Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Tree for Sister!

Meet Mr. NaughtyPants … Sister DillyDally's kitty.  I love this picture of him because it captures his cattitude perfectly!
Those who have been following this blog for awhile know just how naughty he is … and how lucky he is to have been adopted and loved by Sister!  Over the past several years, he has literally destroyed every version of a Christmas tree Sister has tried to have.  In her career, the holiday season is an especially crazy-busy time!  She has often commented on how she misses relaxing in the glow of Christmas lights during the holiday season.  Over the past five years, we have come up with all sorts of alternatives … all foiled by Mr. NaughtyPants!
You might remember this panel print by Stonehenge.  Yep … the wheels began turning … this might just be the solution to Sister's Christmas tree dilemma!
I have two children … so of course I made two.  Originally, I had planned to use the snowflake border on both the top and bottom … but it made it too large … especially in light of the wall space available in Sister's apartment.
Much better!
Next … borders!
Machine quilting was scrutinized by my ever present "Snoopervisor"! ;-)
Flicka making sure my lines were straight … I look at these photos and wonder how I ever get anything done!
Along with supervising … there was a lot of her favorite sewing room game … Hide n' Sneak!
The most difficult part of this project was deciding where to place the lights on the tree, twenty buttonholes and creating a pocket for the battery pack!
I ended up hand appliquéing the battery pocket down where the tree stand is located on the panel.
Those who know me … yep, I like bling!  I placed a crystal at the center of every snowflake.
Flicka had to supervise the placement of the crystals … very helpful … ;-) !
A peek at what it looks like on the back.
I tried to take a photo of the crystals and light bulbs to show what it looks like unlighted.
Here with the lights on.  My little point and click camera doesn't pick up much, but it may give you an idea of what it looks like.
Also … with being at work during our limited daylight hours, I was only able to take pics in home lighting … that is why it looks gold rather than silver … sorry.
Ready to be mailed!  I sent it early … so she could enjoy it before Christmas!
Here it is … hanging on the wall of her apartment!  So far … Mr. NaughtyPants has left it alone … Sister loves it … my heart is happy!  A dillydally success!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally


  1. What a beautiful and creative solution to Mr. NaughtyPants tree infatuation.

  2. There IS more than one way to skin a cat……lol …just kidding Mr Naughty Pants!! Good job Mrs Dilly Dally………you've been very busy…impressive results! I managed to build three Snow buddies post Christmas….hopefully home tomorrow to restore a bit of order before heading back to work and year end duties….Happy Holidays talk to you soon…..Diane