Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Santas




Since the early 80s I have collected primitive Santas. My very favorites are ones carved and painted by a gentleman from a neighboring town, Ed Gilliam. His work always brings a smile to my face. The Santas on the shelves are mostly his work. The Santas on the pie safe are others that I love and bring out every year. There are tons more in the basement, but I tend to pull out less and less each year--it's that old
"Gotta put it all away after Christmas" syndrome!!! Last picture is a group of wool Christmas tree pincushions I made for my mini-group. We don't actually exchange Christmas gifts but I always want to gift them with some small remembrance every year. Not much quilting the last couple of days. I had wanted to use my embroidery machine for a few gifts but it decided to act bad yesterday so it is in the Bernina Hospital. My Bernie tech promises it will be ready in just a few days. Fingers crossed. I hardly ever use the embroidery part but, of course, when I do want to, it throws me for a loop!!!

24 comments:

Andi said...

I collect Santas too! Haven't started decorating yet, trying to figure out where things will fit amongst the baby stuff in the family room, LOL.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

I used to collect Santas - then they and all our Christmas decorations and such were stolen. Ironically, I made the PS Santas too and I made that Sampler in the center. I still have x-sitch but the Santas are long gone. Sigh!

Yours are wonderful, Vera

Carol said...

Wonderful, wonderful Santas. Your wool trees are great...what lucky girls in your group!

Laurie Ann said...

Cool Santas! I know what you mean about bringing less out each year. I used to bring a lot to work for decorating, but then it seemed like such a chore, so now I only decorate at home.

Dianne said...

Oh, I love those Chrismas tree pincushions! Is there a pattern on the web somewhere? Really adorable.

The Santas are great, too!

Libby said...

A very nice collection. Isn't it funny how one year you start unpacking decorations and wonder how you ever managed to collect so much *s* You have very lucky friends to be receiving the pincushions.

May Britt said...

It is so fun unpacking the decoration for christmas. To see dear friends again. Your trees are so nice. What a lovely gift for your friends.

Sandra said...

There's so many santas there - I'm impressed LOL. The Christmas tree pincushions are a great idea :-)

Susan said...

I love your Santa collection, especially the one with the cowboy hat. =) The wool trees are super, how lucky your mini-group is!

Ruth said...

That's a lot of Santas! They make a very striking display. I love the little pincushions, your mini-group is very lucky.

Clare said...

My excuse for not unpacking everything this year, only to have to repack is that we are going back to the UK in 2 weeks for Christmas and won't be back until just after 12th night.

Those trees are cute.

Tonya R said...

Love those Santas! I have an affinity for hand-carved ones as well. Its great you have a local artist to support. Love the samplers too - wonderful display.

Angie said...

WOW~~ They are wonderful!! (I too got hit with that "got to put them away afterward" bug LOL. For the last couple of years I've only gotten out a few of my Santas.

Sioux said...

Love the Santas.

Happy St. Nicholas Day to you!

Nancy said...

What a wonderful collection of Santas and I love the wool Christmas trees. Nancy in MT

susan said...

Love the pincushions! You are just toooo creative.

Finn said...

Hi Vera, what a great collection of Father Christmas and Santas. Really some beautiful ones there. I have a few, very few by comparison, but I'm not a very serious collecter of any one thing....LOL..so I have a lot of quite a few things. Heaven help me!!

I have to say I was just thrilled to read your back posts(I know I've been missing alot lately) and see you really great rug!!! I didn't even know they sold strips already cut like that! What a great way to go. You are all set to go to work crocheting without the fuss, muss and bother of the cutting, tearing and sewing. Good thinking! And a coupon really helps the cost.
I think you did a really great job on accomplishing an oval. That's what I am currently work on, and you kind of need to work out the increases and chain length as you go.
Yours is a beauty, and you can say with pride, "I made that" *VBS* Hugs, Finn

Judy said...

This looks familiar to me! My mom collects Santas too!

Screen Door said...

Can't wait to your embroidery project. Hope the doctor performs a 'miracle'. Looks like you've got the Christmas spirit.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Are the wool Christmas Tree pin cushions a pattern? I like those real cute!

Karen said...

I love the Santa collection! looks so similiar to mine...I have been collecting for years. The wool trees are fabulous. Happy Holidays!

pamina (laurence) said...

You are very lucky : with so many Santas, you will receive a lot of gifts for Christmas ! :0)

Tazzie said...

Your collection of Santas is just lovely!
I hope Bernie comes home safe and sound, I know what it's like to be without her!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

cher said...

your collection sure envokes the Christmas spirit! just wonderful