Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Advent Blog Hop December 2

 Welcome to day 2 of the Advent Blog Hop.  Lots of thanks to Jo at Serendipitious Stitching for all the work she does  to organize the Hop. 


This year I am sharing a sampler that I stitched last winter.  The sampler was designed by Chessie and Me and is called"Peace and Goodwill." I was able to use a frame that I found at a thrift store.  I just painted it barn red and did same antiquing.  I am happy with the results and plan to leave it up all year long. 

This is a close up of the bottom.  I think the message is lovely and can apply to us all the time, not just during Christmas.

Jo asked us to think about Christmas books that we enjoy.  I chose two, one as an adult and the other I read to children.  My adult book is "Shepherd's Abiding" by Jan Karon.  If you read and enjoyed the Mitford series, this is the book for you. Years ago I was an elementary teacher  I read this charming book to my class at Christmas time, it is called "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas".  This book has long been out of print but a few years ago I found a copy in a used book store.  I was so happy to see it and it took me right back to some very happy days as a teacher. The illustrations are charming too!

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and let's hope for a good new year!

31 comments:

  1. This is a lovely piece and one I need to look out for now. Happy Christmas. x

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  2. A wonderful stitching finish. I like it.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  3. peace & Goodwill is beautiful.
    Merry Christmas Barb!
    Marilyn

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  4. Always fun when you can frame a piece yourself and add to it's story.

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  5. That's a lovely sampler, well done on finding a frame, it looks perfect. Wishing you a Merry Christmas

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  6. Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year with your beautiful sampler. It is understated enough to be able to be displayed all year around.
    Thanks for the book choices too, Emmet Otter sounds fun!

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    1. I looked the book up and discovered The Muppets made a film based on it!

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  7. What a wonderful sampler Barb. I have read Shepherd's Abiding. Love it and the entire series. :)

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  8. Your sampler is very very pretty! I have not read the Mitford series but it keeps popping into suggestions for me so maybe I'd better check it out!

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  9. Beautiful piece. The frame looks perfect for it. My son and mom used to watch the movie for Emmet Otter. It is a great message indeed.

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  10. Your sampler is beautiful and the frame is perfect. I've seen quite a few references to the Mitford series recently.

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  11. Your sampler is lovely! I especially like the message. I enjoy Jan Karon's books, I'm not sure if I've read this one though. Your other book sounds delightful...and with the hope of grandchildren in the near future, I'll have to see if I can find a copy!

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  12. We watch the Emmett Otter movie every year; I didn't know there was a book! Have a lovely Advent and merry Christmas.

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  13. What a beautiful sampler! I love hand crafted Christmas! Sherpherd's Abiding is a great Christmas read ... I love the entire series re-read them nearly every other year, at least! :)

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  14. Great stitching, lovely sampler, the colors of both fabric and threads are perfect. xxx

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  15. Beautiful sampler.. love the sentiment at the bottom!! As for the books I'll definitely get the Jan Karon one (I loved the Mitford series) and I fondly remember my boys enjoying Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas.. such a fun book... Merry Christmas Barb!

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  16. Beautiful sampler, I do love a red house 😃

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  17. I love your sampler, and the way you have framed it. The frame really sets it off beautifully. I enjoyed reading about your books.

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  18. Nicely done on the frame painting! It will be interesting to see how many new books or authors this hop encourages me to try!

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  19. What a beautiful sampler, Barb! I was just looking through my Chessie & Me charts and wondering why I don't stitch more of them--they really are special. The red house is so pretty and I love the deer that surround that lovely sentiment. Hope you are doing well and having a peaceful December ♥

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  20. You certainly made a perfect frame for the beautiful sampler.

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  21. This sampler is so pretty, Barb! I would leave it up all year long too. Love Jan Karon's books but I'm not sure I've read Shepherd's Abiding. I will have to check it out. Take care.

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  22. What a beautiful sampler, I'd want to keep it up year round too!
    I started the Mitford series, but never finished it, I might need to pick it up again.

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  23. A beautiful sampler Barb, and how wonderful you found that frame! Good idea to paint it too, really suits!
    I don’t know this book, think I’ll have to make a list of recommended books as I visit everyone!
    Merry Christmas!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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  24. Someday I hope to make a sampler - it's been on my bucket list for too many years to count. Yours is a beautiful one. I love Jan Karon's books and I think I've read them all.

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  25. There is something charming about a simple sampler well framed. Thank you for the reading suggestion - will add this to my literary list

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  26. Tjhis is a lovely sampler, Barb - I hope that all is well in your neck of the woods - such a difficult time for us all.

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  27. Meu glorioso São José nos abençoe o nosso Brasil são tem piedade dos dessempregado e todos os moradores de rua Amèm

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  28. Lovely sampler and beautiful stitching ! So nice visiting you again. Hope everything is well.

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