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Merry Christmas

I participated in an ornament exchange with Wendy this year.  She sent hers early, but I had to wait to open it. Like all things this autumn/winter, finishing and sending Wendy’s ornament took longer than it should have. Here’s what she sent me:

425 Fresh Fallen Snow from Wendy 12 13It’s the gorgeous Fresh Fallen Snow by Little House Needleworks, which was published in the JCS 2011 Ornament issue. It was quite easy to verify the particulars, because this was on my list of ornaments to stitch–

to stitch list

I’ve got a few ornaments rated 10 before I move on to the ones I’ve rated 9 (or lower), but I don’t have to wait for this one. I’m so lucky! Thank you, Wendy. I love it.

Here is the ornament I stitched for Wendy. It arrived before Christmas, and we opened our packages sort of together on Facebook. That was nice. :)

425 Tweet Gift 12 13

A “Tweet,” Merry Christmas and Healthy, Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.

Happy Stitching. :)

Exchange Day Came Early

Because we couldn’t wait (kiddies, much?), because all ornaments had been received, the exchange moderator moved the opening day to yesterday. I gasped and squealed when I saw my giftie. It was on my to-stitch list. I’d admired it on other blogs. And now I don’t have to stitch it, or think about how I want to stitch it someday, because I have it! I’m thrilled to bits. Thank you, Carmen. :)

exchange from Carmen

Joy of the Snowflake by Litlle by Little from the 2011 JCS Ornament issue. How perfect is that trim? It’s whimsical and gives the ornament movement and life. Carmen attached it with matching beads.  Just gorgeous. Did I mention I love it? Because I do. :D

Here is what I stitched for Lyn, and previewed the other day–

Love was Born 12.11

She says she likes it, and I’m relieved. Exchanges always tie me in knots, which is why I don’t participate in them often. And then they’re over, and I’m so happy I did it.

Lizzie Kate, JCS Ornament issue from the 90′s, 32-ct shell linen, recommended fibers, flat finish. And stuff. I’ll likely edit it with proper info later, but you get the gist.

Happy Stitching! :)

Ornament exchange preview

I stitched an ornament for an exchange on a Yahoo group I belong to. The opening date is Dec. 20. I can’t show what I stitched until then, but I can have fun and show a preview here for myself.

This is sort of a picture of the back. The starry pattern is the fabric I used for the ornie back, and I did put our initials and the year on the back with blanket stitch. Really, though, I used a neon framing tool that eliminated the ornament’s image and changed the trim’s color and moved the initials to the center of the ornament. And now I realize how complicated that was, but I was goofing around and didn’t know what I was going to do until I did it. It was just a bit of fun.

Happy Stitching! :)

Thank you, Wendy!

I participated in an exchange on a Yahoo group I belong to, and Wendy was my partner. We had a bit of a scare, thinking the ornament she stitched me had gotten lost in transit, but patience won out. *PHEW!* Here is the ornament Wendy stitched for me:

I scanned the perfect fabric Wendy used for the back of the ornament, which I used as background for the picture. It’s so adorable. When the husband saw it, he exclaimed, “It’s Michigan!” It’s on our tree now, front and center so I can see it when I watch TV and/or stitch.

Thank you, Wendy. It’s terrific.

This is what I stitched for her:

Noel Stocking front and back 12.10

Vitals:
Souvenir of Paris Stocking. Designed by Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs, as appeared in Joyeux Noel book.
Stitched on 30-ct St Valentine’s Blend linen, as was the model.
Fibers as recommended except I used CC Black Coffee instead of WDW Caper.
Modifications: I used motifs from the design to stitch the back of the stocking, and used an alphabet from the Joyeux Noel sampler (Reproduction adapted by Barb Adams and Alissa Christianson) that appeared in the same book

It was a lot of fun to stitch. I enjoyed every minute of it.

It was a great exchange. I also loved the card Wendy handcrafted for me. Thank you, Wendy, so much. :)

Ornament exchange

I participated in an ornament exchange, and Milly picked my name.  I squealed with delight when I finally got to open my ornament.  I love Santa, and I love Carriage House Samplings, and I love Milly’s beautiful stitching.  How lucky am I??

Santa Toy Sign from Milly 12.08

I stitched an ornament for Nancy. One thing she said was that she likes Brightneedle designs. So do I!, so this was an easy pick for me to stitch.

To The a Very Merry for Nancy 12.08

I’ve been busy working on a gift for the husband, which he requested. I haven’t been doing anything else. “Don’t worry about it,” the husband says. “I don’t care when I receive it,” he says. Is he crazy? How long has he known me? Don’t worry about it. Yeah, right. I should have stitched him this, I think it would have been quicker, but I know he’d rather have what I decided upon.  As a hint, I will tell you it’s from this series, which I know the husband loves.   While searching for a page with the series, my status as a slow stitcher was confirmed.  This stitcher stitched six from the series and each of them took less than two weeks to stitch.  I’ve been working on mine faithfully for three weeks.  Well, four, but I lost a week of stitching time when I visited my guy, so I’m only counting three weeks.  I’m hoping to finish the piece this weekend, so I can take it in to get it framed on Monday, and hopefully, it will be ready before he goes back to California.  That’s my hope, my plan.  If not, well, I did my best.  Did I tell you he asked me to do this for him on Nov. 11?  I had nothing to go on.  I was in a panic.  I had planned to stitch him Missing You at a leisurely pace, not as a Christmas gift.  I couldn’t give that to him for Christmas, though.  It’s not really his style, and if he wants me to stitch him something, it’s got to be something he would like.  He asked me to stitch him something with a University of Washington logo (his alma mater).  I laughed.  How am I going to get a pattern like that in a timely fashion?  I could go on and on about the stress and anxiety that has visited me in the last month, but I’ve got stitching to do! ;)

Christmas Goodies

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We did around here.  My gift was tickets to see Wicked in Chicago in February!  Squeee!

