"Villagers all, this frosty tide
Let your doors swing open wide
Though wind may follow and snow betide
Yet draw us in by your fire to bide:
Joy shall be yours in the morning."
Some years ago, feeling quite overwhelmed with all that needed to be done at this time of the year, I happened across this quote from the Saturday Evening Post (December 1866):
"Now is the season of the holly and the mistletoe; the days are come in which we hang our rooms with the sober green of December and feel it summer in our hearts."
I’ve kept a simpler Christmas since then. Now I prefer fresh greens to tuck among my ironstone and transferware, early dough bowls, and old tin cookie cutters. Amongst the greens are pheasant feathers, grapevine, strings of dried cranberries and black walnuts. Old wood bowls are generous vessels for clipped cedar and mercury glass ornaments. Two tall grapevine trees are draped with tiny white lights. Old tinsel garland is strung here and there and antique feather trees are hung with cotton batting and other cherished ornaments. Our Christmas is simple and natural, warm with the glow of white lights and candles, and heady with the smell of fresh cut pine...
New Pattern ~ Christmas 1878 Marking Sampler
Christmas 1878 Marking Sampler is a reminiscent of redwork samplers from the late 19th century. This simple, hemmed piece would look very merry tacked to a cupboard door or laid across an early breadboard with some fresh greens. Available under Featured Items (at right) as well as on Pattern Mart.
Early Work Mercantile Offerings
I’ve put together a merry little assortment of goods for your consideration on my Early Work Mercantile page, including a couple of finished goods, an early redwork sampler stitched by a young miss named Sarah Beardow, and the good old, red painted apple tray you see above. Please have a peek!
A Christmas Gift from Me to Thee...
A humble, little gift…the pattern for the jolly stitch you see above. Only available in e-pattern format. The pdf is available by clicking on the image above. You will also find the free download on Pattern Mart.
Sincerest thanks to everyone who shopped my After Thanksgiving Sale! It was a huge success and I am ever grateful to you, my wonderful friends and customers.
Wishing you a blessed and joyous Christmas!
"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."
~~ Laura Ingalls Wilder ~~