Merry Christmas

Wishing you a truly blessed Christmas.  May you find yourself filled with love and joy and peace.   May you share this with your loved ones.

Averyclaire

Finished Needlework

My Santa ornament is a pattern from Drawn Thread. It took a little longer to finish, but it is a lovely design. I especially love the backside of the ornament…Peace and Joy. Says it all for the season.


I adore this little Scotty dog. It is a gift for someone and I couldn’t post it until I was sure it was received. Tartan is one of my favorites. This pattern is from the magazine Just Cross Stitch Christmas ornament edition for 2009.

This reindeer was a freebie ornament from last year that I didn’t get around to working on until now. It only took a couple of hours to complete the entire piece including finishing. I have no idea who designed it and I don’t remember where it came from, but I think it’s lovely. I did add a bit of holly and berry to the original pattern.

Finished in time for Halloween was my little “Humbug.” I do not know why it is called a humbug…perhaps someone out there knows. But it was quick to stitch…done on a rectangular small piece of fabric then sewed into this triangular shape. Makes a cute little pincushion. There is going to be a series of these “humbugs”…the next one coming out in January (House of Stitches will have it). I love the little owl pin that went with it. I have a little robin as well.

 

I hope by this time next year I will have been able to actually design some of my own ornaments!  But for now I have truly enjoyed the fruits of others hard work and talent. Hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season and preparations for a blessed Christmas.

A bientôt….Averyclaire

A Couple of Favorites

snowmanI know that Christmas is done and so is the new year holiday…but before I put away the Christmas decorations this week, I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorites this year.

I LOVE this snowman. It came from the White Barn Candle Company and contains an evergreen candle. I haven’t burned the candle inside, but I adore the snowman. He is so shiny and reflective and jolly. It was a great addition to my Christmas decorations this year. But alas, it is past now and I must think about taking down all the decorations that took so long to put up. It will look so plain! I love my tree and all the decorations. Probably because I didn’t have any at all last year!

strausborg ornieAnother of my favorite ornaments is one my friend, Maggy (who lives in France), sent me last year…a wooden ornament from Strausborg. She sent me a couple of them. Her daughter lives there and she got them when they visited during the Christmas market time. The ornaments are so delicate and lovely and looked beautiful on my tree.

Another really fun thing I did this weekend was to be able to speak with Maggy. She lives in France and for me to call her costs me $1.00 per minute…so I just never do. But now I have a computer program (downloaded for free) called Skype. Probably ALL of you out there know all about it, but it is an amazing new-found, fun-filled tool for me. Maggy doesn’t have Skype, but I could talk to her from my computer to her phone for half an hour for only 82 cents. And my son, who lives in Colorado I could speak with for free. I not only could speak to him, but we share live video calls as well. It is so amazing to me to be able to see my son living 1000 miles away like we were having a cup of tea at the table. And for Maggy….well, there are no words…I was just plain thrilled!! It doesn’t take much to make me happy!!

violets 2Here is another update of the latest needlework I began over the holidays. [For some reason the beautiful rose colored fabric never looks quite nice in the photos.] Not much progress…but a little each day. I am having trouble doing such close work. I guess I need new glasses, or some kind of magnifying thing. I have one, but it seems cumbersome to use. I will have to look for a new one. Anyhow, I am enjoying the cross-stich and I know my SIL will love it.

Happy New Year

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Best wishes for a beautiful new year that is filled with laughter, good health and many blessings!

My holidays were lovely, fun, and filled with laughter.   Although I was very sad that my son and his wife were unable to be with us this Christmas.   Maybe next year.

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We had a fun Christmas Eve with the family. We attended a service for Christmas Eve where Santa made a surprise visit and paid homage before the manger with the children. It was beautiful.

 

On Christmas morning we had a lovely breakfast with our daughter and her family, and last night we enjoyed a quiet New Year’s Eve at home. 

  

Violets 1-1-08In the needlearts department . . . over the holidays I began working on a surprise for my sister-in-law.   My DH’s mother, Violet, died last spring after a brief bout with uterine/cervical cancer.   She lived a long, full life and passed away at the age of 87.   Last month my friend, Marjorie, gave me some old magazines.   In one of them I found a cross-stitch pattern of Violets done on a lovely English Rose Jobelan.   My SIL is having a hard time with the passing of her MOM (as we all are), but I thought this saying would be a nice remembrance for her.   The stitching will say “The Violet, a lady with a charm, grace, and beauty all her own. I will show my progress as I complete it.   Here’s the first photo.

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Here are the earrings that Marjorie made for me as a gift.   They are lovely, Swarovski crystal trees. I loved wearing them over the Christmas holiday and received lots of compliments.  Thanks Marjorie.

