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O Come, All Ye Faithful December 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor.

This comical hand-embroidered reindeer, with tiny tree, heart, and star  hanging from his antlers, spread lots of love and joy one year.

After buying Randolph the Reindeer at a craft fair (from Nancy James, his seamstress), I re-created his visage and ornaments in a series of colorful watercolors to give as gifts.

At the bottom of each watercolored reindeer, I added an aphorism designed to encourage us to let our lights shine:

* Tis the Season to be Jolly.
* We do not laugh because we are happy.  We are happy because we laugh.
* Shine on!
* Always remember that you don’t have to be who they want you to be.
* Be Merry.  And Bright.
* He deserves Paradise who can make his companions laugh. 

Sing choirs of angels.  Sing in exultation.
Sing all ye citizens of heav’n above.

Need some ideas for decorating with lights, flowers, beads, and shells?  Visit Nandini’s post ~ Illuminations and Fragrances ~ Diwali Decorations


1. Piglet in PortugalPiP - December 11, 2011

What a good idea! I thought about painting Christmas cards but a little print would also b nie

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

I love giving (and receiving) handmade crafts at Christmas. Over the years, I’ve created:

* button trees (post on its way)
* tabletop trees (We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
* painted reindeer (here & Welcome deer in Joy to the World)
* painted Christmas Trees, Santas, Snowmen, and ornaments
* miniature Santas with pipes, wreaths, etc. (post on its way)

It’s much more FUN than trolling the malls. 😀

2. Andra Watkins - December 11, 2011

Awesome gift idea, Nancy. Now, if only I could paint……..

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Thanks, Andra. Randolph is pretty easy to sew or paint . . . as long as you can draw a circle and create a “straight” line.

3. rutheh - December 11, 2011


nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Dear deer! 😛

Julie - December 11, 2011

You know there’s a children’s book called Dear Deer. All about homophones. 🙂

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Which witch ate eight Nome gnomes? 😀

4. Nandini - December 11, 2011

I love Santas. And you have some very cute collection here. Lovely.

I really appreciate that you have mentioned my post here. I’m grateful to you. Thank you for your kind gesture. 🙂

Happy holidays.

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Thanks, Nandini. Your decor for the festival of lights is gorgeous! 😀

5. Julie - December 11, 2011

I sure wish I was crafty in any way. Those kinds of gifts are so special. Especially the inscriptions!

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

There are so many mediums we can use to create gifts from the heart . . . paint, crayons, markers, wool, embroidery, baking, and even words. 😀

6. Maggie - December 11, 2011

That is a cute little reindeer. 🙂

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

He is a happy little Christmas “elf.” 😀

7. jannatwrites - December 11, 2011

I like it!

I used to make crafty stuff for the holidays, now, if I make anything it’s food of some kind – usually cookies.

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Cookies are a great gift at the holidays ~ especially for people (like me) who don’t enjoy baking. I stopped baking holiday gifts years ago. I enjoy painting and sewing much more better. 😉

8. SidevieW - December 11, 2011

he is very cute. simple embroidery like that wouldn’t take for ever to do. great idea

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Exactly. Most are simple straight or satin stitches. Very basic embroidery ~ perfect for beginners.

9. sufilight - December 11, 2011

Nancy, Very nice! I wish I was crafty but I am not. However, I can be good with photos and words, and you have inspired me to add a personal positive message to my Holidays cards this year. 🙂 Checked Nandini’s post, and what a beautiful job she did, also inspired me to do something especial this year with our Christmas decor.

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Awesome. Some of the nicest cards are those personalized with photos of people, places, or things.

Have FUN decorating your special place in the world. 😀

10. Sandra Bell Kirchman - December 11, 2011

I wonder what it is about this year? For the first time in 65 years, I helped bake and decorate cookies…with my husband. It was his idea and it was a ton of fun. I got quite creative with decorating and that was fun too.

I don’t believe it’s the Christmas spirit we are getting, but rather the knack of celebrating something together (we have only been married 4 years).

I love your special decorations, Nancy. I am also getting a huge kick out of how much you enjoy them. It’s a special thing to watch (and share) someone else’s joy. 🙂

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Oh, how FUN. I’m glad that you “newlyweds” are enjoying the season.

We used to host a huge Open House each year in December or on New Year’s Day. That gave us a chance to “share” our holiday decorations with a hundred (or so) guests. Sharing them here on SLTW is a LOT easier than cooking for hundred people. 😉

11. kateshrewsday - December 11, 2011

Nancy, your exuberant love of life is such a gift to the rest of us. What an inspiration. Off to label our ornaments now, with Mad and Felix.

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Aww . . . thanks, Kate! That made me smile. 😀

Hope you, Maddie, and Felix have fun with your ornaments . . . and that they don’t attract “unwanted attention” from Macauley, Kitty Cat, or . . . Big Al! 😉

12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - December 11, 2011

That’s funky and original. I like it!

nrhatch - December 11, 2011

Funky is right! You could get Katherine some funky earrings like that ~ dangly hearts, sparkly trees, shiny stars . . . or tiny festive reindeer!

Ho~Ho~Ho! . . . or No~No~No! ? 😉

13. Cindy - December 12, 2011

Fab idea 🙂

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Do you create holiday treasures, Cin? I remember the dolls you fashioned to sell in your store. Precious.

14. Tilly Bud - December 12, 2011

What a lovely idea for Christmas, to paint something. Homemade presents are my favourite because love and effort has gone into them.

I love that reindeer embroidery.

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Thanks, Tilly. I agree. Hand-crafted gifts give us a chance to share our creativity, plus it’s fun to paint, sew, knit, and bake.

15. eof737 - December 12, 2011

Cool… You are a serious gnome admirer/collector. 😉

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Santa’s a shape shifter . . . he’s magical! Like Merlin. 😉

16. bluebee - December 12, 2011

I love your collection of Santas!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

Thanks, BB! I get a kick out of them. In part because they’re all so unique . . . they demonstrate how many ways there are to “create” the same thing.

17. LittleMissVix - December 12, 2011

Ah very cute and festive!

nrhatch - December 12, 2011

We enjoy our December visitors. The house always seems strangely empty once they are packed away.

18. CMSmith - December 13, 2011

I like your Santa collection.

nrhatch - December 13, 2011

The Scottish Santa (carrying a little Scotty) reminds me how drafty kilts must be at this time of year. 😉

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