Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Parade Of Ornaments!

Happy First Day of Winter, my stitching friends! As we inch ever closer to Christmas morning (is it really happening in just four days?!), I couldn't let this week go by without my annual Parade of Ornaments... This is the seventh year of doing my "Ornament a Month" stitching and I like to do one post at the end of each year devoted to the twelve little "newbies" on  my tree. If any of you are new readers and would enjoy looking at past years, simply click on the year and you'll find my finishes from 2010-2015:  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. I like to display my ornaments from the current year on a garland on my front stair bannister. It's hard to get a decent picture as it is in a hallway with limited natural light, but I promise to give you close-ups at the end.

So, are you ready? Cue the music and let the 2016 parade begin... Look at all of those chubby grinning snowmen marching down the stairs! How can you resist smiling back at them? It was a fun year (and I sure used up a lot of DMC white thread!!). You can see my cherry colored dining room in the background--love it at this time of year! But, it is awfully dark due to the covered front porch just outside so I'm thinking of painting it a different color. As usual, though, I'll probably be "thinking" about it for the next ten years before I actually do anything!

2016 Monthly Ornament Finishes

Would you like a closer look?
January ~ April 2016
May ~ August 2016
September ~ December 2016

As always, I love to hear what is your favorite (or favorites!).  I'll give you a closer look so you can make your decision... And if you want more information on fabrics or fibers that I used, just click on the name of the ornament below the photo--it will take you right to the post describing each finish.

JANUARY
Homespun Elegance "Sampler Snowman"

FEBRUARY
Notforgotten Farm "Parson Brown"

MARCH
Casa Mia "Joyeux Noel" freebie

APRIL
The Drawn Thread "The Joys Of Christmas"

MAY
Prairie Schooler Book No. 202 "Evergreen"

JUNE
Country Cottage Needleworks "Snowmen"

JULY
Grandma Kringles "Winter's Frost"

AUGUST
Prairie Schooler Book No. 157 "Holly Days"

SEPTEMBER
The Little Stitcher "Blue Snowman"

OCTOBER
Country Cottage Needleworks "Snowmen Trio"

NOVEMBER
Heart In Hand "Winter Bird

DECEMBER
All Through the Night "Stockingful"

So, what do you think--did any one of the chubby white fellows just call out to you, "Pick me! Pick me!"? Like any mother, I shouldn't play favorites, but I would say the two tiny Country Cottage Needlework pieces (June and October) are mine. The sheer tininess of them--stitched over one--is so sweet. I do love the December finish, too, as it is a bit different. It is awfully large for one of my ornaments, though, but it will still look nice hanging on the lower branches (or even on a cupboard knob or door handle). 

Now, many of you have asked to see a photo of my tree and I'm happy to oblige. We got a new star this year and, although, it doesn't photograph well, it is just so soft and pretty at night... Anyway, here is my 2016 tree with an accumulation of nine years of ornament stitching. People often tell me I've inspired them to stitch an ornament a month--that makes me so happy! It is such a joy to see them all on display in December and remember the stories behind them. I chose to stitch many of them because they remind me of people, places, or events that have been important in my life...

A tree filled with lots of love and tiny little x's!

You might like to see a few close-ups--inch after inch of stitchy Christmas joy! Not much room left for future ornaments, is there? At this stage in our lives, we won't be getting a larger tree, though, so I'll just have to get creative. Eventually, when we truly downsize, I have visions of my sons and their future wives (hopefully!) sitting in a circle and taking turns selecting ornaments to take home to adorn their trees. My middle son already told me he wants all of the bird-themed ones--ha ha!!




GIVEAWAY  WINNER! I was amazed at how many of you entered the giveaway for the Little House Needleworks "Be Merry" chart on my last post... I simply picked a name from the hat and the winner is:

Jennifer--congratulations! Please send me your address and I'll get this right out to you...

I'll be back after Christmas to show you some of the lovely gifts that I've received from fellow stitchers--kindness abounds in our community. As I've thought--and said--many times, if only stitchers ruled the world...

