Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wishing and Thanking



Good morning, my friends! And how are you all faring with only a few days left until Christmas? I hope your shopping is done, presents are wrapped, and you're sitting there gazing at your lovely decorations... Wishful thinking, right? Well, my shopping is done this year thanks to that wonderful invention: the Amazon wishlist. Oh, it's made my shopping for my three sons and husband a breeze--click, click, click and I'm done! When they asked me for my Christmas wishlist, of course, it contained nothing but cross stitch items. "No way, mom," they cried, "you have more than enough cross stitch stuff." Oh, the horror of that statement: "Enough cross stitch stuff?!" Never!! They sure don't understand stitchers at all do they?

So, what made it on to your wishlists this year? For me, it was the charming With Thy Needle and Thread Wordplay series, Bent Creek's Thankful Quaker, a variety of linens, and some wee noses. Wee noses, you ask--yes these wee noses for a series of snowmen that I plan on stitching "some day!" I sure hope some of these appear under my tree this year... If not, I have a birthday coming up in mid-January when I might just be seeing a few stitching goodies appear from my guys, too. Hey, they should be thankful, right? Just think of the money they're saving by me not asking for expensive things like jewelry or designer clothing!

My other Christmas wish would be to meet each of you in person and thank you for all those wonderful compliments you left on my 2011 ornament post last week... I was truly touched by your sweet comments. Many of you emailed me asking for a picture of my large tree so, of course, I just have to oblige! I moved all my stitched ornaments on to it for this photo and now realize that I'm running out of room. It's looking a bit crowded, don't you think? But, at this stage in my life I won't be getting a bigger tree...We're all about down-sizing at the moment. I'll have to begin to display some of the ornaments in other places--my mantle, bowls, baskets, etc. Because, one thing is for sure--I'm not going to stop stitching my ornaments!!


Yes, all of these ornaments, except for nine, were stitched by me. It makes me so proud to see them all hanging there together knowing how much hard work went into each one. And I truly hope that some day my sons and their families will treasure them as much as I do...

Here is a closer view...


And another...

And yet another...

And below are the wonderful ornaments given to me by
some of my blogging friends from around the world...

As I mentioned, I've been very blessed to make such wonderful friends who share my passion for stitching. Five of them sent me very special packages for Christmas which I'd like to share with you...
I'll have to admit I let out a little squeal when I opened my dear friend Myra's sweet gifts. For one thing--they're blue, my favorite color. But, the main reason I was so thrilled about the little bird ornament, the thread catcher, and her crocheting, is that her work is so perfect--what a seamstress! I can only imagine being able to sew like she does some day... Thank you so much, Myra--you couldn't have chosen more perfect fabrics to make your creations from. I just love them!!


You may have noticed a few of these darling little creations on other blogs. My sweet friend Nia from Portugal is on a one woman mission to spread a "little love" through the world with her cute felt mistletoes. Isn't that a great idea for sending a thoughtful gift to a lot of friends without incurring huge postage costs? Nia made her very own Christmas postcard, as well. If you haven't visited her blog--check it out. It is one of the most positive, upbeat blogs around which makes me love to read it. Thank you, my friend--you always make me smile :)


From another long-time blogging friend, Cindy came this gorgeous Christmas package. Just look at this sweet bird on his pale blue background. I wish you could see this fabric in person--it is just like a lovely spring sky, wispy clouds included! Perfect choice, Cindy--she knows I love blue, too, along with birds. She also included four generous cuts of fabric in blue, pink, and two pretty prints. Cindy, you always spoil me, and I thank you so very much for your gifts and your friendship... I love your pretty bird pillow and I know I'll find the perfect use for the fabric.


And just look at this little cutie that arrived from Jennifer. She read about my snowman tree in my last post and decided she had a perfect addition to it. And she was right! This little button snowman (crafted from some of Jennifer's husband's grandmother's vintage buttons) has made himself totally at home with his snowmen buddies here on the other side of the state. Jenn has been creating some really fun holiday decorations out of her inherited button collection so drop in and visit her at Sweet Pea Stitches. Thank you so much, Jenn--I'll think of you each year when I place him on my snowman tree...



