Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Finale

The year is quickly coming to a close so I wanted to take this opportunity to post some of my final projects. Earlier this year I stitched With thy Needle & Thread's  Hilda's Alphabet Brew. It was such a fun stitch that when Letters For Santa was released, I knew I'd be stitching this one, as well.

There is another sampler pillow, House of Blues & Browns. I just know that I'll be fitting it into my rotation sometime next year!

Here's my final ornament for the year. It's a Plum Street Sampler design from the 2012 Just Cross Stitch Special Christmas Issue.

Good Tidings and Great Joy
40- count Vintage Tundra Newcastle from Lakeside Linens
Gentle Arts Sampler and Shaker Sampler Threads

I'm so happy that I decided to photograph this piece before sending it off to the finisher, LOL!!!  Have you noticed my error???

 OOPS!!!  I forgot to stitch the "Y" and "Z".  Better correct that before the clock strikes twelve!!! This is Threadwork Primitives' Holly Sampler Pouch. Because it's so "gray" here today, the colors are just not showing up as they should. It's a really beautiful piece and hopefully that will show up next time. 

I have so enjoyed reading all of your blogs this year and appreciate all the support that you've shown mine. I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!!! There are so many beautiful new designs out there that I want to stitch and I can't wait to share them with you.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Baby, It's Cold Outside!!!!

 It indeed  is cold here today in the sunny Midwest. While our neighbors to the North have experienced snow, we have not had any.  We're heading for a record for going the longest without any snowfall  if we get to the 16th of December.  I'm still hoping to have some by Christmas.

I've taken advantage of the sun today to snap some photos of recent finishes. Up to now, it's been very gloomy and I've not been able to do so.

Threadwork Primitives
Be Ye Merry
32 count Belfast Clay

I always look forward to stitching Nan's designs. This one just says "Christmas" to me!!! 

Milady's Needle
Partridge in a Pear Tree
40 count heritage Newcastle linen from Picture This Plus

The 2012 Just Cross Stitch Special Christmas Issue had such pretty ornament this year. This is from this issue. Each year I stitch an ornament  from the song  "The Twelve Days of Christmas". I'm hoping to have a tree full of them some day.

Blackbird Designs
30 count Abecedarian blend linen 
R&R Reproductions

Oh my goodness. As soon as I saw this design, I knew I had to stitch it!  I think that it's just lovely and I plan on keeping it out all year!!!  Here's the back:

The Marking Samplar
Christmas Collection
A Christmas Sampler
34 count Legacy Cafe su Lait
Belle Soie Berry Cobbler

Don't you love these little sampler ornaments!  I'd love a collection of these, as well!

Heartstring Samplery 
Baby, It's Cold Outside
35 count Weeks Cocoa

I hesitated to share this picture with you because it just doesn't do justice to the piece. The Coco fabric is a rich color with red modeling throughout that works perfectly back to the Pomegranate color of the house.
It was a really fun piece to stitch.

Lastly, it wouldn't be a post without a picture of my latest Word Play. This is just the cutest piece. I have one more to go and that's January. I think I'm going to miss stitching this series every month.

I have a few more surprises and hopefully will be able to post before the end of the year.  Until then,  I'm wishing you and yours the merriest of holidays.