Dec 9, 2017

Christmas offer for you

Time for the annual gift certificate.  As before, you can choose 123Stitch, Anita's Little Stitches (great accessories and scissors) or any other shop that offers gift certificates.  The gift is $30.00 (USD).  You can purchase the usual charts/threads, but since it is a gift, choose something for a treat.  An accessory or dookie or scissor that you would not have bought for yourself. 

Enter on this post only and please include your last name or email.  With everyone being no-reply and many having the same first name, it will help me a lot!  You can also enter by email by clicking this link samplersandsantas@gmail.com.
 
Good news!  I found the other Kogut Santa.  He was in another box of stitchery I completely forgot about, including the checkered stag.  He is now in his rightful place in the Santa hutch.
 
 
I still get requests for the Postman Santa source.  It is the old hard cover Leisure Arts book titled Christmas Portraits.  They come up on EBay and Amazon once in a while.
Another of my favorites, the ho ho ho design, was also in the box along with several others not shown here.  How many more can I stitch?  It's getting to the point that I don't know where to place them and with simplifying more each year, maybe it's time to stop.
 
 
 

As every year, my exterior decorating is about an minimal as can be, but I feel it goes with the house.  If you've seen it in prior years, it's not much different.  Pretty easy to buy bunches of greens and just stick them inside of a tub.   I don't use velvet ribbon, usually jute upholstery webbing with the red stripe.  This year, I chose cranberry burlap on a roll and just knotted it. 
 
The contractor was here this morning with estimates for labor only, no materials.  I was very surprised at the hourly rate, but hired him on the spot after years of waiting for someone to work with us.  Well worth it.
 

 
I not only rearranged decorations, but also the beat up furniture from the family room.  Replaced with the parlor's pieces.  Not comfortable.  But glad I did because the material on the sofa allowed me to see that I can not live with a pattern.  I need subdued, not at all the fabrics I had chosen for a new purchase.
 
Hope you have a great start to the weekend.
 
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54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your give-away.I wish you a Merry Christmas !
Marilyn Shetler
lmshetler@embarqmail.com

becky J. said...

I love 123Stitch. I have a VERY long wishlist there.

Carolyn said...

I love your primitive style! Your house is perfect!

dq said...

omg the annual CHristmas give away! Love it!
dq bogfairy@yahoo.com

Jan Conwell said...

I'm new this year to following your blog, but I'll certainly join in the fun! 123Stitch for Jan Conwell ( jdconwell.dolls@gmail.com )
Cheers! (I love the checkered reindeer.)

Fran Caswell said...

Glad you found your Santa! Thank you for the chance to win a gift certificate from 123Stitch.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
francaswell3@verizon.net

3millplainrd said...

I would love to be entered in your give-away. I read every one of your posts, and especially like when you feature the kitties and the wildlife. Thank you for your generosity.

Sharon W. said...

Would love to be entered in your giveaway. You inspire me with your Santa photos! Sharon Wurm, sharonwurmster@gmail.com

Ann K. said...

Thank you for the chance to win! Merry Christmas! Ann Knudsen amknudsen@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I love your house!!

Judy L said...

Such a generous giveaway. I love 123stitch. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Judy L.
plustik@comcast.net

Sherry B said...

Please enter me in the giveaway, I'd love to win. I would love to see more of your home. Hoping this contractor works out.

Chris said...

Thank you for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

Diana said...

Enjoy seeing all your Santas. Merry Christmas!

Vickie said...

Oh what a great box of stitchery you unearthed! Please count me in on your generous giveaway Marly. I have never, ever bought myself a treat from a cross stitch shop!

Jacqueline said...

The pictures you share of your work and your home show that you go first class all the way. I hope you keep stitching and sharing.

Rose Heck said...

I would love to win a gc from 123stitch thank you! Rosieheck05@gmail.com

Carmen Sutton said...

Lovely give away. I so love your Christmas decorating, just enough for the season.

Dirt Road Primitives said...

What a wonderful gift....would be amazing to win.....blessings

Rtigers83@aol.com
Rhonda

Linda said...

Thank you for such a nice giveaway Please enter me for a chance. I'm glad you found your santa and to find all the other Great stitching pieces too. Very Nice Here's wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year

linda m 5054oldcars@att.net

Kristen Strong said...

Glad you found your Santa, Marley. I love that little Snowman in his pocket.

patti hankinson said...

I love reading your blog..always makes me smile!! Thank you for your generous giveaway and Merry Christmas to you and your family! My email is addybooboo2@gmail.com and my last name is Hankinson.

Stitching With Kittens said...

Please add me to your "me, me, me!" list for the gift certificate. Love 123stitch!

Barb said...

I love the more primitive style. I too, am using less stuff but more natural things. Pleas add my name to the drawing, I think they know my name at 123 Stitch. I have no LNS so that ends up being a good choice. I like the quick way they respond since I don't plan far enough ahead!!

rosek1870 said...

Oh Marley I always live seeing your lovely home and your stitching. Your Santas look wonderful. Thank you for the chance to win the gift certificate. I would love one from Victorian Motto Sampler.
Hugs,
Rose K
rosek1870@gmail.com

diamondc said...

Hi Marley: I go to the compost dump and get free greens from the trees that have been trimmed and use them for decorations in my flower baskets on the front porch,
I love the greens you have in your big bucket it is beautiful, those are the types of greens I love to get for free.
Your ornaments are so sweet, that one dear that looks almosted checkered is so positively cute.

Merry Christmas
Catherine

Ms Peppercorn said...

