Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Presents are wrapped and under the tree. The freezer is full to overflowing with cookies, snacks and baking of all kinds. Today I'll tidy up the house and finish up a few last kitchen things.

Stockings are hung - not by the fire but along the stair rail. We had two new additions to our family this year - one by marriage, one by birth. These new stockings reflect my new, and somewhat unusual (for me) desire for a neutral, calm palette. They're made of canvas drop cloths and embellished with scraps of ribbon, buttons and rosettes - I didn't purchase a single thing.

The labels are stamped onto cotton, backed with fusible web, cut with pinking shears and ironed onto the stocking. Easy peasy. I had fun making these rosettes and I think more will be in my future.

Thank you to all my blogging friends for your encouragement and friendship over this past tumultuous year. I value each one of you. And my wish for you is that you will experience the love, joy, hope and peace brought to earth by the Christ Child so many years ago. Merriest of Christmases, friends.


  1. Smart idea with the stockings..may use that idea for next and I have had a very special dil and a special grand daughter...take care..Merry Christmas..

  2. Warmest wishes to you too, Lorrie, and to your family.
    Your presents are sure stylishly wrapped ! I'm in awe ! And the stockings... I had thought of doing some as well but this year was too hectic. I think I'll try to make something next year and spread it out timewise.
    Merci beaucoup pour tes délicates attentions cette année, que Dieu te garde et te bénisse avec toute ta famille !

  3. My house looks as if a cyclone blew through it. Ha! Guess I'd better get it back together sometime this evening. How wonderful to see the visual reminder in stockings hung of your growing family. Very nice idea to make them from dropcloth material and how creative you are!

  4. Merry Christmas to you, too, Lorrie! And I appreciate your sharing bits of your life, and your experiences in your home - a place I had the opportunity of visiting once, and enjoy remembering through your words. Many blessings of the season, Becky G. in GA

  5. Hello Lorrie

    Love the stockings! I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

    Tracy :)

  6. And the sockings were all hung with care, love yours. Have a peaceful and joyous Christmas. Take care.

  7. Looks like all is ready.... enjoy in every way.......... Happy Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas Lorrie!

    Love the stockings...and large families!

    All the best for the New year!


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  10. Love the stockings, Lorrie! If only I can remember where to look when I want to copy this idea next year. Your gifts look so artsy and beautifully wrapped!

    Wishing you and yours a most blessed Christmas!

  11. Those packages are gorgeous! I had to click on them for a closer look:>) Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  12. Love your neutral, upcycled gift wrapping. Very thoughtfully done! Clever stockings too. :)

  13. Your packages are beautiful and the stockings could be featured in a decorating magazine! Great work Lorrie!

  14. Beautifully wrapped presents and the stockings look fun.

  15. Belated good wishes to you Lorrie! I love your photos...the stockings are so charming...I'm putting them on my to~do for next year's holiday!
    A blessed new year to you and your family.


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