Thursday, December 30, 2010

My last finishes for 2010....

La D Da "Live Laugh Love"
stitched on 28ct linen

I stitched late into the night Tuesday night to finish this one.  I really like the finished piece and will display it in my bedroom... matches my the thread choices perfectly.  I saw that Hobby Lobby had their frames 50% off so I ran in there today to find the perfect frame...  matches our furniture perfectly.  I still need to put the hanger on it and it will be ready to hang.

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Amy was nice enough to play hooky from work on Wednesday and I spent the day stitching with her.   I picked up this cute freebie from The Stitcherhood and got a lot done surprisingly.  Amy made some yummy treats and let me do some shopping at DSL   

The Stitcherhood freebie "Winter"
Stitched on 25 ct. evenweave

Amy suggested stitching it in blue and I think that might be a good project for tonight.  I probably would have finished this at Amy's but we got distracted looking at all of her UFO/WIP (what beauties she has)...she was trying to find her q-snaps!  Amy's doing the
"Up for a Challenge" and hopes to finish 5 this next year.  After hyperventilating at the number of WIPS she has, I regained my composure and vowed I will offer my encouragement each
month so she can meet her goal! 
( Don't worry Faye....I'm watching you too!)

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Thanks for visiting and all of your nice comments on my last finish!  I love reading them!   Well...I'm off to stitch.  Happy stitches ...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

BC "Cottage in the Sticks".....

BC "Cottage in the Sticks"
32 ct. black w/ DMC

Another 2010 UFO bites the dust!  I fell in love with this 1996 design as soon as a I saw it but lost interest  after starting...that darn black fabric, house and border were driving me crazy!  It sat unattended all summer and I decided I shouldn't go into 2011 with it still hanging.  Out it came last weekend and I spent the entire day Sunday stitching it....and actually enjoyed it. 
(It was like starting a book I just couldn't get into and then later can't put it down.  Ever happen to you????) 
Not quite sure what I am going to do with it....hubby doesn't care for the black fabric so not sure whether it will get framed eventually or not.  The important thing is its finished !

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Well...I only have "Live Laugh Love" (from this year) sitting in my stitching basket and I would love to finish it before the new year too.  Since Tuesday is my SAL day for this one, I should be able to finish today.  Before I will allow myself to stitch, I must organize my little space, which is strewn with paper, ribbon, fabric, know what I am talking about!  The quicker I get to it the quicker I can stitch so I guess I better get busy! 

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Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and had some stitching time! 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Exchange for Michele....

Well...first I hope everyone had a great
full of fun, fellowship and neat stitchy stuff!

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CHS "Merry Christmas"
stitched on WDW 30 ct Straw w/ Victorian Motto thread
 Michele received her last Stitching Friends Exchange on Christmas Eve and I was relieved to here it made it just in time for Christmas.  I have had so much fun stitching for her this year and thought this little pillow would be a great reminder of this exchange. 

"M" is for Michele
I love scrapbook paper and decided I would make an altered initial for Michele.  I love brown and red together....hope Michele does too!  (As for the other goodies, I am a "lazy" shopper so I decided a gift certificate to Down Sunshine Lane would be the perfect thing!)

Michele and I have been stitching partners numerous times through various exchanges and I do hope I get to stitch for her again.   It was certainly a joy to share this year with her!
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Thanks for visiting and hope you have had a very merry Christmas!  Wishing many happy moments of stitching bliss!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Last exchange from Kim B......

Waiting in my mailbox today was my last package for the Stitching Friends exchange from Kim .....

all neatly wrapped in this festive paper....

was this great ornament she stitched for me and I
couldn't wait to add it to my tree!  I just love the little bell detail at the bottom.

I love way she finished the back and personalized the ribbon on the back with our names.  
Isn't that the neatest idea?  Just love it.....

She also included these goodies which will be put to good use but when I saw this goodie I was giddy like a school girl....

I just love Lizzie Kate and couldn't believe she had sent me this older design, which I don't have!  This will definitely be stitched soon!

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Thanks Kim for such a great year of exchanges and I treasure all of the stitched goodies!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SALs and Crazy Challenges.....

La D Da "Live Laugh Love"

Here is my progress for my SAL with Lee during the last two Tuesdays.  I'm making pretty good progress for one day a week.  I promise I am not using neon green as it appears in the pic! 

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CHS -- Americana
BBD -- Moon Garden
BBD -- Their Song
BBD -- Autumn Silhouette
BOAF -- Bitter Flower Sampler
DT -- Real Roses
BBD -- Sunflower House
Primitve Needle -- Dampy Sod
Goode Huswife -- In a Bee Man's Garden
Goode Huswife -- The Bird Tree
Goode Huswife -- Tree of Life
Goode Huswife -- Peacock Sampler
BBD -- It's Berry Time
CHS -- Her Sampler
CHS -- Frederick

Well....I think that will do it!  I do want to start with a clean slate so I plan to pick up one my UFOs started this summer, Bent Creek's Cottage in the Sticks.  I would love to finish this one before the new year.

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Thanks for visiting my small space in the universe and for all of your wonderful comments on my ornaments. 
I hope you all have a great holiday season!

Monday, December 13, 2010

December ornaments....

My last installment of my Me, Myself & I ornament exchange.....
Sampler Girl "Early American Motif Ornament"-JCS 2009
Log Cabin Needlework's "Noel"--freebie
Primrose Needleworks "Faith, Hope & Peace"--JCS 2010

It was hard to narrow down my December choices, but I had some help from some friends. I had started the Sampler Girl ornament because I love primitive designs.   Faye was stitching the "Faith, Hope, Love" ornament last weekend at the stitch-in and I just had to come home and stitch it too.  I never really noticed it because of the colors in the model, but after seeing Faye's numerous variations, I decided to change the colors too.  What a novel idea!!!!  Lastly, I just needed one more and Sandy's freebie was just perfect.  I did change the colors for what I had closeat hand.  I also used some cute little buttons I had forthe flowers.  I love the way it turned out. 

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My prized stitch ornaments!

Did I really finish all these???? are most of them.  I couldn't remember all 33 I had at the time when I took the picture but this is the majority.  It was nice seeing them all together and ready to go on the trees.

Little tree in my kitchen....definitely my favorite.

Our big tree....pretty simple!

We collect Christopher Radko ornaments so hubby decided I would have to hang "my ornaments" after he hung those to make sure he enough room.  I love them too since we have collected them from our first Christmas together so I was happy to oblige.  Maybe one day I will become very industrious and put up my "own" big tree with just stitched ornaments.....we'll see!

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Playing with paper

Lastly I will leave you with some altered letters I made a couple of years ago.   I covered some wooden letters with scrapbook paper, ribbons and stickers.   I put magnets on the back so I could put them on my 'fridge... I still love them.

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Thanks for all of your wonderful comments over the last year as you obliged my monthly posting!  I do appreciate you taking the time to visit and leave a comment.  I do hope you are having a great holiday season with family and friends!