I want to thank all of you for your sweet comments--they are like little gifts to me throughout the year. They really are! When you take the time to write a blog, you never really know how many are reading unless they take the time to comment. I've received such lovely emails from people telling me I've inspired them to get back into stitching or try a new type of finish and I truly appreciate those. I feel very blessed to have "met" so many kind people through my stitching. Thank you--each and every one of you! Bye for now...

86 comments:

CalamityJr said...

Snowmen are at the top of my Christmas decorating favorites, so I think all of this year's ornaments are wonderful. I did, however, surprise myself by having a favorite, and that extra special one (to me) is September's Blue Snowman. I love him! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful finished.
Wishing you and your family a very blessed and merry Christmas!

Melinda Forbes said...

Carol,
Of your wonderful 2016 Ornaments, I have three in my to do pile - Parson Brown, The Winter Bird (of course he is just like the long legged 4th of July Bird) and Stockingful - which I am nervous to do because of the finishing. Now I have seen your finishes. They are wonderful. Your tree is beautiful. I really need to stitch more ornaments. Thank you for sharing

Nurdan Kanber said...

Merry Christmas to you too Carol❤️ 🏂❄️⛄️❄️🏂🎅❄️🎄

Your tree is just adorable!I wish to have such wonderful ornaments to hang on my tree 🎄

All the best to you and to your family❤️

Kate said...

Your ornaments and your tree are absolutely gorgeous, Carol! I couldn't possibly pick a favourite snowman because they are all adorable. So nice to read that one of your son's would like all your bird pieces. I can only hope that someone will cherish mine enough to want them when the time comes. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

OMG I love your snowman on the stairs and your tree is to die for. So many lovely stitched ornaments. I love September the most with it's blue birds. I think I shell stitch a ornament a month for my tree next year. I should have plenty of time when I retire at the end of March. Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2017 year ahead. big hugs

deb said...

Your tree is lovely! And what a clever idea to showcase this year's new ornies on the stairway garland. Yes, three of your snowmen are calling to me, and now I'm gonna go look at your past years new ornaments posts.

Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas!

Tricia B said...

What an inspiration!!! I love them all! And, I've already gone searching for the Casa Mia freebie. Thank you for that tip and for sharing your beautiful banister and tree! Merriest of Christmases to you, Carol!

Annie said...

You do such an excellent job of decorating that tree. We all know your stitching and finishing are superb, including the fun year of snowmen. But I love how artfully you hang them and include the other trimming as well. Frankly, a lot of photos of trees covered with ornaments don't do justice to the tree or the ornaments. Your special touches enhance both!

Better get those sons to start putting their favorites into lay-away before the best are reserved!

Have a wonderful holiday!

Linda said...

Your Christmas tree is stunning Carol. Love all your snowmen ornaments this year. Merry Christmas.

Linda

Carol B said...

Your tree is so beautiful! You've inspired me to stitch and finish more ornaments, and hopefully have a tree of my own some day. Probably much smaller though! Merry Christmas!

Barbi said...

So very beautiful Carol! I look forward to tis post every year!

Robin in Virginia said...

Carol, I enjoyed this year's Parade of Ornaments. I love snowmen/women and yours make me smile. It is hard to pick one of the twelve, so I pick all of them. I look forward to hearing what your theme for 2017 will be. I like your new tree topper. Where did you find it? Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Anna Zont said...

You 2016 result is amazing!

Mavi. said...

Ohhh Carol, que bonitos todos, como me gustan, y que bien lucen en esa espléndida escalera.
Mis preferidos Diciembre y Marzo. Marzo ya lo he acabado en 1 x 1 pronto lo enseñaré.
Muy felices fiestas y nos vemos al año que viene.
Muchos besos.
Ohhh Carol, how beautiful they all are, how I like them, and how well they look on that splendid staircase.
My favorite December and March. March already finished it in 1 x 1 soon I will show it.
Very happy holidays and we do not see it next year.
Many kisses.