And last, but certainly not least, this lovely group of presents arrived from my blogging friend Edit all the way from Spain. Edit sent me something last Christmas that took almost two months to arrive so we're thrilled that the post offices of Spain and The U.S. worked so efficiently this year! Just look at this lovely stitching themed ornament that Edit made--don't you love it? Her work is flawless and I can't wait to add it to my tree. She also included a tiny ornament, a bellpull hanger, and some beads in Christmas red. Thank you so very much, my friend--I love your gifts so much!

I woke up to the most beautiful sight Sunday morning--the first snow of the season. There is just something so delightful about raising the window shade and seeing the landscape all freshly painted with sparkly, pure white snow. Here is the view of my backyard from my upstairs window. The snow has all melted now and it looks like we definitely won't be having a white Christmas, but it certainly added to the "Christmasy" feeling for a short while.


My wish for you, my dear friends, during this holiday season is...
May your holiday season be filled with love and laughter! Bye for now...

99 comments:

Annie said...

Your tree looks amazing! Such a fabulous display of ornaments. Maybe you'll need two trees next year!

We haven't seen any snow on the ground yet here... not even the 'conversational' kind. But I'm sure it won't be long before we get dumped on.

Enjoy your lovely stitchy gifts from friends and I'm sure you'll enjoy whatever new stash your reluctant men provide!

Happy Holidays!

CATHI said...

What a wonderful and gorgeous Christmas tree you have! Great! :o)

Wish you a merry Christmas!

Cathi

Vonna said...

You are my ornament hero! I am so stitching at least one ornament a month in 2012! Your tree is what I aspire to :)
It is stunningly gorgeous!
You have created an heirloom from your hands.

Vickie Niggemann said...

WHAT A CHRISTMAS TREE! Beautiful. I too am hoping for stitchy presents this year. We had only a small amount of snow here in Wisconsin so far. Some is coming tomorrow. White Christmas? Merry Christmas Carol!

Shirlee said...

I really enjoyed reading this post & seeing all your photos! Your tree/ornaments are beautiful! My plan is to stitch ornaments throughout this coming year so I can have a nice stitching tree next Christmas. I should be downsizing as well & that's also in the plan for this coming year. Lots of plans ... lol! What lovely gifts from your blog friends! I will visit their blogs later today : ) Blessings, Shirlee

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Ahh - that gorgeous tree. In my heart and memory, seeing and commenting on your tree is what began our friendship. A masterpiece, for sure! I hope all your wishes are filled, and that you and your family have a delightful Christmas. Hugs and love...Merry Christmas!

Septiembre said...

Carol, a fantastic tree, full of wonderful embroidery. It is impressive, as well as the friendships that have been forged in the network.
Congratulations.

Melanie said...

Three words - wow, wow, wow!

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, now that's a "Stitcher's tree," it is lovely!!

And your gifties are adorable...you have been a very good girl this year to be so spoiled by your blogging friends, LOL! Loving Myra's bird...gorgeous!!

Merry Christmas to you & yours!

Elizabeth Ann said...

WOW! Your tree is amazing!! I need you to send me everyone of those patterns starting with Peace of Earth Good Will To Men!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Faye said...

Oh my Carol~~ Your tree is just stunning~~ I love all the handmade goodies displayed in its grandeur...

The gifts from stitching friends are all so nice. From Myra to Edit and everyone else, I know each one was made with love and especially for you! You deserve to be lavished!

Here's hoping you and your family have a great Christmas and Happy New Year~~

Always, Faye

Vicki said...

Your tree looks amazing! I don't think it's too crowded at all. I like a tree that's filled with ornaments. What great gifts to pass on to your kids/grandkids. They will so appreciate these ornaments some day. Merry Christmas!

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!! Oh wow! So many ornaments!!! And this in addition to all the ornies on your bannister! Oooooh myyyyy goooosh!!!! I am so bowled over! You are amazing!

