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Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 Advent Calendar

Hey Blog Buddies,

This year I'm taking part in Jo's Advent Calendar Blog Hop.  Each participant displays a holiday-themed stitched piece and answers a question.

I wanted to show you something that hasn't been on this blog before, so I chose this picture that I stitched sometime in the 90's.

This is one of Mary Engelbreit's designs.
I'm not usually fond of Santas, but I do love this piece.

The question posed to each of us was:
Decorations - do you have a favourite decoration
you must have on display every year,
maybe an heirloom, one the children made
 or something with a special story behind it?

This is the first ornament that I ever stitched,
most likely from sometime in the late 70's.
The long-and-short stitch on the dog was 
challenging to do, but I was determined to make it
because it's a basset, and at the time we had
our first of many of these lovable dogs.

There were a few years when we didn't put up a tree,
but this cutie always made an appearance somewhere.
This year it's on a door knob because my tree is a bit crowded.

A big thank you goes to Jo,
who organizes this blog hop each year.

Thanks for visiting!


28 comments:

Astrids dragon said...

Your Santa looks fantastic, I hope he's visiting your house with all those goodies! Your ornament is just precious, love his hat!

stitchersanon said...

A wonderful post! I love the dog..and Santa is very cute!

jocondine said...

Thanks for showing us how to keep believing in Christmas. Nice stitching and lovely dog. Joyeuses fêtes de Noël. Amitiés. xxx

Linda said...

Love the Santa and dog.

Linda

Lesley said...

I love your Santa and your dog looks very festive:)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calemdar Blog Hop this year. The Santa is instantly recognisable as an Englebreit design! The basset is so cute too.

Kaisievic said...

Oh, I love your Santa and your basset hound is just so gorgeous and Christmassy - two great Christmas stitching memories. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Merry Christmas to you and yours. xxx

Ariadne said...

I don't put up a tree any more either!I donated my tree to my school!AriadnefromGreece!

Gwen said...

Nice Santa and ornament.

Merry Christmas!

deb said...

Believe is just beautiful! And your dog ornie is great!

Bea said...

Your Santa is wonderful. And I love your Basset decoration.

Barb said...

I think Mary Engelbreit's designs are timeless. That one is a wonderful Santa. Love the dog ornament and what a good story.

averyclaire.org said...

I love seeing stitching from the past! I especially love that Basset Hound! Still very pretty today!

Sheryl S. said...

Wonderful Santa stitching and love the basset ornament which you can hang anywhere, very useful.

Justine said...

I love your Santa, he's such a classic design. That was a great make for a first ornament! Lovely that you still have it too.

Melinda Forbes said...

I love that Santa. I think your Basset Ornament is perfect, and it looks great hanging on the doorl

Pull the other thread said...

That Santa piece is gorgeous! Love your Basset Hound ornament, so sweet & does not look at all like a first attempt! Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne Harkinson said...

I had a basset growing up. What a sweet dog. Love your stitching.

Katie said...

Hopping by on the blog hop. What a beautiful Santa and I'm with you not normally a Santa person. I just LOVE your beautiful basset ornament. Don't blame you for cherishing it.

Rhona said...

The Santa stitching is gorgeous! Your basset hound stitching is adorable too.

Julie said...

Beautiful santa you have chosen to show for this post, its fabulous.

Vickie said...

Oh my goodness, I love your stitched Basset.

gracie said...

Nice Santa and the basset hound is fantastic

Carol said...

How sweet is that basset hound--they are the most lovable looking dogs :) They just make me smile for some reason!

Love the Santa, too, Pat! Remember when everything was about Mary Engelbreit?!

Elfie said...

Your Santa is lovely. It is so bright and cheery. Your basset ornament is so sweet. Thank you sor sharing the story. Merry Christmas!

Tiffstitch said...

Great Santa and I love the ornament! I'm hoping to stitch a basset one this year as well. :)

gominam said...

Great Santa stitching. Love the basset hound ornament, timeless!

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you for sharing your embroidery memories of the long and short stitch .... I found that stitch difficult too .... well done you for finishing it! Your Santa is a real beauty!
Barbara x