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Bittersweet

Our house is filled to the brim with family now.  I’ve had 2 of my granddaughters staying with me for the past 2 weeks and last night my son, his wife and Lily arrived from Germany.    Every bed is taken, the dishwasher runs everyday, along with the washer and dryer.  There are gifts to wrap […]

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December 24, 2012 - 1:25 pm

Lynette - What a fantastic idea to make the photo-tag ornaments!

December 24, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Hildy - Merry xmas to you and your family! Love your cute ornaments. Hildy

December 24, 2012 - 1:51 pm

sondra - What a beautifully decorated tree! Christmas is a time for making wonderful memories with friends and family. Sure makes the bittersweet ones easier to take, doesn’t it? Merry Christmas! Love your blog! Wish I had more time to sew!

December 24, 2012 - 7:41 pm

BJ - Your decorations are wonderful and so perfect with little ones around. Christmas is a time to enjoy what’s most important without all the “don’t touch” words! Enjoy your wonderful family.

December 24, 2012 - 7:46 pm

Sharon McQuistion - Thank you for the wonderful Christmas wishes!! I love the little woodland animal ornaments on the tree. Are they from Europe? I would love to find them myself. They’re adorable! Thank you for sharing your family and your wonderful talents with us. Happy New Year!

December 24, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Jeanne Langston - I so enjoy your blog, your lovely pictures, and your store full of goodies !
your Christmas decorations are so sweet . I love your woodland ornaments!
and picture name tags . I just love everything you do ! Merry Christmas and thank you so much for sharing all your ideas . (And MOLLY MAKES!)
Jeanne L in Missouri

December 24, 2012 - 11:20 pm

Joanne Moore - Merry Christmas Anne! ENjoy your beautiful family! Love the tag ornament idea! I have been grousing that I wish I had picked up ornaments over the years from travels and outings. I was thinking of using photos somehow…the tags are a darling idea!! Plus they wont break and wont pull down the branches. May you be blessed with a healthy, creative New Year!

December 25, 2012 - 6:48 am

mimi'sdarlins - Hi, Anne. I’ve had little time for internet lately, as December is devoted to all things family and holidays. Your tree is lovely and so meaningful with the photos. I love the feathery little owl….I made wool owls for my ornaments this year, which I give to family members each year. I am sitting here with my hubby, fire warming our toes, enjoying the lights on the tree, and the aroma of turkey is already filling the air. Soon our children, DILs and grandkids will be arriving to open gifts. A very Blessed and Happy Christmas to you and yours, I know how precious it is to have your children with you at Christmas.
Hugs :)

December 25, 2012 - 7:04 am

Janet - Merry Christmas, Anne. Enjoy your time with family!!

December 25, 2012 - 7:05 am

SandyD - Merry Christmas.I love the tag ornaments
three of our four Daughters 6 grandkiddies and SIL will be arriving soon. Daughter number 4 is a police officer 5 hours away and will not be home.

December 26, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Pam in Indiana - Hi Anne!
So happy to see that you are enjoying having your family with you, too, this Christmas! I love the idea for ornaments that are ‘kid friendly’! When my children were small, I had them put their hands behind their backs when looking at Christmas ornaments. When our eldest, Meaghan, was about three, would obediently put her hands behind her back but she would manage to ‘touch’ the ornaments with her chubby tummy!
We have three of our kids home from college — the older kids had to work over Christmas — and we have had tons of their high school friends come to visit, play old Mario video games, spend the night and eat! I love having them home and reminiscing about growing up together. Right now we are in the midst of a blizzard — so we are staying in and eating all of the food I have been cooking all week!!

I am especially delighted to see what you did with the pink lights I sent! Thanks for posting the picture! You can NEVER have too much pink, can you??? :0)

XO
Pam♥

December 27, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Renee - Everything is beautiful! Enjoy this special time with your family. Many blessings!

December 29, 2012 - 8:23 am

Sinta - Happiest of holidays to you Anne… sweet and simple is a great idea! It gives you more time to enjoy all those special people filling up your house with laughter and making new memories of time together! May you continue to be blessed in the new year! xxoo

December 29, 2012 - 11:45 am

Irene - Happy holiday Anne to you and your lovely family. I love the photo tags on your Christmas tree and the lovely ornaments. The candles look very special. Happy New Year. Bless you

December 29, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Silvia - What a beautiful decorationsa ! Hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas!! I wish you have a Happy New Year!! Hugs

January 1, 2013 - 5:14 am

Donna - I will copy your 2012 tree decorations for sure. Little folks will come to Grandma’s for 2013 holidays and the family pictures will be so appropriate for new family members.