I sure hope your DH and sons spoil you by putting every single thing on your wish list under the tree. :D I have an Essamplaire sampler that I wanted for Christmas. I do believe it's under the tree too. lol!

Anonymous said...

Your tree is gorgeous, Carol! What wonderful goodies you have received from friends! And I love your view with the snow!

Wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday!

Robin in Virginia
rlbrowninva @ gmail.com

Laurie in Iowa said...

WOW! Your tree is gorgeous and all those beautiful ornaments. I wish I could see it in person.
You've received wonderful gifts from your stitching friends. Enjoy!

Hilda said...

Dear Carol,
I am very very impressed.
I think I have never seen so much beautiful things in just one picture!
I LOVE your tree - and it is NOT to crowded! It is the vision of my own future-tree!!!
I can find soooo many ornaments that are also on my to-do-list!

Sending you all the best from Austria (still without snow) I am so much looking forward to the your ornaments to come in 2012!

Hugs and kisses!

Hilda

Nancy said...

Good Morning Carol! This was such a lovely post to read while having my morning coffee. Your tree is magnificent! That is my dream to have a tree stitched with ornaments, and I'm going to do my best next year to stitch, stitch and stitch some more! I don't think it looks crowded at all, but you know, you could always get another tree for another room! Lovely gifts too! Do you by any chance know the designer or name of the pattern of the little bird on blue from Cindy? I just love it! A very Merry Christmas to you and your family, and I want your snow!

BrendaS said...

Carol --
Your tree is absolutely AMAZING! Your ornaments are little works of art and they just adorn your tree beautifully!

Very nice gifts for a well deserving person:) I love coming and visiting with you and maybe we will meet one day!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Lesleyanne said...

Oh my goodness. Your tress is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. I love it. Your ornaments are truly gorgeous. You have received some gorgeous gifts. I hope you get some gift off your wishlist you so deserve it.

priscilla said...

WOW ! I love your tree !! So many beautiful ornaments !! Just AMAZING !

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Carol, your tree is amazing! I hope to have something like that someday.

Christina said...

I SO look forward to reading your posts Carol. Your tree is amazing, one of the biggest I've ever seen and your stitched ornies look splendiferous (this isn't a word but it should be!).
Have a fantastic Christmas - I look forward to reading many more posts from you in the New Year. X

Bertie said...

Your tree is fabulous, such wonderful ornaments!
The little bird is so cute:)
Happy Christmas:))

Melissa said...

What a lovely post, Carol! The ornaments and the tree are amazing. I am sure your house is full of Christmas cheer!

Wishing you a lovely Christmas with your family!

pandy said...

your tree is AMAZING! and what lovely and thoughtful gifts :) I also love Amazon! Free shipping and I don't have to get out of my pajamas? YES PLEASE!

I hope you have a a very happy Christmas and wonderful new year!

Beth said...

What an amazing tree Carol - so many great ornaments all beautifully stitched and finished. You received some wonderful gifts too - I'm especially envious of the lovely bluebird!

Darlene said...

This morning I'm toasting you with my cup of coffee! Take a bow - your tree is drop dead gorgeous. You have inspired me to stitch an ornament a month in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed seeing your beautiful tree..thank you for sharing with all of us your stitching journey. Let me know if you find those wee noses. I think I have the snowmen pattern you are talking about as it always creeps up in my to do pile...I have been checking other designs for snowmen to see if the noses could be stitched instead..may be that the wee noses are the only way to go.
Will be watching to see if a stitched snowman shows up on your blog. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and enjoy the time with your family.
Take care,
L. Davis

mainely stitching said...

Your tree is utterly amazing! WOW. I'm just speechless!

butterfly said...

Carol your tree is just fantastic, Wow all those wonderful ornaments.
I see you have had snow, we won't be having any for Christmas its gone warmer. You could send me some in the post ha, only kidding.
Love all your wonderful gifts that bluebird is beautiful.

valerie said...

