Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow Is...

FINISHED!! Could you hear my cries of joy all over the eastern U.S.? With one day to spare, I finally put the last stitch into this mammoth piece earlier today. I can't believe that after spending much of my 2010 stitching time on this piece, it is finally complete... Ahhh--I feel like I can breathe again!

The 11th block really stretched my patience to its limits and there were days that I honestly didn't think I would finish before year's end. (As you can see, I put the date "2011" on the ship rather than stitching the charted date of 1802.) In spite of the stress that this block caused, it is actually one of my favorites. Overall, though, I would have to say that the block with the Christmas tree farm is the one I like the best. How about you?

The 12th block stitched up very quickly and, after much debate, I decided to add my own name and the current year. The general consensus among my stitching friends seemed to be that, since this isn't a true reproduction sampler, but one from the wonderfully creative imagination of Kathy Barrick, it is fine to substitute the actual stitcher's name. I changed the body color of the little spirit/angel/cherub to a peachier shade (DMC 950) since the charted color just didn't show up on my flax-colored Belfast linen.

I really want to thank you all for following along on this project with me throughout 2010--your support and encouragement helped more than you know. Now, I need some advice...I've never taken a piece to be framed and wonder how you handle a large piece like this. Do you press it at home and roll it up to take it in to the framer? Are there any questions, requests, etc. I should ask about? Glass or no glass? I'm not using a mat... Honestly, any advice you can offer would help me so much. I am a total novice at professional framing having always done smaller pieces myself...

Well, I guess you would like to see the entire piece? May I present my finished Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow...

Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow
Fabric: 32 ct. Flax Belfast Linen
DMC threads
Started January 1, 2010 ~ Finished December 30, 2010

Now, I have a conundrum--what do I stitch next? I'm actually going to have to "think" about that in 2011, aren't I? I've been going through my stash and have narrowed my first start for the new year down to a few pieces that have really been calling my name, but I still have to make a final decision. I've decided that 2011 will be a "Stitching From Stash" year. I have so many beautiful charts that just keep getting set aside in order to stitch newly purchased charts, don't you? So, I decided to work on bringing some of "my old friends" to life in 2011.

The other thing I know for sure is that I will continue my "ornament a month" stitching in the coming year and I'm so excited that a few of my online stitching friends will be joining in on the fun. I am truly appreciative of everyone's comments on my last post about the ornaments and my Christmas tree--thank you, thank you! I'll have to admit, I spent a fair amount of time standing in front of my tree this past week just admiring the little beauties. They really make me smile and I almost hate to put them away for another year... Here is a photo collage of our Christmas morning:

Christmas Morning 2010

I want to thank my friend, Cathey (aka Pumpkin) for sending me a cute addition to my collection of ornament charts. She surprised me with this chart from Milady's Needle called "Up On the House Top" along with a beautiful Christmas card (featuring her own amazing photography) last week. I love it, my friend, and you know that ornament charts are a perfect gift for me. Thank you so much, Cathey. My oldest son has been working up in Canada lately and he always says how nice and thoughtful the Canadian residents are--I told him I already knew that from my Canadian blogging friends like Cathey!

And from Gracie, I won a very special giveaway. She was generously giving away three of the DMC "Stitch Pink" Needlework Accessory Kits and I was lucky enough to win one. Not only did she include the kit (which contains the prettiest pink scissors, pink bobbins, and a pink needle threader), she also gifted me with some pretty pink ribbon fabric, pink variegated floss, pink "love" mints, and a tiny silver charm for breast cancer awareness. Thank you so much, Gracie. These gifts will all come in very handy when I make another ornament for The Pumpkin Patch & Co. Breast Fund next year. Cathey organized a group of 17 of us to stitch ornaments that were auctioned off in November to raise funds for breast cancer research. Our little group ended up raising $875! Just think how much money we could raise if more of us donated an ornament. Cathey/Pumpkin will be continuing the group next year so keep checking her blog if you would like to contribute an ornament for this wonderful cause in 2011...

