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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!



Happy New Year Everyone!!! I just finished this little project which was number 90 in my 'completion list' for the year. That includes 15 projects for the month of December!! I have lots of stitched pieces to share with you in the coming days. I was considering my list of accomplishments and was amazed at all the entries. I do encourage all stitchers to keep a list of what they have made during the year. I use an Excel spreadsheet but any list would work.

I wish only good things for the coming year to each and every one of you.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A very Happy Surprise

















I found a surprise in my mail box today. A friend made this for me. I scissors case with my name on it. AND IT IS PURPLE!!!!!! I am so happy with this. My friend has gone head over heels into machine embroidery and makes all kinds of neat and nifty things. I am very happy with my big surprise.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Chillary



Another icicle by Just Nan. This one is named Chillary. I added the name to the back so I will remember the name. I completed the stitching but I haven't put it together just yet.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Finish



Meet Frozie. This is a quick and easy cross stitch icicle. Designed by Just Nan and it is purple!! I have several of these to do but the purple one had to be first. She now hangs on my tree.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!


















Jingle by Just Nan. This is a tin topper and biscornu. I did these this week. They finished up nicely. I loved the velvet ribbon around the top of the tin. These projects are so much fun.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Oriental Splendor

















I have the stitching done. I am working on the finishing. This is an ornament from this year's Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue. By Cindy Valentine, I love the colors and the ease that this went together. The colors don't show up here as well as I would like. It will be a large ornament. Perhaps I will use it as a door handle decoration. I am also making kits for our ornament kit exchange.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Need a good cry?


Awwww -- sniff * sniff * I started this book at 7:30 this morning and finished it this afternoon. It is a wonderful Christmas story. I try to find one of these books every year for the holiday. This book was highly recommended by Richard Paul Evans (one of my favorites) and it is a great read. I can't say enough good things about the book. I don't want to give any details away but it is a great story. Redemption has a lot to do with it. I wish every 12 - 15 year old would read this and totally understand it.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mittens, Mittens





This is Mitten Men by Just Nan in a Whimzi frame. These are so quick, easy and so much fun.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's a summer flashback


It's the good ole summer time, the good ole summer time...... La La La..... and LOL. I did this for a friend for her birthday. Punch needle is not my first choice and I had all kinds of trouble doing this. My friend loves watermelon and has a whole room devoted to her collection. I happen to know that she doesn't have anything quite like this. The bottom of the basket has felt designed to look like watermelon. The little piece is on a small altoid tin. The top fits over the basket. Having a birthday at Christmas time seems to be difficult for whoever it affects. We do try to make sure our birthday gifts have nothing to do with the holidays. I think I did that. LOL. I actually stitched this back in November but I didn't dare share the photo until I gave the gift today. I didn't want to spoil the surprise.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Roly Poly Santa


This is Roly Poly Santa designed by Heartstrings and adapted by Mimi Shaw of the Silver Needle. This was a kit I purchased years ago. He is done with all kinds of specialty threads such as Very Velvet, Fuzzy Stuff, Faux Fur, Angora and Frye Works all by Rainbow Gallery. I am surprised that I don't have any blisters from all the pulling it took to do this one. He will be made in to a stand up doll at some point. For now he will be displayed on my sofa pillow.

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Hillside Sampler


















An Alphabet Sampler Necessities bag and needle book. I stitched this back in 2005 and just got around to doing the finishing work. It is quite cute. The needlebook is quite handy actually.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Lookie what I found!!

I found these pieces of felt at a local hobby shop. It is printed felt. I can see using this to finish off a Christmas ornament with some thing other than plain colored felt. Size would matter but I was pleased to see this.

Monday, December 8, 2008

It is All Jeanne's Fault

















For my birthday, Jeanne gave me a book entitled 200 braids to twist, knot, loop or weave by Jacqui Carey. I did a bit of shopping this morning and then spent the afternoon looping, twisting and knotting. I am not sure what I will do with these. I have to stop.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

It's done


















It is done. Just Nan's Christmas Biscornu. Actually this is the second one I have made. I did one last Christmas also. It is dated and it will be a gift. I did learn something. I stitched the edges until I had two sides left. Then I stitched the little bell buttons on the outside and the main middle buttons in place. Then, and only then, did I stuff it. Most directions say to stuff and then try to pull the middle tight. This method seems to work a lot better. Just an idea.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Just Nan Part Two


This is the second part of the Christmas Biscornu. This side refers to snowflakes. Once again, I don't like that the beads don't show up very well.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Just Nan Part One


This is the first side of Just Nan's biscornu. The pretty beads don't really show up much. This side is Christmas trees and the next one is snowflakes. Hopefully that one will be done soon.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Flossie Claus



Every Santa needs his Mrs. This is Flossie Claus which was also a limited edition kit from Lizzie Kate. I did the stitching years ago and just this weekend did the work to finish her up.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Needle Nick


I was doing some cleaning in my craft room and look what I found. This is Needle Nick, a limited edition kit from Lizzie Kate that I stitched many years ago. He just needed to get the finishing touch. So I did.