This is the ornament my friend Bonnie made for me. How pretty is that? Below you can see a picture of the back. I love this cardinal fabric. It's beautiful!
Here's the biscornu my friend Sharon sent me. Sure it's pretty, but oh my gosh, if ya'll could just smell it! I just want to suck the smell right up inside me and never smell anything else again. It's all cinnamony and happy smelling.
Now here is the tree, no it's not our real tree, just a little three foot tree that I set up on the table next to my stitching spot to hold the ornaments I recieved in this year's swap:
I wanted to show it all lit up but that picture is not so great, not that any picture on this here blog would any photography awards, so here's one where I used a flash:
What? You want to know about the crocheted garland*? Well it's all Anna Maria Horner 's fault.
She had a post on her blog: Anna Maria Horner: Fancy and Not and creating this garland became my obsession. I didn't email her to ask her how she did her's. I just kind of made up my own deal. The ribbon is three rows of single crochet, and then edged in single crochet all the way around. I probably should have made it with just one row of SC, two tops. It's kind of wide. I googled flower patterns and went through my friend Pam's collection of Annie's Crochet Newsletter magazine and used those for the snowflakes. This was a lot of fun to make and I do believe one of my goals for next Christmas is to make a garland like this for the big family tree.
And yes I do realize this little tree is very much a Charlie Brown tree, but I through it all together pretty fast and made the garland on the fly but I do think the finished results are kind of sweet.
Now for the "I hang my head in shame" moment, we won't be putting up the family tree until tonight! This month has just gotten away from us and everybody has been going in a million different directions so tonight we will be putting up the tree finally.
*forgot to add that I crocheted the garland and the snowflakes with Peaches & Creme White kitchen cotton