Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Week Before Christmas

Tis the week before Christmas
the tree's without trim
the gifts are unfinished
readiness looks grim!

Here is a free chart from The Nebby Needle for those of you who are still stitching Christmas things:
The threads I used were The Gentle Art:  
0120 Pine; 7012 Picket Fence; 7039 Bayberry; 0360 Cranberry.
As you can see, I have not finished it into an ornament/pincushion/banner . . . or whatever.  If you choose to stitch it and actually finish it off, please send me a picture.  I'd love to see what you do with it!

I'm so behind . . . at least our Christmas cards were mailed yesterday!  I face this problem each year . . . time management . . . that darn ADD!!!  I like to take each holiday as it comes and enjoy it to the fullest.  Therefore, I enjoy Halloween without thinking about Thanksgiving and then enjoy Thanksgiving without thinking about Christmas.  Then . . . suddenly . . . it's Christmas and I'm not ready!!!!

Most of the decorations are up . . . it's just the tree.  This is the first year we've gotten the tree without our daughter here and I just can't bring myself to decorate it without her here (she arrives on Sunday).  I think we should wait!

The living room mantel.
Santa with all his wine cover buddies from Hungary.
Living room coffee table with my Christmas matryoshka dolls . . . also from Hungary . . . probably made in Russia.  For some reason Hungary has a lot of Russian matryoshkas for sale at the Budapest Market . . . love them!
The dining room.  Need to find my fake poinsettias to replace the hydrangeas with . . . hmmm . . . where can they be?
The dining room hutch (that my grandfather made . . . that I refinished several years ago).

My favorite Russian/Hungarian Santa . . . also from the Budapest Market.  He had a little crack in his hat so I got him half price!!!

The family room mantel with all my little hand carved Santas that my father made and the stockings that my mother stitched.

And then there's my favorite little guy . . . Santa from my childhood.  Don't tell my brothers I have him!  They probably haven't thought about him in years.

See . . . I have gotten a lot done.  Other than the empty containers sitting around and pine needles (fake and real) littering the floors, we are almost ready . . . almost.  Started baking this morning . . . much more to do . . . gotta run . . .

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!!


  1. Merry Christmas Bonny! I love the freebie, thank you.

  2. Thank you Bonny for the free design, it is darling. I am putting it on my list to stitch but don't think it will get done this year :(. Don't feel bad about your tree, mine has been up since the weekend after Thanksgiving and it doesn't have one ornament on it. The kids start arriving tomorrow and they want to decorate it. Merry Christmas, Denise.

  3. Thanks for sharing the cute chart! I'm way behind on Christmas as always!
    It will be finished ready or not. Merry Christmas!

  4. Love all of your Christmas decorations.
    I think my favorite is the metal sleigh.
    That's a very pretty hutch that your Grandfather made.
    Thank you for the freebie.

  5. Yes, I think you should wait until your daughter comes to decorate the tree. Yes, I also treasure season and holiday and sometimes get behind. Love all the Santas

  6. Don't they just come quicker every year? Thanks for the sweet Merry Christmas!

  7. Thanks for the pattern Bonny. Very generous of you and I'll be sure to send you a pic when I finish. Merry Christmas!

  8. I think your house looks very inviting and festive!! I will "pin" the new freebie chart - so cute!! Thank you for designing all these sweet patterns for us to enjoy! I finished your biscornu, over one! It is tiny and so darling. Will send a picture soon!! Merry, merry Christmas!

  9. Thank you for the freebie. Merry Christmas, Ornella from Italy