Thursday, December 22, 2011

In the air there's a feeling of Christmas...

Hello Friends.

Christmas is rapidly approaching.  It's been two weeks since my last post...the days have been full with work, shopping, baking and getting ready for the big day.

I think the house looks it's prettiest when it is all decked out for the holidays.  I have been off work all this week, so I have enjoyed lighting the Christmas tree and enjoying the decorations around the house each day. 
I walked around this morning and took some pictures to share with you of other Christmas cross stitch pieces I've done through the years.  I love this Prairie Schooler Night Before Christmas piece.  This is the companion to the one I hung in the kitchen that I displayed on my last post.  Again, my husband made the frame for this one.  I don't remember where he found the molding, but would like to find it again, since the frames turned out so nice.
I love this little metal tree.  I found it at an auction this summer, so I chose some of the cross stitched ornaments to display on it.
This is my latest finish.  I worked on this little snowman for a couple of weeks.  I'm trying to decide how to finish it off.  I like the mini ball fringe I have laying beside it.  I just haven't decided if I should sew it into a small pillow ornament, or mount it on padded mat board.. Those are the two ornament finishes I know how to do best...  The pattern was a freebie I found online.  I'm sorry I don't remember where.  He reminded me of a Jim Shore design.
Here is another Prairie Schooler finish.  I did this one as a flat fold.  Love the houses along the bottom...
This little one is sitting in my kitchen windowsill.  I enjoy looking at these everyday.
Another little piece on my kitchen windowsill.  I have a collection of snowmen here as well.  And below it is a small wreath that a stitching friend made for me years ago.  She has done these cute small ornaments on paper.

This Winter band sampler from Little House Needleworks finally made it into a frame.  It was an inexpensive frame from walmart.  I was so happy to find it fit perfectly.  This is hanging in our kitchen.

This is another favorite Christmas finish.  I think I found this in an ornament magazine years ago. 

I guess I will have to add a picture of my assistant Joplin.  She loves to help with everything these days.  She was especially interested when I was wrapping presents!  I found her under the tree ripping paper from packages...So I had to do some emergency repair work.

I have some last minute grocery shopping to get that I've checked the supplies and made my list.  We will be celebrating together on Christmas day.  Mike will be working Christmas Eve.  But I'm very happy to say he will have Christmas Day off.  That will be a treat. 

 I hope this wonderful Christmas season brings you joy with those you love.  Happy Holidays dear friends.


  1. lol about Joplin! Mia was doing the same, having a ball helping me to wrap presents. I was afraid she would do as Joplin and tear at the presents under the tree, but so far so good, knock on wood! lol!

    Love all your Christmas pieces!! Your latest finish is so cool, and I love that green trim you picked for it. What is that design?? I love PS, so a post full of PS is my kind of post. lol! I'm glad your DH will have Christmas Day off. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Poor Kitty - hope Santa didn't see that!! ;)
    Lovely Christmas stitches you have!

  3. What gorgeous Christmas stitching, Melody--I especially love the PS ones (of course!!)...

    And such a gorgeous kitty--sounds like she's really getting into the Christmas festivities :)

    Enjoy your Christmas Day with your husband!

  4. Joplin is too cute!

    I enjoyed seeing all of your finishes and Christmas decorations. They're wonderful! I hope you had a blessed Christmas.

  5. Hi Melody,

    I enjoy reading your blog and I especially like the snowman freebie that you just finished stitching. My husband has feverishly searched the internet looking for the pattern, but to no avail. I was wondering if perhaps you might help with some clues to help us locate this pattern? Is there a URL on the paper if you printed it out? I just adore this snowman and would love to locate it as I am sure that there are others who might enjoy it as well. I appreciate any help that you might be able to give.

    Amy Varnell-Miller

  6. Love that "Jim Shore-esque" Snowman. If you do find where it came from, please let us know. (FWIW, the Keep Christmas in your Heart is from an early JCS Ornament Issue.)