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Sunday, December 30, 2012

An unexpected finish

I really didn't expect to have another finish in 2012 but I found myself in my stitching spot on Christmas Eve with nothing ready to stitch.  I had planned for this to be my New Year's start:

Lizzie Kate Inspiration Boxer
BK35 - Not all of us
 As you can see, it didn't make it to 2013.  :o)  I am thinking of using the homespun you see to border it and then frame it.  What do you think?  Now I have to come up with something else for my New Year's start.

Speaking of 2013 - what are your stitching plans for the New Year?  I am trying to come up with a list of some medium sized projects I would like to complete this year.  "Not all of us" was one of them.  With Thy Needle's "Bird Pinkeep" is on the list as is Notforgotten Farm's "Halloween Queen".  I would like to do another good sized sampler but nothing is really striking my fancy right now.  There will surely be lots of smalls on the list and I would like to reaffirm my somewhat scattered intentions of stitching one Christmas ornament a month and finishing up all of the LK Halloween rules.  Perhaps I will try to dig through my stash in the next few days and make an unofficial list.

I decided to wander down the Christmas aisles at Wal-Mart this week and happened upon these beauties:
Aren't they fabulous?  I believe they will make a nice addition to my little primitive tree next year.  They are made of tin and were 1/2 price.  I couldn't resist.
 
It is quite chilly here today and is supposed to be cold tonight so I made a big crock pot full of
Taco Soup.  Delicious as soup today and will make wonderful burritos for dinner tomorrow.
 
Thank you for stopping by.  I enjoy all your visits and comments.  Have a great week and may 2013 bring you good health, happiness, and a gorgeous stitching finish or two!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Last ornie of 2012

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on the little designs I shared.  I would love to see pictures if any of you decide to stitch them. 

Last night I finished up the last Christmas ornament I plan to stitch this year.
Design by Victoria's Sampler from the JCS 2012 Ornament Issue
 
 
I had my own little Christmas celebration Sunday Morning before anyone else in the house was awake.  I had received a few gifts that I had postponed opening.
 
From dear Carol  this beautifully stitched and finished ornament.  I just love everything about it.  She also sent along that cute snowman magnet, delicious chocolates, and red jingle bells.  Thank you so much Carol for making my Christmas extra special.

 
Then from Maureen  this special golden birds nest.  I just love the tradition that goes along with this and I couldn't ask for a more wonderful gesture of friendship. 



And last but certainly not least, from Shirlee the most beautifully stitched and finished primitive pillow I have ever received.   The details are just perfect - from the natural twine to the rusty pin and jingle.  Shirlee, your finishing is awesome!
 
 I was thrilled with all of my gifts but most importantly, I am truly blessed with your friendships.

Back to the grind for me tomorrow.  I am hoping for a stress free end to the week.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Gift For You

My "theme" this holiday season has been one of Peace.  I used this word in the stitchy gifts I gave to friends and family this year and to me that simple word speaks volumes.  I wish that I could send each and every one of you a little something to let you know how much I appreciate your comments, kind thoughts and encouragement.  Since I realize that is impossible I would like to share with you my two little designs in the hopes that you might decide to stitch them up and find a little peace yourself while doing so.


(Click to enlarge, then right click to save to your computer)
 
Sing along with me, won't you?

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be!
With God as our Father, brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.
With ev'ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment, and live each moment in peace eternally!
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!
~~Lyrics By Sy Miller and Bill Jackson

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lunch Ladies

Today Chris and I met for lunch and our Christmas gift exchange.  We had lots of catching up to do and enjoyed a wonderful lunch while doing so.  I am so fortunate to have "found" Chris and quite honestly feel as if she is a part of my family.  She also spoils me rotten!  Let me show you...

 
First is this beautifully stitched and finished ornament.  I admired this one when Chris was stitching it and now it is mine, all mine!  I love bargello and the gold trim gives it the perfect amount of bling.  Then there was the most adorable little cardinal I think I have ever seen.  Both of these are already on my tree and I have had to stop and re-admire them several times today.

 
As if those two weren't enough, she also gifted me with this wonderful mug made by a local pottery, the cute mesh stitching bag, Christmas tissues, and the 100th Anniversary Whitman's Sampler Tin.  I sure don't feel deserving of all these gifts but I really appreciate and treasure each and every one.
Thank you Chris!
 
Wishing all my friends and followers the most wonderful holiday and I hope that you have a friend like Chris in your life too!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Four More Sleeps

Hello friends!  Only 4 more sleeps until Christmas - are you finished with all your preparations?  I am and I plan to relax this weekend and perhaps sneak in some quality stitching time.

I want to share with you a couple of delightful gifts I received in the mail this week.

First from Faye this sweetest of ornaments:
 
Isn't this just the sweetest little thing?!  And it is finished to perfection.  Thank you so much Faye, a true treasure to add to my tree.
 
