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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Let It Snow!

Greetings on this WINTRY WHITE DAY!
The snow is falling gently on this December morning.
    This Christmas I pray each one of you are blessed to spend time with family and friends to celebrate the season.
     Christmas services...
          Exchanging gifts...
            Dining together...
               Helping the needy...
          Celebrating Jesus birth.
Several years ago I made this little Christmas quilt. I added hand embroidered touches, buttons, tiny charms, soft flannel, festive homespun prints and a cheerful Christmas theme.  
"Every time a bell rings an angel gets it's wings..."
from "It's A Wonderful Life"
One of my favorite Christmas movies

"Mother in the kitchen now
baking pies and cakes,
cookies, candies, goodies, too.
That only Mother makes."

Can you smell the sweet aroma from Mother's pies and cakes?
I enjoyed hand embroidering the steam escaping from each pie!

I love embroidering french knots! They make the prettiest snowflakes.

Baby.....It's cold outside!
The winter weather has arrived in style.
We have a beautiful coat of white puffy snow
blanketing the landscape.
It's definitely mitten weather!

"Over the hill and through the woods...
to Grandmother's house we go..."

Having a little fun with picmonkey...
Would you believe it's snowing inside???
Merry Christmas!
This year my husband is home.
I am so grateful and never take it for granted.
I recall the year that he was deployed overseas.
Please remember those who are serving away from home
this Christmas.
May God bless them and their families.
Carolynn   xoxo
"Joy to the world
the Lord has come...
Let earth receive her King!"

This Christmas I know many of you will be remembering the families who have suffered
tremendous loss. May God give them comfort.

I'm linking to all my favorite blog parties and giveaways for this coming week.
I hope you will stop by and visit with each lovely blog.

Thank you, Meri, for sharing so many of your sweet vintage images.
They all speak of a simpler time. 


Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I miss my family the most at Christmas. My siblings are all over the place and none near me. As for your little quilt you are so talented. Is there anything you cannot do. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It really is the most wonderful time of the year! I love surrounding myself with pretty vintage Christmas things. Your sweet quilt is adorable. I would so love to make something like this! I should at least start looking for fabric to see what I can do....for next year! Enjoy your week! Merry Christmas!

craftyles said...

That quilt is such a work of love! SO comfy and cozy looking. I'm glad your Hubby will be there for Christmas!

Primitive Stars said...

I adore your wonderful quilt so, such sweet pictures and happy your Hubby is home this year......thoughts and prayers for the families of Newtown and all who fight for our freedom.......Warm Christmas Wishes, Francine.

Lily said...

Hi - I love your quilt. It is so pretty and has so much thought behind it. My family are spread all over the place too (not my husband and little boy thankfully) and I miss the days when all my family for four generations lived within half a mile of each other. We took it for granted that we could pop around for a cup of tea. Now we all live hundreds of miles apart and rarely meet up. It makes me sad. At least we are all safe and secure. My heart goes out to the families in Connecticut. Have a lovely Christmas. Lily. xxx

Old Fashioned Gal said...

I LOVE your quilt! The bear and pies! I am so happy you'll be able to spend this Christmas with your husband! What a special time for you :)
Merry Christmas my blogging friend!

Anonymous said...

Your little quilt is so sweet and pretty. Thank you for a lovely blog. I appreciate you. Happy Holidays! Nancy Carr

GardenofDaisies said...

Your little quilt is so sweet. So many Christmas memories. I know how wonderful it is to be able to be with your family for Christmas, because I have experienced being far far away. I can't wait for my kids to come home!

Sandy said...

Thank you for this lovely post!!!! I am so glad you have your husband this year with you, safe and out of harm's way.....I love the "snow" at PicMonkey too! Mery Merry Christmas to you and yours! Sandy @ 521 Lake Street

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I love your cute quilt! The embroidered steam and smoke coming out of the cabin fireplace are such charming details. You are so talented!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Oh Carolynn, this may well be my favorite creation of yours, so precious and darling.

So glad your hubby is home with you!

Wishing you and all of your dear ones the merriest of Christmases!

Sally xo

Denise Marie said...

Fun post. I love vintage postcards too.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

The quilt is terrific - what a great job you did with it!
The vintage postcards are a perfect touch.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful little Christmas quilt. Each piece is so special. Great vintage postcards too, each so sweet.

Donna Wilkes said...

This is a beautifully creative post. I love the way you sneaked in the vintage cards between peeks at the quilt. The message was lovely.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I'm so happy that your hubby is home! This is such a warm and inviting post, Carolynn. Very festive too. Thanks for sharing and I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Christmas blessings,

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Delightl post, Carolynn!

Love the little quilt too.

Hugs, Carolyn

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a very special beautiful Christmas quilt you made. I sure it will be cherished and passed down to loved ones. So happy your hubby is home with you and wishing you and your family a wonderful blessed Christmas.

Jann Olson said...

Hi my sweet friend,
What a special quilt. Easy to see that love has been stitched into every little detail. Yes, I could smell the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen. So thankful for family and will be missing my youngest who is in Spain so terribly much. Continuing to pray for all of those suffering. Thanks for sharing your sweet quilt with Share Your Cup.

vivian said...

Good morning Carolyn! LOve your sweet little quilt!
My friend just made me the sweetest little quilted wall hanging. I will post pics soon, I hope!
have a great day I wish it was friday!

Donna said...

So happy your husband is with you this Christmas. My husband and I are just 4 months into a 2yr. PCS separation. But it is 4 mos. down and that is a good thing! Love your little quilt. I am not crafty
at all, so I especially appreciate what all you clever ladies can do.
Merry Christmas!

FoundAChristianBlog said...

