Dirty Dozen Day, 12-1-23

The number for December is Number 9 – nine.

The alternate color is BLUE.

I’ve been reading the comments while drinking my coffee this morning and have decided to ask for photos from readers of their favorite Christmas tree if they have more than one – only one photo per reader. By requesting only one photo per reader it will make my end much easier. Send your photo to maryehazel2020@gmail.com.

Here is my unfinished neutral project from last month:

My tree isn’t up but I did decorate the mantel – I do it different every year and this year I put my nativity there.

More tidbits unearthed from my office – this little stuffed cat that was part of a pattern and would make a great ornament. We sold the piece of mottled black fabric along with the pattern. The mottled fabric was created by spilling bleach on black fabric.

Country Christmas quilt designed for Martingale many years ago. We own the pattern and I am making it available for $5.00 and a SASE.

I have the original quilt around here somewhere – I hang it every year.

Isn’t this a great reader quilt?

Yes! This was in the box from Dollinger Tree Farm in Shannon, IL. From Janee Dollinger – thank you so much! It’s beautiful with cat ribbon and the freshest smell you’ve ever smelled!! I will hang it today – thank you, Jane!

That’s a lot for today but I had to include it all with the Dirty Dozen post so I didn’t forget any of it. After my day yesterday I’m heading to the chiropractor this morning. Probably no surprise there, huh?

38 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen Day, 12-1-23

  1. Linda Carpenter

    Mary, I have that Christmas tree pattern and I love it. It just seems so difficult . I may try it one day.

  2. Carmen

    Love that wreath, especially the cat ribbon! Perfect for you! Put up our artificial tree last night. Giving it a day or two, and to let the cats get used to it. One tried to climb up into it this morning, and not the one that I expected would. Hope they can behave, and just look at the pretty lights from afar!!

    1. Diane and the gang

      When we had two kittens who knocked the tree over, my husband hooked the tree to the wall with fishing line!!

  3. Vicki Ibarra

    Love the mantle, tree and hoho quilts, and the wreath. So festive, each one of them.

    Now for curiosity….I recently saw an ad for firming corset cream. For someone who is 70 years old, this had an interesting connotation. Imagine my surprise when I read it is a face and neck cream. That was a shake-my-head moment. I am getting old, I guess.

    I have a few Christmas decorations up and will work on more. No tree this year as it is too much to haul upstairs, even if I only bring up the top half. I need to simply go buy a light weight small quilt. Until then, I will admire everyone else’s tree pictures that are shared. Thanks Mary, for doing this.

  4. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, your Mantel is lovely! Thanks for sharing all your
    photos with us! Such a great way to start the day and motivate us to get those decorations up! Have a great weekend everyone! 🌲⛄️🌲⛄️🌲⛄️🌲⛄️

  5. Gail in Ohio

    Pretty wreath! Love the Country Christmas pattern, too… and the “Hoho” quilt made me smile!! Thanks!!! I needed some ‘spirit-lifting’ this morning!

  6. Margie

    Just love your mantle. Nativity is what it is all about. That light you have or branch with lights is so nice there. I have been cross stitching nativities for about 2 years now. The whole blog is great. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mareen

    The mantle looks amazing and you have always had a knack for decorating! It’s the season!

  8. Jean

    The smell of fresh greens is such a treat anymore. Most trees are now hybridized and have…no smell! Lucky you i’d say!
    Your mantel is lovely looking. Peaceful scene.

  9. Jean

    The smell of fresh greens is such a treat anymore. Most trees are now hybridized and have…no smell! Lucky you i’d say!
    Your mantel is lovely looking. Peaceful scene.

  10. Rita in Iowa

    Mary you’ll get there on your neutral quilt or not. Let it simmer for January snow quilt. Your mantel is gorgeous, thanks for sharing. Love that you have a beautiful wreath to hang with cats on the bow.
    The hoho wallhanging is so festive.
    Went to a small bank that we bank at and took out a CD at a much higher rate then checking accounts pay out. Just telling you this as some of the smaller banks don’t notify you that it is available. They also have a passport cd for seniors that pay a little higher. As a retiree we need to make money where we can.
    Stay warm as is is staying colder now.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rita – I just sold off some lousy stocks and bought cds!!! Yes, a good rate right now! I hate the stock market no matter if it’s high or low!!

