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Friday, December 31, 2010

Complete!


And the series is complete!  I really like this one even though the snowman is all googly eyed thanks to my mad skillz with french knots.  :o)  I thought the December sampler looked so good on the blue fabric I decided to use it for January as well.  Thank you all for encouraging me through this series.  I will admit it became tedious at times but I am so happy I stuck with it.  I now have a monthly piece to display for many years to come.

I am all prepared to start stitching the first block of Shores of Hawk Run Hollow to ring in the New Year.  I have made no promises to myself as to when I will finish this massive piece (I am stitching it on 32 count) but I will say I would be happy if it is done in 2 years.  I decided I can't abandon the smalls I love to stitch nor the little gifts I love to send so those will be done in the New Year alongside Shores.  I hope you will all keep encouraging me to keep stitching on it as I am certain I will tire of it at some point.

I want to wish all of you a happy and prosperous New Year filled with whatever your heart desires and thank you once again for stopping by my little corner of the universe for a visit.  Here's to 2011!



Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

 "Hare's Christmas" by Plum Street Samplers ~~~ 32 ct linen, DMC floss~~~ Quilted Wallhanging Finish



I hung this on the wall a little after midnight Christmas Eve.  I enjoyed every minute of this design.  As I was stitching it I knew it was going to be too large for an ornament so it was either a pillow, frame, or wallhanging.  As you can see I went with the wallhanging.  :o)  I used the sawtooth star pattern to mimic the star pattern on the sleigh and was able to find all of the fabrics I needed in my stash.  A big thank you to Amy for the holly fabric that provided the perfect background for my Christmas star and another big thank you to Mary for gifting me with such a delightful pattern.  Not one to leave well enough alone, I added some yo-yo's with jingle bells in the center to help carry out the snowflakes and jingle theme.  I discovered my quiltmaking skills are very rusty, perhaps I will have to make a few more quilted finishes in the new year.

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful day with family and friends.  We are anxiously awaiting this "winter storm" that is predicted to give us a white Christmas.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

T'was the week before Christmas...

...and I landed in the dentist's chair on Monday.  Arrrggghhh!  After suffering with a toothache all weekend I couldn't wait to get to the dentist's office.  It was either the dreaded root canal or pull the dang thing and since it was a rear molar I said "off with it's head!".  (Not very Christmasy prose is it?)  It is now Tuesday and my mouth doesn't feel a whole lot better but I am determined to make the best of it.  Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen is my friend right now.  :o)

While in my pain induced stupor Monday, I sent my husband to the mailbox and just look at the treasures he delivered direct to the sofa.  :o)
How could I not manage a crooked smile when this little guy revealed himself?  You might recognize Carol's impeccable stitching in this sweet little Prairie Schooler ornament.  I just love everything about it, especially the little cardinal at his feet!  Thank you so much Carol for such a gorgeous ornament that arrived just when I needed a smile.  It is hanging front and center on my tree for all to see and admire.

Then I opened a package from Canada to see that Cathey sent me a wonderful black cat ornament for my Halloween tree.  I love it too and I am sure I will enjoy stitching my first beaded ornament.  Thank you Cathey for bringing another crooked smile to this face.  :o)

I have been enjoying visiting all of your blogs and seeing all the last minute Christmas finishes and preparations.  You are all so inspiring with your wonderful stories and beautiful pictures.  I am working on a last minute Christmas finish that I hope will be complete before the big day so I can hang it on my wall.  Here is a sneak peek:
Only 3 days left and I haven't even decided on a menu for the big day!  I'd best get crackin'!

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Diva and Gifts

Glitter would like to thank each and every one of you for your comments on my last post.  Now she really is "Diva-ing" it up around here and giving Ziggy the old raspberry every time she sees him at the door.  :o)

I have been very fortunate to receive a couple of lovely stitchy gifts this week.  First, from dear Becky I am now the proud owner of one of her little cupcake pincushions.
 Isn't it so pretty and delicate?  And, it has a bird!  Thank you so much Becky, you know I will treasure it and think of you every time I see it.
Then today this little beauty arrived from Julianne.  That little bell is just the cutest and the trim and backing fabric are just gorgeous.  (Notice the wonderful card with cardinals and chocolates too.)  Thank you so much Julianne - the ornament is already being proudly displayed on my little tree. 

We had a bit of snow and ice here this week but the weather is supposed to be nice all the way into next week.  I am sure the bad weather put a damper on a lot of folks plans for Christmas shopping.  I hope you are all finished with your shopping and don't have to fight the crowds that are sure to be out this weekend.