And this package arrived from dear Vera:

 
Do you see those tiny wool baskets?  She knits and felts those herself.  Cute as a button they are.  She also treated me with some stitching needfuls - wonderful scissors, needles, a charm and oh look!   A cardinal tin to hold it all.  Thank you so much my friend.
 
I finished up what will be my last 2 Christmas ornaments this year.

 
This is my own design finished into a little pillow ornament.  Some of you may recognize the design as I stitched it as gifts to some of my friends this year.

 
I also finished this little primitive angel.  This sweet design is by Pam from Our Pioneer Homestead.
I finished it as a pillow ornament, trimmed it with Victorian Motto chenille, and experimented with a prim button/wool tassel.  I am hoping to stitch several prim ornaments over the next year and decorate my smaller tree in the primitive style.
 
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Paints, quilts, and treats

Last night we had our Christmas gathering at work.  We decided to do something a little different this year.  We gathered at a place called Wine and Design where we proceeded to paint a portrait of our pet.  Some of you may recall that I did a portrait of Lola this past September at another studio.  For this portrait I chose to paint my old girl Glitter.
I think she was more difficult to capture in paint than Lola.  We had a great time and felt we went home with a treasure.  We were also gifted a wonderful tote from Land's End.
 
Since today was a rainy, dreary one I decided to finish up this little Christmas quilt.

 
I have had these hourglass blocks cut out for a couple of months and just kept getting distracted when it came to sewing them up.  I really like the primitive look and it is already hanging on the wall by my small Christmas tree.
 
The mail this week brought a couple of treats.  :o)

 
Mindi sent a lovely Christmas card and inside it were these lovely gold pins.  They look so elegant and fitting for the season.  The fabric postcard is from Norma.  I always look forward to her Christmas cards.  The picture doesn't capture the mica flakes on his beard and cuff - they add so much pizazz.

I hope you are all finished with your shopping and such and can sit back and relax in these final days before Christmas.  I still have a lot to do but I refuse to get stressed about it.  If it gets done...fine.  If it doesn't...it will get done eventually.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.  Please say a prayer for those families in CT.  I have been thinking of them all weekend.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Firestarter

Hello dear friends!  I hope you are all well and enjoying the spirit of the season. 

I have been experiencing a spirit of another sort.  This could be me at any given moment of any day:

 
Remember her?  It's the little girl from the movie Firestarter who is able to make things spontaneously combust.  Well in my case, I am the thing that is about to spontaneously combust.  I am speaking of hot flashes only in my case they should be called ohmygoshhelpmeIamseriouslyburningupabouttodiesweatingcan'tbreathe flashes!
And at the exact moment that my body temperature reaches 5498 degrees my husband decides that is the perfect moment to either tell me how much he loves me or ask me where I put whatever thingamabob he happens to be searching for at the time.
 
And in that next moment when my body temperature has dropped to 5497, I become her:
 
 
Please keep him in your thoughts.  I don't know if he is going to come through this menopause thing unscathed!
 
On a happier note I attended a wonderful Christmas breakfast Saturday morning with The Piedmont Heritage Sampler Guild.  It was great to see this talented group of ladies again.  Head over to our blog and see what a lovely group we had.  I am already looking forward to our next meeting.
 
I also managed to deck these halls on Saturday evening.  If our temps would drop below 70 degrees now it might just start feeling a little like Christmas here.  I do love putting up all my decorations and my DH and sons always tell me how pretty everything is.
 
I have been doing lots of finishing lately and most of those were gifts so I don't have a lot of stitching to show.  I did manage to chart out a little snowman and finish up another of those cute little sleds.  I added a little dimension to him by using tiny little buttons and a floss scarf. 

 
Perhaps I was trying to subliminally "cool down"?  ;o)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Already???

Hello dear friends!  I just can't believe December is here.  Our temps were in the upper 60's today - sure doesn't feel like December.

I had big plans to drag out the Christmas tree and decorations and deck the halls today but Mr. Big Bad Migrane came to visit and the hall decking didn't happen.  I did putter around and finished a wee ornament.

Sled and pattern from dixiedarlin.com

After seeing these little sleds on several blogs I just had to get some of them and start stitching.  They are just the cutest things and will make a nice addition to my tree.

Earlier today while doing some mindless surfing I started looking at trencher bowls.  Looking at them and seeing the prices reminded me that I had a couple of unfinished wood bowls given to me by my mother years ago.  Out to the storage building I went.  Luck was on my side and I found one of them in the very first box I opened.  A bit of Briwax and a lot of elbow grease later...



I can already see it filled with some greenery and a couple of prim pin pillows for Christmas.  :o)

Thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments.  Wishing you a headache free week ahead!