I'm going to be taking a bit of a blogging break for a while. My youngest son and I are headed down to sunny and warm (please let it be sunny and warm, please let it be sunny and warm!) Florida to visit my parents next week. I should be back around mid-January with my annual birthday/2nd blogoversary giveaway for my followers. What will be included in the giveaway? Well, something you've seen featured in this post for one--hint, hint!

I truly love vintage postcards and the sentiment on this one is perfect for the approaching new year. 2011 is like a blank slate for us. As Edith Lovejoy Pierce said: "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." I hope your new year is blessed with good health, much happiness, and everything that brings you smiles...


Gillie said...

WELL DONE!!!!! You must be very proud of yourself, Carol, it was quite an undertaking! Have a lovely warm and sunny time in Florida, fingers crossed!

Giovanna said...

Congratulations on this awesome finish! Happy New Year!

Crystal said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish

Meadows08 said...

Great finish Carol! The one time I took a piece in to be framed I ironed it, rolled it and put a loose elastic around it.

Have a fabulous, warm, sunny trip to Florida and have a Happy New Year!

Rowyn said...

Way to go Carol. It is beautiful! I would find it hard to choose a favourite block, as they are all so lovely when you look at them individually.

I hope it's nice and warm and sunny for you in Florida.

Happy new year!

Kathy said...

Oh my, oh my. That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love it. What a fabulously wonderful finish.

And what lovely gifts and the giveaway too. You lucky girl!

I hope you have a perfectly warm and sunny trip. And please bring some of that warmth back with you. :)

I wish you and yours a very happy New Year!

Shari said...

wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on a huge, wonderful, gorgeous finish!!! I know you are breathing a huge sigh of relief!!!!! You deserve it!!!
Love your photo collage have snow!!
I think my favorite block is the one with the cardinals, but I am not certain!!!
Have a wonderful time in FL.....I am jealous!!!
Happy New Year!!

Chris said...

Wahoo Carol!
Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

Annie said...

Yippee! It's so beautiful and you must feel so good to complete it my year's end. Won't it be fabulous when framed and displayed in your home!

Have a great time in, hopefully, sunny and warm Florida. Should make a nice winter break.

Happy New Year!

Margaret said...

Huge congratulations to you on your HRH finish! Gorgeous!! Love your tree and ornies as well. You're going to have quite the collection continuing the ornies into 2011. Have a wonderful time in Florida! Hope it's warm for you there! Happy New Year!

Lisa V said...

Congratulations on your lovely finish. With your framing you dont really need to press it as when the framers stretch it they stretch it enough so the creases come out (if they are really good at it). To transport such a big piece though you should be ok rolling it.
Happy New Year!

Karen said...

Kudos on such a great finish!!! That is a great accomplishment and I can't wait to see all of your new stitched goodies in the new year.

Happy new year...

Cindy's Stitching said...

YES, it's done. So beautiful. You will look upon it and smile each time. All the christmas pictures are so pretty. As for framing it, I press it and roll it in acid free tissue and wrap it around a bounty tube that is empty. it keeps it nice and neat. The framers know how to do it and will take care of it. I was so afraid when I dropped off the piece I had done for my daughter this year, but it came out great. I hope you have warm weather in Florida. Enjoy your time with your parents. Have a safe and blessed New Year my stitching friend.

Melissa said...

Congratulations, Carol! What a huge accomplishment and you made it before the year is out! When I take things to the framer's, I usually do a pressing then roll it up and put it in a bag. That's it.

I too have been thinking of stitching more from my stash next year, although I won't swear off buying new designs. I just can't but will try and be good! I will also destash a bit soon so that will help.

Have a wonderful time in sunny (yes!) Florida! Happy New Year, Carol!

natalysneedle said...

Love your finish! Now you will be able to Happy Dance into the New Year!

Laura said...

Congratulations on your wonderful finish!!! How exciting! I am still on Block #1 but hope to join your ranks someday!!!!!! Have fun in Florida!

Jackie's Stitches said...

Congratulations Carol - your CaHRH is stunning! I don't think I could pick a favorite block. They all are!

Enjoy your time here in Florida. It's been unusually cold but it's warming up tomorrow. It should be over 60 for the next 10 days. I don't know about the sun but I can't imagine that it would be any worse than where you live.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide to stitch next!

