Saturday, December 22, 2012


December 12, 2012...
our 20th wedding anniversary....
We decided to take a trip to Texas and explore the
Hill Country.  It wouldn't be a "vacation" for us if
there wasn't a park, forest or desert involved. 
Here we are at the Enchanted Canyon right
outside of Fredericksburg.   The stars at
night are said to be beautiful but it was a tad
too cold for us to find out.   We did have a good
time and enjoyed our time together!
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Anytime we travel, I always start a new Lizzie
Kate project since they are so easy to stitch.  
I recently acquired the Snow Belles
(thanks to a visit to the Spring Robin earlier this fall)
and decided to start the first one.  

Lizzie Kate "All Dressed Up"
Stitched on 28ct khaki evenweave
w/ DMC

That snowman was so much fun to stitch I
decided to stitch him twice!   I had my fabric
oriented incorrectly so it soon became obvious
that I was running out of fabric.  Not a good idea
to start something new at 6:00 in the morning! doesn't take as long to rip it out as
it does to stitch it.  I plan to make these into
small pillows to keep my fat men company. 
One down....five to go!
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We had some free time in San Antonio so I was
 able to visit Stitches from the Heart.   They had a
lot of great stitched models to drool over.  The
best part was the "Texas" section with a variety
of  designs about Texas from Texas.

I picked up these two ornaments from Redbird
Designs.  If memory serves me correct, you can
only find her stuff in Texas.   I know I purchased
another Texas ornament years ago at another
shop in San Antonio.   I thought these were
just too cute to pass up and hope to stitch
for next year as a reminder of our trip.
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Well...Christmas is almost here and I hope
you are ready!  We start our celebrations
tomorrow so I am ready for some good food
and fellowship with our families.   I wish you
a very Merry Christmas and hope you
find time for a little stitching too!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

On the 1st day of Christmas....

....I was busy!

Penelope from Beehive Needleworks posted a sweet Christmas freebie on Friday.  I had linen and thread at hand so I stitched it up.

 Beehive Needleworks "Christmas Wishes" freebie
stitched on 32ct linen w/ Victorian Motto

I just couldn't put this one away so I gathered my finishing supplies and came up with this.  (Faye...your blog offers the most wonderful inspiration for finishing!)  I just love the red ticking fabric!   I think I can see more "red" stitching in my future.

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Since my sewing machine makes limited appearances, I tackled  some earlier finishes that have been anxiously waiting some dressing.

With Thy Needle "Friendship Samplers"

With Thy Needle "Autumn Splendor"

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Tanya from Scarlett House offered this memento at the Pals Fall Fling and I just had to stitch it after seeing Faye's, Michele's and Charlene's finishes.

Stitched on 25ct Mocha Vintage
over one w/DMC

This little design seemed to take forever....that sand and water were a killer.

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And lastly, I have stitched two ornaments from the new JCS Ornaments issue and they are now ready to hang on my tree.

Glory Bee "Joy to You 2012"
stitched on 32ct. coffee-dyed linen w/DMC

Stitcherhood "Christmas Morning"
stitched on 32ct coffee-dyed linen
w/Victorian Motto

If you made it this far, thanks for visiting.   I do have two more finishes that require finishing with a special touch so I hope to tackle those today.   Fingers crossed I don't ruin them.

I hope you have are having a great weekend...
happy stitching!