Thank you for the chance at the give away. 123 Stitch Amy Komack alowell3009@gmail.com

Mary A said...

Merry Christmas, Marley! Thank you for showing us your postman Santa, my favorite!! I usually order from 123 Stitch. I love the natural decorating scheme on the outside of your house!

sandi s said...

I love all your little stitched pillows!! I’d love to win, thank you for the giveaway. Hugs, Sandi Szilagyi

Marlene said...

That is quite a wonderful Christmas treat!!!
Thank you Marly!
If I win, I’d like a gift certificate to The Strawberry Sampler.
Marlene Leonardo
Stitcher2gomars@yahoo.com

debbie haggard said...

Marly, so sweet of you to offer such a nice giveaway. its always wonderful to get to order something above and beyond the usual floss and linen-- not that those are so bad either! thank you for the opportunity! I am always in awe of your decorating - there is real beauty in simplicity. hugs to you. Debbie.haggard@nokia.com

Heritage Hall said...

You are such a generous soul, Marly. Please include me in your hopeful list. Your holiday bedecked home is simple elegance.So glad you found a decent contractor ...
hope he delivers..

Marilyn said...

Love your simple decorating style.
I would love to enter your drawing.
Marilyn F
flyingpigsinthesky1@gmail.com

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm a simple decorator too Marly, and I love the front of your house. I hope your Christmas is filled with joy and peace. If I should win I'd choose 123Stitch. Blessings, Marlene mbushretired@gmail.com

donna said...

I love looking at everything you do. I love your style! Please enter me in your drawing.
dlrahall@suddenlink.net
Donna Rahall.
Thank you and Merry Christmas

Jonette said...

Thank you for sharing your stitching, home and humor. Enjoy your posts. Also thank you for the generous giveaway. I have a wish list at 123stitch so would choose them. Merry Christmas! Jonette Talbott

LaNelle said...

Marley..perfect that you uncovered your box of stitching treasures...so adorable as is the house I too enjoy the simplicity just beautiful!
Good luck with the new contractor sending prayers for a positive outcome😘
Thank you for your generous soul so appreciated to all you do for your family...and the animals that are so lucky to come your way! And sharing on this blog....
Please enter me LaNelle Schaffhauser alss@paulbunyan.net
Blessings

DianeM said...

It's the most wonderful time of the year...wishing you a very Merry Christmas! I love all your Santa stitches!
Diane Morici <3

Anonymous said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Roann Maclean
roannmaclean241@gmail.com

Simple Pleasure said...

Marley...so happy to read that Santa has been located!!! I, too, love the simplicity of your Christmas decorating...that was my choice also...and I'm loving it! Wishing you a blessed Christmas season... Thank you for the giveaway, too!
Patricia

Karen said...

Oh your home is so lovely. I love the simplicity and the cranberry on the greenery. I am not a red person, don't usual chose it in clothes or anything else. But I like it at Christmas. I found a copy of Christmas Portraits and purchased it from Etsy. There were several for sale. I have a couple other Leisure Arts I purchased when they came out what 25 or 30 years ago! Yikes. I have yet to stitch from them as working so much as a nurse extra hours has kept from completely but only a few pieces of stitching. I say I collect the patterns for my retirement. Now I have too much. I like you want to clean up. Have you heard of the Scandinavian book something about Cleaning Up and Death. I saved an article on the book and wanted to read it. Also I too find I don't want pattern in furnishings. Is it a sign of my age? Don't know! Merry Christmas!

Laura Richards said...

Your house is gorgeous! I just lo be your Santa ornaments!! You can never have too many!😉
I love 123 Stitch! Thank you for being so generous with your gift certificate!
Merry Christmas!
Laura Richards
Lllr55@yahoo.com

Carlie said...

I love your Santas and I am excited for the chance to win your gift certificate. Have a great Christmas!
Carlie @ forevercrafty@gmail.com

CJM said...

I am always inspired by your creative ideas and willingness to mix things up! Your generosity is heart warming. Hope your Christmas is filled with good family times!
Blessings,
Carla Michaels

Shari said...

Christmas blessings to you abd yours! Appreciate the chance. Thanks and love, Shari Witt, momoshari@yahoo.com

Barb said...

Lovely Christmas decorations. Barb Reininger, samplerbee@yahoo.com

capecodgirl565 said...

Love the simple decorating. My home is a New England style gambrel, stands out like an adorable sore thumb in central Illinois corn country! Would love to be entered for a chance to win.
Vanessa Totten
capecodgirl565@yahoo.com

Carol said...

I think your outside minimalist look is perfect for your home, Marly--I love it! And all those Santas--I had no idea you had such a variety of finished ones. Guess I should have known that from the title of your blog :) Would love to be entered--I'm a 123 Stitch fan as there are no nearby LNS's here :( Thanks for the chance!

Darlene said...

Your decorating is just beautiful. Please enter me in the drawing. I would like 123 Stitch. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

Sheryl S. said...

I have just discovered your blog and interesting decorations. Love your tree and Santas. Please enter me in your very generous giveaway.

Denise said...

Please enter my name in the drawing. I just love seeing photos of your home. It is definitely magazine worthy.

~mj~ said...

Love your xmas decor!! Those 'feather' trees are gorgeous. Please enter my name in your generous giveaway...Merry Christmas Marley and the kitties!

xo Mj

Diane Prenatt said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Diane Prenatt, dlprenatt@gmail.com

Sarah Marchuk said...

Please enter me in your contest I love123 stitch

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