Monday, November 10, 2014

Twas The Night .... For Me



Hello to all of you stopping in for a visit today on the Twas The Night blog hop!

I wish to thank Marlene of Stitchin’ By The Lake for all of her hard work arranging this hop ... having just finished leading the cheers for the Wicked Hop, I cannot imagine the amount of work she had to do with this gift exchange and hop coordination!  
Holy-camoly!!  Thank you Marlene!

And, of course, our squad leader gently pushing us forward ... Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt ... thank you for your continued inspiration, leadership, and amazing cheers!

The basis of this hop, as I understand it, was to create and share projects that could be made at the last minute ... you know the "night before" ... as many of us tend to have so much going on that we tend to work until the last second trying to fit everything in that we want to make ... 

So, I share with you today what I sent:


Pictured above is a little wall hanging I had in mind to make up before I left Montana to relocate to Tennessee .... it is truly a gift that can be made in a day or a weekend should you need that long.

Knowing the type of schedule I was expecting, I really took to heart the instructions for this hop and chose a project that could be accomplished quickly.

I reviewed my stash of  books with a Christmas theme and chose this project from the Art to Heart Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow book.  And what do you know, I even had some of Nancy Halvorsen's Benartex coordinating fabrics to go along with the project ... oh the bonus of a fabric stash!!

This project included easy applique which I zig-zag stitched around and a couple of borders sewing on.  I added a bit of stippling and straight-line quilting to finish up the hanging ... and wah-lah ....
instant Christmas decoration!

I've been told my giftee really likes it .... 
YAY!


and what I received:



I received from Marian of Seams To Be Sew several ornaments, a tea light holder, a gift box filled with Swiss chocolates and a jar of pistachio creme which  Marian assures me is a popular creme used in many dishes in Sicily.  While she wished to include regular tea lights, I am quiet happy with the colorful lights Marian did include ... fun!
Thank you Marian!!



And .. before you go, I am thrilled to also share with you the spot where I was able to take the photo of my gifts from Italy ... 
The park pictured is just down the road from my new location ... and as it is November ... I am so very thrilled at how nice the weather is considering temperatures are well below freezing with snow and rain where I called home just a month ago! 

Blessed and blessed again!

Please join me in visiting my fellow bloggers who post this day:

Tuesday, November 11th


We shall certainly receive inspirational ideas for some creative last minute gift ideas!

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to visiting with you again soon ... 

Warm hearted-wishes and happy stitches ~


72 comments:

  1. What a sweet little holiday mini that looks like a quick gift. Oh, all the lovelies you received, too. It looks like a great location, welcome to your new home.

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  2. I love Art to Heart books, such great and fast projects! Thank you for sharing and Happy Holidays in your new home.

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  3. How cute is that wall hanging! Would love to get that as a gift, it is beautiful. Love the cute gifts you received, so feminine. Merry Christmas! ~Cori

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  4. What a darling hanging! It would take me a couple hours just to cut out those beautiful letters =) What a beautiful package you received, too!

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  5. Beautiful Christmas wall hanging and the gift you received are beautiful as well. Sending you many warm wishes at your new location. ~Hugs~ and a Merry a Christmas

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  6. Love that wallhanging, Wendy! So good to know that it is quick to make because I can see I would want to make multiples (including one to keep ;o).

    Enjoy those pretties from Marian.

    Yes, you moved just in time, Wendy. It's cold and snowy in these parts. Heading south sounds like something I should do. ;o) Looks like you've found a pretty place to call home and hope you're settling in nicely.

    Thanks so much for sharing today!

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  7. Love that wallhanging Wendy, really awesome. Congratulations on your new home in Tennessee. I love how you featured my projects, that' s beautiful scenery for sure and really makes them look so beautiful. I hope you enjoy my favorite christmas things. Hugs!!

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  8. Great gifts form Italy - love the merry Christmas hanging too

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  9. Pretty Christmas mini quilt- great idea for a quick gift. Enjoy the gifts from Marian.

