"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lazy days of Christmas.....

With Christmas being two days in Holland, we had a nice and relaxing long weekend other than me cooking three special meals starting on Christmas eve. But since I love to cook, that was no punishment to be sure. But this week seems like the holiday has stretched out even further than the weekend. I cannot seem to decide what I want to do first...read, stitch, quilt, work on things not done around the house...

I like to read a book that has a holiday theme around Christmas, so when I placed my last order from Amazon, I bought "Twelve Days of Christmas" by Trisha Ashley. I keep wanting to read more but need my hands free as I am hand quilting a quilt at the moment. Over the Christmas weekend, I stitched up this little winter design and had the perfect frame for it in house so I could finish it and use it right away.

This was the first Elizabeth Edmondson book I have read..."The Villa in Italy". I loved it so much that I also got two more of her books. Has anyone else read this one?

I have not only sat on the couch with book and needle in hand. While in Germany back in September for vacation, we went to a flea market and found the most beautiful antique tree stand. It is made from wrought iron and very heavy and very rusted under and in the corners. The man only wanted 25 euros for it but, being married to a true Dutchman, we ended up getting it for only 12,50 euros. A friend lent me her sealer for the rust which we used on it yesterday. I leaves the color in tact but seal it so that it does not rust any farther. It was now ready to use and we replaced the stand with the one that comes with a tree I have.

I loved the details on it...holly leaves with red berries.

Even the screw ends are pretty. We wanted to place the new black pencil pine tree my mother bought for me in it. This tree stands in my quilt studio. The size of the tree was not quite right but Jos used slivers of our oak floor and it fits perfectly. I will paint them black after the holidays so they are less visible.

This tree holds all my handmade bobbinlace ornaments in my quilt studio. I have a new ornament on my lace pillow so I guess we can add that to the list of things I so want to do all at the same time. *grins*

I hope you are enjoying some lazy days of Christmas...


Willy said...

Wat een prachtige standaard, echt een koopje. Mooie slanke boom hebben jullie.
Als je graag handwerkt en leest, zijn luisterboeken misschien een uitkomst.
Je borduurwerkje staat daar ook mooi op de standaard.
Fijne avond, groetjes

DonnaTN said...

The tree stand is lovely with the holly and the berries. Will your bobbin lace ornament tree stay up all year?

Ginny said...

What a great find that tree stand was! So very pretty.

Saskia said...

The tree stand is just perfect for your tree. Love that you didn't re- painted, but sealed it.

Jantine said...

Did you ever try audiobooks while quilting! I love it!

Susan in SC said...

What a beautiful tree stand. I have never seen one like that. Yes, I would have to have it also! Good for Jos is getting the price down. Will you leave your black tree up all year?

Nancy said...

soooooooooo, what are you doing in your SPARE time. LOL. I have been reading up a storm lately. I am on the third book of a series a friend gave me to read. Beverly Lewis, The Secret, The Missing and The Telling. I am almost finished with the third book.
Love that tree stand, it looks great.
Happy reading and ...... and ..... and maybe get some sleep too. haha.
Hugs and Kisses, Mom

Anonymous said...

Wauw Heidi, wat een mooie standaard,heeft precies de juiste stijl en past geweldig in jullie huis.
Mooie afsluiting van 2010, een heel gezellige jaarswisseling en tot woensdag.
Liefs en dikke hugs, Bep.

angelasweby said...

What a lovely tree stand, heidi, and such a bargain :>) Jos has many hidden talents...haha! I love to read Christmas themed books too and am enjoying one at the moment called The Mistletoe Kiss. it's a lovely nostalgic read.
Enjoy your books and lovely food and have a wonderful New year celebration.
Angela xx

Unknown said...

I love the tree stand! My goodness but that's beautiful!
God bless you in the coming New Year!
I'm thankful to have you as my friend.