  11. Betty Clark

    I found 2 of your old Country Threads books at my LQS this morning in a box of old books which were marked down to $2 each. I snapped them up without even looking at the patterns in them. They are “Quilt Shop Series” and “Leftovers”. I will go through them more thoroughly this afternoon. I feel very lucky!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty Clark – the Quilt Shop Series book was our first collaboration with Martingale – the start of a long and wonderful relationship. It s good book!

      1. Betty Clark

        I agree that the books are very good. Now I have to decide which pattern to make first.

    1. Jill Klop

      I bought mine from the website: kellifanninquilts

      On the right hand side there’s a box that says: online shop, patterns and gifts. Once you click there, you can purchase, and then download, the patterns. If you click on the category “patterns” along the top of the page, it will bring you to her Etsy site, which is on a hiatus. Kelli very recently passed away. I don’t know when the Etsy shop will be up and running again.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Robin – it happened to me, too, when I was writing the post but thankfully I caught it!

  12. Polly Perkins

    beautiful Nativity mantel. The wreath is beautiful too. We live near Shannon and my son works near there. Never knew this place existed!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Polly – I’ve been getting a beautiful wreath for several years now – a gift from a reader. So fun!!

      1. Linda Carpenter

        I looked up the meaning of Christmas wreath and it said it symbolizes Eternal Life. I love that.

  13. Joy in NW Iowa

    I like the red chair too! I can just see you draping a red and white quilt over it and sitting there enjoying your game! So, I’m wondering do you really ever use that ladder? Just curious.
    I bought a kit for a table topper yesterday and started it today. It’s a bit of a challenge. But, that’s ok. I need that once in a while.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – surprisingly yes, I do use that ladder. I can come down to the sewing room without going all the way thru the house and waking Rick up.

  14. DebMac

    Your mantel is beautiful! So peaceful with all the white and light. Nativities really are my favorite Christmas decoration. The wreath is lovely, I have allergies so that nixes any fresh greens for our house. So sad as I love the smell. My favorite Christmas tree was the year we had a volunteer cedar come up in our flower bed and we hung a big red ball on it. A true Charlie Brown tree. This was well before digital photos but will see if I can find a picture and scan it to send.

  15. Jeanie S, Central IL

    And another month has rolled around! Thanks for the lovely, festive pictures, Mary. 🥰

  16. patti

    your wreath is beautiful. i, too, am allergic to anything pine (found out when i decorated the house with pine cones one year). i so love that smell and associate it with the season but…i want to breathe. our Christmas angel meeting was fantastic. pulled in 72 quilts, too many placemats, pillow cases, table runners, tote bags, handmade ornaments to count. all going to various organizations from seniors, to veterans, to abuse centers, cancer centers, children, you name it. i always come home so charged up and energized. but now i’m exhausted and need to rest for a couple days. oh yeah, our challenge for the new year (i came home with two) are blocks to make into a quilt. but even if i managed to do it this month, i couldn’t show it until next december. i will finish the one for this year first – almost there. reader quilts are beautiful. mary, your mantel is so beautiful. thanks so much for sharing so much with us. patti in FL

  17. Janet S

    A fun blog today. Mary, your mantel looks so inviting and aren’t you lucky to get such a beautiful wreath.

  18. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Pretty wreath. But what caught my eye was your beautiful, chippy fireplace! Oh, how I love anything old and chippy. Is that the original paint? I am always drawn to old tables, chairs, frames and chests where the paint is like that. Love it!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cheryl – yes, I’m sure it’s original paint. I actually have two other mantels that look very similar. One is being used as a headboard above the queen bed. The other is at the entrance to the quilt shop building.

  19. Diane in Maryland

    Love your mantel with the Navity. Trying to get some Christmas decorating done today. It seems no point in doing it if it doesn’t get done early in December. Merry Christmas to you and all the blog readers!

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