Friday, December 16, 2011

Lucky 13......

My 13th finish in my Crazy Challenge....

Goode Huswife "In the Bee Man's Garden"
Goode Huswife "In the Bee Man's Garden"
Stitched on 35ct WDW Linen

Well my little pile is now down to two!  
This stitch wasn't as enjoyable as I had hoped
....not sure why.  I think it was because I was
nervous about the beehive, which is done in
a satin stitch.   It was the very last thing I did
and I have to say it truly makes this design. 
Once done, I realized again why I loved this one.

I just love the look of the beehive...

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I did take a  little break for some
Christmas stitching.

Scarlett House "Jingle"
The Scarlett House "Jingle All the Way"
Stitched on 40ct PTP Swamp
w/Victorian Motto threads

After seeing Tanya's finish at the Pals Retreat
in October, I couldn't wait to stitch this one.  
My favorite part is the fabric she used so I
decided to treat myself and I am so glad I did. 

Vonna (Twisted Stitcher) had the perfect
finish for this one and I hope to recreate
her magic myself with some coordinating
ricrac and a rusty jingle bell.

I love this fabric too! 
Mine is more of a mossy green, which
I love.   The entire time I was stitching I kept
seeing some type of white Christmas tree
design on this fabric so I am off to
search out the perfect design
to complement this finish. 

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Now that Christmas is fast approaching it is time
for my favorite part of the holiday season!  
Yes....time to make the
"My LNS After Christmas Sale Wish List"!  

Each year at this time, I go through my stash
to  list my stitchy needs....and wants!  
I check it twice and then wait
anxiously for the big day to arrive....
the day after Christmas!   

Oh I get excited just thinking about it!

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As always, thanks for visiting my
little bit of the world. 

And in the spirit of Christmas,
do something nice for someone today!


  1. Love the beehive finish!!! I don't think I've ever seen that one before!

    And that Christmas one is so cute!! Great fabric!

  2. Your beehive piece is beautiful! I do love that satin stitch on the hive. And Jingle is gorgeous too! I want to stitch this one someday too. I love that fabric!

  3. Congrats on another finish Karen. I just got out "Jingle" yesterday and plan on working on it while I'm off work - love yours and I'm also planning on using red instead of the mahogany color. Have fun making your new stash list!

  4. Congratulations on another gorgeous finish!!!!! The beehive is awesome!!!!
    I love your green fabric on "Jingle All the Way"~~ Can't wait to see your finish!!!

  5. Lucky 13 Karen! The beehive is so very pretty - I have that on my To Do Someday List. Beeskeps are one of my favorite motifs. You've done much better than I with your Crazy Challenge List - I think I'll end up with 5 or 6 finishes...oh well, there's always next year.

  6. I have both of these patterns in my stash. Yours look so beautiful. You are right, the satin stitch makes the pattern. It is perfect for the hive.

  7. Love both of the finishes! You have done well with the challenge.

  8. I love both your finishes! You did a fantastic job on the satin stitch, and it does make the beehive look great!!

  9. Congrats on your 13th finish. I managed 13 as welwillie 11 of them from the 2011 15 challenge. Your finishes are awesome and the beehive is great.

  10. Congrats, Karen! 13 finishes!Wow! Beehive is wonderful. And, next year's challenge? Super stitching.

  11. Cogratulations on "Lucky 13"! You must feel such a sense of accomplishment!Your fabric for Jingle All the Way is just beautiful. Can't wait to see how you finish it! I'll also be anxious to see what you purchase from you LNS during the sale.
    Linda C.

  12. 13 out of 15, and still 2 weeks left in the year! Congratulations, both finishes are beautiful. I can't believe how smooth and even your satin stitch came out!

  13. Good job on the challenge finishes...And all that satin stitching truly makes this piece...Way to go~~

  14. Wow Karen! Congrats on getting 13 of your 15 Crazy Challenge pieces finished! I'm going to give the challenge a go this upcoming year! That beehive is magnificent!