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations Carol on one huge finish! It was well worth the work. It is absolutely wonderful.
I always iron my fabric myself and very gingerly carry it in to the framers. I handle it so carefully they are almost afraid to touch it LOL.
Have a wonderful trip to Florida and look forward to your newest start.
Happy New Year!

Barb said...

I'm so proud of you Carol! It's beautiful and I like your personal touches. Do you have someone in mind to do the framing?

I hope you have a safe and warm trip to Florida and that your parents are well. I will be thinking of you.

Jan said...

AWESOME!!! You should be most pleased with this beautiful finish!!!

I hope that your New Year is bright, happy and fulfilling and thanks for the link for the breast cancer support! Have a 'warm' time in Florida!

LindataxPA said...

Carol your piece is wonderful! My favorite block is the one with the cardinals, but I really like the ship too!! I like to press mine just for me - and then I roll it in a towel and off I go. Travel safely to Florida - I know this is a special trip for you.

Linda B

Dale C said...

Congratulations on your wonderful finish! Your Christmas ornaments have inspired and motivated me to stitch more for my tree! Enjoy your time in FL and have a blessed New Year!

The Queen Bee said...

Just beautiful! There is nothing like that feeling of sitting back and admiring a project that you've dedicated so much time to.

I frame most things. I don't like glass and rarely use a mat. I like a little batting behind the picture, otherwise they'll need to use spacers. Ask to see what that will look like. I made that mistake once.... only once. Also, stretching a large piece takes skill. Use a framer who you KNOW has done needlework before. (A framer in a needlework shop would be perfect.) I press it first, if I feel like it. Otherwise, I roll it up and take it in a project bag. Good Luck!

Safe travels,


Sweet Sue said...

Congrats on your fine finish Carol, such a beauty, anxious to see your frame selection. Safe journey w/warm weather to you, HNY and see you next year for more sweet stitchin xoxo

Sue said...

I am so excited for you that you finished Christmas of Hawk Run Hollow. It is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!! I'm about 40% done with mine. Congratulations, what a great way to end the year :)

CalamityJr said...

I love that pattern, and you've done a beautiful job! Now go enjoy your time away, and have a happy new year!

Deborah said...

Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow is stunning! Have a good time in Florida.

Tricia T said...

What a fantastic accomplishment!!!! Congratulations! Have a wonderful vacation!

Mary said...

Eastern USA ??? I heard you here in Australia ! but of course I was listening for your shout of joy. It looks fabulous, absolutely fabulous. What a great achievemnet. This one is sitting right up near the top of my pile, just waiting for the courage to start it.

Enjoy your holiday and have a great 2011.

valerie said...

Yay! Congratulations on your beautiful finish! I love the little changes you made here and there, esp. with the carolers block. It's stunning!

As far as framing, I press but you don't have to. Fact is, I shove it in an envelope and send it to Jill and she stretches the creases out. I frame with spacers and glass to protect the needlework from dust and I also get a lot of light in my apartment so uv glass is kind of necessary for me. Each person is a little different. Please take it to an experienced framer who knows how to handle needlework though.

Great gifts! Hope you enjoy your visit to FL! Happy New looking forward to ornie stitching! :)

Annette said...

Congratz on your lovely finish! You have done a great job the whole year!!
I have never brought something to the framer, so can't help you with that..
YOu are so lucky with those lovely gifts!! Enjoy them in 2011 and make something beautifull of them!!!
Have a great time with your parents, a very good year of 2011 I will wish you..

Hugs Annette

Lois said...

Oh Carol, congratulations!!!!! I am so thrilled that you have achieved your goal of stitching this huge project in 2010!! It is just stunning! Dear only knows when I'll be reporting Autumn as a finish - in several years probably!!

I do usually iron any piece I leave in with the framer even though it's going to be stretched.

Have a lovely time in Florida, enjoy a taste of warmer weather. Wishing you and yours health and happiness in 2011!

Barbi said...

Congratulations on your finish. Hawk's Run looks amazing!!!! And your Christmas morning pictures are lovely as well. I love your Nativity!

Katrina said...

What a fun post!!!! Happy new year, and huge congrats on the finish :-).

KarenV said...

