Friday, December 23, 2011

And the Merriest of Christmas's...

 to you, my dear blogging friends!!



Do you think this guy is busy enough? Whittling away at that special toy? This is just one of my favorite ornaments that adorn the family tree. What is one of your favorites, other than the handmade ones? Do any of you readers, have specific collections, such as a theme, or brand, like Hallmark ornaments? Would love to hear about it, if you do!

I was able to finish The Primitive Needle's Earth Sampler a few weeks ago, not the greatest picture:
Primitive Needle's Earth Sampler
Tree of Life Linens Cocoa Double Dip 40 ct
Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Art Fibers
Substituted white cat for middle motif, in memory of a family pet

Here is a pic of the outside of the Belfonte house...looks so strange without the customary white snow to make it a truly wintery Christmas scene. Grass is greener than it was all summer, strange!
I am pleased that I have everything ready for Christmas. Usually this time of the year, I am frantically putting things together at the last minute, and that really does take away alot of joy in the moment. So, that said, I am hoping that you all are ready for your celebration of Christmas, with your family and friends this weekend. I am waiting with anticipation for my children and grandchildren to arrive for our family gathering on Christmas Day. Lots of good food, good company and good gifts, after reading that timeless Christmas Story. I wish you joy and lots of peace, dear friends and readers... the kind of peace that can only come to the heart, through the grace of God.

What is Christmas without Christ?

Love, Jan


23 comments:

Joanie said...

Merry Christmas, Jan! I wish you the most joyous holiday filled with the wonder of our Lord's birth!

Enjoy your day with your family!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, dear friend! May your heart be filled with joy and peace as you spend the day with family.

Love you!
Robin

P.S. My most favorite and treasured ornament (besides the ones made by wonderful friends) is a sheep stitched on plastic canvas by my Grandmother.

Margaret said...

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas! (I used to collect Hallmark train ornaments for my DS. We have tons of them! I love Radko ornaments myself. Have lots of those too.)

stitcheranon said...

Ooo I love the sampler. Have a lovely

Christmas and a peaceful and contented new year.

Katrina said...

I love that sampler!!!! It's framed and on my wall :-). Your house looks so sweet too, pretty lights. Hope you have a merry, merry Christmas!!!!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Jan! Enjoy the time with your family. Love, Candace

Carol said...

I can see why you love that ornament, Jan--elves and gnomes have always been favorites of mine, too.

Love your Earth Sampler--all of those little creatures must have been so fun to stitch.

Your home looks so warm and welcoming all lit up for Christmas--wishing you a joyful holiday with your family!

Melissa said...

Love your latest finish, Jan! Your house looks very lovely!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Vonna said...

Your house looks great Jan! Merry, merry Christmas to you!

Mouse said...

ohhhh it is funny to see so much green ... lovely sampler and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your bugs and a merry stitchy new year too :0 love mouse xxxx

Sherry said...

Merry Christmas, Jan! Your house is lovely and very Christmasy. Love the Earth Sampler too!

Olivia said...

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" 2Cor. 9:15.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jan.

woolwoman said...

Hope you and your family had a great "Christ"mas Jan. may many blessings be yours - Mel

Gabi said...

Hopefully you had a fantastic Christmas. Love the look of your house.
Congrats on finishing this beautiful little sampler.

Lynn said...

Your sampler finish is wonderful Jan! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. Wishing you many blessings for 2012!

Siobhan said...

Merry Christmas, Jan! I hope you had a blessed holiday. Congratulations on the finish! I enjoyed seeing your decorations--lovely! Wishing you a wonderful 2012, to you and your family!

Kathy said...

Merry Christmas, Jan. Your house looks so pretty. Love the Primitive Needle piece too!

Happy New Year!

TinaTx said...

Beautiful picture of your house! We are used to snow-less Christmas here!
I have been buying Hallmark ornaments since our first Christmas, one for hubby and myself (at least, sometimes more) and one for each of the boys. The thought was that the boys would eventually take their ornaments for their own trees but so far they are still on my tree!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year!

Karoline said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all the best for 2012

Suzanne said...

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and the new year brings good health and fortune.

Lovely finish with the Earth Sampler and I love your house decoration.

Carolyn NC said...

I hope your holiday was wonderful, Jan! Nice finish! Your house is lovely. Hope 2012 is a blessed year for you and yours. :)

Michelle said...

Love your Earth Sampler finish. That was one of my favorite stitches!! Happy New Year!

Cathy C said...

I'm not sure whether my comment went through or not, so I'm doing it again. Your Blackburn sampler is gorgeous! I've wanted to stitch that for a long time, and the colors are so much nicer up close than what you see generally on the online photos of the chart itself. Great job! Lovely grand chidlren too! They are adorable! I'm sure they bring you great joy. I haven't stitched since my husband passed away almot 6 years ago -- jut now going back to work again and have thought about picking up my needle again. Only issue is time ....hard to work things in when you are working full time. But I hope to get that started before too long. Again, wishing you a great year and yes, Christmas is not Christmas without Jesus!

God bless -- Cathy in NM