Dec 11, 2012

Stuck in neutral

Good day to you.  I've been spinning wheels but going no where.  This lack of decisiveness along with procrastination can really slow me down.  Well, halt is more like it.  I've been putting off stringing the lights because it is not a favorite task of mine at Christmas.  I haven't found a sparse or more primitive looking pre-lit tree and too many friends have had a section of lights fail after a year or two.  Besides, my attic looks like a forest now. 
No lights, but I did combine my Prairie Schoolers on the 4 foot tree that is usually hung with old ornaments.  I bought more rusty bells in the larger size plus a few bags of the medium, and the little 3 foot may end up with nothing but various sized bells.  Red jingles were brought in for Christmas in a perfect size for ornaments so I bought a bag of those too.  For some reason, I'm just not into as many trees as I usually have but I'm still grateful for finding the last two at the end of 2011's sale.  Really not easy to find a sparse tree with stiff branches around here but I've managed several over the years.  Here's what I do to ornaments that I don't want hangers on.  It's the easiest way (for me) to convert from bowl filler to tree hanger.  You can knot each end of the pin to the back or string through and knot once at the top.














I'm not sure if anything else will get done, other than the dark chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream icing that I've been craving.

I am definitely having a giveaway and can't decide on what.  Gift certificate is where I'm leaning and will decide tonight and post tomorrow.  I need to put all the decorations and boxes away, bake my cupcakes, and start stitching. 
So with that, I'll close.  Thank you and a big welcome to new followers.  It seems since the computer fiasco, I just can't get back to my routine with blog reading and all my settings have changed.  Not to mention my loss of bookmarks and favorites.  That's what really hurt.  I train easily so I should manage a new routine soon, get back to my old favorites, and enjoy checking out all the new ones.
Thank you again!
Be back tomorrow with details.
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49 comments:

butterfly said...

Wow love your tree.
And a very good idea for hanging ornaments,
just love blogging you learn so much. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Marly, I love your PS tree! And I really like your tip for adding a hanger to turn stitching into an ornament!

Enjoy your cupcakes!

Robin in Virginia
rlbrowninva @ gmail.com

Denise SA said...

Hope you got to enjoy those cupcakes

Lanie said...

Marly, if that isnt't the sweetest tree well then I don't know what is! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! As always, I want to be just like you! You are always so inspiring!

Pamela said...

LOVE the Prairie Schooler tree!
Thank you for sharing.
Pam

Elisabetta said...

Wonderful idea, thank you for sharing!!!

escargopotte said...

wonderful tree ! I love prairie schooler !

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Your tree looks great with the tucks on it! Do you know if any of the stores in Volant sell feather trees? Just love yours! --Jan

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your PS Santa tree looks wonderful.

Carole said...

Love your ornaments on the tree and bells make it very CLEVER! Also, the safety pins are terrific.....

Carole said...

Love your ornaments on the tree and bells make it very CLEVER! Also, the safety pins are terrific.....

Vickie said...

ooOoo! DARK chocolate cupcakes! Love!
Your tree is great.

cucki said...

aww i love the tree so much..
so sweetttttttttttt
hugs x

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Marly, love the sweet little tree with the stitchery on it, such a cute look to hang them to......oh my those cupcakes sound so yummy......Blessings Francine.

Jodi S said...

Love the PS tree! Neat idea with the safety pins! Never thought of that.

Margaret said...

Oh my! I love your PS Santa tree!!! Beautiful!

Linda said...

I love your PS tree. What a neat way to hang the ornaments.

Linda

Jackie said...

Love your tree! It's absolutely perfect!

Great tip about using a safety pin and string to create a hanger.

Jenny said...

I love your Santa tree. It is just lovely. What a great idea for hanging ornaments. Love it all!

Judy said...

The tree is perfect..no lights needed! Great tip about the pin to make a hanger. You always have so many tid bits to share. Have an extra cupcake for me..I can almost taste it!

Judy heartland stitcher

Shirlee said...

Love the tree ... & what a great idea to temporarily make pinkeeps into ornaments!

