Sunday, December 14, 2014

'Tis the Season

No time for blogging. I'm busy stitching ornaments!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

O Christmas Tree

Over the years it seems like the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas just gets busier and busier. There's less time for holiday decorating every year. One of my least favorite things is dragging the Christmas tree out from under our steps, trying to figure out how to put it together, making sure the lights know the drill. Once the tree is up, we then need to keep an eye on the dogs. Their wagging tails have destroyed a few ornaments over the years.

On Friday, I found the perfect solution...Michael's had this four foot realistic looking tree on sale for $20. It fits on top of our table that sits in front of the window (no more wagging tails!) It was lightweight, easy to put together, and the perfect size to hold many of my favorite handmade ornaments.

Many of these ornaments were made by stitching friends. Years ago, I participated in several ornament exchanges. So many of these ornaments were stitched and finished by someone special. I've made a few of them too!

Here are some of my favorites.

Such good memories!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New York, New York

No stitching to share with you; I've been traveling a little bit...

Made a quick trip to New York for work. Was there less than 24 hours. Stayed at the Marriott Marquis at Times Square. My room had a great view!

We had a little extra time to check out Times Square...

And then we walked down to Rockefeller Center to see the giant Christmas tree and the ice rink (it's not as large as it seems when you see pictures on TV. The tree had scaffolding all around it, so no pictures.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art...

Walked past Radio City Music Hall...

And one more look at Times just a few weeks this area will be packed with people ready to watch the ball drop and ring in the New Year!

After our work event, we enjoyed "The View" from the top of the Marriott. The restaurant/lounge revolves for a 360 degree view of the city!

It was fun to visit New York again, even though we were there such a short time!

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Hardanger Finish

For the past year or so this has been my traveling project. I would work on it in places where I knew the light wasn't going to be particularly good. Or I would take it with if I thought there was going to be lots of good conversation - with this project I didn't have to concentrate so closely on my stitching.

Now it is finished...

Hidden Charm from Satin Stitches

Making soup for tomorrow and stroganoff for tonight's supper. We're expecting a major winter storm tomorrow. Our first of the season!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Ukrainian Whitework

Earlier this year I took a Ukrainian Whitework class with Terri Bay of Terri Bay Needlework Designs. This week I stitched the backside of the ornament and finished it up. The design is called St. Paul Snowdrift. Terri's instructions are so easy to follow. This was an enjoyable stitch.

The ornament will look stunning on this year's Christmas tree!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Bee Pouch

Here's my recent finish...The Bee Pouch designed by Barbara Jackson. This was one of the classes I took at Celebrations.

The back of the pouch is personalized. I need to point out to my friend Chris that both of these label's are finished with the nun's stitch. Ha!

Inside of the needlebook and backside of the scissors case. Dear Chris, the scissor's fob is edged in nun's stitch too! I'm not sure why Barbara put ecru cording on the needlebook and green cording on everything else, but as you can see, I followed her lead! I don't like to deviate!

And the entire set one more time.

All of the eyelets are stitched and my Hardanger piece is ready for class next Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, October 20, 2014


Not the most perfect picture, but you will get the idea....

I've been working on some pre-work for a Hardanger class that I will be taking in a couple of weeks. I still need to do my eyelet stitches. Looking forward to learning how to do a lacy edge!

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