December 11, 2010

Welcome to Notjustnat Christmas

Welcome to Notjustnat Christmas. I have more Christmas decorations to share with you. I have been busy making gifts, but they are not quite ready to show you just yet. Here are some I have been collecting over the years. Some of them I have made and some are bought ones. All in all they are very memorable to our family. So stay awhile and enjoy...!
A plastic candy cane is very durable and tough. I had it for years now. I have used it differently each year. This year I decided to use it as door decoration with the wreath I made out of Muehlenbeckia vine that I have growing outside our garage. I just love this vine, and I also use it for basket weaving. The vine turns dark brown and stays that way forever. Very versatile. 

A few more decorations from different parts of the house. On the top left photo is my red-work collection. Top right is the coffee table decoration. I use my small quilt and leftover baubles for that this year. The bottom left is part of my Santa collection. You can see the new Santas I bought in Sydney this year. The bottom right is my tree collections. They are getting fuller each year.  
These Angels are my favorites. You know people do have favorite Christmas decorations! I found these knitted Angels at the Swedish Christmas market last year and the porcelain one was also from there. These Angels are part of my stick tree decorations. I only use white, glass, gold and Angels decorations for this tree. You can see the full tree on the header.
I do quilt every now and then too! I started this stick Santa quilt after last Christmas. You can see I started quilting on it. It hasn't got very far. I will get back to it again soon (my famous last word). 
My holiday cloths from Jude made to go on t-shirts. The blue one is finished and on the t-shirt I wore at my work Christmas lunch a few weeks ago. The red cloth is still in progress and it will be finished in time for me to wear on our last day of work. Not a lot of stitching, but they are very effective. 
My Sweet Santa quilt. This quilt took me many years to complete, but I did it and I am very very happy. I have put it out every Christmas since. In front of it are my Santa collections. I specially collected Santas with kind and happy faces. Some of them are as old as my children now.
A small red-work tree I have up in my sewing room. I did those embroideries on my trip to NYC. Stitching them was the best thing because I got mugged while I was there and as soon as we got back to the hotel I was so shaken that stitching these red-works calmed my nerves down quite a lot. 
Miniature bear collections. The smaller ones I have made out of felt and the larger ones on top of the cabinet were gifts to me from my friend Debbie in the UK (no blog). A few bunnies having a picnic on the bottom right.
My main tree in full with gold star on top. I'm still waiting for the hearts from the exhibition to go on it. The exhibition ends tomorrow so the tree will be a bit fuller with those hearts.  

It's a busy time of year. Hope everyone is enjoying getting together with friends and family. We are having Christmas here at home with DD Kit After that we are going of to see DS and his family. Just in case I don't get to see you before Christmas. Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy holiday. 


Kathie said...

always fun to see your quilts and crafts! Love the tree in your sewing room
Happy Holidays to you and your family too!

ria vogelzang said...

Beautiful Nat!! What a lovely Christmas- header and background!
I love your Christmas-decorations and hearing all the memories they hold! They become so dear!
And those cute little angels! I also love angels and absolutely love the little knitted ones!
Hope the exhibition was a great succes!!
Love to you an your family and I hope you all enjoy a lovely and blessed Christmas!
Big hugs, Ria.

kaite said...

i think you must just love christmas Nat. do have a lovely holiday won't you. k.

Bev C said...

Hello Nat, Christmas seems to be your season. Love your decorations and just adore that Santa quilt. Love that you have a tree just for your sewing room. Merry Christmas.

Nedra said...

I feel like I've had a lovely visit in your home. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful Christmas decorating with us. I love the stick Santa!

Sandie's Patch said...

Wow! and you have room to display more?!
Beautiful makes and finds by the way, I've got a few 'U.F.O' s too!
Thanks for sharing!

Sandie xx

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Nat what a beautiful post...all those special decos...especially that quilt...And I spotted the angel (the same one you gave me)...and those teddies are just adorable...What Fun!!! Dzintra♥x

Lis said...

Ha ha, I have favourite decorations too but then I feel incredibly guilty towards those that aren't my favourites anymore, how crazy eh? All your festive decorations look lovely Nat.

Willow said...

Hi Nat, you have so many beautiful things I don't know which one I like the best. Thanks for sharing.


deanna7trees said...

wow. you really are into Christmas decorating. just love your bear collection and how you have them displayed. enjoy.

Needled Mom said...

Everything is just lovely. You have so many gorgeous decorations.

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

Lovely decorations, Nat! I knitted the same angels some years ago! I still love them.
No decorating for me - this time next week I will have arrived at my new house! Then I can start, too :-)
Have a lovely Christmas!

Micki said...

I love all of your Christmas decorations and crafts. Always so much fun to see.

Sand and Sunshine said...

Merry Christmas to you as well. Thanks for sharing some of your beautiful holiday cheer.

Jacky said...

So festive!!!! Your home must look wonderful and inviting at have the most beautiful collection of Christmas decorations...just amazing! Many years of collecting and stitching.

Jacky xox

Janet said...

What a lovely visit I've had with you today, I feel like you're all ready for Christamas. The trees and all the decorations are so wonderful.

Terry said...

Thanks for the lovely tour of the Palaskas' house at Christmas.
I like your wispering trees.

Tried to post last night but Mr. Blogger must have been out celebrating. Not Working.

Enjoy the up coming week.

QuiltSue said...

You have some lovely trees and beautiful decorations Nat. Thanks for showing them to us.

claire said...

que de réalisations merveilleuses sur ton blog , je vois que tu fais le patchwork paru dans quiltmania , il me plait beaucoup merci pour toutes ces belles choses

Lori said...

It's so festive at your house!!
I love the Santa quilt you are working on too.

Maree: said...

Thanks for Sharing all your Beautiful Decorations..I Especially Love the little White Sweet.
'Merry Xmas' to You to Nat.

Karen said...

Looking wonderful Nat. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Ivory Spring said...

Very festive indeed!

twhIch aye said...

hi nat! love your redwork collection, they are beautiful. and what a great idea for the jude holiday cloths. wishing you a merry merry christmas nat!
~ michele m.

Ivory Spring said...


I love the fact that you have so many homemade Christmas decorations. I actually don't have much as far as handmade stuff goes... but I hope to change that next year.

Kim D. said...

Everything is just beautiful Nat! Thanks for sharing your lovely decorations and quilts. I love your stitching on the T-shirts. I too plan to make more homemade tree decorations. It might be fun to have a swap in July.

Bobbie Ashley said...


What beautiful Christmas decorations. You should be so proud. I just adore a handmade ornament. Thanks ever so much for sharing with us all. Hugs to you and yours, may your holidays be everything and more.

Hugs to those grands,


ParisMaddy said...

Hello Nat,

I love ornaments! so thanks for sharing your beautiful ones. The redwork ones are really memorable---so glad you had them to work on. I hope no one was injured---what an ugly thing to happen.

Safe and happy travels, Nat. Merry Christmas. ~ Madeline

Bron said...

merry christmas Nat!
it nice to see all your christmas decorating and i know Silky would just love to get into it all too, especially those lovely little bears!
We have talked a lot about you all today and are really looking forward to your visit.
see you soon
Love and kisses

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Natu, unbelievable Christmas beauty in your home! Lovely crafts and decorated trees.
I hope you had very Happy Holidays!

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