This will go in the center of my dinner table on Christmas day but is currently on my precious Burmese teak chest that my Dad made for my 21st birthday.

I thought you might like some pics of how I decorated my home this week. Now dont go getting all fussed if you are still trying to work frantically through your TO DO List ……… No, no……….not going to happen this year to me.  I decided that I am probably the only one who really cares about a bunch of the stuff on my To Do list so I scratched off quite a few things – such as the outside Christmas lights. I just could not face climbing up & getting freezing cold just to glance at them as I drive in & out of my garage. So…….no lights at the Thompson house this year. My neighbours can make up for it  – folk can look at their pretty lights instead!   Big deep breaths…………only do what you really feel you must do and ENJOY,  RELAX and have special people time rather than “things” time.

Our celebration involves 2 continents: Canada where I am proud to live and where I had my very FIRST white Christmas a few years ago (I danced like a kid at a birthday party around a parking lot in the falling flakes. It was SO exciting to FINALLY have a real White Christmas) & Africa which has memories for us of high summer; beaches, barbeques (which we called a "braai" ). My lovely big wooden giraffe stands guard. Seeing as he much prefers heat to cold, it is a good thing he is close to the heat vent!

Thank you to my friend Jean Wells who gave me this lovely Christmas angel several years ago. My angel has pride of place on top of the tree each year. YES, Jean made it herself and she is a Janome fan!)

This delightful mantle shelf banner was made by my friend Lynda Robson. It was paper foundation pieced and is just charming. Lynda is also a Janome fan!

This one I made - it is a "cheater panel" which was SO quick & easy: I just "sandwiched" and free motioned the heck out of it. Bound the edges & voila: there you have either a wall hanging or throw. This hangs over the back of one of my sofa's to give a bit of Christmas cheer to the room.

Throw #2 for my other sofa: another "cheater" panel which I quilted & bound. No fuss, hardly any time......a little bit more quilty Christmas cheer.

Christmas placemats I made recently for a fabric challenge at one of our Janome Dealers: Langley Vacuum & Sewing. I think they are currently on show at Trudy's store. You should have seen some of the wonderful things the customers made with the same Christmas fabric! We could make absolutely anything so long as we used the 1/2m of supplied Christmas fabric.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL…….may your Christmas To Do list grow shorter by the day so that you can enjoy time with family and friends this year.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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