Monday, December 23, 2013

Stitching and socializing....

Just a quick post before
all of the serious Christmas
celebrating is underway....

We had another sweet lady retiring at the
end of this month and I wanted to
stitch a little something for her.
I loved the BBD Peace ornament and thought
it would be a nice memento.   I did change
the colors since I didn't have all of the
called for on hand and am happy it.
BBD "Peace" --JCS 2013 Ornament issue
Stitched on 36ct PTP Earthen
with Sampler Threads and WDW
The verse is stitched in Pomegranate and matches
the chenille trim from Victorian Motto perfectly.
I really like this one and hope to stitch
it again for myself.
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Hubby and I just got back from Arizona and I
decided to take along this cute little
Christmas design.  Lizzie Kate is always
my go to designer when traveling since they
are so easy to pick up here and there.
LK "Ho Ho Ho in a Row"
Stitched on 14ct light blue with DMC
I had a piece of light blue aida in my stash
which was perfect.   I did take some liberties
with the design and changed the colors in the
snowman's scarf, ornament and the bottom row.
I think this was a first but I actually finished
this the last day of our trip!  Since I had my
sewing machine out I just had to get
it finished for this Christmas. 
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Some of the highlights of my trip were
visiting the Attic Needlework and
catching up with Tanya from The Scarlett House.

This  happened to be our anniversary so my
hubby was very sweet and let me shop
as long as I wanted.  The shop models were
amazing and it was hard to not come
home with a suitcase full.  

Ann Topley - 1802

I did pick up some needfuls and I was excited
to get Tanya's latest design.  My plan is
to make this one my New Year's Day start.
We had a great time in Arizona and can't
wait until we head west again.

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 Well...Christmas is calling and I
have plenty yet to do.  I hope all of you
are have a joyous holiday season!


  1. So glad you got a chance to visit The Attic! It is such an amazing shop! Love your LK finish. Merry Christmas Karen!!

  2. What wonderful finishes, Karen. My husband travels to Phoenix a few times a year on business, I hope to one day go with him and spend my day at The Attic while he attends to his business!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Isn't The Attic wonderful? I've been fortunate to go there twice though my second visit was less than an hour. Certainly not enough time!

    Love your finishes!

  4. I can't wait to hear all about it!!!!! And I know you gave Tanya a big ole Carolina ((hug))....

  5. If you come back here please let me know and I will meet up with you! I didn't know you were here until Tanya posted the pic on Facebook. Hope you had a great time it is a great shop!

  6. awww that is a lovely gift and the ho ho ho is sooooo cute ... and you got to shop as long as you wanted ...way to go and Happy Anniversary :)
    have a wonderful Christmas and a very Merry Stitchy New Year :) love mouse xxxxxx

  7. Gorgeous finishes, I love Ho Ho Ho in a Row, it's such a cute stitch. Sounds like you had a good trip.

  8. What wonderful finishes, Karen. Merry Christmas to you!

  9. Your finishes are lovely! Merry Christmas to you & your family!

  10. Did you use two over one on the 14 ct Karen? It looks great!
    Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas!

  11. I saw on fb that you had met up with Tanya. How fun, along with getting to shop The Attic. What a great hubby:) Love your stitched pieces too. Merry Christmas!

  12. Beautiful finishes! And how fun that you got to go to the Attic and see Tanya! I need to get that Ann Topley too. Looks so pretty! Happy anniversary! And Merry Christmas too!

  13. Merry Christmas Karen. L*K finish is wonderful.

  14. I really must get looking in the Ornament magazine... it is under a pile of stitching!! Love your BBD ornament and how the colors are--you done good! And I love the Ho Ho Ho one... I enjoyed stitching it too! I had NO idea the Attic was so big! I visited Salty Yarns this past summer, and they were impressive also! Have a Merry Merry Christmas!

  15. Beautiful finishes.

    Have a very Happy Christmas Karen.

  16. Lovely finishes! Your stash for Ann Topley looks great!

    Merry Christmas :)

  17. Both your ornaments are beautiful. Wow how cool that you got to go to the Attic and shop! Love what you are going to start for the new year.
    Merry Christmas, love Annette

  18. Lovely finishes and nice new stash. Merry Christmas!

  19. Merry Christmas Karen!
    Lovely finishes and stash. Arizona is pretty wonderful :)

  20. Merry Christmas Karen. I was thinking of doing that piece myself. I love the way it came out. Blessings to you in the new year.

  21. Great finishes, Karen! Glad you got to visit The Attic.

  22. Lovely ornaments. Merry Christmas - I hope we can meet sometime! Any great stitch shops near you?

  23. Such lucky coworkers! I love the colors you chose - it really looks peaceful. Ho-Ho is a fun and happy design. So glad you got to visit the Attic and join Tanya for some retail therapy! Glad you're home safe and sound, and hope the celebrations were fun and jolly! See you in the New Year!

  24. Sweet finishes! Your trip sounds so fun!

  25. Your LK finish is so bright and merry! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year :)

  26. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Karen!! The trip looks like it was a lot of fun. Lucky gal you got to go to a real needlework store!! Love the sampler you chose for your New Year's start. I always start a sampler too :D Beautiful BBD finish. I really like how the chenille matches that pretty rose colour!!

  27. Oh, you lucky girl--getting to visit The Attic!! Looks like a fun trip and I love your little finishes :)

    Wishing you every happiness in 2014, Karen!

  28. Tanya is a dear sweetie, and I'm jealous that you got to go to the Attic :) But I'm really happy for you!
    Dang-it! Your Ho HO Ho is beautiful, and I'm falling again in love with L*K and just placed an order now, I feel like I need to make another! LOL!

  29. So jealous!!! Wish I could pop to that shop, it looks like cross stitch heaven :) Great finishes too!!! Happy New Year!


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