Well, a week, several bandaged fingers and one semi-tearful meltdown in which I would have quit had I not already bought the cushion foam (so unexpectedly expensive!) later and they are finished. Not photographed mind you, but finished. I do think they were worth the effort, although if I had waited until after Christmas to do them it would have been a much more enjoyable project. And also, you can all expect my Christmas cards to arrive late since writing heartfelt notes to all our friends and family took a backseat to my crazy this year.
As per usual, David wanted to do what I was doing and, as I was not about to turn over my sewing machine when I was so determined to finish my own project, I set him up with a little sewing project himself. I cut a quick felt tree out and tacked it down to some fabric scrap I had (painter's tarp?) and set him up with our handy jar-o-beads and he was off.
He literally spent hours picking out just the right beads and buttons and sewing them all on in just the right spot.
I think it turned out pretty cute, even if he did disregard all my suggestions for more colorful bead choices in favor of more black buttons.....it was his artistic vision after all :)
Now that I've got my major (and fairly unnecessary) projects completed I can get my focus back on preparing for Christmas. I've got some major baking, house cleaning and yes--Christmas card writing to finish....okay begin....but then finish.
And in case you were wondering, it seems that the dinosaurs have not impeded Mary and Joseph's journey to the manger after all. In fact, they appear to be helping :)