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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas Blessings to you all

December has been a time of reflection here. Thinking about good times and sad times, there have been lots of quiet times and happy family times too. Present wrapping, card writing and baking has all taken place and we are now ready for the man in red to come down our chimney.

Aunties funeral went well (as well as these things do) and it was nice to meet with distant family i haven't seen since the last family gathering. It kind of made this festive season a little special in a funny sort of way with lots of {hugs} and loving thoughts being spoken about and remembering past family times.

My brother came over and we celebrated Sunday 16th with a family meal and exchanged goodies. He lives some distance from us and he works long hours so we wont be seeing him this holiday time with him only having the 2 days off work.

Saturday 15th hubby and i made our annual visit to St Laurences Church to the Christmas Tree Festival. The church was beautiful, we arrived in the daylight and the church looked beautiful with all the trees twinkling inside but as we left it was becomming dusk and it looked spectacular and very magical.


We met with Clare and her husband to see the tree she had decorated. This year she chose the theme 'Family Tree' and had stitched ornaments to adorn it. There were also pics of her family on it - more pics on Clare's blog. It was beautiful.  Everyone had worked so hard to make their tree stunning. We really like this outing each year.


The Book Borrowers held a Christmas party, a fun time had by all. One of the community centre staff has been a great help and we decided to present a small flower arrangement. I stitched a little gift tag so we could write a little message of thanks inside.


A Christmas stocking was also decorated and filled with little items for a very dear friend of mine. Another gift tag stitched to add to a small gift for a family member. These are such quick stitch projects and so nice.

I have continued with the parlour evening with Barb and the ladies at NH. A happy dance finish of Holly & Berries and its now hanging on my wall.


Shores has been out for the UFO Strictly SAL (well done to Lewis on his win last night!) and Block 8 had its final stitch added on dads anniversary so that is now complete and all ready to start Block 9 in the new year -  this one is definately going to be a finish during 2013.


Angi (no blog) celebrated a special birthday last week and has a collection of bookmarks. I decided that a nice stitched one to commemorate her special day would be nice. This is the design i chose -


Knitting pins have also been out, a new baby is expected by one of the ladies at the Book Borrowers. I've knitted a tiny cardigan and have started on a little crochet blanket to accompany it. Baby is due early January so i better get cracking with the blanket.


Last post i said i would reveal what i stitched in the ornament exchange. My partner was Tina and i decided to go for something a little different to a flat ornament.  I have stitched this one before in an exchange and really do want to stitch it again for our tree sometime. Tina loved it which pleased me greatly.  It's from the JCS Ornament Edition 2007 by Cherished Stitches and called Colonial Christmas Ornament. I took loads of pics but these were the best with it lying on its side.




Our tree is up ....


the fireplace decorated, lovely Christmas stitchy items that only come out once a year are up to admire, Holly and Berries is there too this year


and my late MIL's handknitted nativity has made another appearance. Isabelle has her eye on this and i think her mum might like it at their house, not sure hubby and i are ready to part with it just yet though, he did suggest that maybe i should knit one for them myself ..... mmm we'll see!


We have food shopped and cupboards are fully stocked and all gifts and cards have been delivered. We plan to visit our city centre to see the Christmas lights display on Christmas Eve when it is dark which is always a lovely walk along the streets wrapped up cosy and warm. I love to see and hear the little ones running around the fountain in the Town Hall square and looking at the characters that have been put up each year.  They have come out to be tired out with a walk before heading off home and into bed to await a visit from Father Christmas - i hope they have all been good little boys and girls this year! 

Wishing you all a very happy Christmastime, i hope you enjoy whatever comes your way, be it celebrating with family and friends or just at home on your own thinking about past Christmas celebrations and reflecting on what life has brought your way during 2012.

With love to you all




16 comments:

jane said...

Lovely pictures Julie - all the very best for Christmas and the New Year to you and your family. xx

cucki said...

Super sweet post and stitching..
Merry Christmas dear x

Linda said...

You have certainly had a busy December and it's lovely for you to share them with us. Your stitching and your home are looking wonderful for the festive season. I truly hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to stitching with you in the New Year.

stitcheranon said...

An incredibly beautiful post Julie. As Kermit says in the Muppet Christmas Carol (I believe he heard it from a guy called Dickens lol): Life is a series of meetings and partings.
Sometimes we have to accept the partings and take pleasure in the new meetings.
The knitted nativity is wonderful: let me know if you want to knit two lol. Fantastic stitching too. Tremendous. I wish you and yours a very Happy, Contented Christmas and a Peaceful New year.

butterfly said...

Beautiful post Julie. Lovely photos.
Christmas Blessings to you and your family, hugs.

Catherine said...

Wonderful post! Loved seeing and reading all that you have been busy with. Your Christmas Eve plans sound simply beautiful. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

Melanie said...

Such a lovely post and pictures. :)
Merry Christmas!!

Carol said...

Sounds like you've had one busy month, Julie! I love how your framed Holly and Berries turned out--it looks lovely haning above your mantel. And your MIL's handknit nativity set is amazing--love those little sheep gazing at baby Jesus :)

I know this is a difficult time of year for you, Julie--hope you make some happy memories with friends and family, though! And best wishes for you in the New Year :)

Mouse said...

love the holly and berries framed :) and enjoyed the tour of the trees too ... good luck with the knitting etc and wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very merry stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxxx

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

Lovely post, very festive and cheering.

I love the ornie you made from JCS.

rosey175 said...

That nativity scene is so very cute, right down to the little bulb that lights it! The lil' sheeps are adorable.

Your ornament turned out beautiful on every side!

Christine said...

You've been busy Julie, and your Christmas decorations look gorgeous.
Hope you have a very happy Christmas

Hazel said...

What a lovely warm hearted post julie. Love the tree festival and your own tree of course. So many nice things in this post. I really should start Shores shouldn't I? Merry Christmas to you. Xx

Dani - tkdchick said...

Julie I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Brigitte said...

These pictures are all so lovely with all the stitching and the gifts and the trees. I hope you were having a wonderful Christmas holiday. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Kathy Ellen said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas, Julie. Your pictures are wonderful. The Christmas Tree Festival looks so beautiful.

Your needlework is all wonderful too. Love the pretty bookmart and sweet little baby sweater you knitted for the new baby. Tina must have been so thrilled to receive your beautifully finished ornament too.

Thank you for sharing. May you and your family be blessed with peace and happiness in the New Year.