Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Tidings

Stocking - NeedleArt by Zweigart


Tree - NeedleArt by Zweigart


Noel - M Designs

These are ornaments that went inside lined tins for three friends of mine as part of our exchange gifts. We all live within two hours of each other and try to meet at our LNS every few months or so. Today was our small Christmas party and we had so much fun. Since DH gave me a gift certificate to the LNS and they had a great sale going on, I felt perfectly free to buy stash. Got several charts and lots of threads (50% off). Cannot beat that.

I'm still in a Christmas stitching mood, so I decided to join Nancy M. & Chris's Ornament Challenge group. I'm giving the link from Nancy's blog - I can't get it to pull up on mine.
I'm also in the Bride's Tree SAL so I want to adapt this particular New England St. Nick for the December ornament.
Below are the wonderful gifts from our exchange. I think I'm set for a long time. :)

Christmas was a blur now, I think. We celebrated with extended family the weekend before (right before we lost our dog), went to see the Dead Sea scrolls that Mon. with brother's family, had Christmas Eve service and gifts with immediate family that night, open house Christmas Day, and then left for wedding rehearsal in FL next day, and wedding on Sat. Wedding was beautiful and very sweet. Came home Mon. and had Christmas party with friends today & trip to LNS. Fun, but busy. I'm looking forward to being able to stitch some this week. I've included a few pictures of the happenings.
All of us at the wedding.....


My mom and me - she turned 88 on Dec. 22 and can still run rings around most of us. Good thing she doesn't read my blog, because she'd shoot me for posting her age. She has battled cancer and congestive heart failure these past few years, so I am very thankful to still have her.

And lastly, as a surprise, my DH gave us all key chains with Indiana's photograph etched onto the silver. A lady does this out of her home locally.














Thank you to all those that read my blog and post comments. They are truly appreciated. Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the holiday. Happy New Year!

28 comments:

Rene la Frog said...

You have been one busy lady!!! Great family picture and the one of you and your Mom is wonderful. She sure doesn't look her age.

Love the tins. Where did you get them. I am a tin junkie and would love to find some like that.

Great stash. Should keep you busy for a couple of months.

Maureen said...

Okay you're making me feel tired just reading about your christmas! Great stash buying though and those tins are fab!

Penny said...

I love your blog and the pictures are great. I love the ornaments in the tins. That is an idea I will keep for next christmas and that was very thoughtful of your husband surprising you will the key chains with your dog etched on it. Wonderful Idea.

Beth said...

Oh, WOW! Such wonderful new stash! All those purple fabbies and Dinky Dyes! And your new charts and fibers are wonderful!

Thank you for sharing the family pics, your Mom looks great. I agree with Rene, she doesn't look her age at all!

Happy New Year!

Beth

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Kelly said...

The tins are fabulous, well done!
Great photos and its nice to see a photo of you too!
The key chain is such a nice tribute to Indiana.
Hugs, Kelly

Kathy said...

Love the photo of you with your Mom. That is one to treasure.
The last week or so sounds like a whirlwind for you. But a nice one.
And it sure looks like you had a good time at your LNS. :)
I also like the way you packages your ornaments. Hmmmmm I'll have to keep that in mind for next year.
The key chains with Indiana's photo brought tears to my eyes. What a fabulous idea. Happy New Year to you and yours.

kaghos said...

yes i agree with you Rene she has been a very busy lady, and it looks like she has a lot of things to keep her busy. boy did you get a lot of stash.

Ashley G. said...

The tins and floss rings are too cute!! And congrats on the new stash!!

The etched key chains are beautiful, what a wonderful gift!!!

Katrien (ILCS) said...

Those tins look great. Great stash

Meari said...

Love the family photos... and look at all that STASH!! Wow, enjoy it all. :) Cute ornies you made for your friends.

Janaina said...

How lovely the family pics!=)
Great idea on the key ring! Indiana looks so nice... I feel for you, Carol. I've 2 "kids in fur" myself and can't even think on the day I'm going to be without them.=(

Terri said...

Wow I got tired just reading it lol.. Beautiful Stitching and wonderful stash. Your mom looks great and definitely doesn't look her age. And your hubby defintely gave a thoughtful gift.

Angel said...

Hey Lady! I love the pic of you & your Mom. Your right, she'd have your head for posting her age, but man she doesn't look it! She should be proud of it!

Nice stash! That will keep you busy for what... a week?

I like your tins & ornaments... what a great idea!

The keychains are beautiful. I am soooo sorry for your loss...

You've been so busy lately, take some time to breathe...

Stephanie said...

What a neat idea for Christmas "wrap"!

Nancy said...

Wow, a busy Christmas is an understatement! I am sure you are looking forward to a quiet New Year's Day to just sit and do nothing (well maybe stitch!) Wonderful gives given and received, from all parties! It's great we get so many different ideas (the tins) for us to use. If only I could remember when the time comes!!! LOL Love all the silks you got. Aren't they so tempting when hanging up on the racks all innocent and pretty?? Happy (quiet) New Years to you!

CameoRoze said...

Wow, Carolyn! Lots and lots of excitement (good stuff and hard stuff) on your end. Looks like a great stash addition. Should be fun stitching everything up.

LINED tins. Why did I never think of that before? I enjoy tins. And I've lined boxes. So why not combine the two? Excellent.

So sorry about the loss of your dog. What a great way to remember him.

Cameo @-->-->---

Sharon said...

What beautiful pictures, you and your mom are both very pretty ladies. I am so happy you still have your mom with you, thank God.
I love the tins you made, what a cute idea, I may have to borrow it. The keychains are just so nice. What a wonderful gift to treasure. Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family.

mainely stitching said...

What a whirlwind! :D Loved the pictures, and found the keychain with Indiana's picture very touching.

Donna said...

Love those tins and all that stash. I also love seeing you and your mom. It is good to put a face with a name. My mom lives with me (she is disabled). Moms are the best aren't they?
Happy New Year

Chiloe said...

Happy new year full of wonderful stitching !!! :)

Lana said...

Lovely photo-ful post!!! I love the tins! Looks like you have been really busy!!! Have a wonderful New Year!!!
~A Joyful Stitcher~

Karen said...

Love the ornaments with the Christmas tins. What a cute idea. What a sweet idea for the keytags and I know your family will cherish them. Such a thoughtful touch. Wishing many happy stitches in this new year.

Kathy said...

Hey Carolyn! Those little ornies look familiar! So I'm here and trying to figure out how to make a blog....I'm going to need help I'm sure! I'll let you know when I get one up and running and you can tell me what I'm doing wrong, okay?

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Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love the ornaments. I really enjoyed reading your blog, loved the son, small and grown...and lucky you, to have your mom. Mine looks way older than her.

Gabi said...

Beautiful tins. Your family pictures are very lovely too. Your mum looks great. The key chain with the picture of Indiana is adorable.

gertru said...

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Happy new year!