Monday, December 9, 2013

The Final Three

And a frosty good morning to you, my friends! I hope you are enjoying this busy, busy countdown to Christmas. I'm a bit behind on everything because of catching a cold over Thanksgiving. It seemed to be a mild one at first, but turned worse on Friday. I'm usually very healthy and rarely get colds (which, considering all the keyboards, computer mice, books, and such that I touch at work at the library each day, is a minor miracle!). I'm wondering, though, if my illness and hospitalization in August lowered my immune system defenses making me more susceptible to all those nasty germs. I sure hope this isn't a sign of what's to come this winter as it has really zapped my energy and that's not good at this time of year! 

I've finally managed to finish my last three ornaments for 2012. Would you like to see them? First up is my October ornament, a Plum Pudding NeedleArt design called "Let It Snow" which can be found in the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue. It looks quite different than the finish shown in the magazine because I stitched mine over one on 28 ct. black Monaco and changed a few of the colors. What a difference the fabric you choose can make!

Plum Pudding NeedleArt "Let It Snow"

Since this was another tiny finish, I decided to add a couple of fabrics, some ric-rak, and white cording to jazz it up a bit.  At the very top I added a few holly leaves, red berries (beads), and silver jinglebells. I really love how this one turned out--it's such a cheery little ornament. I think this may be one of my favorite ornaments this year...a simple design made special by the finish. 

 "Let It Snow" finish

For November's ornament, I chose this simple snowflake freebie called "Estonian Snowflake." You can find it, and three other lovely snowflake patterns, at Needleprint--just click right here. This one is stitched on white 40ct. Newcastle linen with DMC 115. A very quick and easy design.


As you can see, I finished it into a round ornament and  simply added a burgundy gingham ruched ribbon with a little hanger and bow of the same fabric... This would make a nice last-minute gift for someone on your Christmas list!

"Estonian Snowflake" freebie finish

For my final ornament of 2013, I returned to my old favorite--Prairie Schooler. Isn't this the most handsome Santa? I used the suggested DMC threads on 32 ct. black Monaco. However, I changed the background and added snowflakes rather than the charted monogrammed initials. What do you think?

Prairie Schooler St. Nicholas II Santa

This particular Santa is from Book No. 36: "St. Nicholas II," an older out-of-print book which contains eight designs. I was thinking the other day, what a bargain these charts were! I mean you got eight wonderful designs back in 1992 when this was published for a mere $5.00! And today, you can rarely buy a single design for that amount! I know the older PS charts go for big money on Ebay, but when you break the cost down into a per design basis, it really doesn't seem that bad. I kept my finish very simple--wanted this distinguished looking Santa to be the star of the show!

Santa from Prairie Schooler's
St. Nicholas II booklet

So, there you have it--my final three ornaments for 2013. Next week, I'll post my annual "Ornaments on the Staircase Railing Garland" review of all twelve so you can see them together!

I mentioned in my last post, that I had stitched a third "Give Thanks" turkey. This one went to my dear sister-in-law who so wonderfully hosted our Thanksgiving this year. It was a real treat to have most of the cooking done by others, and I so appreciate all of her hard work. She used to be a cross-stitcher herself so she truly appreciates all the time that goes into making these little pillows. I used the same 32 ct. lambswool Jobelan that I used on my second finish, but changed the color of the cording and the fabric on the left. It gives it a totally different look than the two you saw in my previous post, doesn't it?

Third Shepherd's Bush "Give Thanks" finish

Well, I've covered Christmas and Thanksgiving--how about a bit of Halloween? Yep--I received this adorable Primitive Hare design called "Spooky Countdown" all the way from Italy. Chiara, who blogs at The Grey Tail offered this autographed chart in a recent giveaway and I was the lucky winner! I love it so much, Chiara--thank you for the wonderful gift--I can hardly wait to start stitching this next fall!


I had to work on Saturday, but came home to the house all lit up--garland strung on the porch, lights in each window, and two small trees covered with white lights. What a treat!! My husband had worked on everything that afternoon and surprised me with it. Such a lovely sight to come home to after a hard day's work! And then last night, we celebrated our middle son's 28th birthday (which was on December 4th) and enlisted his help, along with that of his girlfriend, and our oldest son and finally, finally got our tree up and half-way decorated. I say half-way because I still haven't put my stitched ornaments on it yet. I hope to get them up in the next few days before I leave for a visit with my parents. I won't see them at Christmas time this year so my sister will be having a little pre-Christmas brunch on Saturday for us. If she's been a good little girl, I just might take her a special stitched ornament for her tree!

