Today is my sister's birthday. She passed away a little over a year ago. I don't remember the exact date, but it isn't important. Her birthday is what I remember the most. Every year when I start decorating for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving, I think about our childhood. Our Mom would not let us mention Christmas shopping, Santa or putting up the tree until after Cindy's birthday. She always wanted that to be a special day for her before we started celebrating the holidays. My sister and I didn't see each other often, but I never failed to call her on her birthday. Now, she on the other hand had her house decorated and presents sent out by Thanksgiving. She was crazy Aunt Cindy to my kids and grandkids, because you never knew what she would send. She made a lot of presents and I treasured those, but she also would send the kids funny things that made them laugh. Opening Aunt Cindy's presents on Christmas Eve was a tradition around here even after all the grandkids came. One of my DIL's even set up a corner at Christmas called Aunt Cindy's corner with all the singing toys and decorations she sent. It is so sweet.
My sister had the best laugh. Things were not always the best between us, but that's okay, because we loved each other. We are as different as night and day in everyway including size. She was short and "skinny", I am taller and shall we say (to put it nicely) plump. Regardless of size, we look alike....like our Mom, and her kids and grandkids look at me funny sometimes and say, you look so much like Mom or you look just like Granny.
And that is the greatest compliment I could have.
Now Back to Business
I had to take a little break from decorating, baking and shopping to get a couple of real jobs done.
I have a friend who is an interior designer and she hires me to do her sewing. This shower curtain was a rush job for a client that was having a Christmas Party. Like all of us she was fluffing and poofing for guests. One of my DIL's saw it and she wants one just like it for a newly remodeled bathroom.....after Christmas of course.
Then another friend asked me cover a footstool for her to give her DIL as a gift. She came over and cut everything out for me while I sewed. I have done several of these in the past in more of a cottage look with different fabrics combined. This was a little more tone on tone version. You can't tell too well, but it is a toile with a wide stripe. Its an old foot stool and this is just a slip cover. That way it can be change when needed.