Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Time is here...

Whether we're ready for it or not! It seems to me that Christmas comes faster every year...too fast for me to really enjoy it like I used to, but I managed to get the tree down from the top of a bookcase in the garage, and then decorate it with just the special handmade ornaments or the ones that bring back the best memories.

I needlepointed the above St. Nicholas many years ago, and below is one of my very favorite ornaments that I nicknamed the "Nut Boy" since his butt is made from a nut. He makes me laugh every time I bring him out again, and I have fond memories of the late friend who made him. Vella, we still miss you! And I hope to see a "sign" from you this year by way of another up-side-down Christmas tree that you so love in some shopping display somewhere!
I also got to set up the Jim Shore nativity...I'm not very religious, but enjoy this nativity set very much. Very whimsicle, and I added the hanging angel this year...well, actually last year in an after Christmas sale. It was like opening a present! I love angels!
And here's the tree that almost killed me...I think had I brought the whole thing down in the green bag, it probably would have, but I opened the bag and brought each piece down one at a time...actually, two big pieces. I'm glad it's all set up for me to enjoy...I hope others enjoy it too despite these economic times. I nearly didn't put up a tree at all, but it was nagging at me. So I did it.
I hope Christmas finds everyone with their families...and that next year will be a better year for us all...


SheilaC said...

Jacquie, your tree is SO beautiful! I am glad you finally decided to put it up.

And I LOVE that Maggie is playing with a dreidel!


Riet said...

That is a beautiful tree Jaquie and I love your ornaments. During these last years that I participated in all the Christmas exchanges I gathered many beautiful ornaments too and I have hardly any balls left in it. I didn't put our tree up yet, I must start with that tomorrow. First we had Sinterklaas and then I have been busy with getting all my Christmascards ready to send. That is doen now so ready for the next task.
Have a nice day

Annelies Dease said...

The tree is beautiful.....and I love St. Nicholas. What a lovely touch. XXX Annelies

Kate said...

Hi --

Lovely tree. I just found your blog through a comment on the cosmicpluto knits blog. You were the -only- person in the comment thread for the ruffle scarf who seemed to find the pattern confusing and I came over here to see if you figured it out. I am TOTALLY stuck and it's getting very close to Christmas. I am going to have a scarf-less sister in law. Help Please!

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...


I hope you get this message...tried to find an email address at your blogs. Unfortunately, I think the problem is that I don't understand wrapping or short rows, so sort of set the ruffle scarf pattern aside for now...I did just discover a quickie scarf over at the purl bee blog:


Maybe this is something for your SIL?? I was thinking of using Lion Brand Woolease Thick 'n Quick, but have other bulky yarns too.

I hope this helps!!

Kate said...

Thanks so much! That is helpful, and it may be what I end up doing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jacquie, it's Cathy here. Your tree and the Jim Shore display look beautiful. I collect angels and last year a friend gave me one of his angels for a gift and I love it. All of your homemade gifts look so lovely. They are always the best to me. Nice job!