 Our home--all ready for Christmas!

I'll leave you with some photos of my treasured Nativity set that I received from my dear mother many, many years ago. It is all hand-carved--made in Italy. I love the simplicity of the wooden pieces, so carefully crafted and sanded smooth. When my mom gave me this set, she included a little note with it that read, "To Care: may you always treasure this." (I will mom, just as I will always treasure you...) Do any of you have special Christmas decorations that you treasure, too ?



 
 Nativity set from Mom

So, there you have it! I'm behind again on visiting and commenting on blogs, but, now that I'm feeling a bit better, I hope to catch up with everyone this week. I want to welcome my new followers--so happy you've come to join us! And thank you to all of my faithful readers and commenters--I truly value your friendship and kind words. I'll be back with another post soon... Bye for now... 

84 comments:

The Queen Bee said...

What a wonderful thing to come home to. So sweet of your husband.

We also just got our tree up. It's HUGE. It was fun but I'm still not finished decorating. I needed that extra week we usually get between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I love your ornaments. They are all so cute.

I bet this cold was a doozy, in general, which is why you caught it. Take it easy for a day or two.
Put on nice thick socks and sit back and stitch.

Pam

Kate said...

Lovely pieces, Carol. You have more snow than we do and it looks good.

Vickie said...

Love your finishes Carol. Black really looks neat, doesn't it?
I think, no I know I would faint if my husband had the Christmas decorations up as a surprise!!!
Our nativity is from our first year of marriage.
I am glad you are feeling better now.

Shirlee said...

Carol ... First of all, I love how you stitched Let It Snow! I kitted it but wasn't too crazy about all the floss colors nor the fabric color. I love how it looks on the dark fabric! May I ask what colors of floss you used? I love that snowflake too! Gotta make me that next year : ) Your finishes are superb, as always. Your house is beautiful! So warm & inviting! Your nativity is beautiful too!

Sherri said...

What a great post! As usual, I love your ornaments and finishes. Your color of cording makes your pieces pop. Your home looks lovely and festive. Definitely, a nice surprise to come home to. Can't wait to see your stair railing this year. It's inspiration for mine.

Mii Stitch said...

Such a lovely post! A beautifully decorated home & some perfect finishes... very well done!! :)

Robin said...

The picture of your home all decorated on the outside looks so warm and welcoming! What a wonderful surprise to come home to!

Carol, your ornaments are all fabulous from your stitching to your finishing! Hmmm...hard to pick a favorite, but I am going to say it is the PS Santa with the redbird.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Robin in Virginia

priscilla said...

Love your ornament finishes Carol ! Especially the black one ..it is amazing ! The snowflake is pretty , and then you drag me back in with a Prairie Schooler !!! Love him ! Have to see if I have that chart :) Your home looks so beautiful with the snow and lights ! We got snow last night too :)Happy Decorating ! Hope you feel better :)

AnaCristina said...

wonderful home!!! I love very much the american houses!

LoriU said...

Oohh I love the picture of your home all decked out for the holidays! It looks like a home in a movie!

Love the finishes. Every time I am just in awe of how nicely you finish the pieces.

Question...for the over one on Let It Snow, do you use one strand of floss or two? Thanks!

Can't wait to see your staircase photo next week!

Christina said...

Glad that you are feeling better. Your stitching and finishes are beautiful. Congrats on your win! You have a beautiful home, so festive and pretty.

Ellen said...

Gorgeous ornaments, love them!

You have a beautiful house! So sweet of your husband to give you such a lovely treat!

Happy Holidays!

Hugs,

Jennifer said...

What a LOVELY thing to come home to - your house looks so beautiful! Very picturesque in the snow.

Happy Birthday to your son! Hope he had a wonderful day.

And now I must go find some black fabric for that Plum Pudding ornament because it's just lovely the way you stitched it up.

Jennifer said...

Oh, and my Christmas ornaments are my most beloved decorations. Jeff and I have ornaments from our childhood, from our travels, and from our life with Nick. Our tree is covered in memories, and my most favorite ornament is an black glass tea / coffee pot ornament that was an antique 40 years ago when it hung on my grandmother's tree.

KimM said...

What a beautiful home. And your stitching is absolutely adorable.
Thank you for sharing -

Gabi said...

