Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Tree

I just can't seem to get a good picture of my Christmas tree.  I see these gorgeous photos of your wonderful trees on your blogs - how do you do it?
 (See that blue box on the left?  It's for me and has the Amazon swoosh on the name tag.  :o)  :o)  :o))
This is my $20 tree.  Yep, I found a new 7 ft slim pre-lit tree for $20 at a wholesale place.  I was just thrilled with it and I think the price makes it even prettier.  :o)  (I just wish my pictures could capture how pretty it really is.)

 A quick shot of my mantle.  I keep changing things around on it.  Of course when we decide to start a fire, most of it has to come down anyway.

I have managed a few little finishes this week.
 This design is a popular one and I just loved the way Becky finished hers.  So.... I stole borrowed her idea.  :o)  It is by Primitive Traditions stitched on 32 ct raw linen.
Here is a  little snowflake stitched on 32 ct Ruby Wine Belfast and finished with some pearl trim inside a bottle cap.  The design is a freebie from .

And last but not least is this little prim pinkeep I made for Faye.  I changed the colors up a bit and stitched it on a scrap of mystery linen.  This is a freebie by Pineberry Lane that I found in Attic Needlework's newsletter but it is also being offered for free at Pattern Mart.

Whew!  That was a long post and if you have made it this far THANK YOU!  I also want to thank everyone who send get well wishes.  I am feeling better today although the cough remains.  DH  is now sick and I am hoping we will recover completely this week so we can enjoy the holiday without all the coughing and hacking.

Are ya'll ready for Christmas?


butterfly said...

Your trees look great and your decorations, and your stitching is so lovely.

Karen said...

Beautiful tree! I just love the snowflake bottlecap ornament.... I'm stealing this one!!

Love the little pillow for Faye too... sweet just like her and you.

Hope you are feeling better.

natalyK said...

Your tree looks beautiful and looks like Santa has already visited. :) I love all of your stitch"y" finishes especially the pinkeep.

Merry Christmas!

cucki said...

wow your tree is looking so beautiful and all the decorations is so sweettttttt
lovely stitching..i love it so much..
hope you are feeling better now..
hugs cucki xx

Nancy said...

Your tree is lovely as is all of your decorating! Glad you are feeling better and hoping that your DH will be well soon too! Have a blessed Christmas!

Jennifer M. said...

Your tree looks wonderful Myra! What a great price for such a tall tree too. Your stitching pieces came out lovely too.

Happy Holidays!


Mouse said...

oooo nice tree and i'm with you can't seem to get a good shot ... may be some one out there will put us out of our misery and teach us and oooooo what's a swoosh ??? love the borrowed finishing idea tooo :) and thanks for the links off to go and investigate :) love mouse xxx
ps hope you both are better for next week xxx

Ellen said...

Beautiful tree! The ornaments are gorgeous!

Glad that you are feeling better! Hope your DH feels better soon!


Jackie said...

Your tree is gorgeous! I can't believe it was only $20 and it's even pre-lit. Wow!

Your stitching finishes are gorgeous! I hope your DH recovers quickly and you both can have a hack-free holiday.

Deborah said...

I think that your tree looks great. Love the new finishes. Have a great Christmas.

Carol said...

It's so much fun to see everyone's decorations at this time of year! Your new tree looks great--I know what you mean about trying to get a good photo of it. I've tried about 20 times and none of mine look as nice as it does in real life!

Your hearth looks so warm and welcoming with the pretty Christmas quilt, Myra, and your ornament finishes are all so sweet. I love how you've used those bottlecaps this year to finish your ornaments--really creative!

Hope you've gotten the worst of your flu behind you--sorry to hear that your husband now has it :(

Daffycat said...

*squee* Your tree is gorgeous, Myra! And just $20? What a steal!

I'm hoping you are feeling much better now. Total crap to be sick during the holiday rush, isn't it?

Faye said...

Glad you are on the mend Myra....No time to have the crud this close to Christmas!

I love love love my little prim pillow. And, I have gotton some of the nicest comments on my blog about it~ Thanks again so very very much!!

Love the tree....Lookin good! And, about that box...hmmmm...we will see!!!

Merry Christmas my friend~~~ Faye

valerie said...

Love the tree and decorations Myra! They look fantastic! Love your finishes too. The color changes you made to Joy are fantastic. The design didn't really interest me so much until I saw your changes. I'm sure Faye loves it!

Mindi said...

Love the ornaments you made! I saw the Joy finish on Faye's blog and had to go download it. You're not the only person that's going to steal Becky's idea of gingham and lace for finishing some of the cutie ornaments, she's done a couple recently I want to imitate. Isn't it supposed to be flattering we want to do the same thing?

Lois said...

Love your tree Myra and your fireplace. What nice finishes. Love how your finished the Pineberry Lane freebie. I see you haven't been feeling too well, glad you're feeling better and hope your DH is too by the time we reach Christmas!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

juste merveilleux !
bisous bisous de France

Siobhan said...

Your decorations are wonderful, Myra! I had the devil of a time getting pictures for my last post, too. It seems like if you take the pic close up with a flash, all you see are blown out ornaments and tree. I don't know how people do it! Your pics look great, though--and oh my gosh, I covet your $20 tree! It looks great. Love your stitching, as always!

Penny said...

Your tree is lovely and what a pretty Christmas quilt! I love your finished ornaments, so pretty. What a sweet little pinkeep. :)
I think the cough that sticks around even after you are feeling better, can be the worst. Hope you and your husband are fully recovered for the holidays. :)

Berit said...

Myra, I don't know what you are talking about--the photos of your tree look amazing! :o

But, it is true that they are better in person, though I don't see how yours could get any better!

I took some photos of mine today, and maybe I will get them up on the blog tomorrow. :)

Oh, your finishes are also lovely, and that quilt is just The Best! I adore it! (I see some that make me say, "Just how is that a Christmas Quilt???")

Glad that you are on the mend, and hopefully DH will come through it soon, too!

carol fun said...

Myra your home looks wonderful - so cozy! I love all the handmade items- that make a house a home!

Tammy said...

What a beautiful fireplace and quilt!! Love that picture

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tree and decorations!

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a lovely tree at a perfect price!!! Its tricky photographing anything infront of a window on a sunny day. The light seems to shadow things out.

What lovely finishes!

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Sally said...

I can never get a good shot either. Your tree looks so pretty though.

Lovely Christmas finishes too.

Kathy A. said...

I think you did a great job. Your tree looks lovely and for such a bargain price. Glad to hear you are feeling better and I hope your DH feels better quickly.

Catherine said...

I sure hope you and your husband are feeling better Myra! Your tree is fantastic and your picture is fine too! Have a Merry Christmas!

Pumpkin said...

Your tree is beautiful! I know, it's hard to get a good picture. So what was in the Amazon box???? ;o)

Lovely finishes! You've been a busy elf. LOL!

I'm behind on my Blog reading as well so don't feel badly ;o)

Berit said...

This is just the most gorgeous post! Seriously, it is breathtaking!