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Feeling a little elfish

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Castle News

Way back in October, I decided to use my time to make Christmas presents for my close friends. So I designed small Christmas wall hangings made with wonderful Christmas fabrics and fun embellishments.

These projects were like therapy for me. Keeping my hands busy and my mind focused on the Christmas spirit helped me get through the pre-Christmas season.

Once the background was designed, I started to hand-sew the seven original Christmas decorations.

Then I was compelled to make one for my mother, my sister, my daughter, my grandkids, other relatives and several more close friends. Eventually the total came to 19. I could have made more. But honestly, my eyes and hands were at my limit. Maybe next year, but not at that quantity.

These wall hangings are my twist on a crazy quilt. Each one has a small rail fence quilt block, which started because my close New Castle friends finally completed a friendship quilt which included rail fence blocks. Then I got creative and individualized each one with fabric fans’ appliqued angels and stars – made with a variety of different red and green fabrics – and each person’s name, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” – my favorite Christmas movie – and a Merry Christmas greeting.

Embellishments personally match each recipient to the wall hanging. Examples include a Tinkerbell for my granddaughter and a baseball cap and ball for my grandson, golf-related charms for a couple friends, a palm tree and flip-flops for my daughter, a passport and croissant for my friend who travels to France, and a found cross for my mother. I tried to represent each person’s essence.

Several years ago I found some great yo-yos (small fabric gathered circles) in Christmas colors, which I added to all the wall hangings.

It was a great feeling of accomplishment when I finished each one. The colors, the whimsical magic of the angels and the stars and the individualized details gave me a feeling of gratefulness for having these people in my life, and for their friendship, support and love.

I finished the last one, for myself, late Dec. 22. On the back of my piece, I added the list of the friends and family who received these decorations.

The little elf in me knows when the friends and family members pull out their decoration next Christmas and the Christmas after that, they will see the details which were lovingly sewn in this moment in time. And they will appreciate the heart and soul which were carefully considered for each one.

Hopefully, next year I will have just a little less free time. But I will still treasure each relationship.

It seems I was supplied with incorrect micro-brew information from the Christmas in New Castle event, which was held Dec. 5.

The correct information is as follows: Homebrewer Wes MacCachran earned the first-place honors, and Rifle Brewing Company received second place.

I’m so sorry the incorrect information appeared in my last column.

Have a very Merry Christmas and God Bless to Everyone!

Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday. To contact her with a possible mention of a positive local news item or event, please e-mail kayvasilakis@yahoo.com or call 618-6689.

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