Oooh How wonderful! The house looks great. I love the Santas. The stitching is absolutely adorable.
Happy Holidays from Germany

Julie said...

The picture of your home would make a beautiful Christmas card Carol, what a special thing your hubby did.
Love the ornaments but have to say I agree with you, the Plum Pudding Art one is such a spectacular finish with the ric rac and the candy cane striped fabric between, you come up with some fabulous ideas.
I hope you have a good trip with your family and that dad is doing well.
Belated birthday wishes to your son and I hope you are soon feeling much better yourself.
xxx

Unknown said...

Beautiful ornaments as usual. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best this holiday season.

Elizabeth B

CATHI said...

Lovely Ornament finishes! Love them all!! :o) And your house Looks just fab!! Wish I had a house like yours! :o)

Cathi

Mary said...

Your ornaments are wonderful, Carol. I especially love those stitched on black.
I'm looking forward to seeing your yearly "staircase review."
You can be so proud of these beauties!

Wow, your guys did a great job on the house.
Mine help but not like that on their own.
We are still decorating here and as of last night the house looks like a bomb hit it....so many boxes and bags.

The nativity from your Mom is beautiful. My favorites are our nativity bought when we were first married and my 2 Christmas villages.

I hope you are feeling better.
Have a safe trip to your parents.

butterfly said...

Oh Carol you have a good man there, what a lovely sight to come home to. Your house is beautiful.
Always a treat to come to your blog and see all the wonderful stitching ,every thing is so beautiful,
Love everyone of your ornaments.
Hope you are feeling better now.
And just love your header , bless you and sending you hugs.

Mary said...

I love all your ornaments. They are just lovely.

Elizabeth Ann said...

Your ornaments are great - your finishing is amazing! Did you take a class on twisted cord? Your house is so pretty, I love the little candles in the windows, very inviting... Have a safe trip!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Your home looks like it belongs on a Christmas card! The nativity from your mom is such a treasure and I always look forward to seeing your ornies!!!

BrendaS said...

Carol -- Your ornaments are so beautiful! I just love all the designs you chose to stitch and the way you finish them -- just FABULOUS!

Your home looks great -- so warm and inviting. I'll be right over for a visit (LOL)

Beautiful Nativity set from your Mom. What a special treasure for you to unwrap each year.

Have a good visit with your parents and hope you feel 100% by then.

HUGS to you.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Dear friend, I love all your ornaments. They are so lovely. Your home is so very pretty too. It's just what I imagined. Your sweet hubby did a fine job! Feel better!

Lynda Harrison said...

More beautiful stitching and wonderful Christmas decorations! I have a 'flying' Santa Claus given to me by my daughter when she was seven years old - she had saved for weeks to buy it - that was twenty three years ago now, and always reminds me of her when it comes out every year, to hang from the wooden ceiling beams. Have a lovely week! Love and best wishes, Lynda.

Melissa said...

Beautiful ornaments, Carol! I love that first one too, and the PS Santa both stitched on black - just gorgeous!

I'm sorry you are feeling sick. I hope you can avoid any major colds/flus this season! Rest up!

ps your house looks magical!

Jackie said...

What a sweet husband! I hope you're feeling 100% soon. I'm really looking forward to seeing your Staircase reveal - it's one of my favorite things to see on your blog!

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, I don't know where to begin, Carol! A husband who decorates for you...what a treasure. And, I just love your nativity from Mom...gorgeous.

Your home is so lovely, and the snow really makes it picture perfect, doesn't it?! Love, love, love the ornies to finish out 2013 too...so festive and pretty. I am trying to get 12 stitched between now and Christmas (1 every 2 days)...wish me luck, LOL!

Hazel said...

Absolutely beautiful post! Love your finishes. I especially love the snowman one. Your home looks truly amazing. Gorgeous and I wish I lived there. xx

Annie said...

All three ornies are just perfect additions to your collection. And that photo of your house is ready for a movie scene!

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Hope it proves to be temporary because your life is too full of obligations and fun things to do to be sick!

Lisa T said...

Lovely work, Carol. The ornaments are perfect! I love your house deocrations..it looks like a Christmas card.

passionfruitprincess said...

Hi Carol! Hope you feel all better soon! What lovely ornaments! The snowflake looks lovely! And I agree... the Santa is so handsome, just beautiful. And yes, all the older patterns were so much more affordable. And all the old cross stitch magazines, not so many now.
Your house looks gorgeous! How nice your husband's surprise for you!
Can't wait to see your tree again.
I wish you have a good time with your family.
Have a great week!
Ana Paula

Katrina said...

