Cozy

Hall Tree Ornaments

Thanks for all the compliments on Jenny Bean. I really appreciate it! Since finishing Jenny, I’ve been concentrating on getting ready for the holidays. Eric and I have been spending the last couple of weekends decorating, menu planning, addressing cards, and doing some of our annual traditions. I thought I’d show you some of the stitched items I’ve used in my decorating this year. The past few years I haven’t gotten many of them out, but I tried to rectify that this year. Above, you can see one of trees. This one is filled mostly with handmade ornaments.

Stockings

And, our stockings hang on the mantel.

Christmas Cards

I fill this little basket with the cards we receive from friends and family. My Peace ornament found its home here again this year.

Winter Snapperland

I had almost forgotten about my Winter Snapperland. But, I found a place for it nonetheless. We change out some of our photos of our travels with holiday photos from our trip to New York, so I have those scattered throughout the house too.

Santas

It’s been years since I got these little pillows out. That Mary Engelbreit Santa was the very first piece I stitched on linen. The little blue pillow Santa was actually a design for a knit sweater, but I liked it so much I used the chart and stitched him. He’s kind of fun on that opalescent fabric.

I have a couple other stitchy type decorations, but I’ll wait to show them to you next time since this post is already rather photo heavy!

So, since finishing Jenny Bean, I’ve been kind of hesitant to start on anything new – although I have several things I need to get cracking on – not the least of which is the 4th Day ornament for Eric. But, I just kind of felt that with all the hustle and bustle right now, I needed something rather mindless and comforting. So, I picked up my CCN Sweet Treats piece that I started some time ago. Here’s what it looked like the last time I showed a progress photo.

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And here’s what it looks like now. The colors in the photo above are much more accurate. I was attempting to take photos with my eyes shut apparently for the recent update photo.

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I’m stitching along on the border and then I’ll go back to my blocks. I’m anxious to start on Block 2, which I think is Cupcake. Thankfully, when I started this, I was smart enough to print out the corrected border chart. So, hopefully, I will have no problems!

I’ve also been doing a little bit of jewelry making, which I am looking forward to sharing. But, you’ll have to wait until after the gifts are given for that! I also have a quilt that is in desperate need of attention. I intended to work on this weekend – to do the quilting – but, I only got as far as measuring and cutting my batting and backing fabric. Oh well, maybe later this week I can make progress on it!

Anyway, I hope to have more lovely things to show you soon!

I am grateful for being taken care of – and Christmas carols while baking!

48 thoughts on “Cozy”

  1. What a feast for the eyes! I love all your decorating — the ornaments on the tree, the stockings, your basket of cards, the pillows, your Winter Snapper — beautiful! I can’t wait to see more on your Sweet Treats too. I love that piece! Have fun!

  2. What a feast for the eyes! I love all your decorating — the ornaments on the tree, the stockings, your basket of cards, the pillows, your Winter Snapper — beautiful! I can’t wait to see more on your Sweet Treats too. I love that piece! Have fun!

  3. I love your pics of your decorations. How lovely. I only have the few things that I managed to put in my carry on & no tree this year since I have no ornies & we have no car. Your Mary Englebreit pillow is one of favorite Christmas design. Everything looks wonderful, Michelle.

  4. I love your pics of your decorations. How lovely. I only have the few things that I managed to put in my carry on & no tree this year since I have no ornies & we have no car. Your Mary Englebreit pillow is one of favorite Christmas design. Everything looks wonderful, Michelle.

  5. I love all the stitchy items on your tree. What are the top 2? I recognize them but can’t my finger on it. I love the two pillows also–the best part of using a non-cross stitch pattern is that no one else will have one! And the stockings are just amazing…

    Merry Christmas to you and Eric.

  6. I love all the stitchy items on your tree. What are the top 2? I recognize them but can’t my finger on it. I love the two pillows also–the best part of using a non-cross stitch pattern is that no one else will have one! And the stockings are just amazing…

    Merry Christmas to you and Eric.

  7. What beautiful items,,all of them,,I espically love the stocking,,can I ask what ct of fabric you used to stitch the stocking? Thank you for sharing with us and Merry Christmas..

  8. What beautiful items,,all of them,,I espically love the stocking,,can I ask what ct of fabric you used to stitch the stocking? Thank you for sharing with us and Merry Christmas..

  9. Wow everything looks absolutely wonderful, Michelle, but my favourites have to be the stockings you stitched for yourself and Eric!

  10. Wow everything looks absolutely wonderful, Michelle, but my favourites have to be the stockings you stitched for yourself and Eric!

  11. Gorgeous! I love the sack finish of one of your ornaments. I’ve never thought to do that. But now I will have to make a mental note to self to do that.
    Love everything.

