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Saturday, December 24, 2016

O Holy Night

Hi friends! Today is my day to take part in the 2016 Online Advent Calendar. Click HERE to go to Jo's blog to view the Advent Calendar that is updated daily. You can view the entire 24 days with a link to each post.

Here is my finish to share with you. It is the angel ornament I have created for my mom this year. I will be gifting it to her on Christmas morning.
This pattern is a freebie you can find HERE My mom's favorite color is blue. That is how I chose my floss colors. DMC 799 & 800 I stitched this one over one on 28ct white Meran linen. The ornament is backed with a pale blue crepe and trimmed with white satin ribbon.
For this blog post Jo has also asked if we have a special decoration that we must have on display every year. We have several things that are special to our family that always come out at Christmas, but number one is the Nativity. Brian and I bought the stable and the Holy Family, and just a few other figures for our first Christmas. It was our Christmas gift to each other, that first year as husband and wife. The next year at Christmas we bought just a few more. My three brothers bought the rest you see over the next couple years. I stopped them after the bag piper!!! ;) No dislike for bagpipers, but I was worried how outlandish this might get!!
We also have an outdoor Nativity. I spied a small tabletop version of this in a publication decades ago. I knew I would like a large version cut out of wood for the front of our home. My FIL and I worked on creating this together. My husband touches up the black paint occasionally, but here it is many years later.
Thank you for stopping by today. Have a Merry, Blessed Christmas everyone!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie



39 comments:

Beth said...

I am fond of all shades of blue like your mom. What a lively nativity.

butterfly said...

Love the blue Angel , thanks for the link .
Merry Christmas .

Marilyn said...

The Angel ornament is so pretty.
Wishing you Happy Holidays.
Marilyn

Manuela said...

The Angel ornament is so beautiful.
I wish you and your family a Merry Blessed Christmas.
Best wishes Manuela

Jacquie Morris said...

Your Angel is beautiful, really lovely and I love the way you have made it into an ornament.... I am sure your mum will love it.
Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas and new year full of smiles and laughter :)

Andrea said...

Your angel ornament is beautiful, so delicate. Love your nativity scenes too.

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

Ele said...

lovely stitching
happy holidays

Lumiruusu said...

The blue Angel is so very beautifull .who would not love your tiny stitches.You stiching is always so neat.Thank You for visiting my little blog! Happy Chritmas -Hyvää Joulua ! ( in my language)

Angela Tucker said...

Oh, Vickie, that is an absolutely beautiful gift!! Your mom will love it. And if she doesn't, you have my address...LOL

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, filled with love and peace.

Honeybee said...

The ornament is just gorgeous--your mom will love it! MERRY CHRISTMAS, Vickie!

Barb said...

I am loving the angel Vickie and the colours you have chosen. Have a wonderful festive season and hope your blessings are many.

gracie said...

Absolutely beautiful ornament for your mom. Thank you for sharing the link. Love your beautiful nativity scene. Merry Christmas my friend

Jenny said...

What a lovely angel you have stitched for your mom Vickie! I just really love it...it has so touched my heart this morning! Your nativity is beautiful also! I had to smile because our nativity is one of our family treasures as well! We actually have two...the one we bought after we were married....When Andrew was a baby he would carry baby Jesus and the two sheep around in his tiny hands....and yes they survived and Emily sets them up every year and the other is the one Scott and Andrew made together quite a few years ago!

Merry Christmas my dear friend! May you and your family have a very special day! Sending lots of hugs!

Lesley said...

You have stitched a beautiful Angel for your mom.I love the colours,they remind me of Delftware pottery and your Nativity and story behind it are precious memories.Hoping you have a lovely family day tomorrow,Vickie.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh the Angel is awesome. I love that color, too. I love all your decorations. Wishing you a most blessed and Merry Christmas to you and your family sweet friend. :)

Robin in Virginia said...

What a gorgeous angel you stitched for your Mom, Vickie! I love your outdoor nativity. Your indoor nativity is precious; what memories it holds for you and your family. Merry Christmas to you!