Glenna said...

So lovely and inspirational. Thank you for posting them each year--I really look forward to seeing them. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Wow, Carol is a wonderful decoration!
Amazing Christmas tree!
I wish you a happy Christmas with the family!

Karen said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Your Parade of Ornaments is always such a delight. This year my two favorite are Joyeux Noel and Winter's Frost. Do you have a theme picked out for next year's ornaments?

altaelena said...

Beautiful !!!!!!

Vickie said...

Ahhh, the tree! I love it. Just love your tree Carol. Gorgeous. My favorite this year is the sweet March. A Merry, Blessed Christmas to you all!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Carol, you yearly ornament parade is one of the highlights of my Christmas season. You are so gifted in the finishing of these little treasures. My favorite this year is the October ornament. Perfection! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, dear friend.

Justine said...

I couldn't possibly choose a favourite - they are all gorgeous! I love to see your garland each year and your tree, it definitely feels like Christmas now!
Congratulations to Jennifer.
Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas Carol, and I look forward to seeing your stitching next year.

Angela P said...

Your tree and all of the Snowman theme ornaments you've stitched this year are just gorgeous! I couldn't pick a favorite, I loved all of them.

Frankie said...

So many beautiful ornaments! Your tree is stunning!

marly said...

I love the rich wall color. Defines the room! I can't choose a favorite for this year but I'm leaning toward August. Or January. Maybe December. Thanks for continuing to indulge us with this yearly show of stitchery.

Robin said...

Your ornaments are to fabulous. I often say I need to stitch ornaments but I never have. I may follow your lead of one a month. That should be doable in between all the other things! Your tree is absolutely gorgeous. Have a merry Christmas and a safe and blessed holiday season.

Robin

Karyn said...

Oh Carol, my head is spinning from the sheer beauty of your tree with all of those amazing ornaments...your home looks like something out of a magazine.
Your monthly ornaments are all sweet, and I loved each month so much...but if I were forced to chose one, it would be January...the multicolored floss in the alphabet just tickles me pink...not to mention that snowman...what am I saying, I loved all 12 of those cutie snowy men <3
Thanks for sharing your home and hearth with us.
Hugs

Ellen said...

Wonderful ornaments! My favorite this year is the one by Casa Mia, just love it!

Love your tree, pinned it to my Board ha ha!

Merry Christmas and Blessed Holidays!

Hugs,

Cathy H. said...

These all turned out wonderful! Your tree is simply gorgeous! My favorite is April "The Joys Of Christmas." I love the blue! Merry Christmas to you!

Shelly said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Carol! If only stitchers governed this world, what a wonderful world it would be! My favorite is the October piece on black and trimmed with red beads. Really, all your ornaments are favorites! Looking forward to your gifts received post!

Cindy's Stitching said...

So pretty Carol. The decorations are so festive. The December snowman is my favorite. Have a merry Christmas

Wanda said...

Dear Carol,
What a thrill this is! Your parade of ornaments has become part of the joy of Christmas! Your tree is spectacular and so very special. It just exudes love and joy. Without a doubt your sons will treasure these (when you downsize). It is always difficult to pick a favourite as each one makes me say 'oh, I just love that' but I think July is my all time favourite (but they are each amazing). Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and the very best of health and happiness in 2017.
hugs,
Wanda

Preeti said...

All your ornaments are so pretty, Carol!!:) The May snowman is my favourite. I am sure your sons and future generations will treasure these and if any of your DILs love stitching, they might follow your way of stitching few more every year :)
May be you can purchase three more small/ medium trees for your sons in addition to the existing main big tree. They can choose their favourites to help you downsize yours and start creating theirs and then you will get some more place on your tree to make more new ones :)

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh, what a shock to see my name as your giveaway winner! Thanks so much and I will send you an email with my address :-)
I had to laugh at your paint color comment because we've had the same three swatches on our wall for 2 years!! I decided I don't like any of them, but haven't gone back to select more to try...give me a quilt pattern and I can pick colors, but I am no good with a wall! Love all your snowmen but I agree with you - my favorites are the Country Cottage Needleworks ones too. I have big plans to get more of mine finished that I stitched this year...after I finish my last two Christmas presents! I have really enjoyed stitching ornaments this year - thanks for sharing yours and inspiring me - wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Paula Lima said...

