Hello Everyone! I hope you’re having a good weekend. Since I last posted, I spent three days decorating the house for Christmas and guests and making a few gifts that I can’t share right now. We were fortunate to be able to have my parents for lunch earlier this week. We took lots of precautions including staying away from people almost a week before their visit. We also had my father-in-law here for the weekend since we were already self isolating. My brother-in-law joined us for dinner and it was so nice to be able to visit in person for the pre-holiday get togethers. Since our kids will be here for Christmas, we know that a visit with the grandparents will not be possible.
I did finish the blocks for the Christmas table runner but haven’t decided on the setting yet. I love the mix of Holliberry by Corey Yoder and Christmas Figs by Fig Tree. I hope to finish the top before Christmas.
Since I didn’t have the table runner finished, I used this table topper I made many years ago on the island and displayed my Santa mugs on it. This table topper is the precursor to my Holly-Daze pattern that is still on sale until the end of today, Dec 13. I had some built in shelves in the old house, so plenty of places to set things. I’ll have to think about using a tiered tray before next year.
Speaking of Santa Mugs, my Instagram friend Melisa shared her free Santa Mug cross stitch chart on her blog, Pinker n Punkin Quilting and Stitching. She also shared a little history on the mugs, definitely worth checking it out even if you don’t want the chart. Melisa shares many of her cute free designs and you can find her on Instagram at PinkerPunpkinQuilting.
Part of decorating the house was finding new places for all my Christmas quilts and cross stitch pieces and well… all my Christmas decorations. After decorating the same house for over 20 years, it didn’t take long to do there. It took me three days to get everything where I wanted it. I didn’t use all my small quilts, but I found places for the big ones.
I also have a few quilts on a quilt ladder and rolled up in a basket to be used if we get a chill. By next year, I’ll have a better feel for the house and where things should go. The house feels very Christmasy, though and I can’t wait to share it with my kids!
I did work some on both Cozy Cardinals and the Bonus Block from Anniversaries of the Heart. I still have the house to go on Anniversaries and the words. My plan is to finish it by the end of December. On the cardinal piece, I need to stitch the female. That will be a piece I can display all winter with the rest of my cardinals.
We didn’t go on a long drive this past week, but we did drive down by the Shenandoah River after my hair appointment (which I did keep because it has been three months since my last cut and I was the only one in the shop). My husband dropped me off while he went and washed the truck. The pictures aren’t quite as good as from the car, but is was a pretty ride on a new road for me.
We are going to Watermelon Park off Route 7.
This is the first glimpse of the river as we come around a bend. There is camping with hook-ups in the park but I bet it stays full in warmer weather.
It was a pleasant 30 minute drive on another beautiful afternoon.
I hope you all have a great week. We are supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow on Wednesday. If we were in Georgia, I wouldn’t believe it, but I haven’t learned the weather patterns here yet so we’ll have to see what really happens. If it does, I will enjoy watching it from all the big windows at the back of the house.
Thanks for stopping by!