Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

As snow falls and deep dark winter descends all around us, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!  I cannot thank all of you enough for your love and support as well as your continued enthusiasm for the art of home machine quilting, the excitement you bring to this blog, the depth of your commitment and knowledge.  For all of you I wish the very best this holiday season and many blessings and much happiness for the future. 
Oliver is well and happy.  I took a wild chance and moved things around in the house, and put up the small faux Charlie Brown tree decorated only with birds and small nests and eggs.  Many of the nests were found in our yard, exquisitely and intricately constructed, a delight to examine and save on my little tree.  How they can construct these so perfectly whereas I have a hard time threading a needle I will never know. 
I carefully added several strings of clear lights to glow in the window and light up our long evenings and even the dark days. 
Oliver noticed it of course, and mostly wondered where his table by the window had gone and what was this big thing sitting in the way instead.  So far he has not noticed the birds, the nests, any of it.  He did nibble the end of a faux branch but that was not worth doing again, blech, so we have been safe for a week. 
Any time now I fear he will tilt his head as he tends to do when thinking about trouble, and notice that there are BIRDS on this tree with real FEATHERS on them and he might have a wild and wonderful time stalking and attacking them.  Until then, if that day comes, we enjoy it together.  He gazes at the lights reflected in the window and is content. 
Below, he joined us on the side table when his Godparents visited from far away AZ and enjoyed some Wisconsin frozen custard and coffee, and good conversation.  He settled in and was happy we were all together.
Merry Christmas from Oliver!
I hope in 2013 to bring you more information and tales of quilting, life in the home of a quilter with a cat.  Until then, keep quilting, take some time to enjoy your passion, but relax and enjoy the holidays.  Merry Christmas!


Quilting Babcia said...

And blessings to you and your beautiful Oliver this Christmas! May the new year bring you much joy and beautiful quilting adventures.

Lynette said...

Merry Christmas back to you! (I really love those nests on the tree)

Joannag said...

What a lovely tree! Those little nests are an inspiration for us all! Patience...necessary for achieving the most beautiful in life!

Thanks for sharing all year long.

Have a lovely Christmas, relaxing at home with Oliver. So glad he and you are well!

antique quilter said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.
using the nests in the house is a wonderful idea, they always amaze me too!
Each year a bird builds one above the back door light next year I will have to keep it!

cajunquilter said...

Merry Christmas! What a wonderful tree. Love the picture of Oliver

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Diane! Thanks for all of your blogs throughout the year. I always love hearing what you and Oliver are up to. Love your tree!

Anonymous said...

Did I miss a post about how you and Oliver were injured?

Martha said...

Happy Holidays!!!

Quilt Crazy said...

Merry Christmas! And thank you for sharing your knowledge

ethereal said...

Best Wishes for a happy, healthy new year to you and Oliver - and everyone and everything you love! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents with us!

Kay Lynne said...

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful quilting projects :) I really enjoy reading your blog and I've learned so much from you. Wishing you a Happy New Year! I have a new computer that is up to date so I can post comments--Yay!

Jocelyn said...

Wishing you a happy healthy New Year!