December is just lovely (all other are too, but thios one seems special, at least to me)!
A very Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones!

Manuela said...

Hello Carol,
all your snowman ornaments are wonderful. I have two favourites: March and June.
Your tree looks amazing.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Nancy V. said...

Carol, I so enjoy receiving your blog posts! Your cross stitch projects always keep me motivated and inspired to continue mine. And such a beautifully accomplished blog! Thank you! Could you consider sometimes including tutorials of your finishing? And where do you find your trimmings? I check my local Joann's but not always successful in finding the right cording, etc.

maxi said...

Hello Carol,
i love your Blog an all your wunderfull ornaments.
Merry Christmas to you and family
happy stitching
maxi

Marilyn said...

You have to have THE most gorgeous tree I've ever seen.
All of your ornaments are truly treasures, so glad your sons are interested in your work.
They are all beautiful, it's hard to pick just one.
But, I love the Drawn thread Joy ornament in blue.
Thanks for sharing your 2016 Parade with us.
Have a very Merry Christmas.
Marilyn

Jessie said...

Wat zien deze ornamentjes er prachtig uit, langs de armleuning!

Brigitte said...

So wonderful to see this yearly post from you. I have already waited for it :)
All your little snowmen look gorgeous so how could there be a favourite? It's the same every year, lol. But if I absolutely had to choose one it would be the January snowman with all the letters flying all around him like snowflakes.
Thanks for showing them all again. They will inspire me next year when I will continue stitching Christmas ornaments for my grandson's advent calendar.

Lesley said...

A lovely Christmas post Carol.Your ornaments and your tree are beautiful.My favourite is still number 12,I loved him when you first revealed him to us,but they are all gorgeous.
I love reading your blog.Thank you for the trouble you take each time to present it.It is lovley to read and visually always very pretty which is why I smile with anticipation each time I see a new post from you on my blog feed.
Merry Christmas to you and to your family.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

It is always a pleasure to read your blog and see your delightful hand's work each year.Your tree is stunning as usual, your choices for this year are completely wonderful, your visions of choice making and taking home to live on a tree of your beloved sons is one that I have held in my heart since 1997 when I first became a Mom myself. Merry Christmas Carol and family!

Margaret said...

Always my favorite post of the year. :D OK, I can't help it - December is my favorite. It's so different and cute! Although I do have to say I love tiny. Over one is something I love but don't enjoy stitching myself. Anyway, your bannister looks lovely as always, as does your tree. Amazing! Is your tree artificial? Just wondering. I'm the only one in our family who wants an artificial tree. lol! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Beautiful stitching. I love snowmen, so to me they are all calling my name. :) Your tree and house are so pretty. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. :)

Tricia T said...

So pretty!! I am partial to April, June and October. :). Merry Christmas, Carol!!

kcenya1950 said...

Beautiful tree and banister, Carol, as always. That tree must take a while to decorate but I imagine it is a labour of love.

As far as the snowmen go, I am torn between January and February but think that my ultimate favourite is January. I love alphabets.

Hope you and your family have a great Christmas.

pam

Cole said...

Lovely Carol! I think April & September are my faves, I love the blue! Have you chosen a theme for 2017?!?

Melissa said...

It's all so amazing and gorgeous. You have the best cross stitch decorated house, ever! I'm sure you will have a very festive celebration. Merry Christmas, Carol, to you and your family!

LoriU said...

Love the snowmen on the stair railing!!!
My favorite is April!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Patricia Dee said...

All the snowmen are wonderful. If I had to choose one it would be a very tough job. The ones I like the most, though, are March, May, June & August. What a wonderful decorating job you have done.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and Happy New Year!

