Sunday, December 22, 2013


December 22, 2013, two days before Christmas.  Last minute preparations are underway.  The tray for Santa's milk and cookies has been located and strategically placed on the hearth.  (A Shepherd's Bush, golden oldie.)

Treasures from Christmas past, greeting family, friends and guests to Thistle Manor.

Miss Callie Mae reminds me it is important to make everyone feel welcome and to help them have the spirit of Christmas.

A new handmade ornament for my very special Grandmother tree. This ornament was made by Janet (The Rogue Quilter).  This ornament is so special I will share it's story in another post).  

The inside cover of a Liberty Hill box.

Thistle Manor has been a beehive of activity (as have most homes).  Sneaky Secret Santa missions, homemade cookies to share with the neighbors, packages to be mailed and picked up at the Post Office, weary delivery men, last minute grocery shopping.  Yes, a very busy time of the year and if it doesn't all get done, it's okay.


  1. Everything looks so festive! Merry Christmas!

  2. Beautiful Christmas treasures. I can stare at your stitching forever.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Betty.

  3. Love your Santa cookies tray ... what a lovely way to create a Christmas stitching heirloom.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas ... you home looks beautiful!

  4. getting out the decorations and the build up in the days before is all part of the fun xx

  5. Love the tray. Have a very Happy Christmas.

  6. Your decorations are lovely, I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas