Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Staying warm and Stitching

 "Baked Goods" by Little House Needleworks
32ct Pecan Butter Lakeside Linens
Suggested threads.

Hello bloggers and Welcome. So far I have been ill all of 2013... I still have the cold part. I'm really feeling much better but still it's taking forever for the coughing to stop. And its been sooooo cold here in Antioch. We are not use to these temperatures of high 20's and low 30's. Burr. But today we did have sun. I have been staying indoors & keeping warm and stitching. 
Starting the new year,  I started and finished Baked Goods by LHN. I've been working on smalls mostly so far. I've also been watching Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year blogs (both 1 & 2). It's been amazing to see which chart everyone selected and to get to see their starts. No,  so far I am not participating. But I sure have loved all the posts:) When I see their pictures of starts (especially the colors) - they look so much more beautiful than the small photos of the charts for sale. So I've been going back and forth from Nicola's blogs to The Scarlet Letter website.. Have you noticed this too? Oh to get to see the samplers  being stitched? WOW!!!

 "Happy Elf Cake" by Brookes Books Publishing
2011 Christmas Ornaments JCS magazine
14ct plastic canvas - Threads: a variety of what I had on hand:)

Happy Elf Cake ornament I stitched Nov 2011. But I had not done any of the backstitching, beading or holly leaves & ribbons. It took me over 4 hours to finish it. The chart calls for perforated 14ct paper. I used the plastic canvas because that's all Michael's had. There is no way I could of stitched this on 14ct paper - it would of ripped on me for sure. I used 3 threads over one. Boy I don't know if I will stitch again on plastic. It hurts my fingers pushing the needle thru all the thickness of threads. But OH YES this was soo cute I had to make one. You can click on the picture for a closer look if you like. My mom did get to see this back then and she loved the Elf Cake:)

 "Santa's House" and "Poisettia House" 
by Country Cottage Needleworks
32ct Lambswool Jobelan
I am stitching Santa's Village by CCN. I'm participating in the SAL on Vonna's blog "Stitching Santa's Village". I don't know if their are still openings but I believe you can view the blog. I am stitching all the designs on one piece of fabric. There is one new chart per month for this series. So I get to stitch Christmas all year:)

Look at these Beautiful thread Fobs. Lee sent me these as a Christmas present and see the bobbin cards? Lee's husband Paul had made them in November last year. As soon as I opened her gift and saw the bobbin cards I cried....They are soo very special to me, and OH YES I love the Fobs she made me too:) Again you can click on the photo to see the fobs of Lee's beautiful stitching close up.
Thank you so very much Lee, I will  make good use of them.

Wishing you a Very Blessed New Year. With Love and Appreciation  - Annette