Friday, December 23, 2016


It's getting to look a lot like Christmas!  

This Santa Claus is at the Yamhill County Heritage Museum and was carved from a log.  We live near a big logging area and the museum has a display with lots of logging tools.  It is still being done.  When we were in Willamina for the Art Tour and were eating lunch in a restaurant, a logging truck drove by every five minutes or so.

Here are the Christmas decorations that I have in my sewing room, I mean "studio."  The white ceramic Christmas tree was won when I was working at the office Christmas party.  The parents of a co-worker made lots of ceramic items and I was very lucky to win this tree.  It is sitting on top of my quilt cabinet.  The quilt hanging on the door was Bonnie Hunter's mystery Christmas quilt in 2009, the year I retired.

The quilt below has 9 embroidered blocks that were BOMs that I did several years ago.  Right now I can't remember who had them on their blog.  It might have been Gail Pan.

The rabbit on the left was found in a thrift shop with a pattern for the dress.  Inside the wire basket are 2 plastic dolls that I have had since I was about 10 years old.  The boy and girl are dressed in hand crocheted clothes that have never been washed because they don't come off.  That's why they are rather dirty.

Behind the doll is a vintage "Home Sewing" book marked 35⍧ and the book "A Grandma for Christmas" which is set in Norway.  It was published in 1946 and my sister found it in my Mom's sewing machine cabinet.  It has both our names in it, so we're not sure exactly who was the true recipient, but she brought it to me last Christmas.  It has recipes for Lefse (which I made today), and other scandinavian specialties inside the cover.

Me and DH

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


  1. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Health and love for the New Year. (The rest will come naturally.) ;^)

  2. What a great Santa carving!
    You have such sweet vintage items in your decor.
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas!

  3. Merry Christmas Ruth, to you and DH. Your studio looks very cheery and bright. Hope you have a very Happy New Year, too!

  4. What fun decor! Merry Christmas Ruth!

  5. A blessed and merry Christmas to you and the hubs.
    In the 50s & 60s when my dad was working on a ranch (up that road from the DQ on the hwy), part of his job at times was as a logger. Log trucks passed our house frequently kicking up a ton of dust on that gravel road. I remember at night when he came in his leather, corked boots would have to be cleaned and oiled with "bear grease". The logging industry isn't what it was back then, when mills with their teepee shaped burners were still active too. It's enjoyable to visit that museum and, in the summer they run the display where they saw the logs.

  6. I like that Santa carved from a log. Wouldn't that make great yard art for the holidays! Bet it weighs a lot. Merry Christmas!

  7. what beautiful decorations. That carved santa is really something.
    Yay for ceramic trees. While is one that I don't have....yet.
    Merry Christmas

  8. Hey, if it's carved from a log, that means it must be a Totem Pole and sacred to the Native Americans, right? So relieved to hear that those blessed logging trucks are still rolling, because here in New England folks are beginning to hoard toilet paper just in case the Environmental Protection Act banns it's use.

  9. Your Christmas decorations are all so pretty, and that's a really good picture of you and your DH! Merry Christmas to you and all your family. I'm praying for safety for your son who can't be with you today! ---"Love"

  10. Such a beautiful Christmas quilty display. Merry Christmas!

  11. Merry Christmas Ruth! Thanks for sharing your studio decorations. It must be a very inviting room.