Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Home for the Holidays

When I moved into my first apartment (a 100 years ago) and started doing needlework, I decided I wanted to have a Christmas tree with all handmade ornaments.

It has taken many years and I finally have a tree with handmade ornaments. The tree is a table topper tree and if I decide to go to a larger tree it will involve more stitching.  The tree sits inside my dry sink and is in Grandmother Bessie's room. At night with the tree light's on, the room seems magical.

Each year, I try to stitch at least one Christmas item.  This year I added Just Nan's Merry Christmas.

This is a Christmas quilt I made several years ago.  Oh those HST's they seem to be a recurring theme in my quilt making.

My old dough bowl filled with some Christmas goodness.  

See the date on the deer--he has been around for a few years.

A co-worker asked me if I still believed in Santa Claus.  Yes!  I will always believe in the spirit of giving and unselfish acts of kindness.

Dried oranges and pomegranates--makes the house smell so good.


  1. I love the idea of a tree with all hand made things! All your Christmas things are so pretty!

  2. Such beautiful holiday stitcheries!
    Love your tree filled with hand made ornaments.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

  3. Such a cozy home, I love the sweet pillows.Blessings Francine.

  4. All your hand stitched ornaments are just beautiful! Love your Christmas quilt too.

  5. I had the same thought when I moved out of home. Years on I have a tree with some hand made decorations, not all necessarily made by me! thanks for the inspiration perhaps I will add decorations to my to do list and spend next year making some! I love your little pillows.

  6. Looks like you are all set betty! Much as I love all your stitched pieces, the dried rut in a bowl is such a special touch. I'm sure you home hss a warm festive essence!

  7. I enjoyed this post and the last Betty. You have so many lovely "magical" things in your home. Hope you continue to enjoy all the most wonderful things about Christmas - have a Merry one - Mel

  8. Lovely lovely tree! Love all the ornies, and the dried fruits -- everything!

  9. What a gorgeous tree with all the beautiful hand crafted ornaments! I really like the fillers in your dough bowls. Merry Christmas to you and yours!