Weekly photo challenge: Grand


A grandiose Christmas tree in the Thornebrook shopping center. Or, should it be called a “holiday tree”? If the focus is shopping and buying presents to curry favor with our materialistic friends and associates, probably “holiday tree” is good. For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand and/or to submit your own interpretation of the theme, go here.

Holiday remnant project: gym towels…possible quick gift, or even wrapping for small gift.

machine-embroidered gym towels

gym towels for yoga class

I found some terry cloth remnants at Joann Fabric, cut them into small towels, and embroidered yoga motifs: crown chakra, aum symbol. I found some nice chakra embroidery designs at Urban Threads. Then I just turned under the exposed seams and sewed narrow hems. The shiny stuff on the brown crown chakra embroidery is Solvy stabilizer that will wash out. It’s good to put on top of fabrics that have a nap or texture, to keep the needle from snagging or skipping during embroidery.

I was looking at some old family photos and found this one of my GRANDfather’s Christmas tree, circa 1910. He decorated it himself, as he attests in the handwritten inscription on the back.

Christmas tree 1910

Grandad’s Family Christmas tree c. 1910

Christmas 1910

Grandad’s (as a child) own words on back of Christmas tree photo


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Naomi Baltuck
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 23:06:41

    Very cool! This one made me smile.


  2. Gussie
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 01:54:37

    The Yoga towels are awesome! Pic of your grandfathers Christmas tree is insanely cool. I love old pics like that. Looks like lots of presents!!


    • jenyjenny
      Dec 08, 2013 @ 07:40:35

      Thanks Gussie, and when you think about it, the presents look like they’re wrapped with plain paper. They couldn’t just run to the CVS and get a bunch of wrapping paper back then, Christmas wasn’t the big production it is today! I wonder what it must have been like! 🙂


  3. knotrune
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 05:26:53

    I love that you have that photo of your Grandad’s tree! Such a lovely bit of family history. I’d be thinking of using the image for my Christmas cards if I had something like that 🙂


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  9. Jeanne
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 12:34:38

    Hi jenyJenny
    Love your granddad’s tree. I put together a top 10 picture book for my family this year — those old photos really do grow more precious over time. Thanks for stopping by my blog! ps: I’m jealous, always wanted to knit but didn’t have the patience to learn. Thank god my girlfriends love me and make me stuff!!


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  11. birgerbird
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 09:47:37

    Love grandad’s xmas tree!


  12. akeem54
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 07:40:27

    I appreciate your ‘like’ Every thing goes mobile. photo challenge is something i have not really grasp. But i can see you are doing nicely. Thanks.


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