Saturday, December 22, 2012

"Blesses is the season which engages the whole world
in a conspiracy of love!"
Hamilton Wright Malie
Let me start by wishing everyone a "Merry Christmas". I hope you are all more prepared then I am. I sometimes feel I am so far behind I am ahead for next year. Having a young child in the house again and trying to fit in the homework and her schedule has really put me behind. I now know why having children is for the young.
I last left you saying I would show you a picture of what my husband says "you have lost it now". Before Anna came into our daily lives and I had her room as my stitching room and there was a tall lamp beside my chair that a hook was attached that held my patterns where I could see them. I have missed that a lot and wanted something to hold a pattern while I sat in my new comfy chair. When I was out buying school supplies in the fall I saw some clipboards for a dollar and thought that is what I want to use to hold my pattern. Well it was ugly and plain and I had a piece I had stitched and was originally going to make into a pillow for my old stitch room. So after a bit of experimenting this is what I came up with.

Well my husband said you really have lost it when you cover a clipboard with a padded material, how are you going to write on it. I said I don't want to write on it I want it to hold my pattern.  So by covering a clip board have I lost it. This snowman biscornu pattern I have had for about 5 years and finally started it in November, well that is all that is done and maybe by next Christmas I will have it done.
If the pattern on the board looks off, she originally was holding a picture of a chicken but I like hearts better.

My daughter needed an ornament for an exchange so I made this beaded one for her to take.

Right before Thanksgiving a package arrived from Pam (Confessions of a Southern Stitcher). Oh how delicious these two boxes of Godiva chocolates were. I say were because they are all now gone and I didn't share a single one. I love the boxes and may try and cover them. I can see a cross stitch on the top of them.

I have been busy trying to teach Anna how to make hats on the loom. She wanted to make one for her Grandpa in England.

She finally got it done and it is in the mail. She was so proud of her hat. She is getting excited for Christmas and it will be fun having a kid in the house on Christmas morning. She loves the American Girl dolls and wanted another one. We have about 6 in the house. OK a couple were my daughters and I confess I have a couple of my own. You can barely see my Samantha in the sleigh behind her. We told her she can pick out a outfit or two to ask for but that is about it. Well I just couldn't resist and the new one she wanted will be under our tree from Santa. My husband said it is her first Christmas without both parents lets just spoil her. I have to say I look forward to seeing her open it and hope she shares it with me.


Yesterday I got this fun surprise package in the mail from Pam. Don't you just love the button tree. She stitched the most beautiful ornament to go with all the goodies. I did have to laugh because Pam once tried to get me hooked on silk threads and now she is introducing me to Sullivan threads.
Pam you are so thoughtful, thank you very much.

A few of you sent me a Christmas card and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I had wanted to get out a few this year but just this week finally got the family ones out. Well there is always next year.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a peaceful New Year.

"I will honor Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year."
Charles Dickens
Always keep love in your stitches,



cucki said...

Hello dear very sweet finishes..super sweet gift and I love the button tree so much..everything is so lovely..
Anna did a great job in the hat..
Love for you x

Dawn said...

Everything is beautiful, that is fantastic that she has taken an interest in needlearts. I wish my daughter would, lol. I'll hav eall this stash and no one to share it with! She will remember that hat for the rest of her life since she made it herself. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

natalyK said...

So good to see your post. I love all of the goodies Pam sent and Anna's hat is wonderful. I am sure she will treasure her first Christmas with you and your husband. Keep the faith. Hugs and Best Wishes--Nataly

Catherine said...

Lovely catch~up post ~ filled with great goodies! Sounds like you will be making this a very special Christmas ~ best wishes to all of you for a very Merry Christmas!

pam said...

Glad you enjoyed the goodies. I am glad you are in blog-land again as well. Anna is so lucky to have you both this year.

Lisa V said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Silverlotus said...

I think that is a great idea for the clipboard.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope Anna loves her new American Girl doll. (I wish Santa would bring me one!) And I think her hat looks great.

gracie said...

So glad to see you're posting again. Anna looks very happy...I am sure it is still an adjustment having a youngster in the house full time again. I just want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a good New Year.

Deborah said...

Glad to see a post from you. We do miss you. Anna looks so happy. That is a testament to you and your DH. May you all have a blessed and happy Christmas.

butterfly said...

Your stitching looks great and your gifts look wonderful love the button tree.
Anna looks a happy girl right now she must love being with you.
Warm wishes to you and your family for Christmas, hugs.

Vickie said...

Wonderful! Anna looks so happy. A Blessed, Merry Christmas to you all!

♥ Nia said...

Merry Christmas!!!! :)

Mouse said...

awww well done Anna :) and nice to see you too ... hope Santa brings you something lovely for Christmas :)
has something come for you from the mouse house yet ??? was sent a couple of weeks ago ... hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very merry stitchy new year to both of you :) love mouse xxxxx

Jane said...


Beauty Bonnet said...

i've been following your story and i'm so happy it's going well. merry christmas! bless you and your husband and Anna.. maybe add her too, to your short bio on blogger?

Tolentreasures said...

Anna's hat is wonderful! Trying to catch up with everyone here lately, looks like you had a very nice Christmas. What a sweet little girl! My dad makes tons of these hats...posted a pic of them this morning!
Now on to read more!