Tag Archive | ornaments

Friday’s Favorites: Decorating the Tables

OK, it is no secret that I love to decorate for the holidays. Here is what the dining room area looks like when I am done.

This table sits against the bay window, with a collection of some of my most favorite funky trees and stuff.

Thank you for allowing me to share my decorations!

Happy decorating to you! ~Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Decorating The Trees

OK, it is no secret that I love to decorate for the holidays. I started to collect ornaments by theme when we were first married, and well I forgot to stop. Consequently, I now have around 50 trees that I decorate and display around the house. Before you become concerned for my sanity, I should say that the largest is 4ft. and the smallest is 3″. So not so crazy, at least that is what I tell my husband when he has to pull out those many, many, many, boxes from the garage.

Each tree has a theme, and even some of the trees are not traditional trees. Mug-trees and greeting card holders make for excellent display opportunities. I repurpose them and used them to display a collection of ornaments.

Small Trees, Spring Candle Holders, Cork Trees

Here are some of the smaller trees on top of vintage wooden spools. I put aluminum molds on top of old mattress springs, and filled them with plastic tea-lights. And yes, I was a partner in drinking all of those bottles of wine, just so I could make these cork Christmas trees.

I also decorate with non traditional finds, such as the colander and wooden sewing spools that the Star Tree is resting in. The sewing tree has vintage measuring tape garlands, and is surrounded by pincushions and wooden spools. The heart tree has many hand-made ornaments, made by mom and myself. The bell tree’s focus is well, bells. The tinkling sound they make while I am decorating the tree, makes it fun!

Happy decorating to you! ~Christen

Embroidered Felt Hearts

hearts in progressI Love, love, LOVE hearts and I have developed few classes with several different heart shapes

The first is Embroidered With Love which is an in-person class that I teach in stores or at conferences; and the second is Embroidered From The Heart which I teach on-line.

group of hearts

Happy Stitching to all! ~Enjoy, Christen

Embroidered From the Heart: class/tutorial

Embroidered From the Heart: 2 lessons/$30.00

embroideredfromtheheart1Do you love hearts and embroidery as I do? These lovely little ornaments are perfect for any holiday or gift from the heart! Whether you are an experienced embroiderer or a beginner this class is for you. There are five basic heart shapes with thirteen different sizes. There are fifteen designs; ten ornament size and five mini ornaments. All you need to create these lovely ornaments are a few basic embroidery and beading techniques and a little bit of imagination.

Skill Level Beginning: embroidery knowledge helpful 

embroideredfromtheheart2 Lesson 1: This class will cover the cutting techniques, which include straight and pinked zigzag edges; pinked zigzag strips and reverse appliqué. The embroidery stitches include: chain stitch, single feather stitch, blanket stitch, lazy daisy, French knot, straight stitch, single beads and seed bead groups. Stabilizing and assembly directions are also included. The directions and designs for heart shapes 1 – 2 will be covered.

Lesson 2: This class will cover the additional cutting and stitching techniques, which include harlequin piecing, patch piecing, stuffing, couched and laid threads. The directions and designs for heart shapes 3 – 5 will be covered.

embroideredfromtheheart3Bonus: Mini Hearts!

Class Information

These classes can be purchased at any time, there is no set schedule.The class can be ordered by contacting Christen: thestoreonthecorner@gmail.com. She will send you an invoice through PayPal.

Once the class is paid for, the supply list will be sent out. The lessons will begin one week after the purchase of the class, unless otherwise stated. You will receive an email with the lesson attached. The following lesson/s will arrive one week after the previous lesson.

A high speed internet connection is recommended, and you must have basic computer and internet skills. You will need to be able know how to download and save a document to your computer’s hard drive, open it and print out a copy.

You can contact Christen with any questions pertaining to the class/class information throughout the length of the class.

Class fees will not be refunded.

Happy Stitching,


Heartfelt and Simply Lovely

Here a few hearts that I have been working on. All of these were made from synthetic felt and cotton floss.

hearts made from felt

In both of these groups I have worked with reverse applique, padded applique and pieced applique. The stitches are all done in traditional embroidery stitches with two or three strands of cotton floss.

embroidered felt hearts

Enjoy~ Christen