Suzanne Harkinson said...

I think I like the jaunty stance of the February snowman. Such wonderful stitching and your tree is beautiful!

butterfly said...


Wow Carol , you did it again , what a wonderful display of the most beautiful ornaments.
Well I love everyone of the snowmen this year but I really love the March one the best.
Wonderful tree looks fantastic a real Winter wonderland .
Have a very Merry Christmas sending lots of hugs and kisses to you all.

Carin said...

Jennifer congrats with the LHN chart.

The ornaments are all so beautiful, but my favorite is February.

laceystitcher said...

Oh, my, your new ornaments are so beautiful on your stairway!! I love them all. What fun it is to see your big, beautiful tree loaded with your beautiful "stitchy" treats. I know that if I was sitting in front of your tree that I would be speechless and mesmerized all at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us year round and especially at Christmas. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family. I look forward to seeing more of your blog posts in 2017.

Kaisievic said...

They are truly all so very beautiful, my dear. As always, I am in awe of your talent. Merry Christmas, Kaye xxx

valerie said...

Beautiful! I love seeing all the christmas ornaments that you stitched throughout the year and this year, my eye keeps going back to the Dran Thread Joy Snowman and the CCN Snow on the light blue fabric. They are all wonderful!
Merry, Merry Christmas, Carol!!

diamondc said...

Carol: Merry Christmas: What a lovely tree, I too have a tree with all handmade ornaments, your snow people are adorable on the banister, I think my favorite is the All Through The Night Stockingful, they are all so sweet.

Merry Christmas
Catherine

Sweet Sue said...

another spectacular year carol! wishing you and yours merry christmas and wishing you every good thing in 2017:)

Sally said...

Merry Christmas Carol and best wishes for a very Happy New Year! I love your Christmas tree with all of your handmade ornaments. I think my favourite this year is your ornament for March. I'm looking forward to seeing what ornaments you stitch next year!

Lili said...

Such a beautiful ornaments, Carol! Love the Casa Mia frebbie, the design is really cute!
Your Christmas decoration is also very beautiful!!

Merry Christmas!!

Heartland Stitcher said...

Hi Carol. The ornament parade is never disappointing! And hard to pick a favorite. Each is finished beautifully also. What can be said about the tree..stunning! I have downsized from a big tree to a smaller tree already. I just have several even smaller (like 6 so far) to display my ornaments. I am hopeful my children will want some of my stitching.


Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Christine said...

Wow, what a wonderful display!
I think the January snowman is my favourite.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas

Andrea said...

Another wonderful year of ornaments. Why do we have to pick a favourite ... I can't they all have something beautiful about them. I think you have a few small spaces on your tree that I'm sure you could squeeze a few more in. :)

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I love every one of them - great finishing too! Tree is impressive!

Christine said...

I love the way you hang ornaments on the garland and your tree looks beautiful! Thank you sharing for the pics as they are so inspiring! Have a wonderful holiday with your family!

Faye Riggsbee said...

Oh my! Oh how I love looking at your blog and especially at Christmastime! ALL the treasures are great he taking.... You are truly an inspiration~. Here's hoping your Christmas is wonderful and 2017 brings you many blessings and much happiness~ Keep up the fantastic work!

Faye
Carolina Stitcher

Jackie said...

Such a lovely parade! I do have a favorite - the one stitched on black linen. It's SO striking and has inspired me to try stitching on darker fabric. I'm slowly working on a trio of Chalk Ornaments and have purchase some black fabric. And red!!!

Merry Christmas!

priscilla said...

Your tree is amazing Carol! Love all your new snowmen ornaments.. finished so perfectly! They are just fabulous! Merry Christmas!

Sherri said...