  15. You did a great bob on the beehive; no wonder you like this design so much! and Number 13, plus all the ornaments you've made this year - wow!

  16. Well done on number 13, your stitching is so lovely and i just love all your ornaments and stitching.
    Have a lovely Christmas Karen.

  17. The wonderful finish! I love this design!

  18. Two beautiful finishes, the green fabric really makes the Jingle Bells design pop, looking forward to seeing how you finish it

  19. Beautiful finish, and yes the satin stitch does make it :@ Glad you love it again.
    LiBBiE in Oz

  20. wooo hooo on no 13 .. it is gorgeous :) love the beehive as you say it just makes that piece .... and the jingle bells on the hand dyed is just fab :) can't wait to see your take on the make up :)
    can't wait to see your list tooo :) love mouse xxxxx

  21. Congratulations on #13 finish. Jingle Bells is adorable. Have fun making that list and anticipating the big day!

  22. Fantastic finish, Karen! I have this in my stash to do--now seeing yours makes me want to push it to the top of the list. Great job!

    I can't wait to see what you get at the after Christmas sale! :)

  23. Oh, your 13th finish looks wonderful, Karen--beautifully stitched as always...

    I love the fabric you've used for Jingle All the Way--perfect choice :)

  24. Thirteen! Wow. Good for you. Love the mossy green fabric in your Christmas stitch.

  25. Oh, Karen, you are my idol! LoL! I am amazed at all you have gotten done during this challenge. I have enjoyed every finish! :) Your beehive is beautiful--I LOVE satin stitch.
    I will be having to get that Jingle design as well..I loved it ever since laying eyes on it! I don't care that it won't be done for this is a favorite.
    Have a wonderful weekend! Can't wait to see your plans for the upcoming stitching year.

  26. Congradualtions on the beehive finish it looks gorgous just like all your stitching.
    I can't wait to see your finish on Jingle all the way and I also love the fabric you used.
    Merry Christmas

  27. Two great finishes. Looking forward to seeing Jingle finished up.

  28. Congratulations on your 13th finish! It is stunning!
    Love your Jingle all the way too! Great fabric color!

  29. Congratulations on your finish Karen. It is gorgeous.

    Love your Jigle All the Way. That fabric is lovely!

  30. Wow - I'm so impressed with 13 finishes! Do you think you would have done it without the Challenge? That hive is gorgeous, but I'm not surprised. You do beautiful work! Love the Jingle, too. Have you seen Sue Hillis Peace Tree from a JCS ornament issue - 2009 I think? I did it on natural, but it would be lovely on this green.

  31. The satin stitch on your beehive turned out great! It really looks so nice.

  32. Your Bee Man is fantastic, I love this one too and love mine on my wall! You will too ;o)
    Your "Jingle all the Way" is perfect! Can't wait to see your finish!

  33. I love bees and especially your sampler, just lovely.

  34. Love your Bee Man's Garden finish and what a cute ornament Jingle all the Way is going to be!

  35. Ooooo, the beehive is a stunner. I really really really need to stitch this one day, seeing as the hubs keeps bees, yes?

    Love the fabric choice for Jingle too!!!!

  36. Love the finish, its absolutely gorgeous!

  37. Now why were you afraid of a little beehive? It turned out great and I agree, it makes the design.
    It's so much fun to see that you stitched Jingle. Isn't that fabric the coolest?
    Have a very Merry Christmas, Karen!

  38. Congrats on your latest finish! That beehive is amazing! It really stands out in the design.
    Love Jingle too! It's such a cute stitch.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  39. Love, love, love the Bee Man. Very nice!

  40. Stunning! LOVE the effect of the Satin Stitch :o)

    That is a cute design and I just LOVE it on that color fabric. Yum! I can't wait to see it finished.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas :o)

  41. Oh, that beehive sampler is gorgeous! What a beauty!


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