Sunday, December 18, 2011

Last Minute Makes

Hi everyone,
I'm off to UK tomorrow to spend Christmas with the family but I just wanted to squeeze in one last blog post for 2011 to show a final round up of the last of the Christmas ornaments and a few other bits and pieces.

Top row left is Ze Rink part of the Winter Snapperland by Bent Creek. I stitched it for my 7 yr old grandson who is heavily into ice skating along with his sister.
Top right is a cute little freebie design offered by Pineberry Lane

Bottom left is a Waxing Moon gingerbread man UFO that I must have started maybe ten years ago. I have no idea what took me so long to finsh something so tiny but I decided it was time to finish it and will give it to my baby grandson Max.

Bottom right is Little House Needleworks Peace on Earth finished as a pinkeep style ornament.

Two of the ornaments are backed with the red checked homespun fabric and the others as shown

I have received some lovely surprise gifts :)
A box from Roberta containing this gorgeous Whitman's reindeer tin

Inside the tin a beautiful stitched strawberry by Blackbird Designs

other goodies inside the tin Mary Engelbright notecards and nail file and three bag patterns.
Thank you so much Roberta you really spoiled me and I love everything.

I have a bit of a thing for lovely tins and boxes and was over the moon with this one that friend Sheila gave me last week. It was filled with yummy cookies but I'm afraid to say they are just a happy memory now :)

Another lovely surprise from Valie in France. Valie had shown a set of Olde Worlde Santa's wearing national dress on her blog. I had admired the French one little knowing that he would be coming to Spain!
I just love his beret and the fact that he is carrying baguettes rather than a sack of toys :) Thank you Valie you really made my day.

I've been giving myself a few early Christmas gifts too. I think these will keep me busy for a while :)

All that remains for me now is to wish all of you a very happy Christmas, good health and happiness for 2012.
Thanks so much for your friendship over the past year. I have loved getting to know you through your blogs and from your visits to mine.



Margaret said...

Lovely ornaments! Lovely gifts from friends as well. I'm looking at your new books and wondering about a few for myself. lol! Nice!

Sally said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous Margaret.

Your received some lovely gifts.

Have a fantastic time with your family! Happy Christmas :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Wonderful ornaments, Margaret. Would you share the Pineberry Freebie? I can't seem to find it and it's adorable.

The gifts you received are all wonderful!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Nancy said...

Feliz Navidad Margaret! Your ornaments are so beautiful! I love how you finished them. Always such a treat to read your blog and see what you have been stitching or sewing. Travel safe to UK, and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Your ornaments are beautiful! And such lovely gifts. Merry Christmas and happy traveling!

jane said...

Beautiful ornaments and gifts! Those books look great, I am tempted to have a look for one or two of them. Have a wonderful Christmas and safe journey.

Karen said...

Your finishes are great! Hope you have a great trip and wonderful holiday!

merry christmas...

Lesleyanne said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous. Love gifts received. Enjoy your time in the UK. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Rhonda said...

Oh what fun it is to "give" and "receive". Your ornaments are precious, BTW.

Michelle said...

Your ornaments are so pretty Margaret. I love the gifts too!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with your family xx

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness what beautiful makes! And the tin from your friend - amazing! Have a wonderful Christmas and a fulfilling New Year in which all your hopes and dreams come true! love Annie xx

Caz said...

Lovely finishes Margaret! Have a great (cold) time with the family.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Beautiful ornaments Margaret, I especially love the little gingerbread man. :)
I also have that little Scandinavian tin, like you the cookies didn't last long but at least we still have the tins! ;)
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas in the UK and looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 2012!
Happy Christmas,
V x

Abby and Stephanie said...

Wishing you peace and joy! Lovely gifts received and terrific gifts you gave yourself. :o) Your little ornaments are super cute.

Bertie said...

Love your ornaments,and early gifts, fabulous.
Brace yourself for the English weather, it will be 12 degrees C !! I think you are taking the weather with you:))
Love the tin with the deer!
Happy Christmas!

Ellen said...

The ornaments are gorgeous, love them!

Lovely gifts!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holidays with your family!


marly said...

