This is a little corner of our kitchen all set up for some Hot Cocoa drinking. I have it all sitting atop a large wooden lazy susan that my Mom gave to me.
The cabin scene trivet, also a thrift find. It reminds me of our beloved Big Bear.
My red ceramic egg keep is sitting on my dining table in the family room, filled with Christmas Kisses. The girls are only laying a couple of eggs a day, so I thought it would look cute sitting out with something else in it.
The next one is also thrift find. It was another wool sweater that had been accidently washed in hot water, and felted. But the felting process really made the beautiful cabled stitches stand out. I cut the sleeves off, and made this pillow.
There was one small stain on the front that I could not get out, but I still love this cabled sweater pillow. I put some vintage Santa buttons on the front in place of the ones it had, and closed the bottom with a blanket stitch in red floss. I tucked candy canes in the pockets.
Last Christmas, I had seen a beautiful blanket in a Gooseberry Patch book that I had bought. It was made using thrifted sweaters of different greens and reds, and unique designs and cabling on them. I scoured thrift stores for weeks, collecting sweaters to make one of my own.
I made several, using some of the green and sweater sleeves in different shades, as well as the felted wool sleeves with the heavy cabling. In the Pinterest photo there was no bling added to the sweater trees. But I was feeling blingy. I lined them up on this shelf in my kitchen.
Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at our house. And the decorations haven't even come down! We will put our tree up this weekend, and I know I won't be able to resist putting some of my favorite things up as well.
This afternoon about 4:00, I was hit like a ton of bricks with a strange bug. It took me down, and took me down hard. I slept for several hours, and woke up feeling restless. I decided to get this post up. Spare time seems to be at a premium lately. I will have to take it as it comes. Hope my tummy settles so I can sleep.