Nov 21, 2011

A wonderful surprise!


Hello everyone. I received the most wonderful surprise and personal gift in the mail Saturday from Connie and have to share it with you. She stitched and finished this Notforgotten Farm design from the winter issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. I am so thrilled! Connie left the strap very long so I could adjust to my display (and the buttons holding it are so sweet) and it worked perfectly.

  








It will hang on my window trim in the family room but for the holidays, I decided to hang it in the dining room with my orange slice garland and my five foot tree decorated with dried citrus. The colors are perfect and Connie, thank you again, I so love it!



Here's the third and final finish for the PA  Redware, now hanging in the kitchen. I was not real happy with the mounting, but kept my mouth shut because I like her and it was a slippery day. Some days I let things slide off my back, and some days it's like flypaper, sticky from a flash, the smallest irk trapped, held there, grinding away, digging into my back, until I have no choice but to rip it to shreds. Today was her lucky day. I also finished all the little Santas with the stiff interfacing and am very pleased. SO much easier since Vonna's site showed me how foolish I was in rushing and not evenly trimming the piece at the start. My presser foot rode along the edge and I wasn't concerned about following the weave.

I purchased small rusty looking jingle bells today and may outline the edges with a few, or just the corners, or use a homespun strip for garland and attach to the top corners with big buttons, or not, just use big rusty jingle bells hanging from the homespun between the Santas.....OK.  Strip of homespun, very large rusty bell between each, medium bell hanging from the bottom of the pillow.....no.  Oh hell.   Never mind.  Whatever I do it won't be the end of it anyway.
And as for trees, I bought another small one, a three foot that is the same style as the two foot I showed last post. I have enough trees in my attic to open a Christmas shop, but I can't help myself.   With so few shops around here and even less that offer a more primitive tree, I grab it when I see it or it will be gone.

This is a another three foot and one of my favorites that will get tiny lights with tin and pewter ornaments..... or not.

  Maybe just nut garland.  Yes - nut garland!  And tiny lights.  Silicone dipped lights!  Originally, the Santas I just sewed were to be ornaments but the older I get the smaller my trees get, and they are too large for a small tree.  I would love to have a large sampler tree like Linda Wallace's tree on Mary Beale's site. She notes that some of the designs are parts of a larger sampler. Neat idea - I never think to do that.
 
  And finally, here's Junior.  Dad is still watching over him while he plays with absolutely nothing.  
 
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, whether at home and quiet, or out with a group.
Thank you for visiting and Happy Thanksgiving.



 
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20 comments:

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Oh Marly, with each visit I enjoy your blog more than the time before. Such a very nice post today, luv your header pic too. Glad you're happy with how your finishing skills are progressing, your Santas are fabulous! Happy Thanksgiving to you, enjoy:)

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Forgot ~ I am soooo gonna try your Sweet Tater Pie Casserole, thanks so much!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Love everything!!!
Linda C.

Chris said...

What a beautiful gift!
All you trees and your Santa finishes look great. You really got a lot of finishing done.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Carla said...

What a beautiful gift! I love your PA redware finish. I ordered a couple of the trees. I figured as long as I was ordering.....you know how it is. LOL. Thanks for your help! Happy Thanksgiving!

Margaret said...

Gorgeous! All of it! The gift, the Santas, the PA Redware piece, your trees. Oh the trees! I want some. lol! Happy Thanksgiving!

Patty C. said...

Lovely gift - Congrats ;)

samplerlover said...

Hi Marly, another wonderful post. I always enjoy reading your blog. Your beautiful gift is truly wonderful and looks like it is in the perfect spot. Love your Santa collection - Sandra.

Carol said...

Your beautiful gift from Connie looks gorgeous in your home, Marly! And I just about squealed when I saw your bowl of PS Santa finishes--love, love, love them :)

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sherry said...

I always enjoy your blog! So much to take in and enjoy. I love, love, love your Santas! How about a big Santa basket next to one of the trees? I love all your small trees.

Shirlee said...

Marly, Marly, Marly ... how I love visiting your blog! It is one of the ones on my blog reading list that I "save for last" because I know it will be something to savor : ) Love your Santas, love your redware, love your nut garland idea (how are you going to do that???), & I can't wait to see how you do your Santa/rusty bell garland! Connie sent you an amazing gift ... lucky you! Thanks for another enjoyable visit : ) Blessings, Shirlee

Vickie Niggemann said...

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Joy said...

What a great gift! Love all your decorating and finishes. Happy Day!

Bertie said...

A gorgeous gift Marly, I did eye that in the magazine The ornaments are just great.
Happy Thanksgiving:)

Penny said...

What a lovely gift to receive. I love your trees and the Santas!!
Happy Thanksgiving. :)

Isobel -Argante- said...

Oh Marly what a wonderful gift! I'd like to learn how to rust bells too :-)
And, finally, I'm stitching the small Schooler Santas too :-)
Have a lovely week end my dear :-)

Siobhan said...

Oh such sweet kitties!! Your santas--oh my goodness! They're all gorgeous. I can't wait to get back to my PS santa charts! Love the framed PA Redware, and your gift from Connie--beautiful!

Solstitches said...

Love your Santa pillows and the gorgeous trees.
The bag is gorgeous. A wonderful surprise indeed.
Margaret

Suzanne said...

What an amazing gift! Love the santas.

Smithdqqt said...

I always enjoy your blog! So much to take in and enjoy. I love, love, love your Santas! How about a big Santa basket next to one of the trees? I love all your small trees.

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