Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Treats

GR&DF thank you for your kind comments regarding our tree - eclectic doesn't seem to cover all that is on that sucker. I will post some of the more odd ornies later this week - :)

Friday the mail brought two lovely things - a present from a dear friend and another gorgeous ornament through the HOE Exchange. First up would have to be this beauty -

- from Becky - she knows how I love reindeer and the carol and here they are together looking spectacular. I put it with my other stitched treasures and it looks so perfect - thank you so much sweet Becky!!!

The mail also brought a beautiful ornament through the HOE Ornament Exchange. Carol B was my stitching partner and she sent me this beautifully piece -

I hung it in the willow for the snap and now it is nestled in with the rest of my pieces on the stitching tree. Thank you so much Carol it is really beautiful!!!

It was a super craptastic weekend here in SF as we had our really first big winter storm - basically all day on Saturday with much of it spilling over into Sunday - Not that I was going anywhere, but the weather for those that were still out shopping just bit the big one!! My shopping is finished and everything was mailed and expressed last week - so I don't have to fight any crowds anywhere - woo hoo!!!

There were a few movies watched so lets start off with a really powerful one - "Into the Arms of Strangers - Stories of the Kindertransport" - 2000 - Narrated by Judi Dench this interview style film told a few of the 10,000 stories of the children that were sent to Britain to escape the Nazi Holocaust. This was a piece of history I had not heard of and was amazed. The Kindertransport lasted the nine months leading up to WWII and with the beginning of hostilities it ended. It is told by those that were sent from Germany and Austria and settled in the UK. Absolutely worth seeing as those that forget history are doomed to repeat it!

I also had a cartoon from Netflix - I am almost always surprised at what I have put on my queue so that when I get a DVD I am stunned at my choices. Oh well - the flick was from Disney and is called "The Rescuers" - 1977 - starring the voices of Bob Newhart as Bernard, Eva Gabor as Miss Bianca and Geraldine Page as Madame Medusa. I hadn't seen this film in years and was pleasantly surprised at how much I once again enjoyed the story and the antics the swamp critters get up to.

Yesterday was a real treat filled day as I got me a glass of delicious Egg Nog -

Buds is de bomb!!!! I scape on the extra nutmeg and a shot of nog and it's perfection!! Along with this nectar I settled in to watch one of my favorite versions of "A Christmas Carol" - not the most accurate but a real favorite - and it is "Scrooge" - 197o - starring Albert Finney and Edith Evans. It is an all musical and dancing version that I really enjoy - and the glass of the nog doesn't hurt either!!

All this weather gave me plenty of time to stitch a bit on my ABC piece and here is a crooked snap of the progress -

I have finished the main stitching up to H but am still being a wienie about the fill - I did pull some colours I like and might just start some fill soon. As I was stitching that horse all I could think of was this beast looked more like a cross between a donkey and a camel... does that make it a Camkey??? or a Donkel???

There you go sports fans - thank you for stopping by do come again!!

Take care,


  1. lol the fence and "donkel" are cracking me up!

    I still need to watch Scrooge with Marc (I think he'll love it. We heckle him a bit because his "favorite" movie is Xanadu. lol. Well, actually it's the first Conan movie, but he sure does like that Xanadu.) Marc likes dancing around, doing impressions and generally making a ham of himself (as a Gemini born in the year of the Horse, I suppose he can't help himself :D) I think he's gonna have a lot of fun doing Finney's Scrooge.

    Oh, look at those gorgeous stitchy things you've received! I too love Der Tannenbaum!

  2. Beautiful gifts you received! You are so ready for Christmas!

  3. On the ABC piece...why any fill at all? I think it looks great the way it is.

  4. I love everything you have shown us. But I especially love your ABC by CHS and the border you have put around it. Now I know you are in a quandry as to what color or colors to use to make the letters at the bottom stand out. IMHO I love it just the way it is right now.

    I think most the British people know about Kindertransport as the children all came here (here as in the UK). It is a very sad but uplifting story at the same time and Dame Judy is amazing. I am sad for the majority (if not all) of the children losing their families and it's films like that one that make the horror of WW2 live on in our memories and have to be passed down to our children and their children as well and kept going.

    Patti xxx

  5. Great Ornaments and stitching on ABC. I love The Rescuers !!! Love Evenrude... lol Is great to watch those to relieve stress of the Holidays...

  6. I love the reindeer piece from Becky.I know what you mean about treating yourself to Egg Nogg.The ornament from Carol is beautiful! I love 'The Rescuers' and haven't seen it in a long time.Stitching is looking great too!

  7. Oh you are getting quit a collect of reindeer all very beautiful. Your stitching tree is must be almost full. Lucky you finished with you shopping wish I was.

    Merry Stitching

  8. The piece from Becky is great! And I love the other one as well.

    "Donkel" is my favorite!

    Your blog always brings a grin.

  9. Lovely gifts/exchanges you received! I'm going to put that documentary about the Kindertransport into my Netflix queue right now. I'd heard about the program but never the details so I'd love to see it! And The Rescuers -- lol! My son's favorite when he was little was Robin Hood by Disney. I love your CHS Alphabet -- hope you are happy with the fill ins when you finally decide!

  10. You have made a lovely Christmas display, Edgar. A little bit of trivia...My mum lived a few streets away from Albert Finney when they were both kids.

  11. Mmmm egg nog. Yum :)

    Gorgeous pieces! And so beautifully displayed too!


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