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We had a super day yesterday, Christmas in Minnesota. Erika LOVED her art quilt. You can see her identifying people in it in the upper left corner of the collage. She knew everyone there, loved all the birds and animals and when she got done looking at it she turned to me and said: "You put my whole world in there." (I had not told her what I had named the quilt. It was just obvious!) It did bring tears to my eyes to have it so warmly received. Karen of course saw it the day before and she loved it too. ;-) Erika also told me the "German ribbon" on the bottom of the quilt is Barvarian and she told me about the different costumes there!
Erika also enjoyed receiving the crocheted shawl I gave her. She wore it, as you can see in the next photo down on left. She said it was warm and she liked the sparkly threads on the outside trim a lot. It's interesting to me to note that the shirt she was wearing had belonged to my mother. It was among my mom's clothing that I sent Erika 15 years ago after my mom died. She obviously takes very good care of her clothes! You can see my DH looking at the family tree (mom's German family) in middle right side of collage. As you can see we had a lot of fun...enjoyed a good turkey dinner together, played music, enjoyed the Christmas tree, and later in the evening DH lit candles in my SIL's Lenox menorah for Chanukah. Oh, and my SIL, nephew and I sat around and knit and crocheted throughout the evening. Nephew was a quick study and is half way to finishing a scarf for himself. I hope you all enjoyed your day as well.