To Christmas that is! I did a little bit of last minute stitching this weekend. I made a rope bowl for a special someone and a couple of Santa Boot kitchen towels. The free pattern for the towels can be found here and are super simple, fun, and look great!
This rope bowl is made to go into a new home that has it’s main decor done in gray.
I finished decorating a while back and admittedly did not put everything out. Traditions are important to me, so much of what went up is very traditional to us.
The tree. Here our Callie is enjoying her daily nap beneath the branches. We quickly learned that she really likes tinsel so no tinsel at the bottom of the tree. Yes, we still do colored lights and tinsel. I can’t imagine it any other way. Many of the ornaments are from our children’s elementary years. I get the biggest kick out of pulling them out each year and hanging them, although fewer were put up this year.
There are also two smaller trees – one in the dining room and one on the kitchen counter. Both have white lights and add a nice shimmer to the rooms.
The large full manger scene is not out this year. It was given to me by my mother when I was 19 years old. This is only the second time it has not been set up for Christmas, but that’s okay because I still have this little precious one that our daughter made when just a little girl. Don’t you just love the sweet pea baby?! And a big angel is watching over.
And, of course, our mantel is lined with hand carved Santas They were all carved by our son when he was 16 years old. A few of his Santa ornaments are also on the tree.
The hanging stockings were made by a neighbor that moved away 25 years ago, but we remember her every time I hang them. These, however, are not the ones Santa fills. We each have a special crochet stocking – they stretch and can fit a lot more goodies in them!
Sending warm blessings to all of you.