Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Peace and Love

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness.
~Bob Hope

I finally wrapped the last gift yesterday.  One more thing done that can be checked off the 'to do' list.  I'm hoping I can get a couple of days of sewing in before I have to clean up the extra bedroom in anticipation of the arrival of our DD#2 and her husband on Saturday.  I know there are things I'm forgetting to do.  I still have to make the grocery shopping list for tonight.  But there are things I can't do yet - make the ambrosia and the breakfast roll - until this weekend.  Hopefully I'll remember whatever it is that I'm forgetting - lol!  If not, then I guess it wasn't important or meant to be.  How about you?  Are you sure you have everything in order for Christmas?



Christmas Stockings

The tradition of the Christmas stockings began by a story told since ancient time about a kind noble man who had three daughters. The wife of the nobleman expired and the daughters and their father were left in a state of sorrow. The daughters had to do all the work in the house. When the daughters became young and eligible for marriage, the poor father could not afford to give huge dowries to their husbands.
One evening the daughters, after washing their stockings hung them near the fire place to be dried. Santa Claus being moved by the plight of the daughters came in and put in three bags of gold, one in each of the stocking hanging by the chimney. The next morning the family noticed the gold bags and the nobleman had enough for his daughter’s marriage. The daughters got married and they lived happily ever after. Since then children have been hanging Christmas stockings.



With the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, I was only able to make one flower this week for One Flower Wednesday.......

This flower reminded me of the season not so much in color as in thought.  Peace and love for everyone! 
To see more of the creative hexagon flowers in blogland, Karen, of Journey of a Quilter, has provided a linky for One Flower Wednesday.  If you should stop by, make sure to thank Karen for all of her hard work this year.



Yesterday my mailbox contained a squishy that I had totally forgot was coming.....

I was one of the lucky winners of SewCalGal's Christmas Quilt Show giveaway.  I won my choice of 2 charm packs from Sherrod Studio.   I'm looking forward to using these charm packs to make two Loving Hands quilts.  Thank you to both Darlene and Kim!



I finally finished the last three stitcheries for my Gardener's Journal quilt a couple of weeks ago. 

I've just started putting the squares together to make the quilt.  Hopefully I will have the top all sewn together by the first of the year.



Today I plan on sewing some more block together for Gardener's Journal



A Stitch In Time is having a giveaway.  You could win 20 swivel clips from Charsbeads4U or $10 gift certificate to Zipit.  This giveaway ends Thursday, December 22, at 9:00 pm EST.

Confessions of a Fabric Addict is having a giveaway.  You could win a True Cut TrueSharp Electric Rotary Blade Sharpener.  This giveaway Ends Thursday, December 22.

Joie de Vivre is having a giveaway.  You could win a cross stitch pattern.  This giveaway ends Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Malt Designs is having a giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter bundle of Northcote Range Petite, by Cabbages & Roses.  This giveaway ends Saturday, December 31, at 11:00 pm EST.

KoolBeenz is having a giveaway.  You could win a $25 shoppe credit to Fat Quarter Shop.  This giveaway ends Friday, December 23, at midnight EST.

Annie's Ruby Slipperz is having her weekly Mystery Monday giveaway.  You could win 5 fat quarters and a copy of Lost December.  This giveaway ends Saturday, December 24, at midnight MT.

McCall's Quilting is having a giveaway.  You could win one of three "quilters' candy" pack of stash fabrics including over 8 yards of assorted famous-manufacturer prints.  This giveaway ends Monday, December 26.

Have you heard about the Traveling Stash?  It's ready to hit the roads and journey to a new home.  You can enter the giveaway HERE.




Barbara said...

Wish I had my gift wrapping done and could cross it off my list! Lovely stitcheries, Linda!

Karen said...

A perfect flower for the season! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

Love the stitchery too!

Sunnybec said...

Your stitchery is lovely. I am going to have to make some Christmas stockings to hang on my fireplace, something else on my list but for next year now!! X

Hilachas said...

I'm finally done with the gift wrapping also :) Beautiful, and yes, peaceful hexie flower. Your Gardener's Journal blocks are terrific. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Needled Mom said...

Imagine a stocking full of gold!!! Then again...imagine dowries.

Your hexie flower looks so cute with the perfectly placed hearts. What size are you hexies in the flowers? I may have to think about them for 2012.

Do you want to come wrap my gifts now that you are done? I have to start that today. My sewing machine has been busy this week.

Your garden blocks look darling. I can't wait to see it all pieced and put together. It will be gorgeous.

I do not envy your grocery shopping, but it will be nice to have it finished. Are you suppose to get the winds today and tomorrow?

Sarah Craig said...

I have a tiny bit of wrapping left to do, but less than a half-hour's worth. Woohoo!! Have a merry Christmas, Linda!

Danette said...

I love your flower, I hope you and your family have a Peaceful, Healthy and Merry Christmas.

I wish I was ready for Christmas!

Linda in Calif. said...

I'm almost finished with all my shopping and wrapping. I'm dragging it out for some reason. And I'm almost finished with the cookies and candy. Nice to be almost finished.

Gene Black said...

Gee whiz! I thought I was doing good since I bought the wrapping paper today. LOL....sad but true.

Cheryll said...

It sounds like you are organised Linda.. for the BiG holiday :)
I am too-so it's a great feeling!
Merry Christmas :)

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely stitchery, Your posts are always full of great information

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Peace Out, Sista! And Merry Christmas too.

rubyslipperz said...

I'm jealous that you are so organized. =P

I use Christmas fabric bags for "wrapping" Christmas presents. It's easier and less to throw away after all is opened.

A VERY MERRY Christmas too YOU and yours!!!


Val said...

Lovely hexie flower!. Glad you feel organised. Merry Christmas.

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