~ Greetings Dear Friends ~
and a warm welcome to
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher!
Today I have to share with you a freebie design!
It is from Threadwork Primitives by Nan Lewis
and the actual design doesn't have a name, but you can find it HERE
I'm going to call it
I stitched mine on: 28 ct. Lambswool using DMC as suggested by Nan.
I like how I finished it (I was trying to come up with something new), I was surfing the Hobby Lobby aisles and Michael aisles and I found these sweet little "evergreen boughs" that were really pipe cleaners. Pretty cool. So I bought some (then went back and bought some more and you will see them pop up again in a tutorial later these 25 days!).
I found the little pinecones with berries and the tags and some stamps (I'm not a scrapbooker). I thought adding a little tag might be a cute idea. It all came together, I think.
Today's tradition is:
My Granny's Vintage Tablecloth
when we painted our home and sort of updated our home a couple of years ago, I started using tablecloths on my dining room table because its not in the best of conditions. My table was my mother's and it is about 35 years old because I believe it was purchased around the time I was 8 years old. (Oh golly, I'm old...) Anyway, its got some scuffs and scrapes and on the other side it has some words that were written by my brother's when they were little (I'll let you use your imagination...but my boys giggle when they crawl under there to see it ~ saying Uncle Jeremy and Uncle Adam were bad boys! ha ha!)
I have found that using a tablecloth warms the place up too...makes it feel homey and softens it. I like it. So out comes my Granny's Tablecloth every Christmas since! I love it, and if I hold it up to my nose and breathe really deep, I can still smell her. And it makes me cry, I loved her so and miss her. I have an old cigar box with fancy handkerchiefs of hers in them. She always kept them in her bureau. I don't dare open that box too much at all, but sometimes, every once in a while, I open the box and sniff, because you can still smell her. Weird...I know...And if I smell Windsong the perfume, I start bawling. Funny how I associate smells with people. Windsong reminds me of my Granny Weber (wasn't their tag song "Windsong always on my mind"...?) and the smell of Noxzema reminds me of my Grandma Epperson. The smells I associate with the women, speak largely to the type of women they were. (and I don't mean that in a bad way...)
My Granny Weber was such a big fan of Christmas. She had so much good stuff for us to enjoy at Christmastime that it is always a special thing to pull out her things that I inherited and use them in creating a Christmas for my family. This tablecloth has to be at least 40 years old (probably closer to 50 years old). But you'd never know it, she took such good care with them, and I do the same in honor of her memory. I have two tablecloths and I use both, but today I will show you this one.
Now my Granny was fancy, and old crocks used for vases and old enamelware used for a fruit centerpiece container would not have been in her book of style and entertaining :)
but I think that it is quaint and cute and fits me to a "T".
Peeps have asked for a picture of my entire tree and you will get it at the conclusion of Day 25, but you can see a sneak peek through the door way! :)
And that folks...
is Day Twelve!
almost halfway through and I have got lots more to share!
Some of you are probably saying ENOUGH already! LOL! :)