...

Kathy, thanks so much for sharing your Christmas traditions with all of us...this blog hop has been SO much fun!!! The "Joy" banner is adorable too, I hope you and your family have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving & Holiday season!

schmidt1016 said...

This is an adorable banner! I will for sure have to make this for Christmas. Thank you!

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

MahSistersQuiltTrunk said...

Love this post. Thank you Kathy. Your project is wonderful.

Laurie said...

I love the banner, it is so sweet and no sewing, wow!

My mom and I are going to Aurora on Sunday for their historic home tour! I love that little town, seems perfect for a Christmas gathering!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Thanks Kathy for sharing your family traditions and your wonderful banner.

Karen said...

Love the Joy banner. Will be a fun quick holiday project to make. Thanks for sharing. The cookies sound real good and remind me of a similar cookie my Mom used to make. Thanks, Karen M

Kathy B. said...

I was anxious to get home from a weekend trip to view your post. Such a sweet banner. I can't wait to put one (or several) together. This BLOG HOP has been spectacular! Thanks for sharing your Christmas traditions and cookie recipe - yum!

Darlene B said...

I've just started making homemade rolls for special occasion dinners. Everyone loves them! Thanks for sharing your traditions and your recipe! dsb448@att.net

SheilaC said...

Thank you for the great pattern and recipe! I have never heard of Ranger cookies before.

The holidays sure change when the kids grow up, don't they. I am imagining grandkids too :)

SheilaC

Terri said...

Great post Kathy! Loved hearing about your traditions and Christmas' through the years. Sweet banner and I'm going to whip up a batch of your grandma's cookies. Thanks for being a part of this fun HOP!
Terri

Gretchen said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful banner and cookie! Both are great projects.

QuiltSue said...

The banner is really great, thanks.

Kim said...

I love the banner and I've already made one! I was getting together with a three "stitchery friends" the day after it was posted, so I brought each of them a little kit of background fabric and wool. Two of us got started right away. I'm not sure where I want to hang mine, so I've left the ribbon ends long for now, but wherever it ends up, it's a great addition to my holiday decorations!

gmp said...

This little banner is so cute. A quick easy project, and something you could make in time for the holidays. Thank you for sharing it. Have a wonderful holiday.

Sharrieboberry said...

So what did the 13 year old nephew do? That part of the story is missing!