Friday, December 4, 2015

How to Sew a Christmas Stocking

This year, my husband's birthday fell during the week of Thanksgiving, so we were able to celebrate with family and friends

After a delicious breakfast of donuts and fruit, he and his father and two brothers played basketball at the local rec center. Later that afternoon, the two of us, along with four of his siblings, spent an hour shooting recurve bows at an indoor archery range.

That evening, Mr. Handsome, expecting a simple dinner with his parents and siblings, was shocked when three close friends from his college days and their wives walked through the front door and yelled "Surprise!"

My husband was speechless! He had mentioned a few months before that he missed spending time with these guys and would love to see them again, which gave my mother-in-law and me the idea for the surprise party. The three boys, who also happen to be brothers, come from a family of eight kids.

In addition to planning the reunion, I gave Mr. Handsome two gifts. The first was a set of CDs, which I purchased inexpensively on Amazon, for him to listen to in the car. Four of the CDs are a mix of Southern gospel and bluegrass music, and the other features songs from ThePianoGuys, a band that creates melodic, classical versions of popular hymns and other songs.

The second gift was a Christmas stocking (shown above), which I spent several hours sewing. For those who are interested, here is the tutorial I used:

18 comments:

  1. Anonymous12/04/2015

    Do you have any pictures of the reunion? I'd love to see them! :)

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    1. Hi there!

      I was thinking about that as I wrote the post, but unfortunately, we didn't take any pictures. Sorry about that!

      Ellie

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  2. Shela G12/04/2015

    I love that you not only gave him CDs but took the time to make him something personal.

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  3. Anonymous12/04/2015

    Oh, oh, oh.

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  4. I am fairly new to your blog and love reading all your posts. They remind me so much of when I was first married. Money was tight (but we married with NO debt) and I made a lot of handmade goodies for Christmas and things were so much simpler.

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  5. Anonymous12/04/2015

    Got to say your sock is cute! It has personality, like a Charie Brown cartoon does.

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  6. Anonymous12/04/2015

    You and Mr Handsome are a couple of big kids!

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  7. I also listen to Piano Guys! I really like their group. They make amazing music! :-D Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  8. Anonymous12/05/2015

    What is going to go into it?

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    1. Hi there!

      Right now, it's just for decoration. :)

      Ellie

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  9. Anonymous12/05/2015

    There is somethings that I like about the emphasis to do with the feet. One is that the souls of the Hebrew peoples feet laid claim to the land they walked on in the time of Moses. Later Jesus walked around a lot for the sake of souls. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. There is a Bible verse, Romans 10:15.

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  10. Anonymous12/05/2015

    Unless we humble ourselves like a little child we cannot enter the Kingdom of God.

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  11. Anonymous12/06/2015

    Maybe for Xmas you can ask Mr. Handsome to get you some art or crafting classes at your local community center. You seem to like crafts and they could teach you some useful skills. Plus you could meet some other people in your community.

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    1. That's a great idea. Thanks! :)

      Ellie

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  12. Anonymous12/06/2015

    Ellie, Where do you volunteer for the holidays?

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    1. Hi there!

      We are new to the area and are still searching for places to volunteer. We recently handed out free toothbrushes to people in need, but we hope to find more volunteer opportunities soon.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  13. Anonymous12/06/2015

    cute! What are y'all planning to do for Christmas?

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    1. Hi there!

      To celebrate Christmas, we will spend time with both of our immediate families. I'll have to write a post with all the details. :)

      Ellie

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