Barbara said...

I love your little sparse tree and the bells are a great touch. I'm gonna have to remember them for next year. I was able to find my sparse tree at Hobby Lobby this year and it's a decent size at 5 feet. I'm really not in the mood this year either to decorate or to even bake cookies. Our grand daughter is baking some for us. Can't wait to see what you start.
Hugs

Peggy Lee said...

Your tree is beautiful. I'm not sure we will put one up this year. We will no sooner put it out and we will be putting it away. I'm not sure I want to fuss with it. I'll enjoy yours instead!

Barb said...

A wonderful Santa tree! What a great ides for hanging little pillows. Finishing ornaments is my downfall. I love that simple easy idea.

ginnyt said...

The Prairie Schooler tree is so pretty!!!

~Judy~ said...

LOVE your tree with the PS Santas.
It is PERFECT!

Mariella said...

bellissimi, i tuoi ricami della Prairie schooler, mi piacciono tantissimo.
Un saluto da Mariella

Mickaëla said...

What a wonderful Christmas tree!!
Have a Good day from France.
Mickaëla.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Wonderful tree!
Robyn

Chris said...

The tree is gorgeous Marly!
What a great way to hang the ornaments.
I hope the cupcakes knocked you out of neutral!

Evelyne said...

Good idea for hanging ornaments!
Goh, I love your PS Christmastree!!!!!

Have a good day, Evelyne

Sharon said...

Your tree is gorgeous as is all your stitching. So very inspiring.
Sharon

Rita said...

I LOVE your PS Santa tree!

Barb said...

Another wonderful post Marly,you really have the knack of making me drool,(got to watch the keyboard) what with all the stitching you do, your tips on how to, and just the readability (is that a word) of your blog. I love it when a new post pops up from you on my blog.
Thanks.

Terry said...

Love your Santa tree - you do have a great eye for putting things together. I'm going to use your pin hanger - love the idea & the look. Merry Christmas!!

Kathy L. said...

I love the PS tree!! Also love the suggestion for hanging ornaments

Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

Kathy

Beckyjean said...

Beautiful tree!!

Enjoy your day~Becky

Siobhán said...

I love your tree! What a great idea about the pin for adding a hanger. I'll have to remember that one!

Nima said...

wow...your tree looks gorgeous with all handmade ornaments

Anonymous said...

I love all your PS ornaments. I've never made one but I think next year I may have to try. Sherry

Ann said...

Hi Marly,

You really are the Queen of Good Ideas - I love the idea of turning the bowl fillers into ornaments with the safety pin and hanger. I will be copying that idea. The tree looks super - love the idea of all your Prairie Schooler's together. It's making me wish I'd stitched more than one over the last 20 years. ~Ann

Karen said...

I love how your tree turned out - a reflection of YOU. So perfect.

Now that's a very creative but simple solution to hanging your ornaments...thanks for the tip.

Karen

Rebecca said...

Your P.S. tree is beautiful. Looks great with the bell accents.

Ann said...

I like your Prairie Schooler tree a lot! Must stitch more of those Santa's! ;-)
Thanks for sharing the idea on the pin at the back! Really a neat idea!
Kind greetings,
Ann

Carol said...

Now that is what I call a perfect tree-- just look at all that Prairie Schooler goodness! I love the bells, too -- bought some for myself last year in both red and green and they look so pretty on my little snowman tree. Nice hanging tip, too, Marly. Will have to keep that in mind for my little pilow finishes :)

Maggee said...

Thanks for the hanging tip! Where can I find those large safety pins? Hugs!

Ricamo a Doppio Filo said...

Love your tree!
Naty

Anne said...

That tree is amazing with the rusted bells!! I love the trees that are sparse too!! Great idea for hanging up ornies you don't want a permanent hanger on! Thanks for the tip. I must have missed the post about the computer fiasco!! Hopefully it's all sorted now!

Suzanne said...

I love your tree with the santas and what a great idea for turning pillows into ornaments, I will have to give it a try next year.

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