Moving in mid December is definitely a challenge for someone who loves to decorate for Christmas. I wasn't about to drag out all my Christmas decorations with our move quickly approaching, but I couldn't stand to have nothing up. Fortunately, as I was packing last week, I came across this little vintage Christmas tea towel.
This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations and has been in my family for many years. It was embroidered by my grandmother, and I remember my parents putting it out every year when I was a child. I've always loved the quiet little scene so intricately depicted on it. I have been intending to frame it for quite some time now, so that I could more easily display it on my wall at Christmas time. Last year I left it out after Christmas, thinking that at some point during the year, I would get it done for this Christmas. Then in typical me fashion, I got busy, set it aside, and forgot about it. But when I uncovered it last week, I decided it was time to take a break from the packing, and get right to it!
I hadn't given a whole lot of thought to how I would frame it, but I've seen some things like this framed right in embroidery hoops and thought that might be a good option, especially since there were several stains on the non-embroidered parts. And it just so happened that I had an embroidery hoop not yet packed up that was the right size. Perfect! I liked the contrast of the red edge of the towel, so I decided to paint the hoop red to keep the same look. So here is our one and only Christmas decoration we have put up:
I think it came out quite nice! It may not be much as far as decorating is concerned, but it is definitely special to me, and it's just enough of a touch of Christmas to tide me over until we move later this week. Then we can get many more decorations out!