Only 1 week until Christmas.  Can you believe it?!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pretty Cardinals

I wanted to show you what I stitched for Raffaella for our private ornament exchange.  I haven't heard from her yet but according to the delivery confirmation it was delivered Thursday so I feel safe in posting a photo.
I used the design from Just Nan's Snow Tin and made it into a round ornament using those metal finishing forms.  It is stitched with DMC on 32 ct Antique Blue Linen.  This is my favorite cardinal design so far and I hope Raffaella loves it as much as I do.  I have the tin I stitched last year displayed under my tree but I just have to stitch this again into an ornament to hang on my tree.

As you can see I didn't have the correct bead frame and bead for the center (it was used on my tin last year) so I improvised with a seed bead and a larger red bead that I had in my stash.  I looked everywhere for a bead frame similar to the original but had absolutely no luck in finding it.  If anyone knows where these might be available I would like to add a couple to my stash for future stitches of this design.  :o)

Glitter wanted me to let you know she does occasionally pose for a photo.  I finally managed to catch her awake and she stayed still for a full 15 seconds so I could snap this picture of her.  I can't believe she is 11-1/2 years old now.

  We hope you are staying warm wherever you are and are logging many hours of quality stitching time with plenty of cat naps in between.  :o)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lots to share

Hello Friends!  I have found my way out of the funk that was the nasty virus thing I had last weekend.  UGH!  It seems to be sweeping the country and my little workplace is no exception.  Nearly everyone there has missed at least one day of work due to the achey, sneezy, stuffy head, fever mess.  I suppose I was fortunate that I had the weekend to recover and didn't miss too much work.  I am happy to say I am back to normal now.

Raffaella and I did a private Christmas exchange and just feast your eyes on this gorgeous ornament.
The picture really doesn't do it justice.  The velvet ribbon is so elegant and the beads on the tree add just the right touch of sparkle.  I am not sure of the designer but it is really a gorgeous piece.  She also sent along several wonderful goodies including the cutest gingerbread pattern that will make a wonderful addition to my decorating next year.  Thank you Raffaella for such a wonderful exchange that I will treasure for years to come.  :o)
 This little cutie arrived this week from Amy.  Now you know I love me some birds and especially red ones and it just thrills me to be able to add this to my collection.  Amy hosted a stitch-in last weekend which I had planned for the last 2 or 3 months to attend.  Since Scrooge McNastyFluBug hit me I wasn't able to make it but Amy was so kind and sent along this little pillow and a treat bag of goodies.  I was so disappointed that I didn't make it, my husband had planned to drive down with me so he spent Saturday trying to figure out what to do with himself while I coughed and hacked on the sofa.  Thank you so much Amy!  I really appreciate the goodies and your kind thoughtfulness.  Head over to Amy's blog and check out the other lovely ornaments she has made.
 The first of my Christmas RAK's has arrived so I can now show it to you.  This little candle mat made it's way to Mary's house for the holidays.  I know Mary loves candles and since Christmas is a holiday filled with lights and candles I just couldn't let it pass without making a Christmas themed mat for her candles. 
Speaking of Mary, while I was sick I accomplished quite a bit on the "Hare's Christmas" design she sent me and thought I should take a progress picture.  Doncha just love this cute family riding along in their sleigh?  I am not sure how I will finish it but I hope to have it done by Christmas. 

Our company Christmas party is tonight so I better get busy and try to find something appropriate to wear.  I hope you are all being blessed with the spirit and joy that is Christmas.  I know I am.  :o)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Finish

"December Monthly Sampler"
Little House Needleworks
32 ct Silkweaver Enchantment/CC Floss

I put the last stitches in this one the last night of November and framed it today.  I decided to change this one up a bit and used a piece of the fabric I won in the generous giveaway from Jennifer.  The blue mottled fabric really makes this look like a snowy scene, doesn't it?  You might notice I "left a light on" in one of my lower windows.  I just didn't like the thought of ALL the windows being dark and you just have to have a light on to welcome all your visitors, right?   I still have to finish the January sampler as I didn't start this series until  February.  I am happy that I was able to stick with it throughout the year and now I have a seasonal piece to display every month. 

 I have been itching to start "Hare's Christmas" that  Mary sent to me and am hoping to be able to finish it before Christmas actually arrives.  I think I will do just that after I have some soup - I have developed a scratchy throat and a bit of a fever today.  :o(  I sure hope I'm not getting the bug that is making it's way through our office.

Isn't this bulldog ornament the cutest?!  It is one of my most favorite store bought Christmas ornaments.  :o)