Friday, December 9, 2016

Opening Door #9

Don't you just love Advent Calendars?  I sure do.  Jo is hosting an Advent Calendar Blog Hop, and I have day 9.

First up is a decoration I have stitched.  This is my latest Christmas Finish.  While I was stitching my Nutcracker Sampler I found this chart in the same magazine - Better Homes and Garden Christmas 1990, and I remembered how much I loved it when I first bought this magazine so I decided it was finally time to stitch..  This was such a quick stitch - and gingerbread is my favorite Christmas Smell/taste.  I finished it as a wreath - fit perfectly - just a regular foam wreath with ribbon.

Next we were asked to share a Special Christmas Decoration.  Below is a very special wreath.  Way back, in the early 80's, I did a lot of  macrame and created the wreath for my mom for Christmas.
  She then painted the picture of the shepherd child looking into the Manger and placed it in the center, and hung it in her home.
,My mom really taught me all about Crafting, and this is the perfect memory of her work and my work together to help celebrate a time of year  so important to my mom  and her faith.  I have the wreath now. The bow could use a little work. But I guess I just like it squished.  
Please take a moment and visit Jo's blog linked above to join in the Celebration of the Season.


25 comments:

  1. Beautiful stitching & finishing!

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  2. Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year. I love both your wreaths. It's a great way to frame a seasonal piece, especially as round frames are so hard to find. The other wreath is a lovely way to remember your Mum, squashed ribbon and all! It gives it character.

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  3. Beautiful wreaths. I love the idea of using a wreath as a frame for a Christmas cross stitch piece.

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  4. Your piece is fantastic. I adore the idea of finishing it in a wreath. May have to make myself one of those at some point. The wreath that your mother & your made together is so beautiful. What a special piece, thanks for sharing it.

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  5. What a great finishing idea! Your new wreath is very pretty (love gingerbread myself) and the older one is lovely. Your mom was very talented.

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  6. Great wreaths. I agree, the wreath is a great Christmas frame.

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  7. That is a lovely stitched piece and what a wonderful memory you have shared with us. I remember when macrame was popular. Your mom's part made it perfect.

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  8. Beautiful wreaths! I haven't seen a wreath used as a frame before, but it's perfect. :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing those beautiful wreaths, great finish for your stitching and love the macrame too. Joyeuses fêtes de Noël ! Amicalement

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  10. I love your wreaths, especially the one you and your mom made together. It's such a special piece.

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  11. Excellent finish on your wreath and I love the story behind your other wreath as well, so wonderful.

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  12. What a lovely design, I haven't seen that one before. Did you pin the fabric to the wreath? It looks wonderful together!
    I love you Mom's painting, just precious. They fit together perfectly, what a treasure.

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  13. Lovely pattern - must have it somewhere - and pretty wreaths

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  14. Beautiful wreaths, the macramé one is delightful.

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  15. Beautiful pieces!AriadnefromGreece!

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  16. That's a wonderful Christmas finish And the finishing really perfect.
    Your mom's wreath with her painting is beautiful.

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  17. Beautiful Melinda and wonderful story, this is what crafting is all about.

    K x

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  18. Oh what a cute finishing idea for your piece. Love the way it looks. Love the story of your mom's wreath. Beautiful and what a treasure. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Two beautiful wreaths! I love how you finished the first one with ribbon. Such a simple idea but it looks very effective. The wreath you made with your mum is very special, thanks for sharing.

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  20. I love the stories about your Christmas wreaths. Thank you for sharing them. Merry Christmas.

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  21. What beautiful wreaths and memories!

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  22. Two great wreaths! Nice to read the memories of the beautiful wreath you made with your mom!
    Wishing you a Happy Christmas!
    Barbara xx

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  23. Both wreaths are stunning. You're both creative and talented:)

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  24. I love your idea of using a ribbon-covered wreath as a frame! Both wreaths are beautiful!

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.