Christmas at Holly Hill

Holly Hill Quilt Shoppe opened up its classroom this weekend for the annual Homespun and Holly event.   Fresh trees filled the room and the scent and spirit of Christmas was everywhere. Have you ever seen a quilt shop classroom decked out like this?  It was amazing. Table centerpieces were perfect little boxwood trees carefully planted […]

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November 20, 2012 - 5:18 am

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, this looks so cozy and inviting! I love those old fashioned, happily imperfect, almost sparse trees. I’ve never seen a shop so beautifully decorated for Christmas. Thanks for the great photos, really puts me in the holiday mood :)

November 20, 2012 - 6:05 am

andrea - that shop looks like an absolute dream! How gorgeous, and to be there taking a class with you? perfection.

November 20, 2012 - 8:46 am

SuzK - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a wonderful, wonderful book that takes place right after WWII – best book I’ve read in years.

November 20, 2012 - 9:41 am

Marcha - Wow, what terrific! That’s how you create the absolute christmas-quilt-dream! Love it!

November 20, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Barb - Holly Hill looks like so much fun!! Lucky, lucky attendees!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends!

November 20, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Faye - Oh, I want to be there. It’s beautiful.

November 20, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Louise - Would love to visit Holly Hill! Love the red and white quilt. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2012 - 7:01 am

Jo - Like you write … it’s just amazing !!!!!!!!!
Happy thanksgiving ..

Merry Christmas!

Wishing You A Very…

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December 24, 2010 - 11:57 am

Mary on Lake Pulaski - Merry Christmas Anne and family!

December 24, 2010 - 12:05 pm

Marsha B - Merry Christmas Anne, enjoy a wonderful holiday with your family. I have my Snowbound together and ready to quilt but that may take a while. Thank you for all the fun in 2010 and I’m looking forward to 2011!

December 24, 2010 - 12:06 pm

Veronica - Merry Christmas to you too.
Hugs,
Veronica

December 24, 2010 - 12:42 pm

Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, I hope your Christmas is filled with joy and love. Thank you for making my year brighter. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a special Christmas wish from my furry babies to yours!
Hugs…

December 24, 2010 - 12:50 pm

Vickie E - Merry Christmas Anne, I hope all is well :)

December 24, 2010 - 1:29 pm

annie - …and to you and yours sweet Anne. Can’t wait for the New Year and even more of your wonderful posts!!!! XXX

December 24, 2010 - 1:45 pm

Jackie - Merry Christmas to you too, Anne!! Looking forward to great stuff from you next year!! Have a wonderful weekend!

December 24, 2010 - 3:05 pm

Sue - Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 24, 2010 - 3:29 pm

Donna Liljegren - Merry Christmas, Anne!
Thank you so much for your Snowbound year. I love each square and look forward to creating them myself. Your generosity shines through all year long.
Wishing you a safe, joyful and restful holiday season, and a prosperous new year.
From our home to yours,
Donna, Kes and Fezzik
xoxo

December 24, 2010 - 8:39 pm

pam seaberg - Thank you for a great year, I am working on the last Snowbound block, and found the perfect blue border for it today. Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010 - 2:53 am

AnneMarieke - Merry Christmas to you and our loved ones, Anne.

December 25, 2010 - 3:02 am

Martine - Merry Christmas Anne

December 25, 2010 - 5:12 am

Julie - Merry Christmas, Anne! Thank you so much for the Snowbound BOM – it is so adorable. Who wouldn’t love a snowman? You’ve brought joy to so many people thru your blogs and designs. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

December 25, 2010 - 5:29 am

Anna - Have a wonderful Christmas! Next time you come to Bend you’ll have to come to our Woolie group and see Snowbound in wool!

Anna, http://www.wooliemammoth.blogspot.com

December 25, 2010 - 5:31 am

janan doster - Merry Christmas!
Thanks for sharing your babies (pets)!! I know they all must be spoiled rotten!

Could you share the “spray starch” method of applique that you use. In your photos of the past few posts, your applique looks so crisp! So ready to stitch!

December 25, 2010 - 5:40 am

Melanie - Snuggle Up and have the Happiest Christmas ever….

December 25, 2010 - 6:00 am

Mickie - Merry Christmas Anne and family! Thanks for all the joy you bring to us! :)

December 25, 2010 - 8:32 am

KatieQ - Thank you for sharing the photos of your furry children especially dear Mooch.
May the kindness you share with others return to surround you and your family.

