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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Finish Finishing

Welcome to the first day of 2012!  Did ya'll eat plenty of collard greens and black eyed peas?  I sure did and they were so good.  I do love me some good old southern food.  :o)

Before I could transition fully into the new year I had a couple of stitched finishes that needed to be completely finished.  I worked on them last night and this morning.  I will count these as 2011 finishes as all the stitching was complete, they just needed the final touches.

From Prairie Schooler's Santas and Snowmen leaflet - 32 ct khaki Jobelan, DMC floss.
You might recall me saying last year that I planned to finish all of the ornaments from this leaflet to hang on my tree this year.  Ummm, nope!  I finished two.  I do hope to make at least two more of these this year.  (I am trying to be a little more realistic when thinking about my stitching goals for 2012.)

A walk through Hobby Lobby last week  revealed this:


Hmmm, not my cup of tea.  But....look again.

Voila!  My Birds of A Feather Mystery Sampler is framed!  Is it a perfect fit?  Nope.  Is it perfectly straight? Another nope.  But...I decided I would rather have wonky and on the wall where I can enjoy it instead of rolled up in a drawer for who knows how much longer.  I really like it and that is all that matters to me.  :o)

I like how the carved motifs sort of mimic the flowers in the design.

I also managed to make a little progress on Lizzie Kate's Halloween Rules.

I am using 32 count Belfast that I tea dyed and DMC floss.  I have already had to change the color of the dog because the floss as charted was a perfect match for my linen.  This is going to be a fun stitch and with Mindi, Ranae, and Cucki to poke and prod me along hopefully it won't suffer the same fate as Shores.

I hope you all have a great first week of 2012.  Get on out there and make some new memories!

31 comments:

Catherine said...

Myra, love your pieces!! The snowman is so cute - my boys are waiting for some snow so they can test out their new sleds. And, wow! That frame you found is wonderful on the Mystery Sampler. I really need to work on that one again - and get your cardinal conversion!
We didn't do the collards and beans, but we do have pork and sauerkraut!
Happy New Year!

BeckySC said...

I LOVE your snowman finish, Myra and your framing for the Mystery Sampler looks amazing :)
Have a lovely week :)
((hugs))

carol fun said...

That snowman is so cool - LOL - oh I am punny tonight! I'll need to go check HL for frames - that one really complements the Mystery Sampler and I need some motivation to get mine done.

Jackie said...

Love your ornament finish. The gingham ribbon really is the perfect touch!

You did a great job with the repurposed frame. I wouldn't even know where to start!

Faye said...

Myra! I'm going shopping with you!! You totally scored on that frame. Could have not been a better fit and I love the design in the molding! You rock!!

Collards and black eyed peas were eatin here also... Wouldn't start a year off without it...

Hope you have a good week and hope your cold is about gone! Take care, Faye

Mindi said...

Hrmm, Shores, I have that one started too. It was supposed to be stitched as an anniversary gift for my parents and started about 4 years ago. Maybe we can poke and prod each other on that one when Halloween Rules is done!

Great start on Halloween Rules, I got the top bonus border piece finished today, and if I ever get off the computer tonight, I'll start on the first block.

Love the frame you got for the Birds of a Feather piece. You're so right that not perfect but on the wall is better than rolled up in a drawer. I think the first post I ever saw on your blog was the red bird and I fell in love with it.

Ellen said...

Love this PS ornament! Your Mystery Sampler is perfectly framed!

Have a great week!

Hugs,

Mary said...

The ornament finish is so darling! And, the framed sampler is amazing! Great job on both!

Happy New Year!

CATHI said...

The finish of the ornament is great! And the frame for the Birds of A Feather Mystery Sampler is perfect! And it isn't wonky at all! I see it as you do: better on the wall than in a drawer! :o)

Cathi

CATHI said...

Oh, I forgot! Congrats to your win over at Mindi's Blog! :o)

Cathi

Pumpuliina pistelee said...

So many lovely stitchings. Snowman is jolly and the birds.. very beautiful.

Many greetings from Finland
Niina

Mouse said...

ohhh well done on the finishing and the frame is just perfect and I am sure we will prod and poke you along too ..lol wishing you a merry, healthy , happy and very stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxxx

cucki said...

well done for the finish dear..it is so sweet..
i love all your other stitching so much..so sweet..
happy new year dear with love and care xx

Carol said...

Your newest PS is adorable, Myra--two down!! And good for you for looking beyond what was in that frame (no--definitely not your style!!) and finding a great way to showcase your lovely Mystery Sampler!! That really is an interesting frame and it complements your stitching so well. Have fun with Halloween Rules--it is darling!!

Chris said...

No greens or peas for this Yankee girl. I have felt too bad to worry about any New Years related stuff.
The finish is beautiful and I think the frame for Birds of a Feather looks great.
Happy New Year!

Daffycat said...

Went to my parents house new year's day for those dratted black-eyed peas. *blech* I don't like them but they are at least edible. We need the good luck so I went back for seconds...*gag*...this better work! ROFLOL

Your frame up looks awesome! That frame matches very well. Mmmm, the Lizzie*Kate start looks great too! I LOVE tea-dyed fabric...

Shelleen said...

Love the snowman finish. Great job framing and mine is always just a little wonky too.

Penny said...

Love your little ornament finish. Your Birds of a Feather Sampler is so pretty in the frame you found.
I love southern food too and the collard greens and black eyed peas sounds delicious!

♥marylin♥ said...

J'adore c'est magnifique !
Happy new year

mainely stitching said...

Sheer brilliance in spotting that frame and how perfect it is for this project! I always eyeball the sale frames but cannot make the transition to picturing my project in place of the motel art that's usually in them.

Best wishes for 2012!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

That's another great finish, and one checked off the list! Don't you love finding a 'hidden treasure' right in front of your eyes? Great job transforming it into the perfect match for the Mystery!

Melissa said...

Wow, I love how that frame worked for your BOAF sampler! The sampler itself is just gorgeous and i have the changes you made!

coonieandplume said...

Happy New Year!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Good for you, doing up those last finishes so you can start off the new year with a clean slate!!!!

Happy Nee Year!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Good for you, doing up those last finishes so you can start off the new year with a clean slate!!!!

Happy Nee Year!

Pumpkin said...

Ornament - fantastic! Framed piece - perfect! New WIP - good choice ;o)

Happy New Year Myra :o)

Ranae said...

Love the snowman ornie with the ribbon
How lucky to stumble and find the perfect frame, I love when that happens
Halloween Rules SAL will be fun
Happy 2012

Lois said...

Such a cute ornament Myra! Love the frame you found, that's just perfect for the Mystery Sampler. Happy New Year!

Lisa said...

Myra, you picked the perfect frame and I think it looks great, I frame my own finishes because professional finishing is way out of my budget, but the stitched piece is hand made so why not the framing too?
love the LK's Halloween rules, must resist, must resist LOL

Myra said...

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PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Some great finishes for the of the new year. Great job, Myra!