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Snow Love, So Sweet!

First finished ornament

If you read my post yesterday, you saw that I was working on creating my first ornament (other than a pillow ornament).  Well this is the finished product.  I am very pleased with how it turned out and after all the stressing I did about cutting up the stitched piece, it wasn’t so bad after all.  The pattern is “Snow Love” by Country Cottage Needleworks.  I stitched it on 16ct Dirty Aida and hand painted the snow with acrylic paint.  I used The Twisted Stitcher tutorial for making a flat ornament and the instructions were quite easy to follow.  I did have a bit of a problem creating the hanger as the cord I purchased was a little too thick to tie into a knot.  That is the reason for my ribbon bow on the top of the hanger. So next time I will try to create a cord from DMC floss.  Have never done that before.  But I am very happy with my first ornament and  I can definitely see me making more in the future.  And this ornament can hang out all winter and into Valentine’s Day 🙂  It’s such a sweet pattern.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  Enjoy the day with your family and friends as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  Love and hugs to all!

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Stitchy Progress, Ornament Attempt And A Real Finish!

Whew!  Lots of stitching going on!  First, my attempt at an ornament.  I stitched Country Cottage Needleworks “Snow Love” about a month ago, but have been putting off turning it into an ornament.  I was so afraid I was totally going to ruin it.  And while it is not done yet, it is going ok so far.  Here are some photos:

Snow LoveSo here is the finished stitching.  And today I began the process of turning it into an ornament.  If all goes as planned, I will make more for next year.

Snow love ornamentI think it is turning out pretty well!  Right now the front is being glued to the back and is sitting under a stack of encyclopedia’s.  The pattern called for 32ct Petit Point Linen in Raw/white.  That fabric already has the snow dots on it.  But since I am not a fan of 32ct, I stitched mine on 16ct Dirty Aida and then painted with snow with acrylic paint.  Turned out pretty sweet if I must say so myself 😉  Once the pieces are dry, I will add some cording to finish it off.  I will post another photo of the finished product when it is completely done, hopefully later today or tomorrow.

Now onto my stitchy progress on Siren and the Shipwreck:

Siren progressThis mermaid has been a joy to stitch.  I love the colors and I am hoping for a finish this year???  Probably a lot of wishful thinking, but it’s a goal.

And lastly, my final finish on Angel of Grace:

Angel of Grace finished

I finished stitching this back in January, and didn’t get it fully finished to give to my Mother for her birthday this summer.  So I finished it this week, sewing the rod pocket, finishing the bottom into a point and adding the tassel.  I think my Mom is going to love it as she loves Angels.

So that’s it for me today.  Do you have a finish or are close to a finish for this year?

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Mermaid Tail!

Look who came out to play this week!

Siren and the Shipwreck updateMy mermaid tail on Siren and the Shipwreck by Mirabilia.  I can’t believe it has been since June 2013 that I started her.  I am loving the colors and the Waterlilies are a dream to stitch with.  So silky smooth!  I am just about done the tail and will move up to her body.  She has kept me sane this week.  Busy, days lead to relaxing stitching at night.  I may not put her down for a while.

I completed steps 3-6 on the Passione Ricamo SAL #4 and am so proud of myself for keeping up this far 🙂  I am all set until January 2015 when the next step comes out.  Here is how it looked before I put it away:

 SAL #4 progress

So that is my progress for this week.  What have you been stitching on?

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Small Business Saturday Shopping

My oldest son and his girlfriend came to visit last weekend, so we decided to spend Saturday in a little downtown area of Farmington Hills, MI.  We visited lots of shops and contributed to each for Small Business Saturday.  Of course I had to stop at the Rocking Horse Needlework shop and give a little love there, too 😉  Just love going to that shop and seeing all the beautiful stitchings on the wall, from floor to ceiling.  I picked up a few things while I was ogling gorgeous finished pieces:

Small business stash

Nora Corbett’s 2 newest patterns, Geranium and Mermaid Verde and their bead packs.  Hubby and I also found the little Fairy Dust piece finished and hanging on the wall and thought it was quite cute.  So I picked it up to stitch for him.  I have been wanting to stitch a Nimue pattern. It should be a cute, quick stitch and maybe I can get it done for him for Christmas.  Now to dig into my fabric stash and find the perfect fabric for her.  What are you stitching on today?

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I’m Fitting Stitching in When I Can…

Hi! I can’t believe that the holidays are upon us!  I know that Christmas will be here before I know it, and I am behind in everything.  But I am not stressing.  I will do what I can, when I can and what gets done is good and what doesn’t, doesn’t.  That is my frame of mind right now.  I probably won’t get very much holiday stitching done again this year, but that just means I try harder for next year, right?  As long as I get stitching in 🙂  So, what have I been working on?  The Passione Ricamo SAL #3.

PR SAL 3 progressI really, really love stitching on this piece, but it may be time for a break.  I recently had to rip out the words “Fairies Dwell Here..” and the tree to the right of it and the box on the bottom right.  When I switched pages between the “r” in Fairies, I dropped down a line and and added an extra stitch.  So when I stitched all the way across and started connecting the tree top to the upper tree, things were off a stitch up and to the right 😦  I couldn’t find my mistake and had to ask dear hubby to help.  He found both of my mistakes.  So the ripping out began.  But it is all just about put back in and it’s looking wonderful.  On Friday I received steps 3-6 of Passione Ricamo’s SAL #4.  Here is how that one is looking after step 2, minus the beading.  I will save that until last.

PR SAL 4 progress

This one is going to be a mermaid!!  So excited for this one and I am hoping to keep up with the steps on this one.  A also finished stitching my first Christmas ornament of this year and have purchased everything I need to finish it into an ornament.  Usually I just make pillows, but this year I am going to try my hand at a real finish.  I will post when I get it done.  I also added a few new things to my stash thanks to shopping Small Business Saturday this last weekend.  I will post those next time also.  So, what you are you stitching for the holidays this year?

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