What lovely ornaments to finish the year with Carol, they are all gorgeous! Sorry to hear that you have been unwell, I hope you are feeling much better now. Look at your gorgeous home :)

♥ Nia said...

I hope you'll start to feel better soon sweetie!!! Get well!!
I love your PPN stitched on black fabric, looks gorgeous! The colors look so pretty on that background :) all beautiful finishes :D
Ohhhh your house looks so beautiful =))))) the perfect christmas winter scene :D
Hugs&smiles to you! Get well my sweet friend xoxo

Dawn said...

Everything is so pretty Carol, your finishes are gorgeous!

Margaret said...

Your last 3 ornaments are wonderful! I absolutely love that Santa! It seems everyone is getting sick. DH spent the weekend being sick too. Feel better!

Simply Victoria said...

Your ornaments are just beautiful but your finishing is what makes them perfect! How considerate of your husband to get the decorating started. As others have said, your home is very inviting and cozy looking.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Love all your ornament finishes! The colors really pop on the ones that you did on black. Your house looks gorgeous! Congrats on the win--that chart is on my to-buy list.

Barb said...

As usual Carol, your finished ornaments are amazing!! I can't wait to see all the ornaments on the garland. I even told my DH how amazing the garland looks. Your home looks so cozy and warm. The Nativity is beautiful. I have the old stable from my childhood and my figures were given to me by my dear Step Mom. Hope you do feel much better soon!

Wanda said...

Such beauty! Carol your ornaments are beautiful. It's great to see your snowman on black. I have this one marked to stitch. I really am going to have to break down and stitch something on black. I had already decided I would change the fabric as the book truly does not show him well. PS is truly timeless. Your Santa is stunning! The snowflake looks fun. I have so enjoyed seeing the many versions of Give Thanks.
What a lovely surprise to come home to your lights all up. Your beautiful house reminds me of a Thomas Kincade picture. Your nativity is beyond gorgeous and the lovely note from your mom just adds to it.
I am so sorry your cold has lingered. It's funny how things can happen in bunches. I hope you are feeling better each day. I looke forward to your ornament display! Have a great week :)

Joy said...

Such lovely finishes. I aspire to finish my ornaments at your level! ;)

Barbi said...

Oh Carol! those ornaments look sensational on the black! I am going to have to start considering more black for my ornies....and the finish on Let it Snow is wonderful!!! Love them all as usual.
That nativity is so special.

Judy said...

Hi Carol..where to begin!
Fabulous post. The ornaments and finishing are impeccable. If you host a finishing retreat--I will be there! I so envy that cording!

And how special is it to come home to some of the decorating done. Then the family working together to do more. Spectacular.

The photo of your decorated home and the snow is perfection. Lovely..as a post card!

I love the craftmanship and simplicity of the nativity. Definatley a treasure.

I hope your cold will be completely over soon. I know your holiday visit will be a special jingle.

Until next time,
Judy Heartland stitcher

Catherine said...

I don't know where to start, Carol!
First, I hope you are feeling better ~ and that will be the end if being sick for a while. You have had more than your share this year!
Your finishes, as always, make me smile. I love your little touches!
Loved seeing your home...such a pretty setting! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, filled with those and all that you love!

Annette-California said...

My heart went pitter patter when I saw your Christmas header and your SUPER SUPER "Let it Snow" ornament. WOW!!! I love it stitched on black and the way you added everything for it. Swoon...Yes your snow flakes look wonderful on your PS ornie. I love all your stitching. Happy Holidays. love Annette

Christine said...

Such beautiful finishes

Belinda said...

Sorry to hear you've had a cold Carol, would you believe I have one too right in the middle of Summer! Hopefully we both get cleared soon.

Your stitching is lovely, let it snow really pops on that black fabric. I love the little holly beads and jingle bells too, what a lovely touch.

That is so lovely of your husband to decorate your house Carol, it looks stunning! The kind of house I would love to live in one day.

I hope you have a merry Christmas!

Chris said...

Hey Carol! I hope that your cold is going away and that you are feeling better! Your house looks amazing, what a wonderful job your DH did.
I love the ornaments that you stitch on the black fabric. There is such a pop factor.
What a lovely Nativity.
Have a great rest of the week!

Christine said...

