Friday, 19 December 2014

The Advent Calendar Blog Hop

Welcome to day 20 of the Advent Calendar Blog Hop which is hosted each year by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching  I am so pleased to be participating for the first time this year and am enjoying visiting the other participants each day.  We have to share some festive stitching, so here is the table topper which I have been working on for the last month.


My initial enthusiasm started to wane with so many tiny windows and doors and I was tempted to abandon it, but as it was being made as a gift for a friend, I kept on stitching.



  Last year I made a couple of snowmen placemats as gifts.


and some ornaments.


Yet another table runner, this time I liked it so much I kept it for myself.


I have also made some  Christmas cutlery holders which can be seen on my previous post.  Jo also asked us to comment on the best gift ever received.............
Well, he appeared  one cold January morning, meandering up our driveway to investigate the new neighbours he had seen unpacking.  He wandered about the garden sweeping the wind scattered leaves with his vastly overgrown dirty smelly matted coat of hair, which like an enormous fringe, reached the ground and impeded a normal gait.  His vision was also impaired by so much hair but he spied a couple of empty boxes and crates to which he stealthily returned at nightfall to take refuge from the cold winter elements.

The next morning on seeing us, he speechlessly inquired if we would be interested in giving him a home as his nonagenarian owner had left the village to live in town and he was tired of custodying an empty house and roaming about solitarily.  He had come to the right house and we adopted him immediately, and loved, spoilt and cared for him during the rest of his life.  A noble, faithful, loving companion who unknowingly helped me overcome the solitude of living in the country, who is now sorely missed and who will always be in our hearts,   Mori.


Thank you for visiting me today.  If you wish to see where the Advent Calendar hop takes you tomorrow and to visit all the other participants, just click here
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Wishing you and your loved ones a very  Happy Christmas


21 comments:

  1. So good, Sheryl that you did not abandon this lovely project. It would have been a pity.That table runner is looking gorgeous. What a wonderful gift. I love your placemats and the table runner that you kept for yourself (a very understandable decision, lol).

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  2. I loved reading your story about one of the most wonderful gifts that you received. Who would not have loved him :))

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  3. Your table runners are gorgeous !! :) your ornaments and placemats are also beautiful. And your best gift was sure the sweetest one!!

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  4. Do I understand the little doggy not being with you anymore? So sorry if this is true. Thank you for giving him love and your home. I love all your Christmas Decorations so much. From the hearts to the table runner, place mats...I love them all.

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  5. What a sweet Christmas story, I sorry to read that that angelic face is no longer at your side.

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  6. Sorry you had to lose your Christmas visitor but how wonderful that you cherished him when another had abandoned him.
    Glad you persevered with those windows, that's a delightful gift and looks divine!
    Have a great Christmas time : )

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  7. I am so sorry your little dog is not with you any more!Such a sweet story! The runner is gorgeous!AriadnefromGreece!

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  8. Bet you are glad you stuck witb that project! It looks great and so does the entire array of holiday projects. Such a sweet story about your doggie. I can see why you miss him.

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  9. Thanks for taking part this year. Your runner is lovely, I don't quilt but I can see that it must have involved a lot of complex stitching!
    Your little dog was so sweet too, I hope he had many pleasant years with you.

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  10. Beautiful finishes and beautiful story. Merry Christmas :)

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  11. Wonderful handwork and a precious memory of the best gift.

    Merry Christmas,
    Kelley~

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  12. What a sweet face! Some gorgeous pieces there, Sheryl, love the gift, don't give up!

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  13. Your Advent calendar shouts serendipity!! 'Tis very sweet....love, love the design, Sheryl. Your reminiscing about Mori pulled at my heart strings....such a sweet puppy dog....such a gorgeous story!!

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  14. Wow, what beautiful placemats and runners!

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  15. What lovely Christmas sewing and a sweet story. Merry Christmas!

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  16. The table runner is too fabulous. I'd like to be able to do something like that. Ornaments are great too. Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël! xxx

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  17. Dear Sheryl,
    lovely makings and great idea to continue on the table runner. It is beautiful.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  18. Sheryl ... Your piecework & applique are absolutely gorgeous! And I have to say that I agree with your choice of your favorite gift : ) She looks like the sweetest little pup. I'm sure she appreciated the love & good home you gave her. I understand how much you are missing her.

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  19. What great projects you have made! I haven't tried applique yet... but maybe in 2015! Love them all! And what a great story about Mori, whose face is adorable. So glad she 'shared' her remaining years with you and your family! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  20. Oh, Sheryl, your work is so gorgeous! I can see why you kept that last piece for yourself--how darling that Santa is... I wish I knew how to sew like you do!!

    Loved the story of your favorite present--I mean who could possibly resist that sweet face :)

    Wishing you a joyful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

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  21. I adore your table runners. I'm surprised you could part with the latest one.

    What a touching story and a lovely photo

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