Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stolen Moments

This month's sewing
on my 17 UFO's in 2017
has only happened
with stolen moments of time. 
A little bit here and a little bit there.

Most of the items on my list
really don't have to be done by any particular time,
except for one.

#14 Make two new Christmas Stockings

 When my sister was 1 and 
I was 3 our mom made us our Christmas stockings.
Nothing elegant,
or Shabby Chic
just pure 50's.

 They were made out of felt,
sequins and  embroidery.
In fact, they are actually a puppet.

 So when Running Man and I were married in 1973,
 I made him a stocking to match mine.
It was the start of a family tradition. 

The number of stockings have grown over the years.
 Last year there were 11
and this year, well, there will be 13.

 With my stole bits of time
I've been sewing sequins,
and embroidering Santa faces
for the newest members of the family.

Each stocking from one generation
to the next shows a bit more wear.
 The colors may have faded a bit, but there
are many Christmas memories tucked inside each of those stockings.

With my stolen moments
the stockings can now be hung by the 
chimney with care,
In the hopes that Saint Nicholas will soon be there.

Until Next Time-


  1. I love family traditions like this! Those are the memories the grandkids will carry with them wherever they go.

  2. Wonderful family tradition and beautiful stockings. Hugs

  3. I love the picture of the mantel with so many stocking.....they are lovely and the faded ones are only signs of love through the years.

  4. What a wonderful tradition Kyle! Your mom's stocking will be cherished for many generations! Such a cute picture from you and your sister too!

  5. Brilliant! I absolutely love those 13 stockings hanging from the mantle. They are the same, denoting belonging to your clan. Each stocking is made with love and I am sure each owner feel that proudly and strongly.

  6. A delightful tradition, Kyle! Such a fun photo of all the stockings hanging in a row!
    Our stockings are felt, as well. I made them in the early 80s, but I have not added to them as others have joined the family. I have thought about remaking the original designs in wool--just thought about it. Nothing more. :)

  7. We have the same tradition in France !! Stockings for Christmas !!

  8. Kyle que bonitos ¡¡¡buena tradición!!!
    me encanta

  9. What a great tradition. Do the stocking reflect new additions to your family? How fabulous.
    And the picture of you and your sister is my favorite. I remember one of me that's very similar (except without the tree), but in the wagon!
    thanks for sharing!

  10. What a fun tradition! You're very organized to have those stockings done so well ahead of Christmas! They look so cheerful :0)

  11. These are so cute--what a wonderful idea! I have my stocking from the '50's too, but it's a little to feminine to duplicate for a house full of guys. I'm sure it was from a kit with sequins and gold braid--very fancy! How fun to see all your stockings on the mantle--good luck with your goal!

  12. That is such a lovely family tradition!

  13. Great tradition! And I had to smile seeing Running Man in 1973.

  14. That's adorable, all matching. Great job on keeping a wonderful tradition!!

  15. THese are the cutest stockings and I just love that you are keeping this sweet family tradition alive! I love all things 50/60 christmas. What a joy it must be to see them all lined up along the mantel! thanks for sharing your special tradition with us.

  16. Oh my goodness! Christmas is almost here and I absolutely love that tradition. Your stockings look so festive all lined up on the mantel!

  17. What cute stockings! I love the idea that they are also puppets. Obviously lots of love and sentimentality in them.

  18. Ypu are going to need a longer mantle to hold all those stockings if your family keeps growing. I don't remember having a stocking as a child. We did not have a fireplace to hang one but I don't know if that is why I have no memory of one.

  19. Such adorable Christmas stockings!

  20. What a wonderful story. These are thoroughly delightful. What happy memories!

  21. Surely all those stockings have or will have overflowing memories...we have patchwork stockings for everyone - including the pups...yours all hang in the same direction - ours seem to switch back and forth!

  22. So sweet! I love the sentiment behind the effort.:)

  23. What a fun tradition to have kept up over the years and love that photo of all of them hanging on the mantle! :)

  24. Wow, those are ALL lovely Santa Stockings!
    I love that they all mirror the one your mother made for you so many happy memories ago!
    They all look so beautiful hanging with care!

  25. What a wonderful tradition! The perfect project for those stolen moments - a lots of love sewn in every stitch!

  26. Can't wait to see the new additions!

  27. Such a sweet sweet tradition for your family! I bet your family love them and they're very precious possessions! Priceless!

  28. Great work reproducing the stockings!
    A fun tradition for new family members to join in.

  29. Ooh Weston and Eloise will be so happy to have their own stockings this year!!