I bought some other small presents for myself too, a couple of rayon threads and top stitch needles. The thread is ment for machine embroidery, but I think it looks great as a quilt thread on smaller works as it is variegated and shiny. The green looks amazing, the other one I'm not to sure about. "Earth tones" can be almost everything!
I hope I get some time and inspiration to create something inspired by these great magazines during christmas.
As for now, I'm baking and cleaning for christmas. Which means I've baked much more than we'll ever manage to eat, and been thinking of and planning to clean several rooms, but haven't done any yet. And still I'm bragging about how I'm not getting stressed! I might say something else when there's not any more room in the freezer and the house looks like hell. (Or MORE like hell) I've been making gingerbread. For me it's the ultimate childhood christmas tradition, and they have to be decorated with frosting! I kind of went nuts and bought a 25 piece cake decorating set from Wilton, several cookie-cutters, some sprinkles (shaped like cows, jewish stars, dinosaures, mickey mouse and pink breastcancer ribbons!) A little childish perhaps, but my baby girl is my excuse. She's going to get a proper (childish and fun) christmas!