Tuesday, 6 October 2009

It's beginning to look......

..... a lot like Christmas. I have spent the last two days decorating for Christmas. Our children and grandchildren will be here this weekend and we will celebrate Christmas/Thanksgiving on Sunday.

And so we have ( Warning - Photo intensive!!!)

1. a decorated Christmas tree full of nutcracker and other special ornaments and under the tree the Nativity that Leo brought back from his tour in Israel

2. Nutcrackers on the end table

3. Nutcracker music box on the sofa table - beside my stitching

4. Nutcracker mat on the dining table

5. Nutcrackers on the beam across the room

6. Nutcrackers at the door

7. Nutcracker placemats on the sun room table

8. Nutcrackers in front of the TV and a nutcracker in my cabinet of Swarovski collectibles

9. Nutcrackers on the fridge in front of the hunting cabin made by my dad

10. Nutcracker quilt on the rocking chair

11. Nutcracker dishes in the kitchen

12. Nutcrackers and whirlygigs (right one is nutcrackers) on the chest

13. Nutcrackers on the floor

14. Christmas Hat on the giraffe (Leo's trip to Kenya) and snowmen on the chairs

15. and last but not least, the travelling tree - this tree holds ornaments purchased on our travels including Elvis in his gold lame suit!

And there was time to stitch.

I finished this Stitcher's Sampler and then made it into a pillow.

Sophia's RR arrived in my mailbox.

She has selected the Pixies from Mirabilia. I have never seen anyone so organized. She has it all laid out, including the patterns and sections she would like us to pick from. She will stitch those not selected when she gets it back. I chose Violet

and am making good progress.

And Santa came to visit - in the name of Patti of Tapestry of Dreams. I won her blogaversary and look at the wonderful stash that arrived in my mailbox today.


Take care one and all and Merry Christmas!


Bonnie Brown said...

Wow Kathy!
Your place looks great! I love all the nutcracker stuff.

Congrats on your stash as well

Suzanne said...

Wow, what an awesome win from Patti! I love your sampler, it looks lovely.

I can't even begin to think about Christmas yet. I will probably put the tree and decorations up on Christmas Eve, what a slacker. Your house is so wonderfully decorated.

Missy Ann said...

Oh my goodness yes it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Like nutcrackers do you? lol

Great stash haul too.

Anonymous said...

Um, I guess you like Nutcrackers huh? LOL :D Luv it all :D Great stitching, too :D

Cheryl said...

Its so funny seeing your decorations and you wishing us a Merry Christmas in October LOL I love all your decorating! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family

Vonna said...

Wow...that is a lovely Christmas set up and a beautiful backdrop for many delightful hours with family celebrating Christmas!

:) Love the finish and the pillow too!

Jenny said...

Yikes Christmas in October? - Love the nativity set, I've been looking for one something like that for a long time. Very beautiful.

staci said...

Wow! You're all decked out for an early Christmas celebration! Looks so festive!!!

Love that stitcher's pillow, it's awesome!!!

Beatrice said...

It's so nice to see the halls decked out with Nutcrackers and things.
The pillow is great and look at all the wonderful stash in your gift. It's like Christmas...lol
See you tomorrow.

Patti said...

You are so welcome for your new stash and I am relieved, I must add, that the strikes the British P.O. are having didn't interfere with it.

Can I just ask you please why you are celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas now? Just an overactive nosiness!

Lots of Love

Patti xxx

Marion said...

Gee Kathy....you should get a couple more Nutcrackers! LOL LOVE the decorating!!! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving/Christmas!
By the way, in reference to the comment you made on my Blog, if you come to NS next summer make sure you stop in the Antique store in Great Village! They had lots of frog flower inserts at cheap (or I thought so) prices. The one I bought the other day was a little pricey, or so I thought, but it was in a different area of the province and I wanted it! LOL
Anyway, take care
Love your posts!!

Anonymous said...

Do I sense a theme going on here? You seem to have as many nutcrackers as I have penguins. lol

tintocktap said...

Wow! Am I in a time warp or something here? I thought this month was October and I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet! LOL Love the decorations - have a lovely Christmas!

Carolyn NC said...

I love it! If I didn't know better, I'd think you liked nutcrackers!! Have fun with your family - love the decorating. Your stitching is beautiful - lovely pillow and RR's!

Judy S. said...

Wow, Kathy, you have been BUSY! I don't think I've ever seen so many nutcrackers all at once.....what fun. I especially like the batch on the beam, must be fun getting them up there! Have a wonderful family celebration!

Ranae said...

Wow! Kathy Great photo's
I wish you and your famly a wonderful weekend
Enjoy! my friend

Hazel said...

Wow that's what I call early lol! x

AnnMcD said...

Awesome nutcrackers Kathy...I knew you liked them ..but WOW!
Great looking stash from Patti...she was extremely generous in her blogaversary gift! Lucky you!

Michelle said...

Love all the nutcrackers!! I want to see the nutcracker quilt though - it looks so cool. And I love your finished pillow. You've really zoomed on Violet too. Wow - you've been BUSY!!!

Karin said...

Wow - you're so organized! Have a great weekend with your family.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! I guess you've got just a few nutcrakers!

What an amazing blogiversary gift.

Congrats on the lovely finish.

stitcherw said...

Wow your house looks great, beautiful decorations. Your finish is so pretty too, it made a perfect cushion. What a neat RR, the fairy's are all so lovely. I'll enjoy watching the one you're doing progress.

Cindy F. said...

How exciting! Love all your decorations and nutcrackers are such a fun collectible!
Love your pillow finish! Sweet!!
Nice RR:) Like her theme.

Congrats on winning Patti's mother load of a giveaway!! Good stash!

Annemarie said...

You are a nutcase, Kathy. But a very sweet and lovely one. Love all your nutcrackers, and I hope you have a cracking Thanksgiving/Christmas.

I have to ask: you have an ELVIS CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT??? If my mother hears of this she will not rest until she gets her hands on one :o)

Lynn said...

Wow, I knew you liked nutcrackers but I had no idea how much! You've done a lovely job decorating. I can't believe you have to pack it all up again in preparation for leaving. Or do you just leave it up until you return home?
BTW, my son wants to know where he can get an Elvis ornament like that for his dad!
Pretty pillow finish Kathy, I love it.

Jan said...

Such lovely Nutcrackers you have! Lots of years collecting, I'll bet! Enjoy your weekend of celebrating!

Wonderful giveaway from Patti, enjoy it all!

Becky K in OK said...

Oh my, me thinks I spied an ornament on your tree that I know quite well! The tree and other decorations are gorgeous.

Kim B said...

My favorite time of year! Look at all those nutcrackers! And the new stash is fantastic! Merry Christmas!

Wanda said...

This is great. It's the feeling and family and smells. The sights and love and colors. Christmas is when you want it to be...it's all about the message!

Carolien said...

Dear Kathy,

What a lovely finish this is! And I love your Christmas house as well, I hope you had a good time.
Yes, I am back in blogland. It took some time. I am catching up with some blogs and now I am reading yours again!

Take care, hugs & greetings from Holland,