We never have enough cross stitch stuff! Never ever! lol

Your tree is incredible! I keep telling myself I need to keep stitching ornies since my tree is pretty bare. Lots of colored balls, not enough stitched ornies!

You received some beautiful gifts. Love Myra's bluebird. It's gorgeous!

Merry Christmas Carol!

Shelley said...

WOW!! I can only hope I ever have a tree that beautiful and full of the fruits of my labor!

Do you stuff most of your ornaments?

Giovanna said...

What a glorious tree, amazing! Love the framed Prairie Schooler too. Merry Christmas!

Isobel -Argante- said...

Hi Carol, nice to meet you, your tree ia amazing, wonderful, fabulous!!!!
May I ask you if the last pix is a Prairie Schooler? And which one? I love it so much!!!

Have a very Merry Christmas
Isobel
Il Filo Incantato

Mouse said...

ohhhhhh wow wow wow ..love that tree .. all those beautifully stitched ornaments on there :) gorgeous gifts you have received too ... not opened any of mine being really good ..lol :) hope you have a lovely Christmas and new year tooo :) love mouse xxx

Paula said...

Wow! Your tree is beautiful!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Merry Christmas, Carol! I hope your husband and sons will overflow your stocking with stitching gifts. Mine always seem to think that wish list items are not as nice as a new piece of jewelry... I can't quite convince them that more expensive is not always better!

I love all the gifts and ornaments. What treasures of friendship!

Blessings!

Tricia

Dani - tkdchick said...

Carol, what a magnificent tree you've got this year and how fantastic it looks! Mine is still languishing in its box in the basement. I still haven't decided if its going up or not yet. Of course, where's the time I seem to have a total lack of that lately.

What magnificent gifts from your friends!!!

Kelly said...

Your tree looks great. I love full trees. Your friends are beyond kind and talented.

Best Wishes in the holiday season. Enjoy!!

Theresa said...

WOW!!!! Your tree looks AMAZING!!! Just look at all those ornaments!!!

Crafty friends are the best~~ Those gifts you received are gorgeous~~~

Happy Holidays!!!!!

cucki said...

your christmas tree is very beautiful..
lovely ornaments..they are so cute..
beautiful gifts from your friends..
hugs cucki xx

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CAROL YOU NEED ANOTHER TREE...
Beautiful gifts.



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Kathy A. said...

Carol - what a stunning tree! Those ornaments are precious.
The lovely ornaments from your friends will make a great addition to your tree.
Wishing you a beautiful Merry Christmas
and thank you for sharing yourself this past year. I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Myra said...

Too much stitching stuff? Balderdash! LOL I know what you mean Carol - our boys just don't get it, do they?

Your tree is gorgeous! One day I will have that many stitched ornaments on my tree. The little bird I made for you looks right at home.

Lovely gifts for a lovely lady. :o) Everything you received is wonderful and like mine I know they came from the heart.

Merry Christmas dear friend!

Beth said...

I just found your blog - your Christmas tree looks beautiful with all those gorgeous cross stitched ornaments! You have motivated me to make some for our tree for next year.
Merry Christmas!

Ellen said...

Stunning Tree! Love all those ornaments!

Wonderful gifts!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Hugs,

marly said...

Carol. CAROL!!!! That tree! Spectacular! Your collection of stitched ornaments is admirable and enviable. No it's not too crowded. Your gifts are a joy. And I wish I could get on Amazon. I used to order all the time and although there are no changes in my settings, the site won't open and they can't figure out why! Enjoy your week and have a very Merry Christms.

Ranae said...

Carol! Your tree is stunning.
Merry Christmas and Happy 2012 to you and yours

Veronica said...

I love, love, love your Christmas tree with all those stitched ornaments. It's breathtakingly gorgeous! Wonderful packages you've received. Ain't stitching friends the best?

Hugs,
Veronica.

Chris said...

Your tree and ornaments are so beautiful. There are so many wonderful ornaments that you have stitched.
The sweet gifts that your stitching friends have sent are lovely.

Jackie said...

Your tree is GORGEOUS! Love, love, love!

Raven/Missy said...

