“By this time it was getting dark, and snowing pretty heavily; and as Scrooge and the Spirit went along the streets, the brightness of the roaring fires in kitchens, parlours, and all sorts of rooms, was wonderful. Here the flickering of the blaze showed preparations for a cosy dinner, with hot plates baking through and through before the fire, and deep red curtains, ready to be drawn, to shut out cold and darkness.”
~~Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol~~
This time of year truly has a special “feel” to it. It is as if the very air sparkles and shimmers. Surely Charles Dickens was thinking the same when he penned the passage above! Perhaps it is the bright sprinklings from the Ghost of Christmas Present’s torch! Remember his torch? The one he blessed Bob Crachit’s house with? The one from which he sprinkled incense over Christmas dinners, especially those of the poor? The one that made quarrelsome people put aside their differences because, after all, it was Christmas Day? The one that sprinkled benevolence and humble gratitude all ‘round? Ah yes, I think that is it. The Ghost of Christmas Present sprinkles generously from his torch at this blessed time of the year. I hope you are one of his beneficiaries…
"Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall;
Prepare the song, the feast, the ball,
To welcome merry Christmas!”
~William Robert Spencer~
New Pattern: I Bring Thee Joy Sampler Pillow
Stitched in quiet, wintry shades of white, gray, and brown/black, “I Bring Thee Joy” depicts a benevolent old St. Nick walking through the snow covered woods as he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve. Cozy little houses with smoke curling from their chimneys, snowflake motifs, and the words “I Bring Thee Joy” complete the scene. I have finished this sampler into a rag stuffed pillow that is large enough to set comfortably in an adult sized chair. A large rusty jingle bell adorns each corner. Stitch count: 141w x 91h. The pattern includes instructions for making the sampler pillow. Pattern available under Featured Items at right as well as on Pattern Mart.
Early Work Mercantile
This month on my EWM page you will find not only the finished sampler pillow for “I Bring Thee Joy," but a peck of primitive pears to dress up your Christmas tree.
Sincerest thanks to everyone who visited my web site for my After Thanksgiving Sale! It was a huge success again this year and I am ever grateful to you, my wonderful friends and customers, for your patronage and friendship.
Now, ‘tis time for me to work on gifts for family and friends and enjoy the pleasure of decking the halls…
May you be filled with peace and joy this Christmastide!