Saturday, January 1, 2022

Saying Goodbye To 2021

The holidays are always rushed and I never seem to have time to do everything I want to do. This year was no different. I didn't have time to do as much decorating as I wanted to or as much baking (although the hubby and I don't need the extra calories) or as much holiday crafting. One thing that was not on my list this year was buying Christmas presents as we decided to opt for a family vacation the week of Thanksgiving in lieu of gifts (except for the grandkids). Because our kids spent their Thanksgiving with us, that meant they spent Christmas with their inlaws - which made for a quieter Christmas for the hubby and I, although my brother and family was home for the holidays.

To close out the year, I thought I'd share a few photos of some of my Christmas decorations.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This year I was very excited to get to use my new Fiesta Ware lightbulb dishes along with the "A Lightbulb Moment" placemats and table runner I designed last year.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This Santa pitcher was a new acquisition in 2021 and he looked so cute in my tablescape.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
My Santa mug collection continues to grow. I just love them paired with my Fiesta Ware lightbulb plates.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Jars filled with vintage ornaments and vintage Christmas lightbulbs graced my tablescape.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
A few of my vintage plastic Santas and a vintage candolier that I decorated with vintage plastic Christmas items. I love them mixed in with a few pieces of jadeite.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
A jadeite dish filled with vintage ornaments. Press the red nose of Santa and it lights up and plays Christmas music.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
More vintage Christmas ornaments in a jadeite bowl. Love this vintage Santa even if his nose is a little crinkled.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
A few of my Santa mugs along with a few of my vintage milk glass Christmas figural lightbulbs, and of course, more vintage ornaments.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I found this string of Santa lights a few weeks ago at a thrift shop. They almost match my two plastic Santa head ornaments I found last year.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Since I had no presents for under the Christmas tree, I wrapped a couple of birthday presents that were in the closet. I didn't really miss the packages with all these cute blow mold Santas and Snowmen under the tree. My tree this year was filled with lightbulb shaped ornaments to go with my "A Lightbulb Moment" tree skirt, etc. I made last year.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
This is my "A Lightbulb Moment" quilt that was published in the Best of Moda Bake Shop book last year. It's still available at Martingale Publishing if you're interested.

https://www.shopmartingale.com/best-of-moda-bake-shop.html
I even managed to get my sewing studio semi-cleaned so I put up a Christmas tree to celebrate.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
I managed to get a couple of projects completed during the holidays. I bought four framed cross stitch seasonal scenes with the intention of making them into pillows. I got the winter scene made into a pillow, while the rest are on my to-do list.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
The only crafting I managed to do was turning this cute little deer I picked up at a thrift shop for 25 cents and a vintage jello mold into an ornament.

Christmas At Thistle Thicket Studio. www.thistlethicketstudio.com
Didn't he turn out cute? I had plans to make Christmas bells from some other jello molds I bought this fall but it didn't happen. Maybe I'll do it before I pack all my Christmas away so they'll be ready for next year.

As we welcome a new year, I wish for all of you a happy and health year filled with quilting, crafting and thrifting with friends!

Happy New Year!

~Sharla