I think your tree looks fantastic! I love busy trees that have lots of different ornaments on them. Trees that are decorated that way give you lots of things to look at and each time you look at the tree, you see something new that you had not noticed before.

Christine said...

Oh my, your tree is just stunning! All the gifts you have recieved are beautiful too, I especially like the blue bird.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas

Solstitches said...

Your tree is a joy to behold Carol.
I only wish I could see it close up and personal to admire each and every one of those beautiful ornaments.
I hope you receive everything on your stitchy wishlist :)
Happy Christmas!
Margaret

♥ Nia said...

All done! All ready! Just need to pack my bags tomorrow morning ;)
"Enough cross stitch stuff?!" Never!! ahahhahahaha :D

OMG!!! Your tree is GORGEOUS!!! Absolutely gorgeous :D I dare to say.. the prettiest tree I've seen :) Beautiful ornaments and so many!!! wow.. almost all stitched by you? great work sweetie! I'm amazed!!! :D I had to click on the pictures to see it closer heheheh

ohhhhh now I have tears on my eyes... and I'm not kidding! Sweetie, you made my Christmas!! Thank you so much for your words.. I'm speechless! You truly made my heart smile =) ♥

Sally said...

Your tree looks amazing Carol! My wish is to have a tree filled with hand stitched ornaments and I now have several on mine, mostly stitched by me but some beautiful ones stitched by friends.

You have received some beautiful gifts.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

Jane said...

Hi Carol
Truly stunning, I've never seen such a beautiful christmas tree before and decorated with such creativity ~ you must be very proud of it!
How wonderful to receive such thoughtful hand-crafted prezzies ~ you are very lucky.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ~ HOPE IT'S A GOOD ONE xxx

Cindy's Stitching said...

Love the pictures of all of the ornaments. So pretty. Glad you like the bird and treats I sent. Nothing gives me more joy then sending things to other people. Shopping for your family was easy this year. The internet can be great for shopping. Click, click, click like you said. You can never have to many stitching things. Merry christmas to you and your family.

passionfruitprincess said...

What can I say Carol? Your tree is soooo beautiful! Brenda asked me to tell you that.
May all your Christmas Wishes come true... that list :D . And the gifts you got from your friends are lovely!
Have a blessed Christmas with your family.

Farm Girl said...

I don't think I've seen a more beautiful tree Carol, you are one super talented lady........
Your gifts are fabulous, and I know you'll enjoy each and every one of them!
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your boys, and that there are lots of cross stitch goodies for you under that tree.
Hugs,
Nicky

Penny said...

Even though it's been said - your tree is stunning! I feel like if I were a visitor to your home, I could spend at least a day looking at all of your beautiful ornaments.
What a treat it must have been to open Myra's package and find all of those wonderful gifts. :) Such a sweet gift from Nia too! The bird pillow is just beautiful and the little button snowman - so cute. :)

Michelle said...

Carol, your ornament tree is absolutely gorgeous - it is amazing to see all your beautiful work displayed together! You have also received beautiful gifts - they are all so special.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Hugs,
Michelle

Annette said...

I always first go to the bottum of your post to open the comment page, that's easier for me.. but OMG what did I see... now will do a slomotion while I'm falling in love

hihihi... enough X-stitch stuff.. Dear Sons and husband.. NOBODY EVER HAS TO MANY X-STITCH STUFF !!!!!

Great wish-list you made... hihi your B-day in January.. you lucky girl.. so close together

hihi .. No no bigger tree there are many ways you can solve that problem... so more ornie stotching next year...

THEN THE TREE!!! ::::::))))

You stitched almost all of them???
I need to start in januari by making each month 1 or 2 things to have such a beautifull tree in 20 years...lol... so beautifull

I really know your gfamily and sons will treasure them.. they are afraid to tell your...=)))

You also got some beautifull pieces!! love them!!
Treaser them always!!!

