Monday, December 5, 2022

A Sprinkle of Vintage- Christmas Hutch Tour

               ♬🎢Rain drops keep falling on my headπŸ’§πŸ’¦πŸŽ΅♪♬🎢☂

It is a beautiful rainy day, and I am going to enjoy the day in my jammies!  

How was your weekend? I hope a very pleasant one.  Mine was busy with a bit of this and that. 

 I worked on part 2 of Joy's Christmas QAL  from Days Filled with Joy and completed 16 hour glass blocks.  Today I will continue on the Joy's Christmas SAL with Week 2's embroidery. 

Well my hutch is all decked out for the holiday. It is plumb full of vintage items and all things Santa. I have to warn you- I got snap happy with my camera so there are a lot of photos. πŸ“ΈπŸ˜€πŸŽ… Also I want to apologize for the dark photos. This house is pretty dark especially on a rainy day. 

 A lot of these things you saw last year , but I did try to change it up a bit, by bringing in some of the vintage pieces that are usually in one of the bedrooms. 

On the top shelf is a 1968 Santa . Hmm, do you think he looks jolly?  


Next to him is a vintage Santa in a floral display. I just popped him into a peppermint bowl .  This Santa has bits of pipe cleaner used for his beard and trim. So cute! 



Nanny's old canister stays out year round. It is filled with some of her old treasured recipes.  

In the corner, is a Santa candy container sitting in a vintage mold; I always try to pick up the vintage aluminum molds when I see them in the thrift stores. 


My all time favorite Christmas piece is this Santa pitcher.  I think he is as cute as a button. 

Next to jolly ole' St. Nick  is a planter filled with a reindeer and a backwards Santa.  I think this might be  a 1950's or 60's piece. 

I always have to adjust poor Santa trying to make him look like he is facing the reindeer. Lol


I have a confession- I am addicted to cookie jars. πŸ˜€πŸͺπŸͺYes , I just love them. Will you find cookies in them? Probably not. Anywhoo  This Santa  cookie jar is a Walmart find  from a few years ago.  

My 2nd favorite item on my hutch is the vintage red and green doilies.  I was fortunate to find them as a set at the Goodwill years ago. 

The bottom shelf has a modge podge of items.

 I found the Toyland Peanut Butter tin last year. 

I only have 2 pieces of stitching - Santa  Stamp which is finished on a Dollar General frame stand. 


 and...

 The 2nd stitched piece is DEC 25th which was a freebie , but I can not remember who was the designer. Do you recognize it? 

The top of my scales holds vintage bowls gifted to me by my sister and some homemade Christmas trees. 

I draped the Santa Mug quilt over the edge of the hutch. I shared this embroidery last year. Click on the colored text  for the Santa Mug Doodle

Did you notice that I did not have any Santa mugs on display on my hutch?  I just could not squeeze one in though I tried my hardest. 

Whewww! That was a whole lot of vintage country Christmas clutter to take in wasn't it?  But oh how it makes my heart sings. I appreciate the sweet Monday visit , my dears.  Stay warm and cozy and do something that you love today. 

As always...

Happy stitching and decorating, ya'll

Melisa

Just remember the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart. - The Polar Express


Hugs and Stitches!!! 

Dedicated to my dear baby, sister, Amy who loved thrifting and Christmas as much as  do. You are a blessing. Love and miss you. 


  Today starts the  Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange which is being hosted by  Carol at Just Let Me Quilt .  I hope you will joining us for the blog hop by visiting all of those participating.  You will find  some  Ho! Ho!  holiday recipes and a sleigh full of  inspiration.  Just click on the names below to visit the sweet ladies . 