Huge congratulations Carol, it's gorgeous! I'm in awe of anyone who manages to finish a HRH piece, as I know the amount of work that goes into each block. I know I couldn't stitch one myself, so you should be extremely proud of such a beautiful finish!

Enjoy your vacation and Happy New Year!

Daffycat said...

So THATS what that joyful shrieking was! You woke me from a sound sleep, girl! Congratulations on a spectacular finish, Carol! CHRH is simply gorgeous! *happy dance*

Mary said...

YAY for you, Carol. CaHRH is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on completing your "year long" project.
I love the entire piece but my favorites are the skating pond and Christmas tree farm.

You've received lovely gifts from your stitching pals.

I too, will be "stitching from my stash" this year. I have many things that I have forgotten about and more that I could ever finish in a lifetime. The temptation will still be lingering to "check out the new goodies" though :)

I wish you the Happiest of New Years. Enjoy your trip to Florida.
Maybe you can bring back a bit of the weather with you~~

Daisy said...


Happy New Year.

Lynn said...

WooHoo! Congrats on such a wonderful finish!! I'm sure you're thrilled with the results despite all the tribulations. I think the Cardinal square is my favourite of the bunch.
When I take my finishes to the framer I press them and if they're large like yours I roll them up. I prefer no glass on my frames unless there are smokers in the house where it will reside.
I hope you have an enjoyable time in Florida and may you and yours have a blessed and prosperous New Year!

BrendaS said...

Carol --
Congratulations on your GORGEOUS finish! It is absolutely stunning. I've had a lot of things professional framed and I do make sure my piece doesn't have any stray threads of snippets and that it is ironed. I use conservation glass when I have a heirloom type piece to frame. The cost is a little more but with something you want to last more than a lifetime it is certainly worth it.

Have a wonderful trip to Florida. I hope it's warm and you get some relaxation in.

I've enjoyed reading your blog this year and getting to know you and look forward to 2011:))))

Happy New Year!

Melanie said...

Congrats on finishing! It's absolutely divine. :)

Anonymous said...

Well done on finishing Christmas at Hawk Run Hallow. It looks amazing!
Hope you can work out what to stitch next.
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Well done on finishing Christmas at Hawk Run Hallow. It looks amazing!
Hope you can work out what to stitch next.
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on suxh a fabulous finish! Happy New Year!!!

Myra said...

Oh wow Carol! That is just outstanding. I know you are very proud of it. You received some wonderful gifts/prizes too and you deserve them all. I wish you a very Happy 2011 filled with everything you love. :o) Have a safe trip.

Blu said...

Woohoo! What a gorgeous finish! Excellent job on keeping up with it every month.

As for the framing, make sure you iron all the creases out. I-R-O-N. If it's a smallish piece I usually carry it in flat between two pieces of cardboard, but since this is bigger it's probably better to roll it up. And if you've got any stray threads on the back that might show through, be sure to snip them/tuck them out of sight. Oh, and just make sure you haven't accidentally missed a random stitch somewhere (what? who would ever do that!)
I go with glass but it's really your preference and depends on where it's going to be hung (high traffic vs low traffic, grubby paws may touch vs not, etc)
And take your time picking a frame, if you really don't "feel" the combo, don't go for it. Nothing like picking something, forking over a bundle and then realizing you hate it.
Whew! That was a ton of blathering ;)

Have fun in Florida!

Sharon said...

What a way to finish the year! It's fabulous! Congratulations and Happy New Year!

Angela said...

Woohoo Carol, Congrats on the finish! I have really enjoyed watching your progress on this piece. I can't offer advice on the framing because my Dad does it for me....I asked once at Michaels and almost fainted at the price they told me (and that was with the discount too). With a piece this big and priceless I would shop around and pay that bit more to have it framed properly.

Happy New Year to you and your family, hope you have fun and warmth in Florida!

Vaida said...

Congratulations on a really amazing finish! That's a great job!
Wishing you a really wonderful New Year!

Andrea said...

Woo-hoo! Congratulations on your finish.