Your quilt is beautiful! And I never would have know how to make those little french knot snow flakes. The steam on the pies is a perfect touch. I love the little vintage images you add to your posts. Your blog is such a homey place- it inspires me to go do some sewing! Merry Christmas!!!!!

Beth said...

Beautiful quilt! Love where you stitched "I'll be home for Christmas." I also love the bear and the pies. I enjoyed your post very much today. Merry Christmas!

My Vintage Mending said...

Absolutely beautiful...I love all your little stitching touches...Happy Holidays...Renee

Elena said...

I love your Christmas quilt Carolynn! We love "It's a Wonderful Life" too. We watched it on Sunday. Mary is old enough to follow along and enjoyed it too. We got some of that snow down here too but it didn't last long. My heart breaks for the people in Conneticut too. I weep everytime I think about it. I pray for their hearts to be comforted and for those who don't know the Lord will come to know the lover of their souls.

donna said...

I love your quilt and the little touches you added to make it special. It's a wonderful life is one of my favorite movies too. My niece is deployed right now over seas. My god bless our military and there families.
Merry Christmas to you and your family and may y'all have a Blessed New Year.

Marilyn Jo McLeod said...

Another wonderful post by you! Everyone is right, your cottage is some homey and warm... I LOVE quilting and don't do enough. I spend all my time looking and dreaming of what I want to make! You DID it and made something so sweet and adorable. I am envious! Love the postcards too... I'm a sewer from when I was 8 years old... and seem to be more into paper crafting right now, but I do slip in an occasional wall hanging, table runner or pillow! My prayers are also with the loved ones of those who were taken from this earth too early.

Evelyn said...

What a absolute lovely blog:) I love the gingham borders and the quaint pictures. I just feel like I am visiting Norman Rockwell. Such comfort!
Thank you so much for visiting and sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop. I am now following you via GFC.

Merry Christmas my new friend;)

Laura Lane said...

I adore it!
Happy Christmas from Harvest Lane Cottage.
Do drop in!


20 North Ora said...

Carolynn - Your mini quilt is just precious - so much work and it shows. Looks like you are ready for Christmas.

Merry Christmas.


The Farmers Daughter said...

Love your Christmas quilt! Sure wish I had the time to work on some quilts. I miss it. And, yes, I could smell the Christmas baking going on!
Christmas Hugs,

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Beautiful quilt. Love the hand stitching and colors.

kitty said...

How wonderful that your dear hubby is home. What a blessing that is, Carolyn. Your quilt is sooo pretty and I wish I could see it in person to get the full effect. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. XO

Dawn said...

The tiny quilt it just adorable, and yes I can believe it is snowing inside it has happened at my place this year too. Thanks for linking up this week:)

Dolly Sarrio said...

Hello and I love this post, fabric and embroidery, sewing are close to my heart. Please come on over to Hibiscus House and grab your featured button. Deb has designed a wonderful pic for this purpose. She features posts on her blog and I feature other posts please stop by!

Celestina Marie said...

I am so happy your hubby is home with you for Christmas. Your home is beautifully accented with your gorgeous creations. Love all your creative pics and the quilt is just darling.
Your snow sounds beautiful. I will imagine in my mind what you are seeing outside your window. We may have some thunder storms but no snow.
Wishing you many blessings and a very Merry Christmas.

Hugs, Celestina Marie

Micupoftea~ said...

Hello Carolynn and a Merry Christmas to you and yours. LOVE your mini quilt. I made a small one too but have not put on the sweet little embellishments like you did- great idea! Hugs from sunny California,

Mary Ellen said...

Love love the little quilt and how you used pieces of prints to make it have a story~

It's a Wonderful Life is a must see for us every Christmas along with 1/2 dozen other classic Christmas movies- just love them.

so very glad your hubby is home this year. I remember many a Christmas as a child that Daddy wasn't there because he was overseas. We would get a call from him and you could hardly hear his voice- it sounded so far far away- I wish there had been Skype then!

bee blessed

Pamela Gordon said...

Your little quilt is so sweet and very Christmas-y. I am linking with Country Whites Weekend. Have a Merry Christmas. Pamela

The Polka Dot Closet said...

So glad hubby is home, thank him from us for his service to our country! Your quilt is adorable, it will be an heirloom for sure.

Merry Christmas to you my friend!


debra said...

I love your sweet little quilt. You are so creative and the quilt AND the posts ! I always enjoy your posts but I think this one has to be my all time favorite now. Merry merry Christmas. I recall the year my son was in Iraq over the was awful..just worry worry worry. Though I will say I spent alot of time at the post office ! I even sent an entire little decorated tree over there!

Sherry said...

What an adorable quilt Carolynn! Have a very Merry Christmas! So, glad your husband is home for you!

Melissa Bo said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! =)

I love quilts, and have 2 that I treasure from my Grandmother.

Im a new follower to your blog, and I'm enjoying all of your photos and pretty posts.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Claudia said...

What a lovely and heartfelt post, Carolynn! Your Christmas quilt is simply charming.

Blessings to you and yours this Christmas, my friend.


Babajeza said...

Your little quilt is lovely. Merry Christmas to you! Regula

Old Time Cindy said...

Your quilt is amazing. I admire the work that goes into one. Great to hear that you'll have Christmas with your husband this year.
Farmhouse holiday hugs,

Lenetta Carnes said...

Hi . Just wanted to let you know about Kishas fun linkup to Fill in the Blank Friday. Check it out if you get a minute. Thanks, Lenetta

Lenetta Carnes said...

Hi, Is that baby here yet? Can't wait to see pics.
Hi, Thanks so much for linking up last week.
""Weekly goals"" is now up for this week. Would love for you to link up this week. Have a beautiful day.
Here's the link if you would like it. -