  12. Gorgeous! I love the sack finish of one of your ornaments. I’ve never thought to do that. But now I will have to make a mental note to self to do that.
    Love everything.

  13. Beautiful decorations! I love your stocking. I keep hemming and hawwing over whether I want to stitch one up and if so…which one do I choose? They are all fab! The Santa pillows are darling too! Hope you and Eric have a wonderful holiday!

  14. Beautiful decorations! I love your stocking. I keep hemming and hawwing over whether I want to stitch one up and if so…which one do I choose? They are all fab! The Santa pillows are darling too! Hope you and Eric have a wonderful holiday!

  15. All your seasonal stitching and ornaments are beautiful Michelle. Your home looks so very festive!
    Enjoy your stitching time on Sweet Treats.

  16. All your seasonal stitching and ornaments are beautiful Michelle. Your home looks so very festive!
    Enjoy your stitching time on Sweet Treats.

  17. Anna van Schurman

    I’ve always wanted to stitch that ME “Believe.” Yours is an inspiration. I enjoyed seeing your decorations since we’ve gone minimalist here.

  18. Anna van Schurman

    I’ve always wanted to stitch that ME “Believe.” Yours is an inspiration. I enjoyed seeing your decorations since we’ve gone minimalist here.

  19. Your Christmas decorations are lovely stitches! I really love your Mary Englebreit Believe. The colors are so vibrant and cheerful, and you did a beautiful job!

  20. Your Christmas decorations are lovely stitches! I really love your Mary Englebreit Believe. The colors are so vibrant and cheerful, and you did a beautiful job!

  21. Love the stockings! Every year I say this will be the year I finally stitch some for my family… and yet still mostly store bought *sigh*.

    Great idea for the cards, I’m stealing it. 🙂

  22. Love the stockings! Every year I say this will be the year I finally stitch some for my family… and yet still mostly store bought *sigh*.

    Great idea for the cards, I’m stealing it. 🙂

  23. How beautiful to see your house decorated with stitches. I love the Englebreit pillow and am glad you brought it out. It is so cheery.

  24. How beautiful to see your house decorated with stitches. I love the Englebreit pillow and am glad you brought it out. It is so cheery.

  25. what a lovely collection of seasonal stitches pieces you have Michelle – the SB stockings are wonderful – the ornaments so neat -always loved the ME Believe piece – your new little start is darling – hope you enjoy the season and please email me (mbryan10@comcast.net) when you are ready for some info on rug hooking – it is very hot in your area and there are lots of teachers and opportunities to learn. Merry Christmas! Melody

  26. what a lovely collection of seasonal stitches pieces you have Michelle – the SB stockings are wonderful – the ornaments so neat -always loved the ME Believe piece – your new little start is darling – hope you enjoy the season and please email me (mbryan10@comcast.net) when you are ready for some info on rug hooking – it is very hot in your area and there are lots of teachers and opportunities to learn. Merry Christmas! Melody

  27. Beautiful stitching! Love all the Christmas stitching and it has reminded me to pull out a framed piece I did which I always forget to put up. Love the stockings. Love the sparkly Santa and the ME one too. Oh all of it is just so nice. I looked up the book and I will order it in the new year. Thanks for the heads up. xx

  28. Beautiful stitching! Love all the Christmas stitching and it has reminded me to pull out a framed piece I did which I always forget to put up. Love the stockings. Love the sparkly Santa and the ME one too. Oh all of it is just so nice. I looked up the book and I will order it in the new year. Thanks for the heads up. xx

  29. Oh my goodness it all looks wonderful! Love that Snapperland, it’s been on my to-do list for years. Thanks for the eye-candy, and Merry Christmas!

  30. Oh my goodness it all looks wonderful! Love that Snapperland, it’s been on my to-do list for years. Thanks for the eye-candy, and Merry Christmas!

  31. What beautiful decorating, Michelle! It must be nice and cozy looking. I love that ME Believe piece, too! I can’t wait to see more of your Sweet Treats. 🙂

  32. What beautiful decorating, Michelle! It must be nice and cozy looking. I love that ME Believe piece, too! I can’t wait to see more of your Sweet Treats. 🙂

  33. What a lovely post. Your Christmas decoration is so beautiful and I love the idea of keeping the Christmas cards in that nice little box. The two stockings are gorgeous, I love all the various SB stocking designs.
    I hope you were having a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy this after-Christmas weekend stitching and relaxing.

  34. What a lovely post. Your Christmas decoration is so beautiful and I love the idea of keeping the Christmas cards in that nice little box. The two stockings are gorgeous, I love all the various SB stocking designs.
    I hope you were having a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy this after-Christmas weekend stitching and relaxing.

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