FlashinScissors said...

Love your ornament, Vickie, so beautifully stitched! Thank you for the link, and also for sharing the memories behind your nativity scenes.
Wishing you and your family a Very Happy Christmas!
Barbara x

deb said...

Your outdoor nativity is simple, beautiful and I love the way it looks. Very pretty angel you stitched for your mom (does she collect angels by any chance? just curious because mine did), and the colors you picked make her look so elegant.

Merry Christmas!

Shirley said...

Merry Christmas Vickie to you and your family. I have enjoyed catching up with you. I loved your poodle wreath. Your pictures of your fur babies are precious. I keep saying prayers for you that the headaches will go away for good. Your mother's angel ornament is precious and I know she will treasure it because it is made with love. Have a wonderful Christmas. Take care. Hugs and Prayers from your friend Missouri Friend Shirley.

Penny said...

What a pretty ornament for your mom! And both of your Nativities are beautiful! I especially love the simplicity of your outdoor Nativity.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year and rounding it off so beautifully with the lovely angel.
Your nativity set is so special, but yes, I would wonder how a bagpipe player found his way to the Holy Land!
The outdoor silhouette is great too, I do like silhouettes, whether in wood or stitching.

Elfie said...

Such a lovely post to mark the end of the Advent Hop! I love your blue angel, and I am confident your mother will treasure it. I also love your Nativity, and its history. Merry Christmas!

laceystitcher said...

The ornament you stitched for your mom is absolutely gorgeous!! She will love it. I love your nativity; it is so beautiful. I wish you a Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year. Hugs coming your way.................

Barb said...

Both the Nativities and your ornament are lovely!

marly said...

Vickie that angel is beautiful. Perfect finishing too. Merry Christmas!!

Bea said...

Your Mom's ornament is beautiful. She is going to be thrilled.

Both your Nativities are beautiful and I'm sure trigger many good memories.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Margaret said...

Love your angel ornament! Your mom will love it. Your special decorations are lovely. Merry Christmas!

Maggee said...

Ooh, love the Angel ornament. Funny... I have been wanting to stitch an angel ornie this season, but didn't have one! Now I do! Your Mom will love it! And I must admit, the wooden outside Nativity is beautiful! I don't put stuff outside, but I would be tempted to put THAT there! Hugs!

Ariadne said...

Lovely stitched piece, thanks for the link!And the Nativity scene is great. I have quite a similar story how I got mine. I shared it on my day on the blog hop, day 13. Enjoy the holidays!AriadnefromGreece!

Carolien said...

Merry Christmas, dear Vickie! I wish you a very merry and warm time together as a family. Your mom must be happy with that lovely angel ...
The nativity scene is lovely too.

Have a great time & love, Carolien

Brigitte said...

So beautiful, the little blue angel that you made for your mom.
And such a great blog hop post showing us the two nativity scenes that you treasure in your family.
Vickie, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day!

Melinda Forbes said...

Your stitched ornament is beautiful - thank you so much for sharing the link with us. You always find the best freebies. Also thank you for sharing your special Christmas decorations.

Julie said...

The blue angel is beautiful.

Justine said...

I love your nativity sets! I have been looking for something similar that we can buy piece by piece. I'm not sure about the bagpiper though!
Gorgeous angel you stitched for your mum too, I love blue and it's so delicate and pretty.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

Mary said...

Your ornament is very beautiful. Thank You for the link.

Astrids dragon said...

Your angel is so lovely, I bet your Mother loved her!
How special that you and your FIL made the outside nativity, it really is wonderful.

Lili said...

Your ornament is so lovely!!
I love your nativity set!!
Hugs,
Lili

Von said...

That's a beautiful ornament for your Mom,Vickie! Your nativity set is a classic and your outdoor nativity is lovely in its simplicity.
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas on the 7th!

gominam said...

Beautiful ornament. Love the nativity display, the one you made with FIL and DH is truly special, it's so pretty.