Saturday, December 19, 2020

six more days . . .

I found a new and totally fitting way to help celebrate the season of Advent this year, compliments of Jo, over at Serendipitous Stitching!  She hosts a very sweet stitcher's Advent, and today is my day to share!

The idea is to share a hand-stitched ornament.  So of course, I'm sharing two.  LOL!  One is one I've had for years and years ... and it's more of a decoration than an ornament.  This beautiful wreath:
It's a canvas and yarn piece that was done by my Pop.  He was a terrific crafter and loved to work with his hands.  It's a treasure I look forward to putting out every year!

The second ornament is one of my own ... a combination of wool and stitching.
I have always loved this sweet little Santa! But I realized as I was searching for 'the' ornament I wanted to share today, that I generally gift my favorite pieces!  Ah well ... the old saying "Take a picture, they last longer," has some merit.  ;)

The other thing we're to do is share a favorite Christmas book!  So of course, I'm sharing two.  (Maybe it's an old/new thing? Or an over-sharer thing, more likely.)  The first is a classic ... one of my favorite stories to read, The Polar Express.
I enjoy the movie, too, but the book makes me cry.  Every.  Time.  (Happy tears.)

The second book is relatively new and called The Sparkle Box.  
I gifted this to both sets of gr
ands a couple of years ago (and did a book review of here).  It's a sweet story that embodies the message of Christmas.  

So there you have it!  Be sure to stop by Jo's blog to check out the rest of the participants!  

Merry Christmas!


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Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year, for the very first time!
I love the wreath and it's extra special because your Pop made it.
Polar Express is a lovely book, we sell it every year in the shop where I work.
The Sparkle Box sounds lovely too and a really nice family tradition.

Libby in TN said...

Love your wreath! With a few exceptions, the only ornaments I have kept are those made by my mother and my MIL plus anything that relates to family history -- first Christmas, first house, family vacations ...

Elfie said...

Reading your blog post was a lovely way for me to start my day today. I love both the pieces you chose to show us, and both of your book choices are favourites of mine. Merry Christmas!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I really like the Santa. Merry Christmas!

beadgirl said...

Merry Christmas! That's a great wreath, and a great heirloom.

Kate said...

Love that wreath, what a wonderful heirloom from your Dad. The Santa is cute too. Wishing you a very happy holiday!

Sheryl said...

What a beautiful wreath, a wreath to be treasured and your Santa ornament is really unique. I too enjoy the film The Polar Express but haven´t read the book. Merry Christmas,.

Christine said...

Great Santa and the wreath is really lovely

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

How special is that wreath...and beautiful! Such a precious heirloom for you! Wishing you and your family a blessed and merry Christmas, Denise!

FlashinScissors said...

Lovely to read about your pop’s wreath - it’s very pretty!
Love your Santa too!
The Sparkle Box sounds interesting, I’ll be back to read your review.
Merry Christmas!
Barbara x

Janet O. said...

A very special wreath ornament!
And that is a really cute Santa ornament. Hmm, I seem to recognize the background. ;)
Love Polar Express--book and movie. Good choice. I am not familiar with the second book.

jocondine said...

Great to visit you with the Advent Calendar! Thanks to share with us the memory of this lovely wreath, nice Santa too. Joyeuses fêtes de Noël ! xxx

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Two lovely ornaments.

Astrids dragon said...

What a lovely and bright wreath, and such a treasure that your Pop made it.
Your Santa looks beautiful, it's a great finish.
How nice to see a new Christmas book for children. Although my boys are too old for it, I'm not! I'll have to look into that for next year, thanks for sharing.
Happy Christmas.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

The wreath is beautiful - and so priceless that your Pop made it. That's an heirloom for sure. I'm so sadly lacking in being even remotely up to date on Christmas books and have to admit that we saw 'The Polar Express' movie this year for the first time. It certainly won't be the last! Now I have to see if our grandsons have the book and if they don't Grandma is going to have to rectify that.
Merry Christmas!!

Kaisievic said...

Both of your ornaments are very darling and oh so special!