Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Advent Blog Hop

20th December is here (in eastern Australia) at last - that's my day to post in Jo's On-line Advent Blog Hop.  Jo's question for this year is to name a favourite Christmas song. This is a hard one for me - there are so many lovely Christmas songs to choose from! I have decided on Elvis's version of "If every day was like Christmas".  I have to admit that the sentiment rings true for me!  I hope (without much confidence I'm afraid) that this link will take you to my song.

This pic is one of my favourite Christmas grouping. The central cross stitch was one that had me tearing out my hair (on and off) over 5 years. The chart was in a LA Christmas cross stitch magazine - it was the 1992 Christmas Plate design. I started stitching it in 1992, when I was a fairly inexperienced stitcher and worked only on 18 count Aida. In retrospect, a linen or evenweave would have been a much more appropriate fabric choice, as the chart was absolutely crammed with fractional stitches. Live and learn! It is a very detailed design, with lots of backstitches, and it was way above my skill level when I started stitching. It is my smallest framed Christmas cross stitch, but one of the trickiest to stitch. The two Santa heads flanking the cross stitch are old favourites - I bought them in San Francisco nearly 25 years ago, on my one and only holiday in the USA, and they have been part of my Christmas decorating since then.  The tree is my Advent Calendar. I designed and made it myself. It has 24 red and gold painted stars  and each day in December I turn over one star to reveal a painted Santa. When there are 24 Santas hanging on the tree I know that Christmas Day is just one sleep away. In front of the tree are a few of my Santa bell collection, some clothes peg Santas I painted, and my favourite metal Santa music box.

Unfortunately, this pic comes from last year's Christmas decorating. It's been a different festive season for me this year. Usually I spend most of November packing up all the non-Christmas items from walls, surfaces and display cabinets and replacing them with my collection of Christmas. From December 1 to December 25, Christmas reigns in my house, and Christmas visitors are welcomed daily. This year  I did not decorate at all for Christmas, because my time and energy was focused on the cancer treatment. I've discovered that I'm pretty much an 'all or nothing' person - and this year it was 'nothing' when it came to decorating the house. When she heard I wasn't decorating for Christmas, one of my sisters threw up her hands in horror, and arrived on my doorstep with a most unusual felt Christmas tree and 2 wooden angels, which she insisted on lending me, so I did end up with a Christmas corner. The tree is about 1.2 m (4') high, and the wooden angels are about 50cm (20") tall. I quite enjoy seeing it in the sitting room.

Just 5 more sleeps, and Christmas Day will be here. I wish you a Merry Christmas, and hope that 2019 brings for you and your loved ones a year of good health, good fortune, peace and contentment.


Sheryl S. said...

A lovely Christmas display. Love that beautiful Christmas plate embroidery design which sounds quite complicated and your wonderful Advent tree. I´m pleased your sister hurried round to help with some decorations which are a cheer to admire each day. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year and for sharing a great song.
I'm sorry you didn't feel like decorating in your usual manner this year but your sister has made your house look a little festive, and of course, there are always cards to display!

Ariadne said...

I am sorry that the bad guy cancer is making you feel bad and not in the mood to decorate. Still I am wishing you the best for the holidays. AriadnefromGreece!

RJ said...

Elfie, my wish for you is complete remission. We are going through this in my family too and I know how hard it is to get in the decorating mood. But, I do love your tree that your sister brought over...your display looks lovely. And I love your choice of songs. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Katie said...

I'm an all or nothing person too so I understand. I hope your treatments end your cancer. Cancer is such a horrible thing that just happens to be best of people. Your display last year was beautiful and your sister did a great job to help out this year. Have a Merry Christmas and the best of the new year.

Bethan said...

A lovely Christmas display. Your advent calendar is so clever; I love how the stars become Santa! My best wishes for your cancer treatment and I hope 2019 brings you complete remission x

rosey175 said...

I really like how your Santa advent calendar works! I hope you have a complete remission and return to an ALL person for next Christmas. It's great that your sister rushed over with a little bit for you to have up. I like that Elvis song. :D

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

You still have a good Christmas display. I hope the Christmas season is not too tiring for you and that 2019 is much better for you.

Julie said...

Christmas Blessings to you, I hope the angels that are in your home weave their wonders and the cancer is soon a thing of the past and you can move forward with a happy heart
Much love xx

FlashinScissors said...

It was lovely to see your advent tree and to hear about the Santa plate.
The link to your Elvis track worked and i enjoyed the music, and it was a lovely Christmas video too!
So kind of your sister to rush round with some decorations for you.
I hope you have a complete remission and that next year you will be more able to enjoy Christmas.
Hoping Christmas will not be too tiring for you.
Best wishes,
Barbara xx

Aimetu Clare said...

Lovely Christmas display, Merry Christmas 🎄

Rachel said...

I'm so sorry that you've had health issues but am glad you prioritised your health over decorating the house for Christmas. Hopefully next year you'll be able decorate as usual. Merry Christmas! :)

Mouse said...

yeahhh the link worked .. sorry that you are having a hard time atm with cancer and didn't feel up to decorating but glad your sister came to the rescue … and have to congratulate you on getting that plate design stitched and finished .. well done that lass :) love mouse xxxx

thanida said...

Your point of view is the best among many.

Beth in IL said...

Christmas isn't about decorating. Good you could post and join the Hop. Merry Christmas and may next year be full of joy!

Astrids dragon said...

You can't go wrong with Elvis!
Such a beautiful Santa you stitched and I love your Advent calendar, it's so lovely!
I'm sorry you didn't feel up to decorating this year, but how sweet of your sister to come to the rescue!

Leonore Winterer said...

Great song choice and great decorating - I do love your advent calendar. I hope you still had a nice and festive Christmas, even if you didn't get to do a lot of decorating.

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