December 25, 2010 - 3:54 pm

mimi'sdarlins - Merry Christmas, Anne, to you and yours! Lovely couple of days spent with our families, and more to come. Thank you for all your sharing throughout the year :-)

December 25, 2010 - 5:50 pm

Nancy - Merry Christmas to you as well. Love your blog and so thankful for Bunnyhill. And so proud of my Christmas applique quilts from BH that I have hanging on my walls

May 2011 bring you lots and lots of joy, good health, peace and tons of inspiration!!

December 26, 2010 - 6:55 am

Ronda - Merry Christmas Anne!!!!!! Hoping you had a wonderful Day and a very happy New Year!!!

December 26, 2010 - 7:15 am

Julie Zaloudek - A very Happy Holiday to you and your family.
I really enjoy your blog and enjoyed being able to stop by your booth at Quilt Market. At the time I didn’t realize your booth-mate was “Cotton n ‘Wool”–another favorite stop in my blog reading.
All the best in 2011.

December 26, 2010 - 5:27 pm

corinne demonstoy - Merry Christmas, just finished the snowbound blocks. Thank you for the design. Love the photos

December 27, 2010 - 10:34 am

Sinta Renee - I hope you had a wonderful holiday Anne! Thank you so much for all you do and for all the beautiful things you creat! You are such an inspiration! Wishing you blessings in the new year! xxoo

December 30, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Juanita in Ohio - Each and every photo is ultra-fabulous, Anne! It looks like a perfect Christmas Card to me…TFS and I hope you had a fabulous holiday season.

December 6, 2011 - 10:00 am

Marie Blash - Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!Your photos are absolutely fabulous. They make me want to cozy up to the fire with a cup of hot chocolate (in a pink cup from my childhood, of course)!

It’s almost Christmas! Are you ready?

I honestly don’t now where this month is going!  Feels like it’s flying by!  I desperately need more time!!!  I have to fit in making cookies, our hometown parade, Granddaughter’s birthday, school play, time with friends, wrapping presents, shopping, and projects for January.   Do you feel this way?  It’s going way too fast, this month […]

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December 9, 2010 - 7:47 pm

Thimbleanna - Your decorations are beautiful Anne! I love the peek at your little kitty. I’ll put up trees this weekend — I hope the cats take it well!

December 9, 2010 - 8:02 pm

Mary on Lake Pulaski - Your home is amazing Anne! Thanks for sharing! Who knew Allie and Scooter Pie would look so cute on the tree?

December 9, 2010 - 8:04 pm

DeAnna - Oh, isn’t Topsy beautiful? And so is your tree! My cats would have that all torn down in five minutes. >:)

December 9, 2010 - 9:07 pm

littlecottonbluebirds - I am happy I found your blog. Love, love, love your tree where it’s place and the scottie dog with the big bow. Pink lambs am so smitten with them.

Our Christmas tree sets up Christmas Eve we get a real tree decorate it with ornaments passed down from generation to generation, every Christmas we each add a new ornament. The we say why we choose that particular ornament. We add 12 real candles clipped to the tree light them as we watch our favorite dvd of Christmas Vacation, eating pop corn by the woodburner. We each have to make one handmade gift for everyone. This is our Christmas.

Hugs, Dani

December 9, 2010 - 11:05 pm

Vickie E - Anne, your house and tree are just gorgeous! trully.

December 9, 2010 - 11:24 pm

Melody - Your tree is so beautiful and I just adore the pink sheep. It’s all so lovely. Thank you for sharing.

December 9, 2010 - 11:55 pm

Hollyhill - Hello Anne!
An early Merry Christmas and warmest holiday wish to you! We are finally getting into our Lily & Will and loving it! Anyway, we just wanted to say your tree and your snowmen are gorgeous as always. Thanks for sharing through the blog…we very much enjoy it!
Jan & Brian

December 10, 2010 - 2:27 am

Julia - Hello Anne!
Oh, your tree is most amazingly beautiful…I love all the scottie dogs…so perfect!
Wishing you a wonderful Adevent,
Julia

December 10, 2010 - 3:02 am

Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, it was a treat to see your beautifully decorated tree. Your living room is just breath taking! So inviting and lovely, looks like a place I could curl up with a book or stitching and just completely lose track of time. Hmmmm…maybe that’s what your gorgeous Toppsy was feeling to. We are talking about getting a kitten maybe two from the shelter as soon as we are through with our small, but extremely messy remodel. I think I already told you no tree for us this year but I have my Nativity and a little holiday table topper out downstairs so we will have to call that good this year. The shopping….DONE…but not wrapped (ugh). But as Scarlet said…”tomorrow is … another day!!!’ lol thanks for sharing your beautiful decorations with us. I really need to make some of the little Allie dogs. I need 4 to represent the two Scottie mix dogs that have left us and the 2 schnauzer and schnauzer that we have now. Also a little white Scooter Pie Cat for one that we lost a few years ago. They are just adorable and look delightful on your tree! Hugs….

