Sunday, November 29, 2009

Humble Crafts

My two kids were here for Thanksgiving and I hardly made it into the sewing room. Here is the little cross stitch that I did finish and made into a pinkeep. I better take this as my practice piece, you think? I did enjoy it but learned a few things that might help me the next time. Use a small hoop to keep it taut and wear my magnifier glasses! It was hard and I did my fair share of uncrossing!! Don't you love how symmetrical it is? Hahaha........humble cross stitch- not just quilts!!!

My daughter is 26 and since moving out on her own has never had a big enough place for a Christmas tree. Since she was home for several days she asked if we were going to put up a tree. At my house it isn't as simple as finding an empty corner for a tree. There is furniture to be arranged and rearranged, chairs to be hauled upstairs, and decorations to be brought down from the attic. As long as we've been married neither my husband or I remember having a tree up in November! Because we have such a dry climate and a gas fireplace it may not have any needles left by the time Christmas comes. I'm glad we did it and the kids were able to laugh at the handmade ornaments they did as small children.

Did your kids make dixie cup covered in foil bell? I think every year they made them in Sunday School and I have several on my tree.

This is my daughter's paper Santa. She thought is was pretty sweet!

So, the tree is up and the house is almost clean. I hope you are all looking forward to the holidays, I know I am!


  1. My son did the Dixie Cup with foil, too. He's 36 & I still put it on the tree. Thought maybe I was the only one who kept all the ornaments he made. LOL!

    Nancy E

  2. I love the pinkeep. I need to find a bird for a cross stitch I want to finish from the Blackbird ladies just like yours.
    I love the handmade xmas decorations, such a trip down memory lane.

  3. I am happy for you that you were able to put the tree up now and enjoy it with the children.
    Always a great memory. OH yes we have some pretty funny ornaments too some years they get put on the tree and some years they don't!!!!

  4. We still have the angels that they made in nursery school, and one of them goes on the top of our tree STILL.

  5. Gemma made the silver bells aswell. I think one Christmas she made enough for the street.

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

  6. Your pinkeep is adorably perfect. It was nice to be able to get the tree up with the kids home. We did same only my GUYS were in a hurry to move on to other things. Go figure. I finished up the last bit of decorating on my own yesterday after they left.

  7. Your little stitchery is wonderful! I am feeling motivated to go work on one myself!

  8. The pinkeep is so sweet - love it!
    It's fun to revisit the kids ornaments, isn't it? I'm with kathy, some years they make it, some they done. My in-laws have an entire tree of home-made ornaments,some of them 40yrs old.

  9. Is'nt it great that we can look back and cherish all the wonderful ornaments that our children made. My kids are both grown and married and I still get teary eyed when I hang the stuff they made - some date back to 1987. They are filled with love and they fill me to the brim. Thanks for sharing.

    Terry in So. Calif.

  10. I like the pinkeep just fine! That's a very nice cross stitch design.

    Best keep a fire extinguisher handy for that tree! LOL!

  11. Oh, It's just so beautiful. I LOVE it!!

  12. No dixie cups with foil, but glittered cardboard egg carton sections with a pipe cleaner hanger, and of course paper plate mittens, and popsicle stick reindeer (now missing an eye or nose)!

    Your prim pinkeep looks great! No worries, I think it passes muster just fine. The background fabric you used gives it a wonderful aged look.

  13. There is something so special about the precious memories we keep in our Christmas decorations . . . part of the magic of the season *s*

  14. Your stitchery looks good to me! I might make a few small ones and fill them with lavender for Christmas presents. I like the pattern you used. Cheers! Evelyn

  15. Memories every year as we put up our trees - aren't they wonderful?

    The pinkeep is so cute. I really, really like it.


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