I usually wash and iron before stitching and then stitch on a frame. I don't need to iron again after finishing. I always roll mine in acid-free tissue paper both to store and when I take to the framers. When storing at home I'll put the roll into a cardboard tube as well, so that there aren't any creases. I trust my framer so much. I know my job of how to stitch, he knows his job of framing. As to glass, mount, frame, that's personal preference. Don't be rushed into it. There's many a time my framers asked if I would like a chair!

Have a wonderful 2011.

Martine said...

Congratulations for your Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow !!!!! It is georgous and you can be proud of you !!!! My favorite is the cardinals block !!!
Carol ! I am very satisfied that you will continue your "ornament a month" stitching in the next year !!! I love them !!!! and I like to admire them all in your Christmas tree !!!!!!!
Happy new year, my dear friend !

Roberta said...

Congratulations on you finish - it is beautiful.

Florida was warm when I was there this past week - so enjoy.

Happy New Year.

Nancy said...

Congratulations on finishing Carol! It really is breathtaking! I think my two favorite blocks are the one with the skaters and the one with the cardinals. Happy New Year to you!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulations on such a massive accomplishment! It looks fantastic. I frame without glass as I find you can't see the texture of the fibers and it just becomes another picture.

Sounds like some great stitching plans for 2011. Enjoy your trip I hope fla warms up for you!

Happy New Year

♥ Nia said...

ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ* Happy New Year!! ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ*

Congratulations on your finish! Looks beautiful :)

Kellie said...

Congratulations on such a gorgeous finish!!! Love it!! I made it halfway through, but definitely plan to finish it this year.

Have fun in Florida! Hope it is sunny and warm for you.
Happy New Year!

Catherine said...

Oh Carol - it's beautiful! I know I read this post the other day and now I am taking some time to catch up on reading blogs and commenting.

Thank you for being such a wonderful blogging friend and inspiring us with your words and stitching!

Wishing you all the best in 2011 dear friend!

Nicky said...

Absolutely gorgeous Carol, congratulations on such a beautiful(and huge)finish!

Mavi. said...

A wonderful embroidery.
Good health to continue embroidering beautiful things and happy new year.

I can hardly understand English without a translator.

Brigitte said...

Oh Carol, what a beauty you have finished here. Congratulations! It must have brought you a sweet feeling of accomplishment having finished this exactly within a year.
I can't recommend any kind of framing because I have never had anything that big framed.
I just wanted to add how much I loved the collection of ornaments that you finished in 2010, and each of them finished in a different way. So beautiful. This year I'll try to stitch an ornament a month for the third time. I failed twice but this time I'm SALing with a small group of friends so I think I'll manage.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful new (stitching) year 2011!

Sally said...

Congratulations on a stunning finish! It is absolutely gorgeous.

Happy New Year!

Hilda said...

Dear Carol!
I am visiting your blog for the first time today and I am really excited! I love cross stitching and a found so many lovely works here on your blog!
I found my way to your site over Ninas blog (Between Crosses with Nina)
The first work of you that catched my eye is the picture in the right top: "January" - I totally fall in love with it. Could you please let me know from which designer it is?

Happy New Year and all the best wishes
Hilda in Austria

Julie said...

Congratulations on such a wonderful finish for 2010, its amazing.

Enjoy your trip

Happy New Year

Siobhán said...

WaHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I thought I heard something echoing off the ocean and the hills of Clare--now I know it was you! ;) Your CaHRH finish is fabulous!! Great job. I think you were right to change the name--I'd do the same, if it wasn't a 'real' repro. After all, you're the one who did the work! For framing, what I do is iron the piece from the back, with a towel between the iron and the needlework. Then, take it into the shop. What I tell the framers is that I want it framed fairly close to the edge of the stitching--you don't want a big space of fabric floating between the frame moulding and the stitching. I always get regular glass unless it's going in a place that gets a lot of sun, and I ask for spacers between the glass & the stitching. I don't go with mats. It's up to your own personal preference.

Wishing you and yours a blessed new year!

barbara said...

Have a great time in SUNNY and WARM Florida with your son. :D And congratlations on your gorgeous finish. I suggest the non-glare (archival?) glass to protect the piece. It's all but invisible to viewers, but will protect it from UV rays, dust, etc. It's horribly expensive, but worth it. ;)

Bekca said...