I love your finishes. I have a few ornaments I need to finish. Happy Holidays!

Giovanna said...

Well done on finishing the ornaments, they're lovely. I'm still way behind on mine, sigh...

Dani - tkdchick said...

Carol, I'm so sorry to hear you were so poorly over Thanksgiving!

You did a beautiful job with those final finishes!

Elia said...

Ohh Carol, your house is so beautiful ^^
I like so much this Santa too
all your little works are so fine !!! so cute !!!
I hope you are feeling better and is the end if being sick for a while.. ;)
Very special your Natitivity ^^

Have you very problems with the snow..?? I have see on TV.

have a gret week, I'm waiting your tree ;)

^^besos

Andrea said...

Love all of your ornaments. A beautiful scene to come back too. I always like the tree light to be on when I come home.
Hope you are feeling better.

msmartello said...

Hi Carol,

Love your ornaments. Your finishing is spectacular as always. Can't wait to see them all together. Your home is decorated beautifully. Tell your hubby he did an awesome job. Happy belated to your son! I love most of my Christmas things that's why I put them up so early. I wish I could leave them up all year! LOL! My nativity is pretty special as well. My mother made it for me when she did ceramics. She actually didn't finish every piece and I have a little sheep I put out that is just white with nothing on him.
Have a safe trip to your parents. Weather can be not so great.

Maureen

Mavi. said...

Hola Carol, espero que ya estés recuperada de tu enfriamiento. Preciosos los cojines que has bordado, esos Santas están muy guapos. Me gusta el sencillo pinkeep de copo de nieve en rojo, es elegante.
Felicidades a tu hijo por su cumpleaños. Muy bonita luce vuestra casa, engalanada para la Navidad, es una bella estampa. Precioso el Belén regalo de tu madre.
Felices, muy felices fiestas.

Hi Carol, I hope you're already recovered from your cooling. Precious pads you've embroidered, these Santas are very handsome. I like the simple pinkeep snowflake in red, is elegant.
Congratulations to your son for his birthday. Very nice your house looks, decked out for Christmas, is a beautiful picture. Beautiful Bethlehem gift your mother.
Happy, happy holidays.

Małgorzata Zoltek said...

House looks beautiful! Last Christmas ornaments - wonderful!

Myra said...

So sorry to hear you have been ill Carol. I do hope you are all better now and ready to enjoy the season. Your ornaments are so pretty - I just love those with the black backgrounds. What a treasure you have in that nativity! Your house is beautiful all lit up, what a wonderful thing for you to come home to see.

Maggee said...

INSTANTLY when I saw your Let is Snow ornament on black I made a note to myself to try that on the piece of black that I have--it is Lugana, so maybe I can do it! I think I can, I think I can... As always, your stitching and finishing is superb! I still have some decorating to do, and cards, and then make some throws for the grands and ... oh it goes on and on! But I love it all! Hugs!

Anne said...

I hope you are feeling better Carol and that you aren't more susceptible to flues and such. Eat lots of garlic! That's what my grandmother did and she didn't have many colds. Gorgeous ornaments you made up Carol. The snowman is especially sweet with all the little trims you added. The Estonian snowflake is something I stitched up a long time ago when I first restarted cross stitching. I didn't finish it fancy though, just made them into squares ornaments. Yours is delightful and I like how it's a circle shape. The Nativity scene is beautiful and so nice that your mom passed it on to you as she knows you will treasure it like she did. What a wonderful treat to have your home all Christmasy to come back to!! So lovely of your husband, sons and the gf. I wish some magic elves could do that for me! Hugs to you my friend!

Friendship Crossing said...

I think the pic of your house looks like it should go on the front of a Christmas card! Just beautiful!
Love your new Santa on black fabric ~ so colorful! and what a sweet Nativity from your dear mother!

Merry Christmas Carol!
hugs,
Tanya

Lumiruusu said...

Thank You Carol for visting my little blog! I allawys try to write some lines in english too even my grammary is far from perfect! But you do not mind!!?? :;) ;)

I really like allypur posts in your blog and this was again alovely one. Wonderfull stitching and finishing as allways. YOur house looks so warm and welcoming. The Italian Nativity Set is definetely a treasure !

Lesleyanne said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous. Your finishing aleays makes the designs pop. Your house looks lovely. What a great surprise to come home to. Hapoy Christmas and a great New Year to you and your family xx

Mary said...

Perfect as ever!