OW SNOW love that pic.. I love snow...I dicided.. January is my snow decoration months.. snowmen, snowflakes.. al kinds of snow things.. So I can enjoy it December (togheter with X-mas stufff) and janury... I love snow.. last winter I made snowflakes of felt to hang in my branches.. I have new branches so I can hang them again after I do teh Xmas stuff away.. and this time also in my front window... can't wait...hihihi

Merry Xmas my dear friend

Annette said...

I always first go to the bottum of your post to open the comment page, that's easier for me.. but OMG what did I see... now will do a slomotion while I'm falling in love

hihihi... enough X-stitch stuff.. Dear Sons and husband.. NOBODY EVER HAS TO MANY X-STITCH STUFF !!!!!

Great wish-list you made... hihi your B-day in January.. you lucky girl.. so close together

hihi .. No no bigger tree there are many ways you can solve that problem... so more ornie stotching next year...

THEN THE TREE!!! ::::::))))

You stitched almost all of them???
I need to start in januari by making each month 1 or 2 things to have such a beautifull tree in 20 years...lol... so beautifull

I really know your gfamily and sons will treasure them.. they are afraid to tell your...=)))

You also got some beautifull pieces!! love them!!
Treaser them always!!!

OW SNOW love that pic.. I love snow...I dicided.. January is my snow decoration months.. snowmen, snowflakes.. al kinds of snow things.. So I can enjoy it December (togheter with X-mas stufff) and janury... I love snow.. last winter I made snowflakes of felt to hang in my branches.. I have new branches so I can hang them again after I do teh Xmas stuff away.. and this time also in my front window... can't wait...hihihi

Merry Xmas my dear friend

Tatkis said...

Your Christmas tree is stunning! So beautiful, and all those ornaments!

Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Edit said...

Your Christmas tree is so so beautiful Carol! I love it so much! We only have a tiny tree, but sure I would like a big one like yours :)

You received lovely gifts and I am so happy that you liked the ornament I sent you and that it got a place on your Christmas tree.

Have a lovely Christmas,
Edit

Meari said...

OK! I've tried to read your blog entry three different times, and then I couldn't remember if I ever commented. Then, I got distracted by clicking on your commenter's blogs, LOL!

So finally, I got through reading your entire post. Finally. Your tree is gorgeous!! You've received some really nice gifties, too.

I hope you have a great holiday season.

StitchCat said...

Your tree looks beautiful with all the stitched ornaments

Catherine said...

Wonderful post, Carol! I'm still chuckling about your boys' response to your list...
Your tree is stunning - just look at all those treasures! And the gifts you have received - beautiful and so thoughtful. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Jennifer said...

That tree is simply and utterly stunning. I can't help but think your boys and their future spouses will be absolutely thrilled some day to receive such amazing ornaments some day. Every year, we hang dozens of hand crocheted snowflakes on our tree, each one made by my husband's grandmother, and every one is a treasure to me. I am certain your ornaments will be cherished.

Siobhan said...

What a beautiful post, Carol!! I had to laugh at your family's reaction to your wish list. I had to enlist my daughter's help this year when my bday rolled around, because my mother was insistent that she was giving me a spa gift cert, and all I ever want is stitching stuff!

Your tree is AMAZING!! So pretty. Beautiful gifts, too!

Have a blessed Christmas!

Lois said...

What a stunning tree Carol and what lovely gifts you received for Christmas! I love Myra's bluebird. Just lovely. Doesn't look as though we'll be having any snow this Christmas and, after the last two Christmases when it was just way too cold, would you believe I'm okay with not waking up to snow on Christmas morning! It sure is looking seasonal with you though! Have a wonderful Christmas my friend!

LoriU said...

I have to tell you, Carol, that I keep coming back to your blog this week and enlarging photos of the tree and its ornaments and just admiring each one! Makes me more motivated to stitch ornaments!

Andrea said...

What a glorious site to behold .... your tree is just fantastic!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Julie said...

Your tree is amazing Carol, so many beautiful ornaments, It looks magical.

You have received beautiful gifts from your friends, the bluebird is especially lovely.

Wishing you a very Happy and peaceful Christmastime with your family.