I participated in an ornament exchange on Yahoo’s Bent Creek and Trilogy group.  Here’s the lovely ornament Nancy stitched for me:
Ornament from Nancy 12.07
It’s all over one.  Note the perfect lazy daisy stocking hanger (just to point out one feature of the beautiful stitching).

Here it is on my tree:
ornie from Nancy on tree 12.07

If I’d been more clever, I’d have made a point of including the pretty Santa ornament Melita stitched for me in July in the picture.   They aren’t very far from each other.  Alas, I’m not more clever. But, here’s a clickable thumbnail to remind you:
Santa from Melita 06.07

Here’s the ornament I stitched for Renee:
Ornament for Renee front/back 12.07
Bad pictures, sorry.  It’s Star of Wonder by Forgets-Me-Nots in Stitches, from the 2001 JCS ornament issue.  The fabric is lighter yellow than the model, and I changed the stitching colors b/c Renee said she likes those colors.  I like her colors, too, don’t you?

I also got some yummy stash!
stitchy-gifts-christmas-2007-425.jpg

Two charts from the French company, Tournicoton (now being carried by Down Sunshine Lane! *clap, clap*),  and a Kelmscott Needleminder, fabric to stitch GPA’s A Canadian Journey Sewing Necessaire, a French book of motifs and a book on temari! *sigh*  I love temari, but don’t hold your breath waiting for a finished piece! LOL :D

Here’s a toast for all of you, wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Received!

My exchange partner posted that she received her ornament on our Bent Creek group, so I can share with everyone.

Ornament for Carmen 06.07

Based on the “Christmas Ornament 2004″ design by Barbara L Rakosnik of Periwinkle Promises in JCS Ornament Issue, 2004. Stitched on 32-ct linen, I substituted queen stitches with star stitches, using DMC rayon floss.  And, you know, switched the red floss for white, and ivory fabric for red.  Hanger and tassels were made with RG Very Velvet floss. Alphabet on back by La Broderie (as usual, for me).  I love the backstitching design of this piece so much.  It’s not often I stitch a design more than once, but I’ve used that motif twice now.  The first time was in a biscornu for an exchange.

More…
I’m a member of livejournal’s cross stitch group.  I posted the wedding sampler I stitched for my brother and SIL there.  Now, two stitchers are stitching it, using the red-heart color change I did.  I believe they are both using three shades of red (in place of the gold)  rather than an overdyed floss like I did.  One is a wedding sampler, the other is stitching it as an anniversary sampler.  I am most flattered.  My brother called me, Terri A M, Super Genius.  We grew up watching Looney Tunes, you see. ;)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

On Yahoo’s Bent Creek Group, we had a mid-year ornament exchange.  We were under strict orders not to peek until today, June 25.  Not all of us were able to refrain from peeking.  I was on vacation, so I had my temptation removed. ;o)  I was excited, though.  I went to the Post Office to get my mail this morining, eager to see my ornie.  No mail.  :(  Wha?  I thought I said I’d pick up my mail on the Hold Request.  Now I had to wait until after 4pm for mail delivery.  Boo.  Hoo!  No fair!  I came back from vacation with a cold and a scratchy voice.  I wanted a surprise! >insert pouty tantrum here<

Finally, at about 5pm, the mail truck arrived.  There was my vacation mail, all bundled up with my Hold Request stating that I wanted to pick up my mail.  OK, I haven’t completely lost my mind. :D  I pawed through the pile of catalogs and bills looking for my package.  My secret exchange partner, Melita, had even added a note to the envelope reminding me not to open until June 25! 

Here is my lovely Santa: >clap, clap<

Santa from Melita 06.07  Santa back 06.07
My secret partner hasn’t posted about receiving her ornie from me yet.  I’ll have to wait to share my stitching.

Twice blessed

My post office finally decided to deliver my pkg. from the Bunny Trail exchange.  I have an awful post office.  Kathy sent me a basket full of goodies.  Yay for Easter eggs that are really CHOCOLATE!

easter basket

The basket included a beautiful card from her daughter, Alyssa, and one of Alyssa’s Beany Bears. Thank you, Alyssa! :)

Here’s a close-up of the adorable paperweight Kathy stitched for me:

bunny paperweight

Exchange sent and received

Well, aren’t I just Madame Posts-A-Lot this week?  I participated in a Bunny exchange on the Yahoo group For the Love of Stitching.  My partner, Kathy, received her pkg, so I can share a pic.  It’s from the Prairie Schooler Garden Gloves leaflet.  I loved stitching this and putting it together.  I hated sending it away.  It’s just so cute!  I wish I had time to stitch one for myself.  It was the first time I stitched with felt.  I had to learn how to cut out the pattern.  I had a few messy attempts before stumbling on instructions for using freezer paper.  Who knew? <shrug> Not me, LOL!  Anyway, it was fun, and I loved every minute of it.  It was stitched on 32-ct. Bo-Peep pink, and I changed the grass and sky colors, b/c I wanted something brighter and more pastel than the chart called for. 

bunny glove front back