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Sunday, November 30, 2008

After Thanksgiving




I hope all of you had an enjoyable time with your family and managed to eat just a little bit of your favorites this year. We had a great time visiting with family and eating way too much food.

Even Mr. Squirrel managed a feast of his own. I looked out the window early Thanksgiving morning and there were five squirrels feasting on the acorns in our front yard. I managed to snap a quick picture through the window before they were off to hunker down in their nest and rub their full tummys.








After dinner everyone is so stuffed and turkey makes us sooooo sleepy, we usually settle in for a wee little nap. As you can see, Glitter and Lola took our cue and shared the dog bed. (They really didn't need a cue or a hint, sleeping is what they both do best!)









Today I finished this Christmas ornament. The pattern is a freebie from Waxing Moon Designs that I blogged about a few days ago. I finished it as a little pillow, again with a longer hanger so it can be placed over a doorknob.
I pulled out some of my Christmas decorations this weekend along with all my Christmasy quilts and started placing some things around the house. It is fun having a new house to decorate. Money is a little tight this year so I won't be buying any new things, but I still have quite a bit accumulated and I am still making more things.
I am working on finishing another ornament and should have more pictures to show in a day or two.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Itty Bitty


One more little Christmas ornament for the week. This is small 2"x 1-1/2". I found this in my cross stitch stuff when I moved and would love to give the designer credit but I can't find the sheet with the pattern. I do remember it was a handout from the LNS which is now long gone. I mounted the cross stitch to a piece of peltex, backed it with red polka dot, and zig zag stitched with the machine around the edges. I added a couple of eyelets, beads, and a ribbon to make it a little tiny ornament. :o)

It's time for turkey!



Here he is, preparing (running) from his big debut this Thursday! LOL I finished up this little guy last night. The pattern had the wording "Who Me!!) underneath him but I decided to leave that off and just smile at his colorful cuteness instead.
He is the first challenge I completed on the Seasonal Ornament Stitch Along blog. Several of us are getting together for friendship and encouragement so we can have lots of little ornaments to decorate our homes all year long. I have always been a sucker for wanting a seasonal decoration of some sort for each month/season/holiday so this is right down my alley.
Designer: Nancy Boggio
"Who Me!!!"
28 ct Mushroom Jazlyn
DMC floss w/substitutions

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Swap Ornament


I got this gorgeous ceramic santa in the mail this week. It is from Kim on the Quilting Passion forum. (no blog that I know of) She does wonderful work on these ceramic ornaments and I just think he is so handsome. The picture doesn't pick up on the glittery paint in his beard very well. I am looking forward to hanging him on my tree this year.

When I received this ornament I thought....hmmmm.....something about him is familiar. So, I went digging through some of my Christmas stuff and sure enough! The snowman I have in my collection was made by Kim as well. She was my partner in a Secret Sister swap in 2006 and sent me this snowman ornament as part of my package.

I am busy working on my ornaments for the Quilting Passion Ornament swap. No, I am not late. It seems like everyone is mailing early and if I can get my rear in gear I will be about 2 weeks ahead of the mailing deadline myself. So....HA!

I finished up a turkey cross stitch I am working as part of a challenge and will have pics to show tomorrow. Who knows what else I might "brew" up in my sewing laboratory!?

I hope you are having a great weekend!



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Is it Christmas already?


Is it just me or are all the stores starting Christmas extra early this season? I guess they think they best get a jump start since the economy is down right now but really! I started seeing Christmas things before Halloween this year.

I haven't been doing a whole lot in the quilty/stitchy area lately. I attended a conference last week and it took me forever it seems to get over the tiredness that the late nights and travel invoked. All I want to do is sit around on a quilt like Glitter is doing.


While I have been sitting I have been doing some cross stitch. This is a little freebie from Blue Ribbon Designs . I plan to make it into an ornament. I am also working on a snowflake scissor fob and a little turkey design for Thanksgiving. That is the wonderful thing about cross stitch - I can have several projects going at one time so when I tire of one set of colors, I can switch to another.
Since I would really like to have lots of Christmas as well as seasonal ornaments for my home, I have joined this group. I am hoping it will help to keep me focused and excited about stitching.
I am also working on some quilted Christmas ornaments for a swap. I will finish those up this weekend so they can go in the mail early next week.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Swap Ornament

Look at this lovely ornament I received from Meineke in the Netherlands. I am participating in a swap on the Quilting Passion forum and I was lucky enough to be receiving one of Meineke's ornaments. It is all sewn by hand using the English Paper Pieceing method. I just love it!

I am working on my ornaments - the mailing deadline is December 5th so I have plenty of time.

I am off to a conference in Florida on Tuesday so you probably won't hear much from me until next weekend.

Have a gr8 week everyone!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Progress

I finished up this little cross stitch piece. It is a free pattern by Waxing Moon Designs that I found here. I am still trying to decide how to finish him, maybe a flatfold, maybe a little quiltie. I plan to do all 4 of the seasonal ones eventually - I already have the flosses gathered for the autumn and spring one, just can't decide which one to do first!

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Finish!


Bwahahaha! Note the date on this piece - 1994. I sure hope it doesn't take me 14 years to finish what I am stitching now! Anyway, I decided it had "cured" long enough and needed to be made into something. I finished it as a flat ornament but made the hanger a little longer so I could hang it over a doorknob.

I want to thank everyone for their condolences on the loss of my brother. It was a tough weekend but I found that doing some stitching helped to keep my mind occupied for the most part. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Edit: Why is it that there is always a stray thread hanging around when you take a picture? Stoopid thread.