                                               December 5

Creatin' in the Sticks

DesertSky Quilting

Karrin’s Crazy World

Days Filled With Joy

Just Because Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

For The Love Of Geese

Words & Stitches

 

December 6

MooseStashQuilting

Just Sew Quilter

Ms P Designs USA

Beaquilter

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
Stitchin At Home

 

December 7

Inflorescence

Crazy'boutquilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Texas Quilt Gal

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Needled Mom

Quilted Delights

 

December 8

Just Let Me Quilt

Quiltscapes

Songbird Designs

Patchwork Breeze

Quilt Schmilt

Homespun Hannah's Blog

Happy Cottage Quilter



I am joining these lovely ladies' link parties. I hope you check them out; they always have so many wonderful projects going on and provide the opportunity for other needle workers to meet. 

Kate at Life in Pieces for  Stitching Stuff ( Sunday) 

Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap - Sunday 

Melva at Melva Loves Scraps for Sew & Tell- Sunday

Brenda at Songbird Designs for Monday Musings

Beth at Love Laugh Quilt  for Monday Making
Judy at Small Quilts Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday
Joy at Days Filled with Joy for This and That

Linda at Texas Quilt Gal for To Do List Tuesday - Tuesday

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Flurry & Flakes SAL - Block 5- The Family Portrait

Good morning, Sunshine!! 

The Flake family is getting all spiffy for their family portrait. Yep! It's Block #5 in my Flurry and Flakes SAL, and it is called "THE FAMILY PORTRAIT". 

The whole family is ready for their Christmas photo.  Isn't Baby Flake just a doll? Just like my youngest grandbaby - never looking at the camera.  Hmmm! I wonder what mischief is going through his mind. 

If you would like to embroider THE  FAMILY PORTRAIT , grab the image below. 

Many of you know that I am no longer able to create clickable links to jpg downloads.  Here is a little note about that situation. . This explains about getting the charts or doodles as well. 

NOTE: Normally I have been able to create links to the charts and instructions which were in JPG form. For some reason, recent updates on Google Docs. has prevented me from doing that and I am not able to create a pdf without having to deal with storage issues. . Many dear stitchers say they right click, save the image and then print.  I think some have copied and pasted it to a Word document that they can print off as well. I hope you are able to find a way to enjoy this chart. You will have to click each page to save .  . Thank you so much for your patience and understanding and for all of the helpful tips and ideas.  



If you have missed BLOCK 1  WINTER WELCOME"   , BLOCK 2- Snow Day  , BLOCK 3  SNOW RACE , and BLOCK 4 A BLUSTERY DAY , click the colored text, and you will whisped back to the previous posts .You will also find information on what size I cut my fabric and the particulars in the Winter Welcome post .   


Next Thursday, I will be sharing the 4 pieced  blocks that I am going to use to set  my 5 embroider blocks with. I am still waiting on a fabric order for a simple border . Fingers crossed it will arrive soon. 


Have a warm and cozy day and...

As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa

Thank you for the sweet visit. 

Beauty attracts heart , but character attracts soul. 

Hugs and Stitches!!!!  And Warm Winter Wishes!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤.

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy who was always ready for a family photo.  Miss and love you so much. ❤❤❤πŸ‘Ό

  In just a few short days,  Carol at Just Let Me Quilt will be  hosting  the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange.  I hope you will joining us for the blog hop by visiting all of those participating.  You will find  some  Ho! Ho!  holiday recipes and a sleigh full of  inspiration. 

                                               December 5

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Just A Visit and Pumpkins & Bittersweet Sampler Freebie

Well a very good morning to you, my dears. Can you believe it ? The last day of November. November came in on the rather chilly side here in the holler, but yesterday it was a nice sunny 73 degrees. 

 Earlier during the day, I saw 3 yellow butterflies. I have never seen butterflies here so late in the season. This reminded me that I needed to work on my butterfly blocks which I am creating in memory of my sister.

By evening time, it became overcast ,and I sat on the porch watching the squirrels scamper back and forth from tree limb to tree limb and listening to the sweet melody of the birds chirping. Of course , when I pulled out my camera , the birdies and squirrels became camera shy and said "NO PHOTOS, TODAY"  Oh well, I will be on a mission to capture them next time. 

