Friday, October 31, 2014

The Halloween Tree

Here's a shot of this year's Halloween tree.  Every year it looks a little more full.  I added two more ornaments in 2014: the Monsterbubbles' Day of the Dead skull and The BOO ornament whose designer I forget at the moment.  All I remember is that it was a free chart.  This brings the number of stitched ornaments up to 19.  This particular tree is one of my husband's favorite seasonal decorations. 

I also have rather full trees for Thanksgiving and Christmas, a moderately full tree for our Jan. 10th wedding anniversary through Valentine's Day [all hearts] season and for the patriotic holidays [Memorial Day - Flag Day- July 4th] and a rather skimpy tree for Spring and Easter.  I still need to work on  a St. Patrick's Day Tree for March, some more Easter ornaments for the Spring tree and some beach and boat ornaments for a mid-July to August tree as well as some ornaments for a Back-to-School tree In September.  Then I'll have the whole year covered.

I enjoy decorating for the various holiday seasons and have a variety of wall hangings and throw pillows to display as well as some easel framed stand-ups and flat fold stand ups.

Here's a shot of my Halloween pillows, nestled in a corner of the distressed paint bench in my entry hall.  One is Glory Bee's Flying Monkeys and the other is Heart in Hands Halloween Tall Bird.  I don't have any stand-ups for this particular holiday yer.  Though I do have the wonderful Hat in a Cat waiting to be finished as a weighted doorstop.

But I do have two wall hangings:

One that I "designed" myself combining a motif from a Prairie Schooler border and a pumpkin/cat motif from Homespun Elegance to embellish an old-fashioned primary school poem about Halloween.  The alphabet I used is of my own devising, loosely based on my handwriting.  On the shelf above the pegs are two of my folk art carvings of ravens.  The taller one is a pretty straightforward bit of carving but the second raven is a rather funky bird, wearing high top sneakers and sunglasses.  I love them both.  This display is in my living room, in the narrow space between the back door and a window.

The second shot is a close-up of the stitched piece itself.  I found the poem in an ancient, and I do mean ancient, circa 1950 school library book and thought it would make a lovely little wall hanging.

The second mini wall hanging is hung in my kitchen, a Primitive Needle piece: a companion to the tall skinny witch on my Halloween tree.


Nicole A said...

Your ornaments look wonderful!

Melody said...

What a great selection of Halloween themed stitching!

Linda said...

Your decorations look great Regina.


Anna van Schurman said...

I like the piece you put together. Cute poem.

Stitchinowl said...

Thanks for sharing your Halloween stitches. I have several of the seasonal Heart in Hand Tall Birds in my stash. I need to pull them out and start the Winter or Christmas one.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Love your ornie tree. I saw one in a catalogue today for £25 and I'm seriously considering getting it because your's looks so good.

I remember you stitching the poem design too!

rosey175 said...

I really like the tree for all holidays. I enjoy putting out decorations all year so this would fit in nicely. Might take a fair while to fill it for each holiday but that's part of the fun, right? :)

Love the poem too; old poems make great stitches.

Maggee said...

Your tree is very full--congrats! I also love putting up seasonal displays. There are many fall/Thanksgiving things to display (not just cross stitch), of course Christmas--now I have two trees--one for stitched ornies and a somewhat traditional tree with bulbs and lights tho the colors are either purple and silver or purple and gold! I also have winter/snow displays but am sadly lacking for Valentines Day, St. Patricks' and Spring then Summer--part of the summer I have plenty of beach themed things, but patriotic is not so many. Oh well, maybe I will get a few more of each done next year! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!