Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Christmas full of Memories

I hope you all got everything you wished for under the tree :D
We had a nice celebration with the entire family, 25 of us in all.
It was quite a full house!

In recent years I have started making special photo books for gifts from all of the thousands(!) of family photos I have scanned.  I have photos dating back to the late 1800s and it is a treasure to have them, but even better to have them printed out for everyone to enjoy.  

One of my blogging friends had asked to see some of my photos from the book so I thought I would share a few of the pages with you.  This year I decided to do a book of all Christmas and Winter photos and for fun also use some holiday songs and lyrics to present them.  Above is a photo from about 1954 of my Mom (left) with her sisters.  Pictures in front of the Christmas tree is a family tradition, every year many are taken...each family, all the cousins, all the siblings, all the cousins with the grandparents... I think you get the idea!   I just love how everyone got so dressed up back in the day!

This photo above is one of my favorites, from the '30s of my great grandmother throwing a snowball :D 
It looks like she has quite a few at her feet, she is ready for action!  

Aren't these Santa photos so CUTE?!
These are my Aunts, on either side hmmm... about 1950? and then they are young teens in the middle pic.  
Reminds me so much of Miracle on 34th Street.  

Here is another of my favorites~ oh how to choose, really, I love them ALL!
This one is of my grandparents from about 1957.

Here is some old-time, snowman-making FUN!  

And here are a few of me when I was about 5 years old.  
These were taken on Candlewood Lake in New Fairfield CT.  
We all loved to ice skate... even the dog!
In the bottom right is me and my Mom and upper right is me and my Dad. 

I hope you enjoyed some of my favorite holiday and winter family photos!

Oh, and I have been stitching too!  Here is my progress on SDW...

The more I stitch on this one, the more I love it.  I especially love the Lamb of God with the red banner.  I am still lagging a bit behind in the group but now that Christmas is over I have more time to devote to stitching again.  

Enjoy your weekend!!  
Happy Stitching!!


Giovanna said...

Lovel progress on the sampler, and you're doing a wonderful job with the old photographs - thanks for sharing.

Catherine said...

What a fun book you put together! I love seeing old pictures!
Great progress on your sampler!

Lizzy said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures, what a treasure.

Margaret said...

What great pictures! And how great that you make photo books for everyone! Love your SDW progress too. When I was stitching it, I had no clue that was a lamb of God. lol!

Mary said...

Krista, I've spent a lot of time going through family pictures lately too. I love them, and seeing yours was very special. Thanks for sharing! Best wishes to you and your family in the new year!

Lanie said...

Krista, I absolutely love your photo book! Thank you for sharing. I did one for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary a few years ago and one day I want to do more...seeing yours is very inspiring! I think this is a perfect way to visit the past and love how you added the song lyrics.
Your SDW is looking fabulous! This is just an amazing sampler.

Anne said...

Wow Krista! What a wonderful way to show your family photos!! Loove them all! SDW is looking amazing and don't worry about lagging behind, I just got materials for my pattern this week!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Brigitte said...

These photo books are so very special and precious because they contain such a lot of family history. Nothing should be forgotten.
Great progress on your sampler.

Chris said...

Wonderful pictures, So much fun. hank you for sharing them. The photbooks that you are putting together are waonderful.
Great stitching progress.
Have a great weekend!

Elaine said...

Love your photo books Krista! what a wonderful idea - SDW is looking good too!

Carol said...

What a great photo book of memories, Krista! You've given me an idea for my mom's Christmas gift next year :) Better start working on it now!!

Nice progress on you pretty sampler, too--it will be nice to have more time to stitch now that Christmas is over.

Lynn said...

What a wonderful gift to give your family!! These types of gifts are so precious. I thought of doing one for my mom this year but not early enough to complete it in time. I did however do a family calendar for my son with photos taken of him and his family during the past year. They loved it!
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Stitch Wizard said...

This sampler is really beautiful Krista as is your stitching!!! I am such an animal lover too and I am going to really enjoy seeing your progress!! Happy New Year to you! :) Debby L.