Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Day 19.... and Day 20....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Day 19 Day 20
I've got lots of cookies to cut and decorate in the next few days so this post is a cumulative post, filled with lots of good information for you to look over!

We are taking a tour of my home today....

My mantle, featuring The Gingerbread Village by Country Cottage Needleworks...
I've stitched so many seasonal flatfolds that I don't have enough flat spaces to put them all on. My Problem: I have so many more series that I want to stitch! I have slated for stitching in 2018 - Frosty Forest and Santa's Village by Country Cottage Needleworks is among my plans. SO...the other night I came up with a super great plan in my mind. Such a good plan that I couldn't sleep the whole night. I researched it, but together my ideas found photos and showed my husband and asked if he could build it. He said he could SO...next year at this time....I hope to show off a fabulous idea that came to fruition! 
2017 Mantle_Country Cottage Needleworks Gingerbread Village

Here it is my mantle all together:
I had lots of questions when I posted this on Facebook/Instagram and an early post so I will answer them now:
Did I make the stockings? Yes, I did make my stockings out of felt off the bolt from Joann's. 
Are the poinsettias purchased or handmade? Yes I did make the poinsettias by hand. 
Why did I make the stockings? because I wanted a cohesive matchy, matchy look :)
Why have I not cross stitched stockings? Because making ornaments each year for each of my children was a lot more important to me, than stockings.
What are the names of the samplers on the wall? 
Left Hand Side: 
TOP = Sarah Seifer by The Goode Huswife 
(have you heard that Ann Brown of the Goode Huswife is reprinting and selling her charts on Ebay? Well she is...so take a gander)

Right Hand Side:
2017 Hearth

My big lantern filled with flickering candle and bottle brush trees...a little ripped length of homespun just adds that festive touch
Cross Stitch in the background: Left Hand Side Top: My Stitching Place by Tree of Life Samplings
Funny thing: last night I was thinking...gosh I stitched the ABC Sampler series a long time ago...LOL! NO NO NO...I finished it in February (my head...)


My Old Farm Truck

My Farm Truck

My Peanuts Nativity ~ a present three years ago from my darling husband πŸ’–
Charlie Brown

My hand-painted ceramic Santa and Mrs. Claus that I got and painted 2 years ago in memory of my Grandma Weber who had a set very similar to these and one that I loved as a child. So I got me a set of unpainted ones, and painted it myself. I adore them!

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Some Jolly Fellows...

I love Jim Shore pieces and have several...Here is my Garden Statue St. Nicholas that I got a long time ago...he stands almost 3 feet tall. 
(and he stays out all year)

St Nick

I've got other Jim Shore Garden Statues..both of them at around 28 inches...Santa Clause and The Holy Family. They also will stay out all year...I just got them about a week 2 weeks ago - I saw them at Lowe's and told my husband that I nearly bought them, but decided against it. He went grocery shopping and came home with them to surprise me. It made me cry...my husband is the sweetest man ~ he's always been kind and the best provider, however he never was a big gifter or surpriser and as we've gotten older he does unexpected things like this and every time I start crying. He says his gift is to see me get all excited about what he does. God love him...my life would be nothing without my husband. 
Front room

My "fake" Putz Barn from Cracker Barrel. I LOVE THIS!! And think about it displayed next year with Little House Needleworks ~ Farmhouse Christmas Tree 

I've had this jolly soul since Katie was a baby...and we still mark the days until Christmas even though they are big kids now 😊


And here is my pride and joy...
my main Christmas Tree with all handmade ornaments on it. Over 300 cross stitched ornaments hang from the boughs - most from my hands, some from my friends hands.
Here is the front:
2017 Tree_front

Here is the back...360 degrees of handmade memories....
2017 Tree_back

Here they were after I unwrapped them from their tissue paper and was ready to put them on the trees. 2 large tubs filled to the brim.

Until Next Time...
I'll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off...LOL!
Cutting dough...
baking dough...
making icing...
coloring icing...
filling bottles...
and bags...
and decorating cookies...
then cleaning up, bottles, bags, coupler rings, tips....and the big mess that it makes to decorate cookies!

Hugs and Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx


  1. Thank you for sharing a part of your life. Your home is stunning, but what really shines through is the love you have for your family and of course their love for you and each other. It's a real treat to read your blog posts.

  2. Everything is just lovely Vonna. Lots of love and warmth in those stitches and decor. Can't wait to see what you came up with in the night. I often get my best ideas during the middle of the night.

  3. Oh what a lovely visit to your home I have had. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Vonna, thank you for the tour of your holiday dΓ©cor. What lovely surprises you received from Keith with the Jim Shore figures. Where did you get your large lantern (the one with the candle and bottle brushes)? Enjoy your cookie baking and decorating!

  5. So enjoyed today's post. Your decorated home is lovely.

  6. Your home decor is lovely! I like how you set up the Country Cottage pieces on your mantle and I can't wait to see what your husband is going to make for next year's display! Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  7. Thanks for the little home tour of your Christmas tree and other holiday decor! Everything is so beautiful. You always inspire me.

  8. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. x

  9. I loved the Christmas tour!! Your house is so beautifully decorated without being jammed pack! I look forward to seeing your idea come to fruition next year!!!

  10. Everything is so beautiful! I love all of your displays.

  11. Thank you for the tour of your home and all your lovely stitching.

  12. I love it all, especially your ornament tree! I've started making cross stitch ornaments, but it will be a long time before I have enough to fill up a tree!

  13. truly amazing the amount of stitched items you have displayed in your home. Beautiful awesome work! Love the little Mrs. Claus knitting awwwwww! Have fun cookie decorating - Mel

  14. I love seeing your home, everything is lovely. I love doing Christmas ornaments too. Hugs,

  15. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. The stitching is simply amazing!

  16. Thank you for sharing photos of your beautiful home. It's obviously full of love.

  17. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us! Merry Christmas πŸŽ„

  18. Wonderful tour Vonna - such a warm and welcoming house.

  19. That Christmas rush was just miserable but so worth it. Your home is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Hi, I live in France and I see you amazing christmas tree with the little cross stitches cushions. It's fantastic. I like very much primitives designs. I saw primitives designs 10 years ago but to my great regret I'm starting to do them only now. I don't know why I am waiting so long. Your blog is nice. Happy continuation :)

  21. Hi, I live in France and I see you amazing christmas tree with the little cross stitches cushions. It's fantastic. I like very much primitives designs. I saw primitives designs 10 years ago but to my great regret I'm starting to do them only now. I don't know why I am waiting so long. Your blog is nice. Happy continuation :)


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