My oldest GS likes to wear bow ties (he's 17) and I made him one last month to see how he liked it and what other colors he might like. When I went to a fabric outlet, I bought some red and green silk. Here is the red silk with the tie pattern pinned onto it. That is all I have in the way of pictures - I forgot to take a picture of the finished tie before I mailed it off to him as I was in a hurry to get it in the mail in case he wanted to wear it during the Christmas season.
As to my short list. I have completed all but one of the items and the one I didn't complete is almost there, so I'm pretty happy with what I accomplished. Number 6 is the culprit - the applique top for my DIL. I decided I needed to double check with her about the size before I sew it all together. I have most of the appliqué done, but will still need to add a few more flowers and quite a few more leaves. I'm doing the appliqué by machine.
We will be visiting 2 of our sons and their families over the holidays. I hope most of you will be able to spend time with family during this special season where we celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord.