Beautiful Christmas Trees (Inn at Virginia Tech)

Beautiful red cardinals, the Virginia state bird.

Best Wishes Flowers and Gifts.

Radford Health and Rehab Center.

The Orange Bandana.

Smithfield Plantation.

Project Linus.

 Virginia Quilting Museum.

Quilt next to the Virginia Quilting Museum tree.

4-H.


Hometown Appraisal Services Inc.

Dance.tech

Matt Hagan Outdoors.

Ornaments From Bygone Years

Commemorative fife and drummers of Colonial Williamsburg.

Cross stitched ornament from an exchange and gathering of quilters.

Thirty-five years old and purchased when I was expecting our first child.

Beautiful glass dragonfly from a dear friend.

Ornament from an exchange and gathering of quilters.

Beautiful glass columbine (state flower) from a dear Colorado friend.

From sister-in-law, Jill. Popcorn, hand strung, by our son over twenty-five years ago.

From sister-in-law, Jan. Hand painted from the inside.

Hand-smocked by my kids twenty-five years ago.

I hand-smocked this one and the next two ornaments.

“Silent Mice”

Christmas Craft Project

My friend, Hilda Collins, lead our Farm Girls and Feed Sacks group in creating a Christmas craft project in November. I put mine on the tree and think it is really cute! It was simple and kids could make it for teachers or grandparents.

Supplies needed: small jar, glue, decoration with adhesive backing (optional), sponge paint brush, ribbon, salt, disposable bowl and tealight candle.

Directions: Put decoration with adhesive backing on jar (optional), use sponge brush to add glue, put salt in disposable bowl and roll jar in salt. Set aside to dry. Add ribbon on outside and tealight candle inside.

Enjoy!

Merry “Farm Girls and Feed Sacks” Christmas

I had great fun at my “Farm Girls and Feed Sacks” Christmas party. We had a cookie exchange and white elephant gift exchange.

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A gathering of country gals showing our assortment of delicious Christmas cookies.

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Our only “rule” is to wear an apron. Pat (in the center) is wearing a cute antique apron. The gals of “Farms Girls and Feed Sacks” are particularly fond of antiques and things that remind us of the good ole days.

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More cute aprons.

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Good friends and great times, Camelia and Francine.

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Scrumptious stuff!

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Merry Christmas to all!

‘Twas The Night Before A Quilter’s Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
The only one sleeping was a Quilter’s dear spouse.
The Log Cabin stockings were almost completed,
“Just a few stitches left,” our sweet quilter repeated.
“Then I can hang them and head off to
finish the pillows I’m making, fulfilling Mom’s wish
For something quilted to put on her couch”,
as she pricked her poor finger, our quilter said,”Ouch!”
When from out in the kitchen there arose such a crashing,
she sprang from her work, and she dropped all her sashing.
Away to the doorway she flew like a plane,
wondering just what was happening and who she would blame.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
but Old Mrs. Claus and her bag of quilt-gear…
With her elves bearing gifts, through the kitchen she came,
she directed and pointed and called them by name.
“Now Elna, now Pfaff, now Bernina and Viking,
the Hoffman and Mumm should be just to her liking.
To the sewing room – there, it’s just back of the hall, now dash
away, dash away, dash away all!”
“My Dear,” said The Claus (as she liked to be called),
“There really is no need to worry at all.
Your projects will all be completed this night,
 I’m terribly sorry we gave you a fright.”
“Sit down. Have some tea. It’s relaxing, you’ll see.
My friends and I’ve come a long way to help Thee.”
She thought she was dreaming, our dear Quilter did,
In fact she quite feared that she near flipped her lid!
But the flash of the needles and twist of the thread soon gave her to know
she had nothing to dread.
They spoke no more words, but went straight to their sewing.
How the work went so quickly she had no way of knowing.
The stitches, how fine! The corners, how straight!
This Claus-woman’s talent was awfully great.
They finished the pillows, then started to quilt.
Before they all knew it, the whole thing was built!
Now old Mrs. Claus, she knew quilters real well,
and she knew they’d need help on this night most of all
So she said to our quilter, “Just move over dear,
I’ve brought my own needle. We’ll get done, never fear.”
I told dear old Santa about what quilters do.
How they plan all these projects but have other work too.
So he taught me his magic for doing things fast.
There, that pillows done. Now this is the last.
They tidied their thread snips, and picked up the scraps
and chased our dear quilter’s six cats from their laps.
As they scurried away with their thimbles still gleaming
dear Mrs. Claus paused, her cap ribbons streaming.
“Merry Christmas, my dear, now just have a ball!”
Author Unknown

U CUT $10

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So many trees to choose from!

 

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“Here’s a cute little Charlie Brown Christmas tree.”

 

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“How about this one? It’s nice and full for it’s size.”

 

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“Do you think this one will fit in the living room?”

 

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“Here it is. The perfect tree!”

 

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“Cut in record time—27 seconds!”

 

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 Camelia has always been intrigued with tractors and just had to get on the tractor.  This goes back to her mom driving a tractor.

 

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Ruby Gardenhire driving a tractor.

 

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Such a perfect Christmas tree!

 

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Mr. Board and Jim putting a net on the tree.

U CUT $10

I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where trees are scarcer than hen’s teeth. Cutting our own Christmas was something I’d always dreamed of. On our first Christmas in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this dream finally became reality. With much excitement and great anticipate, we drove to a Christmas tree farm to cut our tree. The signs leading to the farm said, “U CUT $10.” 

I told Jim, “This must be for the tiny Charlie Brown trees and the larger ones will cost more.” 

When we arrived, the owner said, “It is real simple you pick your tree, I give you a saw, you cut it and they’re all $10.” 

It had been a long time since we had a real tree. Jim remembers buying trees when he was a kid in the 60’s and they were $25 at that time. I took gobs of photos and asked Mr. Board a lot of questions. We went through all the trees and finally made a decision on the most beautiful one. As Jim started to saw, I took his picture. The photo was not up to my standards since he was under the tree and I could not see him. He was so close to the ground that I decided to plop down on my belly and get “the perfect action photo.”  As I looked through the viewfinder and before I could get the camera into focus, the tree fell to the ground. So much for my perfect picture, plus I still had to work my way off the frigid, icy earth which I had become one with.

I told Jim, “Good night in the morning, I certainly thought it would take longer than THAT to saw down a tree.” He boasted about his fast tree sawing abilities and how he won a “sawing contest” when he worked in construction. The record to saw a board in half was 115 seconds. He broke the record at 27 seconds!  All the guys he worked with and especially the one he was in competition with were so furious at him that their mouths dropped to the ground and they turned around and walked off.

I told the owner of tree farm that I had a strange question for him and asked if I could cut some rhododendron leaves and pick tiny red berries that I found up in the woods, to use for a table arrangement. Mr. Board was generous and told me to take what I needed. When I asked him what we owned him, he refused to charge me anything for the leaves and berries. Jim tried to give him more, but he replied, “No, the tree is $10.”  

What a delightful afternoon we had at the tree farm as we enjoyed the smell of the fresh cut tree all the way home!

Merry Colonial Christmas

I had a delightful time at the Colonial Christmas Tea at Smithfield Plantation, established in 1774. I love being in Virginia and attending events of this nature. It is especially fun during the holidays. Everything was scrumptious but the sweet potato biscuits with ham spread and raspberry tea were my favorite!  Using natural greenery, fruit and feathers, Smithfield Plantation creates wreaths reminiscent of yesteryear. For more info about Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, Virginia visit http://www.smithfieldplantation.org/

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