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Here is a photo of the manger my mother had when I was a little girl.   While my heritage is English, this set came from Germany and I wil treasure it always.

And as I sit here in front of my computer and contemplate putting away all the Christmas decorations and tree….I am still sitting in front of it enjoying the beauty and peace of the season.  Maybe in a week or so I will be ready.

Time Sure Flies

A week has gone by since my last post…I have no new photos…just a crazy life. I can’t believe Christmas is only two weeks away.

Last Friday evening I had a lovely dinner with Marjorie, who is a delightful person. We always have such fun together. She gave me a really pretty pair of handmade crystal tree earrings as a little holiday gift. They are beautiful and I will post a photo when I have time. Thank you Marjorie.

I work full-time and am so tired in the evening when I get home.   I am longing to be retired!   Unable to finish anything, I took the day off today and “finished” my Christmas shopping.  Oh, there will always be those last minute things that no one ever  ‘finishes,”  until the last gift is opened!!   But for the most part, I am done shopping.   Now I just wish I had some little elves to do the wrapping for me, and the cleaning, and the cooking, and the laundry. Does anyone out there have any little elves?

Enough!   Midweek was a lovely Christmas program in which my dear grandchildren participated. It was wonderful…the sweet little voices and cheeky grins…how fun.   Sunday is another special day at church service in which my grandchildren will participate again.   And in between on Saturday I will be out of town on another errand.  So just like EVERYONE else…I haven’t had time for sewing, for photos, for posting, etc. But my heart is filled with Christmas spirit.  What a good feeling, in spite of being tired.   SMILE.

Old-Fashioned Ornaments

I adore the sparkles of my old-fashioned ornaments on my tinsel draped tree. This is the most magical time of the year!
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Christmas Stockings

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I’ve been having fun creating a gift for my daughter-in-law, Michelle.

 

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From tip to toe…it was fun designing something for Christmas.

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With leaves and flower centers covered with needle felted wool roving mixed with angelina.

 

 

 

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And tiny beads in the center to add just another touch of sparkle.

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She loves sunflowers and while it’s not exactly traditional Christmas, this is what she asked me to make.

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 And after I finished hers, I made the other one she asked for…one for the dog.   All sparkly and shiny and it even has a squirrel…Birdy’s favorite playmate!!!

 

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That’s Birdy on the left with the little squirrel at the bottom.  I think Birdy’s going to love it almost as much as Michelle and Mike.  Don’t you think?   Now I’d better get this in the mail before they see this post!

Busy Weekend

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It was a bit busy this weekend, but fun. Friday my husband and I attended a beautiful wedding of the daughter of a long time friend. It’s so nice to be together with good friends. And what a special occasion to share with one another. I recall the weddings of my three like yesterday. Here’s a little collage of the day. I feel like I renew my own vows every time I attend someone’s wedding. How romantic! I have been married for 41 years now. And I think we’ll make it for at least another 20.

Also this weekend was our quilting Holiday Boutique. It is similar to a craft fair, but everything is set up like you were in a large department store…without any vendors. Everything is marked and counted before and after the sale. As I mentioned, part of the proceeds support our quilting group…but more than anything else, it is an all day affair where we get to know one another better, have a good time, laugh and share a bit of ourselves. Everyone who attends says its the best sale of its kind anywhere.

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And this lovely lady was made by a dear friend of mine who does absolutely exquisite work. She is a talented artist in all sorts of mediums. Her latest project will be a crazy quilt and I can’t wait to see it.
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Ornaments

I’ve been working a lot without much time for sewing.  Actually I wake up at 4 AM and get some sewing done before I go to work.  I think I am a bit tired…but I managed to do these Christmas ornaments.  They are from a pattern by Indygo Junction.  I haven’t done a lot of it, but I love working with wool.  I have been collecting it for years hoping to do something fun.

 

 

 

Aren’t they just adorable.  I think I will save them for gifts for the holiday season. 

 

 

 

I think this green one is my favorite.  They worked up quickly and it was something I could do when I was really tired and just wanted to sit in front of the TV at night and “veg.”

 

 

 

The embroidery on this one didn’t take much time and it really adds a lot to the ornament!

 

 

 

 

The little Christmas tree has beads for ornaments and a tiny silver bead to top the tree.  Each ornament has a “jingle bell” attached to the ribbon.

 

 

On second thought…I think perhaps that this Mistletoe ornament might be my favorite.  When I was a young girl, I always made sure I had mistletoe around at the holidays for the all the gentlemen who might pass through our doorway!  What do you think?

 

 

 

Perhaps it is hard to choose a favorite.  But I think they will make delightful gifts this year.  Glad I spent those early mornings sewing.

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