December 5, 2011

Christmas Show and Tell

Lately I have been hearing "I can't believe Christmas is here already!" I have been saying the same thing too. Yes, Christmas is almost here! Without planning it, last weekend I decided to put up Christmas decorations, woo hoo, I did it! I am sure everyone has their favourite Christmas decorations. I have many of them so today I will show you some of my favourite decorations and their stories. Enjoy the Christmas season everyone! 


My little silver tree in the guest room. I decided to decorate it with handmade hearts I have been making these last few years. Some of the hearts were make from old doilies. I had fun making them.


These twin Santas were a new addition since last Christmas. I was in Sydney visiting Myra and we bought them together. They will always remind me of my time with Myra in Sydney. 


The tin Santas were part of my Santa collection. You will see them standing in front of my favourite Santa quilt that took me years to complete. 


This hand embroidered heart on felt is my favourite. I found it at an open air market a few years ago. I love it so much and often think of the person who made it.  


My white collections come out every Christmas. The collection includes glass baubles, angels and soft  knitted ornaments. 


Here are the three knitted angels I found at the Swedish Christmas market here in Melbourne. Don't you just adore them?  


Christmas pudding made by Sue in one of the blog Christmas swaps. A lot of work and a lot of sequins go into making the pudding. Thanks Sue!


Here is my Santa collection and my Santa quilt. It's my favourite quilt. I am happy I did it even though it took forever to complete!


I made the date palm tree when we lived in Abu Dhabi. I was part of the ornament committee for my children's school. It took me two days to make this and it was sold for only $15. I had to make another one for me to keep after all that work. It always reminds me of the American Community School (ACS) in Abu Dhabi.


A baby camel was the one ornament everyone had to have when living in Abu Dhabi. I made it using a pattern from the ornament committee at ACS. 


Last are these oversized baubles that are too big to go on the tree. So I just loaded them in the retro bowl and use them for table decorations. 

Have you noticed there is no Christmas tree here? There is a tree in the house, but for some reason none of the photos turned out well. I will show it to you when I get a chance to take it again during the week. 

I hope you enjoy my Christmas show and tell. Now it's your turn for Christmas show and tell...



Have a great one
Nat










23 comments:

Robyn said...

lovely... Merry Christmas

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hey Nat I am saying the same thing...How come it's Christmas already...I am still not organized...the time this year has gone so quickly......especially since I broke my arm as it just flew by...Thanks for sharing all your decorations...you have some lovely ones...xo

Sujata said...

Oh so many wonderful holiday decorations to look at! Love your tree and camel you made in Abu Dhabi! The angles are divine and the embroidered heart is just precious!
Thanks for sharing!

deanna7trees said...

I know how much you enjoy the holidays. Wishing you the best this holiday season.

Needled Mom said...

What fun it must be to bring out the Christmas decorations with all the memories that go with them!!! They all look beautiful, but I really love your Santa display with the gorgeous quilt background. Will you come decorate my house now??????

Heather said...

I love the Santa quilt with the Santas below. Was this quilt a pattern? If so do you remember the name?

Kim said...

Looks like Christmas at your home.....I've got to get some decorating done!
How beautiful all those personal decorations are Nat,each one has meaningful story :0).

Happy sewing and Merry Christmas

Willow said...

I can't beleive it is almost here too. Your decorations look beautiful.

Nedra said...

A very International Christmas display! I see many happy memories and sentiment, which is the best part of decorating.

Terry said...

Great Tour I remember many of your treasures but always enjoy seeing how you will group them together each year.
Love the Santa quilt as always.

Hoola Tallulah said...

Ah those sweet christmas angels are just the best, and the camel, oh the camel, brilliant!

Kathie said...

I just love this post
it has been fun to read and to see all these special ornaments/decorations in your home!
thanks
Kathie

Queen of the Tea Cosies said...

Jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way
ho ho ho ho.

Nancy said...

Nice post...reminds me of when my kids were young :)

The Civil War Quilter said...

Wonderful show 'n' tell! Thanks for sharing. Your Santa quilt is gorgeous!

Jeannie said...

Nat, your decorations are wonderful. I loved the camel ornament and the Swedish angels are adorable. Your house is so festive and inspired me to start in decorating.

aracne said...

What a lovely and festive post, I enjoy looking at what is done in other 'homes'.
I haven't started decorating the hous yet, I act as if Christmas was far, far away!

onesmallstitch said...

beautiful/inspiring, maybe it will get me going! I have 3 of the Swedish angels made by a guild member in handspun wool. quilt is a treasure.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts/crafts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
Yours, Ulla

Astrid said...

Nat, such lovely Christmas decorations! I love decorations from around the world too. I haven't decorated the tree yet, but slowly started to add Christmas wall quilts.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!

woman with wings said...

Hi Nat, this was fun! I love your Santa quilt, wow, I can see it would take some time! What a great display with it as the backdrop. I love white things this time of year, too, I think thse knitted angels are incredibly sweet! Great photos -- are you using your iphone for all your photos now? Did you get an app to make the photos better? xo

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Nat. You're really in the spirit! Love the palm tree ornament (wouldn't you know?). And your Santa quilt is marvelous. Also really liked your dyeing in the previous post. Happy holiday stitching!
best, nadia

Julierose said...

Lovely ornaments; is the palm tree difficult--my husband and I went to the Carribean last year and I would like to make a memento for the tree....Julierose

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