Saturday, December 19, 2009

Preparing for Christmas

The last days have been a bit busy with some preparations for Christmas. Today I've started to decorate, but the trees have to wait until tomorrow morning. I haven't made any Christmas wall quilts this year, because there are no space anymore on the walls. Therefore I want to show one I made last year; gingerbread people. I don't know if you can see it properly, but the table runner is cross-stitched - by me - many years ago. :) It shows two small girls skiing, from a painting by the famous Swedish painter Carl Larsson. I can't remember the title of the painting and I don't have the pattern anymore either...
Here's the gingerbread people garland I made last year too, and a pair of decorative potholders. You may wonder why one of the "people" is darker than the other ones? I ran out of felt and didn't want to purchase more for only one "people" - that's why! :) The garland had been too short - to my taste - if I had skipped one "people". :) There are eight "people" all together...

Cleaning/polishing cobber and brass is something I really don't like to do! The polishing cream stinks and I feel the job in my finger joints afterwards. :( I'm happy DH helped me with the polishing! :) He was "complaining" afterwards too and stated he doesn't want to do it again this year! I guess he doesn't realize there's less than 2 weeks left of this year - LOL! :))

Ooooh - how they are shining!!! :)
(pssst... It was needed - wasn't it?!)

7 comments:

Jackie said...

What a beautiful collection of Christmas decorations! Your silver is gorgeous!

SewCalGal said...

I love your gingerbread men and wallhanging. Absolutely delightful.

And I hate polishing too, but I always like how it looks afterwards. You did a great job on all, and your quilt.

Thanks for sharing. I do hope you'll come check out the Virtual Christmas Quilt show on my site.


SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

karenfae said...

I hate polishing pans so I avoid getting any that need it - I have an old sugar & creamer set of my mom's that sit high on a shelf and need to be polished but they will set forever before I do them.
I like the gingerbread garland - nice idea.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Nettie said...

what wonderful decorations Astrid! utterly beautiful ;o) I love your copper and brass too, all 'my' kind of things. Your weather seems to be about the same as ours. Have a wonderful Christmas Season! {hugs} Nettie

Margaret wong said...

Don't you feel the festive air with all the decorations going up now! Love the gingerbread men wall hanging. I too have to polish our brass prayer incense pot every year fo Chinese New Year but that's only one - you have so many pots there! I hope you were wearing plastic gloves while doing it!LOL!

Astrid said...

Thanks to all of you! :)I love it when the polishing is done! I must confess I don't do it very often, but GOSH - this time it was needed! No Margaret, I did not wear gloves, my fingers where stinking afterwards!!!
Sew Cal Gal - I have joined your VCQS! How fun! :)

Shelley said...

Hello, Astrid!! I want to come visit you for Christmas! I love your gingerbread things, especially the swag! They look perfect with not all being the same color. Looks like someone forgot to take them out of the oven right on time...something I ususally do!