Oh my - great ornaments. I need to check that freebie. Lovely gifts! Have a safe and enjoyable journey, Merry Christmas!

Carol said...

Oh, such cute ornament finishes, Margaret! I love them all. And what nice gifts from your friends (and from yourself!!)...

Have a lovely Christmas in the UK. And I hope Santa brings you even more stitching surprises :)

Sherry aka Celtic Dream Weaver said...

I am wondering where your friend found the Reindeer tin. It is beyond gorgeous. Love all of your gifts. YOu are very lucky.

Sheila said...

Another great update with fabulous photos...:)
Have a wonderful time in the UK with your family... MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Siobhán said...

What fantastic gifts, both made and received!! Lucky you! The ornaments are just gorgeous, too. Fantastic finishing! Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas and safe travels!

Jennifer Ann Fox said...

hope you have a great trip!

Your ornies are so pretty, so very pretty!!!!

Feathers in the Nest

Lili said...

Lovely ornaments!!!To cute!!

Merry Christmas!!


Nicola said...

Wishing you a very blessed and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year, may it bring you gifts of joy, health and happiness.

angelasweby said...

What a lovely end of the year treat it is to see your blog update. The little ornaments are gorgeous. You always make such pretty and appropriate designs for the grand kids :-) I love the little skater especially.

Your gifts from Roberta, Sheila and yourself to yourself are gorgeous. The tins are beautiful. I love the reindeer tin and the one with the knitted cover is just brilliant. I wonder if Sheila knitted that herself!

Have a lovely time over here with all your family and hopefully, your arm will be fully recovered in the new year.
Angela xx

angelasweby said...

Oops, I forgot to mention your stitched gifts. The strawberry from Roberta and that lovely French Santa from Valie are absolutely gorgeous :-)
Angela xx

Carolien said...

Hello Margaret,

What a lovely ornaments! I especially like the one with the ice skating figure (I love to skate too).

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012!!!
Hugs, Carolien

Sherry said...

Great ornaments and finishes. Isn't it fun getting gifts from friends! Merry Christmas.

Karen said...

Beautiful little ornaments, Margaret! My favorite is the Pineberry one, thanks for the link. So happy for you getting all the lovely presents, too!

Michelle said...

You ornaments are lovely - beautifully stitched and finished! The gifts you received are also lovely!

A Very Merry Christmas to you and enjoy spending the time with your family!

Andrea said...

Wonderful finishes and lovely gifts.

Hope you have arrived safely over here. It's supposed to be quite mild, so you won't need many thermal undergarments.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Elisa said...

Some beautiful finishes Margaret and enjoy your books xx

Christine said...

Love your stitched ornaments .. they are all adorable. Have a happy Christmas with your family.

Miss ZELANIA said...

Merry Christmas!

My best wishes for the next year accompanied by hundreds of embroidery to enjoy.

Kisses Isabel

Karoline said...

The ornaments are great & you had some lovely gifts

Hope you have a very Happy Christmas

CATHI said...

Merry Christmas to you!


Faye said...

Wonderful display of all the ornaments and gifts...Have a blessed New Yeart~~~ Always, Faye

Make handmade said...

So cute patterns for Christmas! thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi at last I can view your blog and thank you so much for letting me know you had put your gifts from Roberta on it, we were so spoilt.
Your ornaments are beautiful and i love the skater and do hope Max will treasure his. You are so talented Margaret in putting the right colours together.

Hope you have had a wonderful time in the UK and hasn't the weather been mild. Travel safe back home and look forward to our friendship next year.
Hugs and Crosses

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Just came across your blog and it's wonderful! Hope you had a marvellous Christmas. Happy New Year and may 2012 be a wonderfully creative year for you :)

Coco Cross Stitcher said...

What lovely work you have on your blog and your ornaments are gorgeous. I have become your newest follwer. happy new year
x catherine

Ann said...

Found my way here via Samplers and Santas blog. I love your rendition of Pineberry Lane's freebie. I did it following the colors charted, but like your's with the red dress better - I'll be making another one, like yours. Thanks for sharing! ~Ann