I wanted to capture a photo of this lovely 'live roses' floral arrangement before we gave it to my MIL yesterday for her room at the assisted living facility.
The table runner (just the one end showing here) is one that I made several years ago (can't actually remember the date - I should make a label for it after I figure it out!).
It includes three lovely pre-printed panels (in my favorite colors!), which I embellished with some beads and hand quilting. (My real 'challenge' was in mitering the 'points' on the border strips!)
I bought the kit at a local quilt store, which, sadly, is now gone, although it was around for many years. The owner, now retired, unfortunately couldn't find a buyer for the store. It was always a 'bright and colorful' presence in the town.
I've always wanted to put some tatting in the empty 'circle' space on the printed design, and for this photo I remembered a motif from my stash (Lynn Morton's 'Hearts and Flowers' pattern - similar to a motif by Lene Bjorn) which does look pretty good just placed there, although the heart shapes kind of disappear unless you look closely. Of course, I would have to tat a second one for the other end of the runner!
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We will continue visiting family members this week, and look forward to seeing our niece's boys (ages 4 and 1) opening the gifts we're giving them. The magic of Christmas is always brought back when being around the little ones!
DH and I enjoy going for drives during the evening to other neighborhoods to see all the residential lights and outdoor decorations; and we also appreciate the effort that goes into the lighting displays in the different towns.
I'm also happy it will be getting lighter in the evenings, although it's imperceptible right now. I just like knowing that we passed over the 'line' on Dec. 21! However, there are three months of official Winter ahead!