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  10. Love your little wall hanging...and Marian's gifts are just lovely! Hope you are settling in well!

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  11. I am loving your wall hanging Wendy...Christ shines ! Lovely gifts from Marian !

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  12. I love your wall hanging. It so so bright and cheerful. Such nice lace gifts from Marian. A great start to the holiday season.

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  13. Love the gifts you received from Marian! I clicked on the picture to see more details and it looks like she made things out of stiffened lace. All very lovely!

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  14. with all you had to do these past few weeks...it was nice to see you with us on this seasonal hop and your banner is delicious...as your gifts were too..

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  15. Lovely gifts from Marian! so sweet.

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  16. Beautiful wall hanging and enjoy the lovely gifts you received!

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  17. Your mini quilt is just wonderful! I love the fabric. The gifts you received are lovely.

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  18. Wendy your wall hanging has me wondering if I have that book.....I have most of their books so I bet I do. :) I might be making that one today! And those lace ornaments - oh my goodness I'm jealous! I have a couple of lace ones and they are so beautiful on my tree. I'm so glad you made the move and are settling in. What a beautiful place! blessings, marlene

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  19. Your lace ornaments gift and the additional goodies are terrrific. Love the mini wall hanging you did. Very good idea and a wonderful jumping off point for quick gifts.

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  20. What beautiful gifts you received. The tea light cover is gorgeous. And the wall hanging you made is so cheerful and bright. Love everything about it. I am so glad you are in a nice area. I hope with the move behind you you can enjoy your holidays.

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  21. Lovely gifties from Marian. Pistachio creme ... my hubby would love it ... I am going to have to look for some for his stocking.
    Your wall hanging is so seasonal and bright. Your new location looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  22. I could really use a little holiday wall ornament. I have just relocated this year and found that most of my holiday STUFF didn't survive...so starting from scratch again. I am amazed at the number of stitches Wendy put into your beautiful gifts. Lovely countryside pics.

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  23. Pistachio creme sounds yummy and those gifts look so beautiful! The scenery looks gorgeous...hope you're adjusting okay!

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  24. Since we don't do that much for Christmas anymore that small wall hanging would be a perfect decoration! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Now I'm intrigued...pistachio creme? Beautiful gifts and your park looks wonderful, have a great day!

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  26. Love your wall hanging, so bright and cheery! Hmm, pistachio creme, sounds delicious!

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  27. Hi Wendy,
    I love the wallhanging you made, nice work!
    The gifts from Marian are very cute too, very good pictures!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Bente

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  28. Your wallhanging is gorgeous! We just had the pistachio cream (and hazelnut) when we visited Italy. It was delicious on cheese!

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  29. Hi Wendy...the wall hanging you gifted is beautiful!! I know I have the book and I would love to make one for a special someone too. The lace ornaments from Italy are so sweet!!! I love the new scenery, a lovely place to call home...the weather and the mountains in east Tennessee are what I miss most. I lived there for about a year and a half in 2002...wishing you happy days in Tennessee!! Happy Holidays!!

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  30. Wendy, I LOVE your Wall Hanging!! So bright and Cheery!! What are you doing in Italy?? It's such a gorgeous country, one of our faves~ Thanks for sharing your Beautiful Gifts with us!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  31. What a perfect little wall hanging! Good luck on your move!!

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  32. Lovely little wall hanging, love the fabrics that you used. Beautiful gifts from Marian.

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  33. I'm glad your move went well, and I love the wall hanging you made too!

    ~Brandy

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  34. Beautiful lace...and oh how I love lace! What a cute little quiltie you sent off. Hope you are all settled in and enjoying your new home!

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  35. how fun for you to get a gift all the way from Italy! Your little quilt is very sweet.

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  36. Wendy, your little wall hanging is so cute. It would make a very beautiful gift for my friend. Thank you for sharing and I hope your move went smoothly.