I look forward to this post every year and see which ornaments will be coming down the stairs. It's my favorite post to read. Your tree is just stunning and one that I wouldn't want to every take down which is saying something because I take my tree down literally right after Christmas. I see so many ornaments on your tree that are in my stash to stitch. The ones stitched on black have crabbed my eye this year as they just seem to pop. As for your parade of ornaments, it's hard to say which is a favorite. They all catch my attention in one way or another. I do like the Snowmen Trio stitched in black. I have stitched it on a light background, but think I'll stitch another one on black this year. Merry Christmas!

Cindy said...

I have been busy with our out of town son here so this is the first time I've seen this post. I love all of your ornaments but June is probably my favorite! Your tree looks so pretty! Merry Christmas and have a stitchy new year!

Beth said...

Because I'm slow that way, I just figured out that all the ornaments featured snowmen! I am most enamored with April and October - in part because blues of all shades 'call' to me. All 12 are lovely.

Julie said...

Your tree and ornaments are lovely! As someone who would love to have many stitched ornaments adorn my tree, I so enjoy seeing yours. I hope you are having a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing:)

Lois said...

Carol, such a wonderful array of ornaments! I love your snowman theme for this year and what a difficult decision to name just one! I do love The Drawn Thread one and also Grandma Kringle's. Your tree is beautiful - so many hours of stitching involved there! I know they will be treasured in years to come - there will be many handed down to future generations which I think is lovely. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas my friend. xox

stitchersanon said...

Wonderful..totally gorgeous post xx Happy Christmas xx

Meari said...

Your tree is so beautiful, Carol. I love that you do a Parade of Ornaments each year. My favorite is the snowmen row by CCN. Hope you had a great Christmas!

Penny said...

Wow, I could sit here and look at this post all day! : ) For a snowman lover - pure bliss! Casa Mia's Joyeux Noel really caught my eye - so sweet. Hope your Christmas was a merry one, Carol!

StitchinByTheLake said...

So many beautiful things I don't know where to look first! I hope your Christmas was wonderful! blessings, marlene

Katie said...

Oh I love all of your beautiful ornaments!! I can't pick a favorite because they are snowmen and I just LOVE them all!! Beautiful work on each one. I just love your tree. How perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Your 12 beauties from 2016 sure pack a welcome for anyone entering your front door and seeing them. The Casa Mia one is beautiful, thanks for the link to that, I might just get to stitch it myself (or it might linger in the pile of to do for a while!)
Your tree looks stunning with all the wonderful stitched delights adorning it.
I hope you were able to enjoy a wonderful Christmastime with the family and I wish you a happy and healthy 2017.
XXX

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Your tree is spectacular, as usual, Carol. I love all of your snowmen. I think that September and October are tied for my favorites. Happy new year to you and your family.

averyclaire.org said...

June, September, October and December are my favorites. I love all of them, of course, but I am partial to these. They are all beautiful and I like the way you choose a theme each year. I'm terribly envious of your stick-to-it-iveness in creating one a month each year. Have a truly blessed New Year!

Lillie said...

Oh My! what a gorgeous tree Carol. It's always a joy to look at all the fabulous ornaments beautifully displayed in you home. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and may the New Year brings you much more joy and a great year ahead.

Happy New Year Carol!

Christina said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Carol! Your snowmen ornaments are fabulous. If I had to choose favourites I would say 'Parson Brown' and the trio of snowmen stitched on black - I love the red beaded edging that you've used. Have you chosen a theme for this year?

Barb said...

Each year I look forward to seeing your tree and all the lovely ornaments you stitched. If I have to choose, I would pick July but all of them are delightful. Will you have a theme this year ? I hope your Christmas was wonderful, I am just catching up between being gone and then both of us with a yucky virus.

Mini said...

Catching up on blog reading here. Thank you for showing us your Xmas decorations and tree. My favorites are January and May. Your family must be so proud of you to put in so much love and effort to make these ornaments.

Frances N said...

I'm always late in posting, but I wanted to be sure and say how lovely all your ornaments are for 2016! The snowmen are so very sweet! What a good idea to pick that as your theme! I have very few snowmen ornaments, and I think that might be a good plan for me one day! Yours are lovely!