Tuesday, December 20, 2011

All Hearts Come Home

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I thought I'd share a few little photos of our holiday home. I absolutely love having seasonal stitched pieces out, and I hope in the next year to have more of them.

I had hoped to have all of my ornaments finished and hanging on the tree at this point, but it hasn't happened yet. I should just bite the bullet and get over it, like Siobhan did. But, at least I have two new ornaments to hang on the tree (actually, now that I think of it, there's three...I just forgot to photograph this one).

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Maybe before the tree comes down on January 1, I'll be able to add a few more to it?

And I will let you in on another little secret. Since sometime in mid-June, I've been looking everywhere for the fabric I used on my 2000 Years Ago piece. I needed the extra fabric for the back of an ornament as well as to make a hanger so that 2000 Years Ago could be displayed at Christmas. Well. Let me tell you, I tore this place apart. Looked in every bag, box and basket of fabric I have. Looked in places I didn't really think it would be...and never found it. I was getting very sad that I was going to have to use thumbtacks to put up my pretty wallhanging, or just drape it over the tree like some kind of Christmas poncho. But, when I pulled out my boxes of Christmas decorations, guess what I found. My bag of fabric, that had fallen behind the Christmas decorations in the closet. Hallelujah! So, I zip zip zip sewed a little sleeve on the back of the wallhanging and hung that sucker on the wall.

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Of course, now that I look at it on the wall, I think it needs something. Some extra little ooomph of some sort. I'll just have to figure out what. But, it's hanging!!

If you'd like to see more photos of our home decorated for the holidays, take a look here, on the other blog. There are photos from NYC at Christmas a few years ago too, if you go back a couple of posts over there.

Anyway, I'm sure you're all wondering when I'm actually going to talk about stitching and if, in fact, there is any going on. Well, wonder no more. This was my Thanksgiving Day start.

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Margaret Cottam, by La-D-Da. I have finished part 1 and am well into part 2. I don't have part 3 yet, but I'm sure it's coming in the near future. I'm stitching MC on the called for Weeks Cocoa linen, but on 40ct. Isn't she lovely. I have really been enjoying her.

And MC is not alone. I've got some other stuff I'm up to, but I can't share quite yet. I'll just have to leave you with a little teaser.

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I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, filled with lots of friends, fun & family. Oh and eggnog too, don't forget the eggnog!

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I am grateful for pumpkin seeds in my salad.

32 comments:

Stitching By A Cornish Sea Shore said...

One kind word can warm three winter months - how true. I love all your Christmas decorations.

Kathy A. said...

What lovely, lovely Christmas ornaments!
Your stitches are beautiful.
Merry Christmas my dear!

Valentina said...

All your Christmas stitching is gorgeous!

Theresa said...

Wow~~ I love all your Christmas pieces!!!!!! Happy holidays!

valerie said...

Great decorations! I just love your winter snapper and ornies!

The Scarlett House said...

Oh, how fun to see your pretty, pretty ornaments again. Your photos are really stunning. I need to take your workshop.
BTW, I got a chuckle out of you being grateful for pumpkin seeds for your salad, lol. It is the little things though...right?

Margaret said...

What a great post! Love all the Christmas decorating! And the story about the fabric -- boy, do I know that feeling! As a matter of fact, I can't find something right now -- haven't been able to find it for at least a week and it's driving me nuts. Sigh. Have a great Christmas!

Miss Quoted said...

you take the most beautiful pictures. and the ornaments are gorgeous!

Mouse said...

ooooo love your ornaments :) and way to go on the wips too and fantastic that you found your fabbie ... i think it needs a bit of bling at the bottom tassles ???? and ooooo not had eggnog in a while ..lol .. hope you have a lovely christmas and new year :) love mouse xxxx

mainely stitching said...

What a lovely assortment of holiday beauty!!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Look at all those lovely hexies... can't wait to see what you do with them. Your Christmas ornaments, wall hanging and decorations all look wonderful.

merumo said...

I was thinking about the same thing - I may add another one or two ornies on our tree before taking it down after new years day. I also started Margaret Cottam on past Sunday. I started from part 1 as I didn't received these pack till that day. It'll be fun seeing your progress!

Carol said...

Your Christmas stitching is so wonderful, Michelle!! And I love your newest start... Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

Marie in Texas said...

Great to see all your finished Christmas stitching and quilting. I just got my MC and will start her in the next few days. Have you thought about adding small bells to the prairie points on the wallhanging?

Sylvia said...

Wonderful Michelle!! I just love your wall hanging & all your other seasonal stitching. I have that winter snapper started... yeah, just the border. Ok, we won't talk about that....

The hexies are quite pretty - I am curious to see what you are making.

Dona said...

Michelle, what a lovely post! I love how you finished Yultide - the bells are perfect. All Hearts Come Home is so sweet, and your 2000 Years Ago finish is so pretty. It makes me want to get busy on my Christmas stitching! One Kind Word is so cute and I'm adding it to my winter stitching list.

Great job on your tree photos! Looks like they should be in a magazine!

Margaret Cottam is really nice! Another someday stitch for me.

I like pumpkin seeds in my salad, too.

Nancy said...

What beautiful Christmas and winter projects Michelle! I love that Bent Creek design and your ornaments look so pretty finished. Merry Christmas!

Sally said...

Everything looks just gorgeous Michelle especially the last one with the sheep:)

Katrina said...

Love, love, love all your ornaments, they are gorgeous. Beautiful banner too :-). Hope you have a merry Christmas!!!

Giovanna said...

Lovely decorating! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Natasha said...

Oh my, I was so giddy looking at all of your beautiful stitching!! I just adore the wall hanging and also the oranments, the beach one is so cute I have it on my to stitch list.

I hope you have a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!
Natasha

Sharon said...

Michelle, everything looks so beautiful. I hope you and Eric have a very Merry Christmas!

David said...

What a wonderful post about decorations and ornaments... and your beautiful MC... thank you and merry christmas to you ;-)

Cathy from Kentucky said...

Can you tell me the designer or where I can find the one with the stockings please need to add that to my to do list.
cgd4603@msn.com

Gabi said...

Wow, your Christmas pieces are all so very beautiful.
Had to chuckle about the missing fabric. I refuse to count the hours I spend searching for things I know I have...somewhere.
Wishing you a very blessed Christmas

woolwoman said...

what a great post Michelle - I love your ornament by Paulette - looks great on your tree and the SB piece finished and hanging - LOVELY ! This is the first WIP I've seen of Margaret Cottam - looks really neat. Hope you have a great christmas! Melody

Penny said...

Lovely stitching! The colors are so pretty on Margaret Cottam - another thing I'm waiting impatiently for in the mail. :) Looking forward to seeing what you do with all of those pretty hexagons.
Merry Christmas!

Maggie said...

Where did you get the ornament pattern with the palm trees? You can email me at maggiehagman (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks! Maggie

SamplerNut said...

Oh Michelle,

Your home looks simply beautiful all dressed up for Christmas. I love the colors on Margaret Cottam. Are you using the called for colors or have you changed them? They are so bright and lovely!

Merry Christmas.

Gloria

Siobhan said...

I love your decorations!! I just wish my finishing was even half as good as yours--I'd be a happy camper if it was. Love your Margaret Cottam! The SB wall hanging looks great.

Happy Christmas!

Karoline said...

Your decorations are lovely & Margaret Cottam is looking great.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas

Michele said...

I love the way you finished the Shepherd's Bush ornaments!