Friday, January 06, 2012

2012 Reading Challenge

I am going to try to do better on my 2012 Challenge than I did on my 2011 Challenge although I guess I didn't do too badly (18 out of 25) considering I started late.  I started a couple of books right before Christmas which I knew wouldn't get finished until after New Years so one of those is my first challenge book. 

The first book on my challenge list is "Aunt Dimity's Christmas".  I think this is my favorite of the Aunt Dimity series so far.  I mean, what isn't to love -- a rich lawyer, his lovely wife, their gorgeous twins, their cottage in the English village of Finch and a half frozen mystery man in the drive.  Factor in an absent hubby, a father-in-law attracting every widow in the village, a Christmas play and a nanny taking holiday in Italy -- what could possibly go wrong.

This was a delightful little mystery encompassing all the joy of the Christmas season with lessons to be learned for all.  I think it was the perfect read for the month of December and I would recommend it to anyone.
I Admit It -- I Lied!

I thought I was done with Christmas posts but JLSHall sent me the photos of the ornie I made her so I thought I would share them with you.

Since JLSHall's name is Joy, this came already monogrammed!

And, the back!

I have had the fabric that I used for the backing for quite some time -- kept thinking I would make some holiday placemats or something but never got around to it so when I finished the little Joy angel, I pulled this out knowing it would be perfect for this project.

I really enjoyed making these ornaments.  I usually give the kids Hallmark ornaments so one day they will have some for their tree when they are grown but this year I decided to do more of a "do it yourself" sort of theme and these ornaments were part of it.  Next year -- more cooking to go along with.

Tomorrow -- my, as usual, late addition to "A View from the Window".  I tried to get the cat in the picture but apparently he/she doesn't want to visit on Thursday.