Monday, December 22, 2008

MY WORLD ~ 9 Of Christmas Past.

To all who hold this season dear,
I extend my good wishes and Christmas cheer!

Where Love is , Christmas is in bloom
it fills your heart and every room

25 years ago when our house was lost to fire
40 years worth of my embroidery went as well.
To clear our daughter's head of engulfing flames,
we sent her to Europe and Canada to see relatives
and friends for a while instead. On her travels she
bought a piece of eaven weave and some coloured
threads and, starting at one corner, embroidered
this wonderful cloth for me designing as she went.
For an artist who paints with a very large brush , it
was a labour of love to constrain herself to meticulously
counting out and repeating for all four corners this
intricate design. (Please enlarge to see the twinkling
gold thread outlines). She came back for her father's
birthday (23rd, Dec.) with her Rucksack full of the
most wonderful Christmas decoratios so that, in our
unfinished house we had all the trimmings.

A detail that follows on from the corner

As the years have passed, she has taken more and
more of the weight from my shoulders. Christmas
eve with a feast at the farm below

Tatted snow flakes and wire bauble my
granddaughters have made for our little tree

A lesson in how to wrap presents: when faced
with a skateboard for your siblings, turn it into a

More magic from granddaughters, gingerbread with
icing coloured with raspberries, violets and other edibles
from the garde.

One just for me hanging on our tree

Let Angels descend from Heaven above
and shower the earth with incredible Love
Let Peace for once reign
on this planet of strife
and continue throughout
the rest of all Life.

A Merry Christmas to All who visit this site
and so I will wish you a very good night.

I raise my brimming cup to the MY WORLD
team once more and encourage you to tap on
the Logo at right to enjoy the world.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, too, Arija! I thoroughly enjoyed a peek into your lovely Christmassy world. Your beautiful granddaughters look so happy and their snowflakes and gingerbreads are gorgeous!

  2. What exquisite photos! and what a wonderful, warm family you have! Thank you so much for sharing. Have a blessed, joyous Christmas!

  3. thank you for sharing your world to us. your daughter is very loving and talented. i too love x-stitch, but blogging has eaten up a lot of my time stitching :)

    Happy holidays.

  4. Looks very grand, beautiful post.

  5. Arija: That was a neat post with all the fun looks at Christmas time.

  6. Thank you for sharing your Christmas, I really like the Christmas biscuits all iced so prettily.
    Have a wonderful Festive Season.

  7. Hally Arija, thank you for sharing your family's Christmas celebrations with us! There is so much love in your pictures, and they look so sweet!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, hugs, Maria

  8. This was such a personal post for a my world post. The work is so intricate and beautiful. Lovely post.

  9. Your life seems wonderfully artistic on just about every level. This brings a lot of magic to Christmas.

  10. Merry Christmas! Those are the most beautiful holiday items,tatting and cookies to adore!

  11. How lovely Arija! Your daughter is a very lovely girl. How terrible to lose your house in a fire. I am always afraid that my daughter has to deal with bushfires. Well let's think of Christmas! It looks that you are going to have a very nice Christmas! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  12. Bless you Arija, what a wonderful post!You have made me smile, inside and out, with your love for your family and your generosity to us, your readers.
    Happy Christmas.x

  13. perspicaciouly perceptive and poignantly personal

  14. Thanks for such a warm, touching and entertaining peek into you Christmas! Wonderful photos!

  15. enjoyed your lovely post...and those cookies look so beautiful and i am sure they are yummy.
    happy holidays from central virginia to you and yours.

  16. Very beautiful. It looks like you have a creative family! Happy Holidays!

  17. You certanly have a very talented,artistic family.The cross-stitching is beautiful,and those cookies,so exquisitly decorated.They are o pretty to eat.

  18. The embroidery is exquisite. I remember doing cross-stitch when I was a kid.
    The gingerbread makes my mouth water.
    How fortunate you are to be surrounded by loving family.

  19. Arija,
    I have loved all your decoration!
    Merry Christmas for you and your family!
    Happy New Year!

  20. All of those treats and decorations looks wonderful. What a thoughtful celebration. What a lovely family.

  21. That embroidery piece is exquisite! I have six cross stitch samplers hanging on my wall and I do appreciate the time and patience it takes, especially to design your own as you go!

    And those cookies. Heavenly! Thank you for a lovely Christmas visit. Wishing you and your family much happiness. Vickie

  22. Dear Arija, this is such a beautiful cross stitched table cloth. It is a treasure. I have done a lot of cross stitching and I know how slow and painstaking the process is. I have three daughters. This year the youngest with her partner have invited us for Christmas. I did some baking, 4Stollen and Swiss Christmas Gutzi, to share. I wish you a happy time and hugs.

  23. Merry Christmas to your family and you!! :)

    Lovely array of Christmas stuffs you're sharing with us! :P

  24. What a hist if stunning items, the embroidery and the story of how it came to be are wonderful, and wow at those iced gingerbreads! Merry Christmas.

  25. happy days are here again!!!!

    compliments of the joyous season to you and yours!!

  26. A beautiful Christmas post. You obviously have a very talented family. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.

  27. Beautiful, warm photos of a great family Christmas. The cookies are a work of art too. Merry Christmas to you.

  28. Merry Christmas to you and your family, I love all the your delights in this post.

  29. How sweet! A very merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Cheers, Klaus

  30. Your duaghter does lovely work. I've done cross-stitch with gold thread and know how difficult it is to work with.

    A very thoughtful child she is, too. I wish you and all your family a happy holiday.

  31. A lovely girl, and obviously quite talented as well! How fortunate and proud you must feel...

  32. What a treasure that embroidery is!! And such beautiful gingerbread! Much too pretty to eat!!

  33. Merry Christmas to you...loved those beautiful decorations..

  34. Dear Arija: Merry Christmas and warm wishes from our house to yours.


  35. Hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas! L♥ve and Hugs :) Shauna

  36. Fantastic needlepoint and decorations. A merry Christmas to you all and an even better New Year. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

  37. Happy new year and happy christmas to you

  38. Fabulous post. I enjoyed reading it and looking at the photographs. I also envy your daughter's work with thread and needle. Amazing.

    My best wishes for you and your family this Christmas.

  39. very neat post and i feel the warmth of the holiday seasons from your family.

    anyways, have a joyful christmas to you and your love ones... from my islands to yours.

  40. Love is all around and it shows.
    Seasons greetings to you and yours.

  41. My dearest Arija, what a beautiful story about your daughter's labour of love. A great embroidery piece. I am sorry to hear about the burnt house, I know exactly what that means, I had two family homes lost as a child. We managed to rebuild but never able to replace all the ancestors' photographs.

    May your Christmas celebration be happy. Thank you for being my friend.

  42. Hallo Arija,
    jetzt bin ich zum ersten mal mit der Weihnacht mit den vielen Blogseiten um die Welt gereist.
    Also ist das auch ein Geschenk für mich.
    Ich wünsche dir und deiner Familie noch wunderschöne Weihnachststunden und eine friedliche Zeit.
    Liebe Grüsse

  43. What a lovely post. I haven't seen biscuits iced like that before! Wonderful. Or tatted ornaments. Gives me lots to think about.

  44. Merry Christmas Arija and you really have such lovely festive decorations. I am so sorry that you lost everything as it still must be so painful even after all these years...I enjoyed sharing a bit of your on to a new year...Michelle..


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