Messiah is blaring throughout the house, the bread machine is whirring, big girls are helping little ones dress dollies and Jonathan is parked in front of his laptop in the kitchen catching up on Fr. Z. I raise my teacup in a toast and unite my bliss with mothers-of-college-students everywhere who are basking in the presence of their scholars home for the holiday. Jonathan does commute but he usually heads out to 7:30 Mass before his siblings are awake and often doesn't return until they are asleep again. Needless to say Eliza is very happy and wouldn't let Josiah take her out of the car with a No! Jon-a-fin! I happily anticipate hearing lots of those over the next few days.
I wanted to share my new cloth napkins with you because I am so pleased to have finally made them:
I have wanted to switch to cloth for quite some time and I had bought pretty yardage for the project. I made about three napkins and the rest of the cut pieces have been sitting on my sewing table for ages. I enjoy the sewing but the task of ironing all of those edges was quite daunting - just the thought of turning and pressing twice those narrow hems and my fingertips can practically feel the steam burns. And then the other night I was surfing around on crafty blogs and saw a link for a napkin tutorial on reversible napkins. Did you hear me smack my head and let out the biggest, gleeful duh? I didn't even go read the tute - just the word was enough to make me realize I could make napkins without all those pressed edge hems. Yippee! So two Wiggles videos later I have a dozen lovely reversible napkins - and they feel much nicer than single layer ones as well. I also like how they look with my new fall coasters. Now I just need a clever basket liner like Jenn's.
Now I need to go make more tea. I asked Jonathan if he wanted a cup of tea with his cinna-scone and he said I might as well make him one. It's nice to know he can still sound like a teenage boy. ;-)