Friday, December 14, 2012

Some decorating...some's all good....

Hi all...hope this finds you in the holiday spirit! My decorating is done and I don't have much shopping to do this year so I'm in pretty good shape. I didn't go too crazy this year...put up my 2 trees in the family room and living room and about half of my other items and that was enough. I really have more Christmas things than I have room to display, especially cross-stitching! Someimes I forget how much I have until I start hauling it out LOL. Thought I'd share a few pics with you of some of my holiday decorating...most of these Santas were stitched back in the 80's but I still enjoy them. I swapped out some of my samplers for the season and hung some of my Christmas pieces in their place - less holes in the walls that way so the husband is happy.  This isn't even all of them...I'm running out of room but not going to let it slow me down....I love holiday stitching!  Hard to get good photos - it's cloudy here today but that's okay we need some rain.
A few holiday treasures........

Anyone remember this Santa from CS&CC magazine? My best friend and I stitched it together (yeah...1987!)  and I still remember what a pain the face was - all quarter-stitches!

My sampler wall turned holiday-ish......

An old Santa from a Leisure Arts magazine

All I recall about this one is the name -  "Pere Noel".  A pink Santa..perfect in my book!

I own all the annual Prairie Schooler Santa patterns but have only  stitched 2 of the early ones!  Back then they sold coordinating mats and frames for them but those days are long gone.......

I love my little Christmas mouse...even though I'm terrified of a real one LOL

I just picked this up from the framer last weekend....LHN's "Pointsettia House" which I renamed  to my own liking....

Up next is some finishing work I've been doing for a lovely stitchy friend I met though my blog.  Cindy (no blog) does amazing over-one stitching and it's been fun helping her turn these projects into little ornaments and other things.  I've enjoyed doing it, but I keep adding them to my list of things to stitch as I love them all!

This is "Hospitality" by Shakespeare's Peddler

A little quail freebie from Prairie Schooler - too cute!

Another PS freebie...a little snowman

Don't they look cute nestled together??

Here's a little Bent Creek chart called "Sparkle", made into a ornament

This is "Smitten" by All Through the House.  Cindy provided an antiqued wooden box lid that it was mounted on.

And finally this is "A Wassailing", another chart from Shakespeare's Peddler, made into an easel/flatfold.
Thank you Cindy for letting me work on your lovely pieces!
P.S.  I hadn't even heard about the tragedy today in Connecticut as I was writing this.  So very senseless and horrific.   So many troubled young people..I just don't understand.  My heart goes out to all affected by this and I hope we can find some way to get to these troubled people before they resort to actions like this.  :-(


  1. i love all your stitching...they are so beautiful. Dianntha

  2. Every little bit is gorgeous top to bottom :)

  3. Your finishing skills are to die for! Really pretty and festive.

  4. Your Christmas stitcheries are beautiful. With all these wonderful things decorating would begin early and last until the New Year.

  5. Oh my goodness! So many lovely Santas! Love all your ornament finishes as well. Beautiful decorating for the holidays.

  6. Wow, thank you for a wonderful look at all your Christmas stitching; love them all. Thank you for the Inspiration!!

  7. Your stitching and quilting is just beautiful! And I really love how your blog is designed. Maybe someday I'll get on the stick and figure out how to spiff up mine too!

    Enjoy the rain! It's nice and cool finally :)

  8. My goodness what a gorgeous collection of stitched Christmas pieces.
    I loved seeing all your older stitching.
    You and Cindy make an awesome team.
    Beautiful stitching by Cindy and perfect finishing by you.
    Happy Christmas!

  9. What beautiful stitching!! I love the first photo of your Santa (I remember that pattern) with all the toys and the jingle all the way pillow, too cute! All the ornaments are gorgeous, my favourite would have to be sparkle and smitten. Well done to you and Cindy. Thanks for sharing.

  10. So fun to re-live stitching through the years! Lovely body of work

  11. Hi Jeanne, so glad to see you back in blogland again. I just love all the quilting, stitching and finishing you have been doing - all are beautiful.

    Being from New England, I really enjoyed the photos - I do miss living there - glad you and DH had a good time.

  12. I love all your Santas but your stitching mouse is adorable and I'm smitten with her! I love the quilt behind your Santa picture. Do you have a picture of it somewhere on your blog? I have all that fabric and never knew what to do with it and this just might be the thing.

  13. Jeanne --
    Absolutely gorgeous stitching. All classic designs and wonderful memories. That's what Christmas is all about....

    Thanks so much for sharing:)))

  14. Thanks for sharing all of your Christmas stitching! I enjoyed seeing each and every piece.

  15. Jeanne - I am just in awe over all your beautiful pieces. So many thousands of lovely stitches in all your christmas collections - they are just wonderful to see and thanks for sharing with us. The little pieces you finished for your friend are just lovely and I bet she is tickled pink with your creativity. I love your changes on Poinsettia House - wish I had thought of that - I was thinking of one of those pillow with the fabric on the end and the stitched piece on the other end - maybe you could help me with that idea for next season ???? Hugs and Merry Christmas friend

  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE all your stitching! Absolutley fantastic. And who cares if some are from the 80's! Cross stitch is timeless and to be treasured. Gorgeous!

  17. What a lot of wonderful stitching and finishing - well done!

  18. I loved all of your christmas stitching and finishing, such beautiful work you do!! My favorites were the Santa's.
    Happy Stitching

  19. What a wonderful post, absolutely everything you have shown is beautiful.

  20. Everything is so beautiful! I love seeing so many things I recognize from back home with your stitched Santas. It all reminds me of spending time in a tiny stitching shop near my even tinier apartment. I know the one Santa was from the CS&CC magazine as soon as I saw it. :-) Your home is warm and welcoming and festive.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  21. Oh, Jeanne! I just loved this post so very much!! You and I must be about the same age because I remember every one of those older pieces you shared! Even the little mouse which is so adorable--much better than the real thing (which, by the way, we found one in our attic last night--ugh!)...

    Your ornament finishing for Cindy is spectacular--especially love the PS quail finish. Will have to "borrow" that idea in the future. And that quilt you have in your first photo is such a beauty!

    I, like you, put out about half of what I own this year--it just seemed like too much effort...

    I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas together!

  22. All of it is just amazing what a pleasurable post! Merry Christmas!

  23. The quilt is beautiful and I love the 3 trees on the table.

    You do have quite a collection of Christmas cross stitch, all of them are beautiful.

    Your finishing work is beautiful.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  24. Love your quilts and cross stitch.

    The little Christmas mouse with candle is adorable! Could you tell me, please, the name of chart and designer (where might find it)?

    Thank you.


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