Monday, 19 December 2011

Our tree, a finish and a RAK

As you can see, Santa is getting his list of the nice and naughty all ready for the big night! Which one will you be on this year?

Our tree is finally up. This year we decided to put it in our rec room however its usual corner has now been occupied by a computer desk. So after much discussion and some moving of furniture it now occupies the corner next to our gas fireplace. Fortunately it's not a real tree so it won't dry out. I love a real tree but it's not practical with us being away for a few days. I don't want my friends to have to look after the tree in addition to the cat.
I'm also posting a few of my favourite ornaments on the tree. Since most of these ornaments are breakable, I've only begun collecting them and displaying them since the boys grew up and left home. The poinsetttias are made of velvet and wired for bending the leaves. They fit over the miniature tree lights and look so pretty when lit! The tree skirt is one that I hooked when my oldest was just a baby. We dug it out of hiding this year. Unfortunately my tree top won't fit the tree since the ceilings are lower in the basement.

As you can see this was a gift from my younger sister Laurie

Laurie also gave me this moose.
Don't you just love his snowshoes?
This is the very first Christmas gift my hubby ever gave me.
I used to figure skate when I was younger.
He found this ornament when we were on our honeymoon.

These two are the newest additions to our tree.
I found a lovely surprise waiting for me in this week's mail. My cousin Sheryl sent me the sweetest RAK. It's a needleminder from Puffin & Company. Being the cat lover that I am I think you can figure out which one it is.

Isn't he/she cute? I'll say it's a female since that's what our kitty is. Thank you so much Sheryl!! You are such a sweetheart!

My Tuesday night group had their Christmas party and gift exchange last week. I tried out a new recipe to take with me..... gingerbread pumpkin trifle. It was awesome and I'll definitely be making this one again!

One of the members or our group likes to make beaded fobs which she then sells. I asked her to make me one of her fobs to go with my Dinky Dyes Oh Canada scissors. She did a fabulous job! I've posted a pic of the little charm as well which is a beaver. The beaver is our national animal although there are some recently who have talked about changing it to a polar bear.

This afternoon I finished another ornie for my collection. This one is Blue Ribbons Designs Red Birds for Peace. I finally finished up the over one stitching on the birds. They're weren't nearly as bad as I expected. The final finishing won't be done until the new year.

That about wraps things up for now (no pun intended!). I hope to have one final post before Christmas with a picture of my granddaughters' ornaments. I'm currently working on their finishing. I hope in all the craziness of the season that you each  can take a little time for yourself to relax and reflect. Just in case I don't have time for that next post, I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a Happy New Year!


  1. Your tree is beautiful and the sweet memories it holds and new ones added are just gorgeous!
    I love your finish of the ornament and can't wait to see the finale in the new year!

  2. Thank you so much for showing us your tree - it is really lovely. Love all of your ornaments, too. Your red birds for peace stitched up beautifully. Merry Christmas to you, too.

    Hugs, Kaye xoxox

  3. Beautiful Tree !!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family

  4. It's so much fun seeing everyone's trees and ornaments this time of year... Everything looks wonderful, Lynn--and oh, my, what a dessert!!

    Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas as well :)

  5. Thank you for sharing your tree with us. It is beautiful, and those poinsettia ornaments are really cool! I really liked the story about the figure skate - how nice. I think that is one of the best things about Christmas is how we get to bring out lovely memories each year. Love your stitchies!!

  6. Oh Lynn, your Christmas tree is magnificent! And the Peace ornament is so lovely!


  7. Love your tree. Isn't it lovely to decorate with items that mean so much. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  8. Love your tree Lynn!!! The ornaments are so beautiful!! My favourite is the moose!! My dad collects moose stuff since he hunts them. Gorgeous ornie you stitched too!!

    Merry Christmas!!

  9. Lynn your tree looks beautiful! Not sure what you're up to over the holidays but I doin't go back to work until the 9th so if the roads are good and you want to visit/stitch let me know! I'd be happy to make the drive out!

  10. Merry Christmas, Lynn! I love that butterfly ornament, and your peace stitching also.

  11. Your tree looks wonderful.

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  12. Your tree looks great! Pretty stitching, I haven't got round to this design yet.

  13. Your tree is beautiful! A poinsettia tree :o) I love looking at other people's ornaments and finding out the story behind them.

    I didn't know DD did a pair of Canadian scissors! Ack!