Monday, 5 December 2016

Advent Calendar Day 5

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of our advent calendar, hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.

Let's open the door shall we?

This is an ornament I stitched a couple of year ago, which I don't think I've shared before. It was my first ever Christmas ornament and it has graced our tree ever since!

Snow Birds by Country Cottage Needleworks

Jo always sets us a question and this year's is to share our treasured Christmas decorations. My parents never really decorated much for Christmas - a small artificial tree with multicoloured decorations which was typical of many UK homes in the 1970s. The fashion now is for several trees, different themes and decoration throughout the home.

We only have room for one tree however, this one...



Some handmade and some shop-bought. Here's a closeup of three of my favourites.


Made by DS1 (snowman), DS2 (star) and a joint effort for the star on top of the tree!

I hope you all have a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Justine

39 comments:

Kaisievic said...

Your stitched ornament is gorgeous and I love your son's ornies, too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Mii Stitch said...

A lovely tree with precious handmade decorations ;)

Vickie said...

Your version of Snowbirds is the best I have ever seen!! Love it!
What special decorations atop your tree. :)

Linda said...

Beautiful tree Justine.

Linda

stitchersanon said...

I love your snowbird..totally cute. Very well finished. Your post brought back amazing memories. We had one tree in the 70s and a gazillion shiny paper ornies hanging from the ceiling which would have been a death trap if there was a fire. And we only ever decorated one tree

Sheryl S. said...

Lovely tree Justine, love the snow birds.

Faith... said...

Beautiful stitched ornament Justine, but I really love your son's ornaments!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Love your unique Snow Birds finish! Your sons' ornaments are precious.

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

Thanks for taking part in th Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year. Love the snowbirds, they always look like seagulls to me because one appears to have really long legs!
We still have one tree, a real one now after many years of fake. We do have a twig tree in the kitchen which the Small Boy made last year at school and I couldn't bear to take do so just added some Easter ornies!

Bea said...

That is a lovely stitched ornament and I love the ones your sons made - they all make for a very special tree. We always had a real tree and I still have a few of the old ornaments.

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Very beautiful ornament

Melinda Forbes said...

I love the feathers for tails feathers. Reminds me of a Dr. Seuss story. Wonderful Ornament. Your tree is very pretty too.

Megan Joelle said...

Love the Christmas ornament and that star as well! I have a little artificial tree that my cat keeps trying to eat... lol... My parents have brought a real tree for the past couple of years and the smell of the pine is lovely. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas :D

Barb said...

Your ornament is just lovely. I really appreciate the work by your sons. I have a paper chain on my tree that my son did in Kindergarten. He is now in his 40's!

Manuela said...

Wonderful little ornament.
Lovely christmas tree.
I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas.

Mini said...

Lovely ornaments. Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas.

Cindy's Stitching said...

I see water in the background. So pretty. MERRY CHRISTMAS

Katie said...

Hopping by on the blog hop. Nice to see you have joined in. Love your beautiful ornament! The tails are just perfect. Love the ornaments and the star for your tree. Happy Holidays!

Rhona said...

I love your stitched ornament. I have the chart for that same design in my stash.....one year I WILL get round to stitching it! ;) Love the ornaments made by your sons.

FlashinScissors said...

Oh wow! Love the tree, and all your pretty decorations!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas!
Hugs, Barbara xx

Maggie said...

Your tree looks wonderful Justine :-)
We only ever had one tree when i was growing up too, I think that was probably the norm for most people wasn't it, now people seem to go all out with themes and colour schemes. I have two trees, one with all my ornaments and more traditional decorations and another snowy one with just lights on.

deb said...

Justine, your snow birds ornie is beautiful and their feathery tails look fantastic! Pretty tree, too, and what special ornaments your kiddos made.

Astrids dragon said...

Your snow birds are just precious and I love their tales! Homemade ornaments are always so special and the boys did a great job with theirs.

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing Justine - wonderful white bird ornament.

gracie said...

Such a ornament and the tree is perfect

Maggee said...

I have Snow Birds in my pile to be done... maybe this year even! Very unique finish Sis! Since my kids are grown, I have given them back 'their' ornaments, so seeing the ones you highlighted reminded me and made me smile! My must-have ornament is one my mother made me... the Cupie-doll angel one, always front and center. Right now I am stitching a Britty Kitty Christmas one for my husband. Using lots of purple, so it can actually go on the tree! Big Hugs!

Carol said...

The snow birds are so cute with their long fluffy tails, Justine! What a great idea! We still have ornaments on our tree that our boys made when they were young--and that was decades ago :)

The Crafty Princess said...

Happy Christmas to you and all your loved ones Justine! Lovely tree, I especially love trees with handmade/homemade ornies. Just adds that extra magic.
xo Alicia

jocondine said...

Love your snow birds, the stitching is so cute and tails a nice and creative finish. Wish it could be on my Xmas tree! Joyeuses fêtes de Noël! Amitiés.

Ariadne said...

A beautiful tree!AriadnefromGreece!

Brigitte said...

Such a great stitched ornament, your first one. And I also love the ones your sons made. I still have all the Christmas tree decoration that my children made in school and at home when we were crafting for Christmas. And our tree just gets decorated with all these old ornaments and we all love it. These ornaments are little treasures for me.

Elfie said...

Your tree is very festive, and I do like your ornament. Happy Christmas.

beadgirl said...

Merry Christmas! I think it's lovely when ornaments are a mix of old and new, store-bought and made.

gominam said...

Love your ornament, it has that nostalgic feel, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your tree.

Heather said...

Great ornament :) I love the feathers coming off of the sides. Lovely tree as well, we have a big star of David as one of our ornaments too but ours has a big Mickey head in the middle lol

Desiree Ehleiter said...

Lovely tree. I especially like the pine cones.

Sally said...

Your first ornament is gorgeous Justine as is your tree.

Merry Christmas.

Lesley said...

I love your Christmas ornament Justine,and the boys' decorations are perfect.Beautiful tree:)
Wishing you a Happy Christmas.

butterfly said...

Love your tree and what lovely stitching.