Escargopotte bordados said...

ohhhhh ! I love your finished ! wonderful works !
the best

Patty C. said...

Beautiful !!!
Thank you for the links ;)

Valma said...

Ho my ! what a wonderful post =)
Your house is like one in a dream !! it is as if I could here me walking in the snow ...no running in fact...to go and see what Santa left at the tree foot =D
AMAZING
and your 3 ornaments are superb ! next year I said I'll stitch a prairie schooler design. I have some and never attempted one !
the 3 are really beautiful but let it snow has something special to me =D
Can't explain...
I also have to try black fabric !
I have things that I treasure but not for Xmas :)
It's an old pocket watch my grandfather had. He gave me when I was a very little girl. my grand father was a minor and a day during a firedamp 'attack' the watch stopped and was filled with coal dust....I love this watch =)
congrats on your winning this great giveaway =)
big hugs sweetie
xxxx

Michelle said...

Well done on your ornament finishes - I love the Estonian snowflake - such a perfect finish! Your house looks beautiful, your hubby did a great job decorating!

Karoline said...

Hope you've recovered from your cold now.

Your ornament finishes are lovely and your house looks gorgeous all dressed for Christmas

Sally said...

Wonderful finishes Carol! Love every single one!

Your home looks beautiful.

Beth said...

First off - love your December banner Carol. Your nativities are perfect for the season. And your newest stitches / finishes - wow! Often I have one that I especially like, this time I can't even begin to chose.

Brigitte said...

It's a joy to open your blog (it always is) and to see as a first thing your header with all these wonderful Prairie Schooler Santas. When I look at the I know why I love this designer so much.
And yes, I want to see all your new ornaments and how you finished them. They are just gorgeous. Stitching that lovely PS Santa on black fabric is a fantastic idea, he is looking really special.
Wonderful pictures!
Good to know that you are already feeling better. And I hope that you will get rid of thet cold before Christmas.

Melody said...

Hi Carol! I'm trying to catch up on blog reading. I'm woefully behind. I love your ornament finishes as always. You do such lovely work. Your house is beautiful, I'm so glad you shared a picture of it. What a nice surprise to come home to it decorated!!

Hope you feel better soon.

Cindy's Stitching said...

The house looks so pretty Carol. The last three ornaments just adorable. I can't believe its almost christmas.

Jennifer M. said...

Lovely finishes! It looks like you will be enjoying a White Christmas. Enjoy! and I hope you are feeling much better. :-)

Elizabeth Andrus said...

Merry Christmas Carol, I have only just discovered your blog through Pinterest and wanted to tell you how lovely all of your posts are and how much I have enjoyed looking at all your inspiring Finishes. Thanks so much for sharing! Elizabeth

Pam in IL said...

What a beautiful home you have! Wonderful post too!

Bekca said...

Your house looks wonderfully festive Carol, I can't wait to see your decorated tree. Glad to hear you're feeling much better. I hope you have a lovely time visiting your family before Christmas. Your ornaments are gorgeous as always!
Best wishes.

Heather said...

I love, love, love the snow man ornament!!! I can't believe what a difference the black fabric makes! I will have to get some and make him! ;-) Your home is gorgeous!

Annette said...

Good aternoon, I thought I already commented on this post.. but now her I am!!
That's reall normal that your vsit to the hospital lowerd your immune, with me it happend after givng birth to Noah, before that I never was ill

Let is snow, is so cute!!
I love how your finished off as always!!
The snowflake s also very beautifull too.. great with all the red
And the Santa with the red cord is beautifull too.
12 wonderfull ornaments!!

She must had been very happy with the Give thanks ornament

28th b-day.. he is a big boy already!!
Happy birthday!!
You have such a big home.. I'm very jealours.. it's looking sop beautifull.
You must feel so lucky with such a big wonderfull home

hugssssss

Sounds

Natasha said...

Oh I just love your nativity set. My Mother had one she put up every year. I use to patiently wait until Christmas eve when she would add baby to the manger. When she passed that nativity went to my brother and every year he sets it up and enjoys it's beauty.

I ahve many ornaments on my tree that my mom gave to me and every year I place them on the tree she is with me.

Have a blessed Christmas

Kay said...

Your house looks so beautiful inside and out!! Beautiful finishes as always!

Bev said...

Hi your home is so beautifully decorated, and you have received some lovely gifts, I especially like the ABC Prairie Schooler and the beautiful little 'stand' it's on xx