             

The leafless trees swayed back and forth as soon a breeze wove its way in and out of the ridges. 

Our little well house. 

 By mid afternoon, I heard the low rumbles of thunder; rain was on its way.  I was not deterred by the rumbles ;  I just  sat and enjoyed a little quilting time with Frosty McChill . 

As I sat on the porch, I thought  why not leave you with one more small fall freebie to wet your appetite for next year's autumn stitching. I know it might not be something that you are interested in stitching right now since it is Christmas Stitching Season  , but maybe in the future. 

 I am so excited to share with you my Pumpkin & Bittersweet Sampler

I received so many kind  compliments on my recent Thanksgiving Hutch post where I showed you my Pumpkin and Bittersweet Sampler. Thank you so much , dear friends.  I am tickled pink that so many of you liked it. 


If you are interested in stitching PUMPKIN & BITTERSWEET SAMPLER  ,grab the images below. Many of ya'll know but I always encourage you to read my little disclaimer and note about getting my charts. 

NOTE: Normally I have been able to create links to the charts and instructions which were in JPG form. For some reason, recent updates on Google Docs. has prevented me from doing that and I am not able to create a pdf without having to deal with storage issues.  Many dear stitchers say they right click, save the image and then print.  I think some have copied and pasted it to a Word document that they can print off as well. I hope you are able to find a way to enjoy this chart. You will have to click each page to save. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding and for all of the helpful tips and ideas. 

Many of you know , but I always like to leave this little disclaimer.  

I stitch my little designs for fun and to decorate my home. I feel very blessed by this community and love sharing my little charts, but I am not a professional designer. And I do not have professional software. Thank you for understanding . I am always grateful for your kind encouragement , your visits, and for stitching my little designs.





OK, let me tell you a little bit about it. I was inspired by my Blessings cross stitch that I shared in 2020. I always liked the bittersweet vines and the colors. 


I stitched   the Pumpkin and Bittersweet Sampler on 14 count aida that I tea / coffee dyed. 

     

I had hoped it would fit in this  5x7 frame that I purchased at the Goodwill, but it is a wee too big, but that is ok I can make do. Using 14 count aida , it measures 4 3/8" x 7 1/4". 

I just used 6 DMC floss colors which are 3011, 3829 , 300 ,301, 898  and 844. 

For reference,  this is where the floss colors are located.

THE PUMPKIN: 300, 301 and the STEM is 898
THE BITTERSWEET VINE 898 , 301 
LETTERS  A, I, K, P, U, Z-   DMC 3011
LETTERS B, E, J, N, R , W-  DMC 3829 
LETTERS C, L, S, X-     DMC 844
LETTERS D, H, M, O, T, Y- DMC 301
LETTERS F, G, Q , V-      DMC 300
QUILT MOTIFS IN THE CORNERS - DMC 300


That's my last fall cross stitch for the year!  Now I have a ton of Christmas pieces I need to finish, but first I have to get ready for tomorrow. Eeeeh! Tomorrow will be  the last embroidery block in  the Flurry  & Flakes SAL . I hope you will pop in for a short visit to see the snow family. 
Well , sweeties. I am off to  work on a few chores and then perhaps settle into some stitching.  You have a very lovely day and   As always...

Happy  Stitching and Quilting, ya'll

Melisa

Thank you for the sweet visit. 

Nothing is impossible . The word itself says I'm Possible! - Audrey Hepburn

Hugs and Stitches!!!!πŸ€—πŸ§΅❤.

 Good bye November and hello December! 

Dedicated to my dear sister, Amy. Miss and love you so much. ❤❤❤πŸ‘Ό

  In just a few short days,  Carol at Just Let Me Quilt will be  hosting  the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange.  I hope you will joining us for the blog hop by visiting all of those participating.  You will find  some  Ho! Ho!  holiday recipes and a sleigh full of  inspiration. 

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