December 10, 2010 - 3:21 am

Stephanie - What a sweet and festive home you have for Christmas. Topsy is beautiful against the soft pink. Right now I’d like to postpone Christmas until February!

December 10, 2010 - 3:36 am

Jackie Ro. - Love seeing your shy kitty enjoy ‘her’ tree :)
Your Christmas trees and home look absolutely beautiful Anne.
Blessings to you & yours throughout this holiday season.
Jackie in NC

December 10, 2010 - 7:29 am

Joanne Moore - What a beautiful tree!!! Topsy looks just like my grandcat Maynard. My cats LOVE the Christmas tree each year. They also love drinking the water from the base. I’ve read they are not supposed to but after 13 years of Christmas tree tea they are still thriving. Love your Allie and Scooter Pie decorations. For years I kept lots of the Christmas stuff in my daughter’s upper closet and the rest went in the attic. So Dec. 1 I went to my daughter’s room to start the decorating process and her upper closet was empty! I forgot that last year I had my husband put everything in the attic so I could have much needed storage space. For an entire year that section of closet stayed empty!Man!I got so organized my brain could not retain it! Thanks for sharing the link to Kevin Sharkey’s trees. Beautiful. All the organized bins kill me. Good luck with all your Christmas prep. Somehow we accomplish those lists each year.

December 10, 2010 - 8:35 am

Diane R. - Your home is so beautiful, Anne — I love the tree! I put up three trees this year, a traditional one with ornaments from my girls’ childhood — my granddaughters love to see the ornaments their mommies made when they were little girls. There’s one white tree in my quilt studio with pastel ornaments and this year we put up a new tree with white and robins egg blue ornaments — I love how it turned out!

December 10, 2010 - 9:11 am

Jean - Oh, my goodness! Your house is beautiful at Chrismtmas. You could seriously sell tickets for tours. I’d be first in line!!! Am I done? Very funny!!!!

December 10, 2010 - 10:50 am

Juanita in Ohio - Oh, my GOODNESS, your tree is the epitome of beautiful! I LOVE your ornaments, the way the room looks, and sweet Topsy. This reminds me of our Festival of trees…the most beautiful things imaninable. TFS and blessing my day with your photo. I would like your permission to use this as my desktop photo, please let me know.

December 10, 2010 - 10:59 am

Vicky - Everything is so beautiful, Anne. Makes me wants to decorate but I probably won’t. Not much point just for Penny!

December 10, 2010 - 1:48 pm

Wendy Parks - I love your tree! {and your living room} I checked out the tree’s on Kevin Sharkey’s blog. Have decided yours is way better. His might be beautiful to some people but, yours has a lot of love and homeyness in it.

December 10, 2010 - 4:58 pm

Devon - Oh my that is my dream livingroom,,it is pink,,my most favorite color..how did you get your husband to paint it,,,and I absolutely love your tree and your little sheep..where did you get the sheep..Merry Christmas,,

December 10, 2010 - 6:53 pm

Kim - Can I just come to your house…..it looks so beautiful!
Nothing done here…….send some Christmas spirit if you’ve got some extra :0)

Happy sewing and Merry Christmas

December 10, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Sherri - Everything is so beautiful…thanks for the decorating and Christmas inspiration!

December 10, 2010 - 8:27 pm

Louise - I’m getting there. Somehow I always manage..Topsy looks so beautiful next to your lovely tree. A very sharp contrast..I have so much to do still. Thank you for taking the time to blog. It is such a nice little treat..

December 10, 2010 - 9:30 pm

ellen - December should start all over again. I keep plugging but I seem to get “behinder” every minute. My Christmas tree is a palm tree now. Very easy to decorate–fewer branches! My Shogi, may she rest in peace, was not shy like Topsy. She loved Christmas and had her favorite ornament. Every year she’d look for her ornament on the tree; everyday I’d come home from work to find her ornament on the floor. That was the only ornament she’d pick off the tree, all of her 20 years of Christmas. That was our “tradition”.

Mele Kalikimaka

December 10, 2010 - 10:13 pm

Susan Liu - Love the decoration and all the colors!