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  37. Ornaments and homemade gifts from Italy! How FUN! I like to make Ornaments, but they are given usually the first week so they can be displayed for the whole season.

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  38. Wendy, the wall hanging is darling. We lived near Memphis for 2 years. Enjoy the weather in the winter!

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  39. Your wall hanging is adorable. You also received wonderful gifts. You sure have been busy with the last hop, this one and moving, whew! We also moved to TN...it is great in the winter but the summers can get pretty hot.

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  40. Happy.... is what I would be if I received this. Thanks for sharing. Janita

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  41. You did receive some beautiful things and you certainly passed a smile with that cute wall hanging. Who wouldn't love that? You really did well with joining the hop in the middle of a move. I hope you are loving your new home.

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  42. Hi!!!!! I love your wall hanging!!!!! I see you are off of your broom!!!! Ha!!!!! I keep mine close!!!!! Your park looks serene!!!!! Great to have close by you!!!!!!

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  43. Your wall hanging is beautiful! And you did receive some beautiful gifts! Nice work!
    -Brittany

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  44. Your wall hanging is gorgeous, Wendy. You received some lovely gifts too.

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  45. Thank you for the wall hanging! It is just lovely. I love the way that Christ stands out. I may just leave it up all year. I believe we should live like every day is Christmas. I haven't taken it down, it just looks so good over the couch. Sending much love your way.

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  46. Your view is just lovely! And the colors in your wall hanging are beautiful, they are one of my favorite combos!

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  47. Very nice wall hanging. Lucky recipient. Love your new view. Wishing you a Happy Holiday season ahead.

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  48. Wendy, what a lovely wall hanging.It is just perfect for the holidays. The gifts that you received, amazing. Congratulations on your move and happiness to you.
    Have a lovely holiday.

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  49. What a cute little wallhanging,just the right project for the season too! The lace gifts really are beautiful.

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  50. Thankfully you are all moved just before the holidays. Love your sweet wall hanging to greet the season. Lovely lace gifts received. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative T'was the Night Bliss...

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  51. Your wall hanging is great for seasonal decorating! I love the lace items in your gift package.

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  52. The little quilt you made is really pretty. I love Tennessee ... my sister moved down there several years ago. What part of Tennessee are you in?

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  53. Your wall hanging is just too cute! I'm am in awe of the embroidery gifts you received. They are stunning!

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  54. The mini quilt you made is so happy and cute. No wonder she liked it. :)
    And the gifts you received are wonderful.

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  55. What a darling wall hanging and what a fun addition to your recipient's home!

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  56. Lovely wall and ornaments. It's fabulous to be able to take that picture in Italy!

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  57. Wonderful wall hanging!! I envy you being in a warm spot. Temperatures keep dropping here and we have snow! Luckily my basement 'insulation' (er, fabric stash) is plentiful!! lol.

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  58. The quilt hanging you made is really cute and festive!! Love it:)

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  59. Love your gifts and your mini quilt is sew pretty!

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  60. I am looking for ideas of gifts for my daughters teachers, thank you for sharing your creation!

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  61. Perfect wall hanging. It definitely looks like it took a while. Those are my favorite kinds of gifts, ones that look like they took forever, but really didn't. :)

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  62. I love the Christmas wall hanging - what a lovely addition to the seasonal decor. I'm glad you're enjoying the warmer weather in your new location. Beautiful picture of your 'gifts'.

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  63. Your little wall hanging is PERFECTION!!!!! I must make one of those!!!!
    and you received those really sweet lace projects...BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  64. I love the wallhanging that you made! She should have been more than pleased. it is gorgeous.

    I bet you are just as thrilled with those laces! They are so pretty!

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  65. Great little Christmas banner - I do love Nancy Halvorsen designs. So cheery. And your lace gifts from Marian are lovely. Best wishes for a wonderful new life adventure in Tennessee!

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  66. It is just adorable Wendy and I'm so happy that you are enjoying your new home.

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  67. Lovely things! Thanks for sharing.

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