Donna said...

what a wonderful tree. It is so inspiring.
Have a wonderful Christmas
And I love the Prarie Schooler stitched piece. One of my favorite

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

merry christmas


marylin from France

Nancy M said...

It's a great looking tree and they can never be too crowded!! You are so lucky to receive such lovely stitched gifts. This online world is truly amazing, isn't it??? What did we do when we couldn't share our love of stitching with anyone? Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Holidays!!!

La Comtesse said...

Happy, happy Christmas from Italy!!!!
Loredana

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♥ Nia said...

Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work and Love makes all things beautiful. May you have all the three for this Christmas my sweet friend!! =)
Sending the warmest Christmas wishes for you and your family :)

Jingle the bells and play the music loud, for Santa Claus is coming to town! :D
*゚¨゚゚・ ♫*:..。♡*゚¨゚゚・ Merry Christmas! ♫*:..。♡*゚¨゚゚・ ♫*:..。

Martine said...

Hi my dear friend !
Your tree is gorgeous !!!
Thank you for these pictures !!! Each year, they are as a gift for me....It is so inspiring....
I wish you a lovely Christmas for you and for your family !
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!
Fondly.
Martine.

Angela said...

What a beautiful tree! I love all the stitched ornaments :)

Merry Christmas!

blue star stitcher said...

I'm green with envy over your awesome stitchy tree! WOW!

Melanie said...

I think I may have passed out for a second or two there after being stunned over your glorious tree. *fans self*

Merry Christmas chicky!! :)

Rowyn said...

Oh my, your big tree is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing a photo, and for the close ups so we could see more detail.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and that your sons relented and got you some cross stitch stash! :-)

Cluttered County said...

Your tree looks beautiful!

Maggee said...

That has to be the best lot of cross stitched ornaments on a tree that I have ever seen! Congratulations on the wonderful display! It is all beautiful! Hugs!

Lynn said...

Oh Carol, your tree is awesome! It's like something out of an interior designer's magazine. I want mine to look like that! The amount of time and love put into those ornaments is amazing!
You are so blessed to have such lovely stitching friends who have sent such thoughtful gifts too!

I'm fortunate in that my middle son does get my stitchy needs and he got me a chart from my wishlist and a needleminder to go with it. I enjoyed having all my sons here at once and now I'm finding the house a little too quiet since their departures. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with your family. Sending lots of blessings and wishes your way for a healthy and Happy New Year!

Suzanne said...

There can never be too many cross stitch supplies!

I love your Christmas tree, what beautiful ornaments you have stitched.

I hope that you and your family had a great Christmas and that you have a great new year as well.

Jackie said...

Seems I am always late to the party Carol. LOL.
Nevertheless, everything is so beautiuful.
Wishing you a Happy New Year with much more stitching time.
Always,
Blessings,
Jackie

Anonymous said...

Hi sissy, Mom and I are here looking at all of your beauuuuuutiful pieces and ornaments. You surely have brought your stitchery to the level of fine artwork! So lucky to have such a talented sister and daughter. Miss and love you, hope to see you again before too long, Sue

Nina said...

Carol, I'm happy to read your comment on my blog, thank you!
Wish you the best for 2012, have a happy new year!

Ele said...

Oh, what a wonderful and gorgeous Christmas tree, it looks so beautiful, I am very impressed Carol!

Whish you all the best for 2012 and a Happy New Year

hugs
Gabriele

♥ Nia said...

Happy New Year my friend!!! :D

Catherine's Sewing Corner said...

What a fantastic tree and all those ornaments. I have become your newest follower. happy new year
x catherine

Pumpkin said...

OH WOW! Your tree is amazing but I'm surprised that it's still standing with all those ornaments on it ;o) LOL!

And more lovely gifts! Your mailbox must have been some happy :o)

We got a dusting of snow just before Christmas but now it's gone and we're back to green grass.

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season my friend :o)

Kay said...

Your tree is breathtaking with all those lovely ornaments lovingly made by you and others. Hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

Garfy said...

WOW, your Xmas tree is so .... wonderful :o