December 11, 2010 - 12:40 am

Martine - Anne,
Your Wmas tree is superb and your home radiates the sweetness and gentleness life of inspiration. It makes me dream !
My Christmas Eve goes on very simply. It begins with a light dinner, which we try to make a bit more interesting than our usual meals, then we watch DVDs or nice Christmassy films like “Holidays” or “Love Actually”. Then, we go to church for midnight mass and when we come back, we unwrap our presents. When I was child (well, a long time ago !) we would unwrap our gifts in the morning just minutes after waking up… (still in our pyjamas)
We’ll decorate our tree on Monday or Tuesday. Each year we bring back ornaments from the countries we visit. So you’ll find a Pope next to an American Santa, Tutankhamun’s head under Shiva,… unusual but we like it !
Well, I’ll stop here for now… The count douwn has started.
Martine – FRANCE

December 11, 2010 - 9:49 am

Jennifer O. - Dear Anne,

Out of all the blogs that I have on my list I do enjoy reading yours the most. I love what you have done with your tree and you are very lucky that your cat has not taken advantage of it. Unlike our Isabel who happens to think that our tree is there for her own personal use. I am almost afraid to put the decorations because a lot of them are from my childhood and others that I have bought on my own in the past that are very expensive. Our other cat is a lot like Topsey, Lea loves to be under the tree because it is a place she can hide. Our tree is partically stuck in a corner. So it makes her feel safe and she can still see everything that is going on.
As for the rest of the holiday cheer a lot of it may not happen because of a tight budget in our house. It came down to the choise of getting the kids presents or holiday baking. Truthfully I and the rest of my family do not need any more weight on us and I rather see the kids have a good Christmas instead. Even though I am in the mood for some chocolate chip cookies, buckeyes and some fudge!
As for the household it is decorated differently every year even though I use the same decorations that I have had for the last five years. I rather be home on Christmas day than to be out and about visiting with family and friends. I have made it a rule to let the kids have Christmas at home and we do not go any where on Christmas day. But this year is going to be rush here and there. Ugg!
This year my daughter and I have been watching the 25 days of Christmas on ABC Family and trying to catch any of the Christmas specials that are on at night. One other thing I have done with my daughter since she was old enough to grasp the concept of Christmas as is to put a glass pickle on the tree and she has to find it on Christmas morning after all her presant are all opened. When she does find it I give her one last presant and it is typically an oriment. That way when she grows up and moves out on her own she will not be scrambling for oriments. Instead she will just have to search for her own tree.

December 12, 2010 - 9:13 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I know I left a comment yesterday, maybe I forgot to submit it!! Life is hectic! I LOVE your tree(s), I think it’s so sweet that Topsy finds comfort in your tree, too. My little Max used to love our tree, she would drink the water when I wasn’t looking, and I worried it wasn’t good for her. We always cut down our tree so it’s fresh, and we find a nice, BIG tree (nearly ten feet w/ the angel on top), and I decorate the same every year, only each year has more ornaments. Each one is special, either vintage from my mom, or ‘vintage’ from my first trees on my own, many are handmade by someone special, including ‘me’ :-) I still hang the ornaments my boys made when they were little. This tree makes my heart ‘sing’ every time I walk into the room. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. Merry Christmas!
Love, Diane

December 14, 2010 - 5:58 am

SuzK - your tree is so lovely. I also have a cat that disappears when strangers come in, but the tree was of no interest to her once she realized it couldn’t be eaten! My older cat, that passed away last Spring, loved the tree. She’d lay underneath the tree on her back just looking up at the lights for hours on end.

December 14, 2010 - 12:28 pm

Silvia - What a wonderful Xmas Tree!!!! I love all your ornaments!!! It’s great!!! Beautiful!! :)

December 15, 2010 - 10:14 am

Regena - Can you please tell me where I can get the pattern for Scooter Pie the cat and Allie Dog
Thanks
Regena

December 18, 2010 - 7:15 am

Jill Holland - Beautiful quilts, beautiful tree, beautiful cat!

December 19, 2010 - 8:39 pm

Jamie - I just came over to check out your blog.
I got a tweet from Martha stewart mentioning your decorations.
They’re beautiful.

December 23, 2010 - 12:04 pm

Mary T. Salmon - Anne:
You have the most beautiful tree I have ever seen. I do not have one this year…just feel out of sorts. But I usually have the same ornaments I have been using all my married life…all 42 years…Many of the ornaments were made by my daughter and the rest I inherited from my mother. I love my vintage tree but I will have to wait until next year. God bless you and your family and have a wonderful Christmas.
Love,
Mary