Congratulations on completing such a mammoth project! It looks fantastic and was well worth the effort. I will be joining you on the ornament-a-month idea, I've already started my January piece! I hope you have a lovely time in Florida and I'll be looking out for your giveaway. All the best for 2011.

Mavi. said...

Carol, thank him for putting your child the translator.
The translator is not perfect, but it really helps to understand the language. Quer pass happy holiday in Florida, you have a good time. And we see your return.
Thank you very much.

Julie said...

Congratulations! What a great way to end the year!

Edit said...

Congratulations Carol, your Hawk Run Hollow is absolutely beautiful!!! I am sure it will look wonderful in the frame you will choose, good luck with the framing. I am always a bit worried when I take something to the framer, mainly because I have to leave my stitching there, but until now the result was always great.

This year I am also planning to stitch from my stash, even more, to finish up all the started projects before starting anything new. We will see how much I can keep this... :)

I wish you a nice time with your parents and I hope the weather will be sunny and warm :)


Natalia said...

Oh Carol, how did I miss this super important post of yours?? I mean, this finish is just amazing and worthy of celebration !!! Congratulations, it is just breathtaking and humbling :-) I know it will be just beautiful when you have it all framed and I can't wait to see it.
I do all of my stretching and framing even for big pieces, so I am not sure what advice to give you about taking it to the store, but I think Siobhan's advise is perfect. That's what I do.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet words. Happy New Year !!!

Meari said...

Congrats on your finish! I've enjoyed watching your stitching journey. :)

I have the stitch pink kit and love the scissors! The needle threader has come in hand a time or two, also.

Happy New Year, Carol. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life through your blog.

Rachel S-H said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish! You did a great job!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on Hawk Run...what a marvelous finish! That took a LOT of time and effort. It's lovely. Happy New Year. Please enter me in your give away.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on Hawk Run...what a marvelous finish! That took a LOT of time and effort. It's lovely. Happy New Year. Please enter me in your give away.

Pumpkin said...

WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! MAJOR HD!!!! That is SO awesome Carol and no wonder you are this happy :o) What an accomplishment. It's amazing.

If I were you, I would put it behind glass even though you are not going to mat it. JMO :o)

I can't wait to see what you stitch up for 2011. I am only too happy to add to your stash ;o)

Thank you for the PPCBF plug. That pink kit with all the extras is sweet!

May you have lovely weather down in Florida! Of course if you came up to see me, it would probably be just as good since we've had mild weather and no snow ;o) LOL!

Happy New Year my friend!

Michele B. said...

What a pleasure to look at your finished work - it's just gorgeous. It's hard to pick a favorite block - it's the sum of all of them that makes it so beautiful. But I'm partial to the words "and wild and sweet the words repeat." So if I have to choose, I guess it would be that one. Thanks for the glimpse of your Christmas - I love those reindeer! I look forward to seeing your ornament stitching all year. Hope you are reading this from a warm and sunny place!

Julianne said...


My heartfelt congratulations on your beautiful finish. What a wonderful heirloom you've created! I am so happy for you in this huge accomplishment.

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on your finish!!! I always admire those Hawk Run pieces on other blogs - and yours is lovely!! Hope you're enjoying Florida!

Elizabeth MacGregor-Kirkcaldy said...

Congratulations on your BEAUTIFUL CoHRH finish, Carol! I LOVE it! Following your progress was truly an inspiration to me! I started it on New Year's Day and hope to finish it by the end of the year!

Wishing you much love and joy, glad tidings and good cheer, a cosy warm hearth and blessings abounding... and many an hour of peaceful stitching thyme in the New Year!

Heartfelt blessings always in stitches...

Anonymous said...

Congrats on finishing Christmas at H.R.H.! I can't believe you did it in less than a year, amazing! It'd take me 10 years to stitch it :) My favorite is still the cardinals block. I think it's so pretty.
Donna in WV

Martine said...

Hi Carol,

Congratulations fron a little corner of France. I do love your work. Christmas at Hawk run hollow is beautiful, i do love your staircase and your christmas Tree too.
And your banner is so adorable !
Have a nice Christmas