Thursday, December 08, 2022

Merry Days 6, 7 and 8....

 ~ Welcome and Warm Greetings to my Blog ~ 

Well here it is 3 a.m. and I can't sleep....
of course Keith had us go to bed at 8 pm he was tired, it was dark, cold and rainy and so off to bed we went. I don't know if I've ever shared this before, but here goes:
Keith will not go to bed unless I go to bed. 😂

We do absolutely EVERY little thing together. Not much is done apart from one another, including bedtime. I usually am OK to go to be when he wants to - we get up very early in the morning (typically 4:30 - 4:45 am is when our alarm goes off) So getting into bed by 9-10 pm is the norm. But sleeping through the night....that's hard for me - has been for years. Some nights sleep like a baby. Some nights...sleep like a baby until about midnight then it is a struggle the rest of the night. Probably hormones (or lack there of). 

So anyway.... I woke up this am, and instead of laying quietly and waiting for the alarm, I was hankering for a cup of I got up. One of my favorite things to do is get up in the early morning (read still night time) and look outside...I love the quiet of the night. Although I will say it is amazing to me how many people I will see outside at this time of morning: jogging, walking, walking dogs...

There is a Mama deer and her two yearlings that will sometimes lay in our yard or in the yard across the street and I see them. Precious little lives...

OK let's get to talking about what's been going on....
I've made 4 tutorial videos in the last week:

I'll give links to all of them for your viewing pleasure:

Guess what...
I have more that I'm in the process of making. My goal is to share as much as I possibly can to help anyone learn to finish as much as they can on their own. I have been mightily blessed in life. And I am a firm believer in “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48)
To him the Glory, always. 

~ Please remember I DO have a TUTORIAL BLOG - where all links are compiled by type of tutorial either video or written ~  AND not all written tutorials are video and not all video tutorials are written...meaning I have different finishes and different ways of showing you how to do them - either via video or pictorial written.

How about some Christmas pics of my house. I'll share just a few so as not to bore you....

I have 4 trees this year....
about 500 stitched ornaments both from  my hand and from friends through the years and likely about as many or more of ornaments that are Hallmark, other crafts, made by my kids, special trips and meanings to us....

Our Main Tree:
This one houses mostly our family memories and ornaments....


I have so many ornament that I am struggling to get them all trees are full so I bought some garland swags and hung them above our dining room window and hung ornaments on there.....


Another view...
I tell you that worked out so well I'm going to buy more for the other windows in our home for next year. I think it looks just darling!


The old Prairie Schooler Santa (prim) tree that I had was too small to house all of my Santa last year I bought a 7.5 foot skinny (ier) tree for a New Santa Tree...
it houses all of my Prairie Schooler Santa stitched ornaments, my Hallmark Toymaker Santa Series Collection and a NEW Hallmark Santa Series called - Young Santa...
I am a Santa collector. What person or thing embodies (Christmas or me for that matter) more than a rotund, jolly elf who loves sugar cookies, giving back and Christmas?

Nothing, to me says my childhood like Charlie Brown...

I need to get working on my Shepherd's Bush Stockings....
I have one out and just last night I finished stitching a second (in a series) of ornaments I wanted to get done before I started anything new. Done now, so I'm ready to start a few things!


Here is a close up of a portion of my new Santa Tree...
you can see a mix of my Prairie Schooler Santa ornaments, my MMMcrafts Felt Santa doll ornament I made, Toymaker Santa Series and two of the New Series Young Santa. 


Well folks....
that does it for today! Today is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception - a feast day of the conception without original sin of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Next Tuesday is another Marian Feast Day - Our Lady of Guadalupe. I happen to have a Design Works kit of Our Lady of Guadalupe by Joan Elliott. I worked yesterday to get fabric loaded up on scroll rods - I've decided today I'm going to start her. She looks like this:

Alright I go for another round of's 4:50 a.m. so Keith is up and I can go up and get started on Our Lady and my new start!

Have a fantastic day ahead!
Vonna xxxx


  1. Merry Christmas: What a wonderful post, it is so heart warmig to see all your Christmas decorating.
    Thank-you for the videos, you make everything so easy to follow.
    You have a gift God Blessed you and you share with us.
    You are an amazing Lady.
    Positively beautiful Scripture.
    I am looking forward to seeing your progress on Our Lady Of Guadalupe.


  2. Thanks for the tutorials. Alway appreciate learning new things. Your trees are stunning. Love reading your Christmas blogs. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Oh Vonna, your trees and garland look fabulous. How did you attach the ornaments to the garland? And will you leave them attached when you put the garland away? I really like that idea and going to borrow it, although probably for next year. Looking forward to your start of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

  4. Loved seeing all your decorations, thanks for sharing. I have to make some bows this week so will check out your tutorial, thank you.
    No wonder you were awake so early going to bed at 8pm, lol If I was to wait for my hubby till bedtime it would be way past my bedtime, he will stay up and watch anything on tv. It's cute that you do everything together, I like my own space too much so that wouldn't work with us, lol

  5. I enjoyed this post so much-your trees and decorations are beautiful! I also want to thank you for all of the tutorials that you share. I have always been hesitant to try to finish my stitched ornaments on my own. Your easy-to-understand videos and instructions have given me confidence that I can do it and that they will look great! Thank you!

  6. Your house and trees are beautiful! Love, love, love your tutorials. Funny about your hubby not going to bed without you. Same here but if one of us is especially tired, then the other might stay up later. I have similar trouble sleeping so getting in bed at 8 pm would have me up at 3 am too. At least you kept yourself busy! Enjoy your new start. :)


  7. Your pictures of your house never bore me, they inspire me. Please post as many as you want. I also collect the Toymaker Santa series (among others - LOL) and this year started the Young Santa series for my great-nephew, my late sister's grandson. A huge thanks for sharing all your tutorials.

  8. Your sleep schedule is very much like my husband's and mine. I'm usually up around 4:30 - that's when I get most of my cross-stitching done. LOVE the garlands with the ornaments! Next year I'll do that as well. Your trees look lovely. I would love to come visit to get closer looks at all the ornaments.

  9. So appreciate your clear and easeful instructions, Vonna.
    Your Christmas decorations are spot on and that plaque over
    the dining room window says it all.... The Lady of Guadalupe
    promises to be one of your most lovely finishes. Will say it
    again....."you are so very special" .....bless you.

  10. Beautiful trees. Your home looks very inviting. Love your tutorials. Thank you for all that you share.

  11. Enjoyed seeing you trees and other Chrustnas decorations especially the PS Santa tree. I also collect Santas and have stitched many of the yearly PS Santas. Your home looks so homey and comfortable. Have a good week.

  12. Such beautiful trees, Vonna. Love the garland swag at the dining room window. A great way to display more ornaments. Thank you for your tutorials. I'm always hearing on flosstube how stitchers used one of your tutorials for finishing help.