Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Looking out the front, the sidewalk is barely noticeable and the street is all white. However, the next door neighbor started his snowblower at 8 a.m.
This is the flower garden next to the driveway--poor roses!
Dear hubby went out and checked his ruler on the wall and found we had gotten 8 inches of snow yesterday and last night! Good day to stay in!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Make sure you go all the way to the bottom of the e-mail, the picture and information about Arlington Cemetery in the winter, before Christmas is beautiful
The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington , D.C. , is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling
evergreens in the 'Pathway of Peace' represent the 50 U.S. states.
The world's largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes
of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy 's Umbria region.
Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire,
the 'tree' is a modern marvel for an ancient city
A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo 's nighttime neon display is
projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.
Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague 's Old Town Square ,
and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous
Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains
in the southern Czech Republic .
Venice 's Murano Island renowned throughout the world
for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree
in the world. Sculpted by master glass blower Simone
Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern
reflection of the holiday season.
Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox
calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with
festivities in anticipation of Father Frost's arrival on his magical
troika with the Snow Maiden.
He and his helper deliver gifts under
the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.
The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall)
can be found in the Pra硠do Com鲣io in Lisbon , Portugal .
Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special
enchantment of the city during the holiday season.
'Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree': Even in its humblest attire,
aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany 's Karwendel mountains,
a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.
Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris , even the Christmas trees are chic.
With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and
high fashion, it's no surprise this show-stopping department store draws
more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower
In addition to the Vatican 's heavenly evergreen, St. Peter's Square
in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.
The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol
is dressed for a party. Madrid 's two-week celebration makes
millionaires along with merrymakers. On Dec.. 22, a lucky citizen
will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world's biggest lottery.
A token of gratitude for Britain 's aid during World War II,
the Christmas tree in London 's Trafalgar Square has been
the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.
Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer
Frankfurt 's city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.
Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of
Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).
There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens,
swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out
of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
This week, I found out.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments..
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it on if you wish.'
Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone
CHRISTMAS AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY
I wonder why the press hasn't enlightened the public about it??
Arlington National Cemetery
Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...
Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine . The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
So thanks for stopping by so often, and I hope each and every one of you has a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season, and a very Happy New Year! (p.s. I plan on doing all of those too!)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
all around the outside edge. I have two and a half sides done. I did a close up for you so you could see all four rows of beads! I know, it was nice of me......it is close to Christmas after all!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Jane asked if it was difficult to get the beads through the Kreinik cord and I responded in the comments ( in case you did not see) that no, it is very easy to use for beading and in fact, I think it is easier to thread the needle as the cord is wrapped so it seems to go in the needle easier.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
1. Taken from the ANG digest:
2. The next pattern row is worked with a single strand of the Kreinik #4 205C in the Modified Rhodes Stitch all the way around the outside. As you can see, I got two sides done and over half of the third side! Talk about a fast stitch! I will finish this stitch tomorrow and move on. This piece is almost finished!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I finished all of the Spring Stitches.....thanks for the link to Carol's website to see her diagrams, btw....and so all four sides of Spring Stitches are in. Next up, you can see I did one side of more Slanted Gobelins in the Kreinik braid. There are three steps to finish this piece.....so close!
I have been using the camera alone to get the shots and some days, I have better light coming from the right direction than others! LOL.....I can't scan this piece, as I work inside the Evertites, not on top. Laying the piece on the scanner with white behind does not give me a great quality photograph, but I have finally figured out a good way to get you good color, I think.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tonight I continued on to the second side and worked it in the DMC perle cotton. In the last post I described how and what I did and did not tell you the name of the stitch. Jane in Chilly Hollow picked up on that and mentioned in the comments that it is the Spring Stitch, and in case you don't read the comments, my apologies for not telling you! The number of steps in this stitch is time consuming, but I feel I am making good progress getting around the square.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The next step is worked entirely in DMC #12 perle cotton. First, a cross stitch over 12 threads, and then a cross stitch over two threads at the top and bottom of the large cross stitch. Last horizontal Gobelins are worked on top of those! Phew! This is what I finished so far, and there are all three other sides to go!