Dec 12, 2011

Christmas came early

Hello everyone.  I received two gifts of stitchery today and am absolutely thrilled.  As soon as I got them, the mantel decoration became perfectly clear....


Margaret surprised me with this Prairie Schooler ornament that I recently saw featured on her Sampler of Stitches blog.   This wonderful design fits perfectly in my collection, and I am thrilled with him!  Beautiful backing, a little jingle bell, and perfect finishing.  Thank you Margaret! 

This Christmas cushion was also a surprise from another friend and I am speechless at the generosity of stitchers.   The weight and feel is new to me and I'm assuming it's walnut shells (of which I have a large bag that has been hiding for quite some time).

The backing fabric is perfectly matched to the linen and thread and stitched all the way around with those X's that we all love.  I don't know what I did to deserve such fabulous treasures from you girls.  I'm really touched and can't tell you how much I appreciate your gifts.   Thank you thank you thank you.
My mantel is now a showing of Santas and stitcheries.  I had small pieces here and there and decided to group them after opening my mail today.  I love the way it looks!
And believe it or not, I bought another tree.  I happened to spot this at my local craft store in a 4' but didn't want to spend $50 so I passed.  And there, way up on the top shelf, was a 3' version for $25!  The branches are so stiff, perfect for heavier ornaments, and the needles are pretty stiff too.  There are several branches on each limb so you can pull them out for a little fullness, or not.  I'm drawn to these because I like the look of the tree itself, even without adornments.  Not sure if I am keeping it - I have several this size.                                                                                                                                My other simple tree now has lights round the trunk only and all tin and pewter ornaments.  Not sure about the lights, but I am wiring each ornament securely, putting it in a large bag, and next year I only have to open the bag and plug it in.   The siliconed light strings are on the little fat trees.  I've tired of my traditional and shiny ornaments and tried different themes this year.
  I have a sampler chart from the Woodlawn Collection I want to start and would like to show that and the problems I will have right from the beginning.   Next time.  I  need to post the date for the drawing so I will be posting again in a day or two. 
Thanks for reading - talk to you soon!

34 comments:

Elizabeth Ann said...

Your pieces are just beautiful! Inspires me to get those Santa charts out and get busy for next year....

Margaret said...

Wow! That's all I can say. Wow! Your house must look so beautiful. Wow.........

Chris said...

What beautiful gifts. The mantle looks absolutely perfect!

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

That is a gorgeous mantel, well done!

Rugs and Pugs said...

I love the way the mantle turned out! It has been decades since I've stitched a Prarie Schooler sampler. In fact, I recently started stitching a bit after not stitching for about 20 years. Yikes! How time flies!
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Shirlee said...

What nice stitching friends you have to have surprised you with such lovely things ... & I love your mantel display! Your trees look great! Blessings, Shirlee

The Evening Stitcher said...

Beautiful stitching! Back in the 80's & early 90's, I made a each of my children a Prairie School Santa and then framed them. I don't know if they still have them or not.

Your trees are beautiful...I especially love the feather tree with the little tin ornaments. What wonderful friends you have...beautiful gifts!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your mantel display.

samplerlover said...

Your mantle looks so lovely. I love all of your Santas. The Christmas one is really lovely. Do you know what that one is. It would look nice in my bowl. - Sandra.

Elisabetta said...

These ornaments all toghether are really wonderful! Your tree is simply pergfect!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

The little Santa ornies all together really look terrific. The mantel looks really nice the way you have it.
Merry Christmas

Mouse said...

ohhhh the mantle looks gorgeous :) how lovely to get such lovely stitched pieces from folks .. love the back of the both but especially the tiny kisses :) and your tree looks sooo cute :) love mouse xx

CATHI said...

Your mantle is soo awesome! Very beautiful! Wish I had a mantle, too! ;o)

Cathi

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh! Your mantle is fantastic--I love your decorating. The PS and other ornaments are just fabulous. Seeing how elegant and nice everything looks without a lot of fuss and muss reaffirms my preference for not a lot of fuss and frou frou. I always worry that my inability to apply and lack of access to all the fancy trims influences my preference against all the fussiness, but having seen the way everything comes together makes me feel so much better. Thanks for the inspiration!

cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww abig one rom side too..
your house is looking so beautiful xx

Carol said...

What gorgeous gifts you've received, Marly--perfect additions to your Christmas mantle decorating.

Love how the Wendell August Forge ornaments look on your little tin and pewter tree, too--just perfect :)

Solstitches said...

Your mantle looks fabulous Marly.
Love those candle holders on the wall.
I'm proud that the Santa I stitched is in such good company.
Margaret

dixiesamplar said...

Wow Marly...those are the perfect addition to your lovely mantel!! Such sweet gifts to receive; very beautiful.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I love your display! What awesome gifts to receive too. How thoughtful!

Barb said...

Oh that mantle is gorgeous. I have now got the Santa charts on the man in reds list.
Previous post comment should read Merry Christmas to you and yours. I could imagine you sitting saying my what?!!!!!!!!!

Edgar said...

Love the mantel!!! and your tree is so perfect!!

eszter said...

Wonderful! I love them!

Bertie said...

Love your decorations on your mantelpiece, the Santa's are fabulous.
What a lovely gift, no wonder you are speechless LOL beautifully made.
The trees are great, at least you can see something hanging in there!
Happy Christmas

Angela said...

I love your display! I sometimes wonder what I would do with a bunch of smalls, but yours are just gorgous. Thanks for the inspiration!

Theresa said...

LOVE your Santa display!!!! They are so gorgeous!!!!! And I love your little tree as well~~ So cute!!!!

Mindi said...

You received 2 beautiful stitched items. I really love the embroidered Xs on the Christmas piece, joining the stitched front to the backing fabric.

Your tin decorated tree with the lights on the trunk is stunning.

Sherry said...

Love, love, love all the Santas! You have inspired my stitching for the New Year.

Vonna said...

Stunningly gorgeous all the way around and up and down! so much so, I'm jealous! ;o)

Joy said...

Everything is just spectacular! When can I come and visit;)

Patti said...

Be still my heart! Your mantle is absolutely stunning! I'm off to peruse more lovelies on your blog :)
Blessings, Patti

Suzanne said...

Your mantle looks perfect. What a wonderful display of your stitching. You received some beautiful gifts.

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Loraine said...

Wow Marly! Just found your blog thanks to Siobhan. Your decorating is something to be envied. Fabulous job!

Madame Chantilly said...

Many compliments! I have seen your fantastic Santa's collection! WOW!!

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