This year has certainly gotten past me, already! It is almost mid-month, and I am just putting away Christmas! Of course, I had Christmas 2 last weekend... so it follows that I would be doing that this weekend, right?
I was taking it down while watching the Playoff Game between the Niners and Panthers. Sorry friends, but Niners ROCK! Super Bowl is next!
It was nice to have my eldest and her family here finally. We had a nice Christmas, with more big meals and gatherings. The family all seemed to love their throws/blankets. And the younger two were quite excited to receive their rubber-band loom thingys... they already brought the ones they got for Christmas at home, so I just added to their stash! Maghen made me a purple bracelet... gotta take a picture and post it.
One of the little gifties I gave my daughter and hubby were coasters that I found while thrifting last year. They are glass and have pictures of the Bluebird that is down in NC!
Aren't they pretty? They were appreciated... And I heard that my son-in-love is refinishing the coffee table so they will look nice on it when done.
I promised to show pictures from the visit to the antique store...
First is the THREE Ewe & I & Friends cross stitch patterns I found! The Red House, Primitive Primrose, and Primitive Tree. I love these patterns so much, I bought a repeat! I already have Primitive Tree waiting to be stitched, so...you know what that means? It is up for grabs by one of my followers. I will mail it to the first person to answer this question correctly: What kind of tree can you carry in your hand? I will announce the winner next Sunday!
I found this Nativity there... seems to be in good condition. I will use it next Christmas in my dining room...$9 !! Not a famous brand but nice nonetheless!
And I gave my husband this Christmas music box. He likes those old men and women pieces... couldn't pass this up for $5 and it works! It plays 'We wish you a Merry Christmas." Of course, the youngest granddaughter was fascinated by it...
And I found this lovely little Willow Tree box for $4, in what looks to be new condition...
I just love the detail in these works of art, but also the simplicity...I have an Angel of Courage upstairs--Lois from Elegant Stitch sent it to me when I found out I had breast cancer! She didn't even KNOW me! But she knows my LNS owners, who told her about how I was doing... The kindness of strangers...I have RAKed many of those angels to women with a need, in return for that kindness years ago.
Not to mention the wonderful sentiment inside!
I neglected to mention the Halloween costumes at work this year. My friend, who is a very strong believer, doesn't miss a chance to dress up in a costume that speaks to people about her faith. This year was no exception, except she had a partner in crime! She walked into the area first, holding her sign and Bible. A second or two later, part two came in!
Well, that is it for now. I am off to dig in my stash and figure out what I want to stitch this year, as many of you have already done. I am finishing up a big WIP this week, so then I am allowed a new start! Them's the rules I made for myself!