Sunday, December 14, 2014

iStitch Advent SAL Day 14, Round Robin and Ronin Rocks

Merry Christmas:
I received the December Robin, hosted by the lovely June.  My partner this month was Gracie:
Gracie - I LOVE it all - the lovely stitched basket of flowers, the heart charm, the butterflies and hearts teeny-tiny buttons, the fabric and the "Count Twice" pins you made.  THANK YOU!!

My Prince Charming (aka Ronin, my new grand baby) ROCKS!!!

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Saturday, December 13, 2014

iStitch Sew Advent Day 13, Catherine Parr, a Little Story

Day 13 - Hearts are merry:

I was a woman possessed - I HAD to finish Catherine Parr:

A little story:
In 2006, I was teaching painting on porcelain and one of my students' daughters was chairman of the ornament display for our Festival of Trees (a big fund-raiser for our local symphony). The idea was for people to purchase the ornaments, the proceeds going to the fund-raiser.  My student asked me if I would paint an ornament.  Wanting to support her and her daughter's efforts, I said yes.

Here is what I painted.
3.5 inches in diameter by 3 inches high

I know you can't see it well, the writing on the ornament is teeny-tiny.  I wrote the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" around and around and around the ornament.  It actually WON "Best in Show".

I was totally and utterly shocked.  Needless to say, < I > bought back my own ornament and it's now on our tree each and every year.  I hope my daughter will treasure it in the coming years, whenever she inherits it. ;0)

I hope you all are enjoying the season - 12 days until Christmas.  Wishing you all the best -

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Friday, December 12, 2014

iStitch Sew Advent Day 12, Catherine Parr and Christmas Ornaments

A sleigh and bells:
Catherine Parr just needs French knots for the center of the flowers on her sleeves and the background - then she's complete!

Here's some needlepoint ornaments I've made over the years that adorn our tree:
Yes, that's a little felt cow sticking out of a mini-stocking of cows.  I made this the year we moved to our farm and we got our first herd (of two).

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Thursday, December 11, 2014

iStitch Sew Advent SAL Day 11, Coasters and a Christmas Painting

Here we are - Day 11 of the Sew Advent SAL - snow flake and some hearts - I LOVE how this is coming along….

At the luncheon last Friday, we were to bring gifts wrapped, no name on who it was from.  Once you opened the gift, we were to guess who gave the gift.  If you were correct, you won a prize.  Mine was a delightful wine glass coaster.  You set your wine glass inside.  I was intrigued and  set out to make some myself.  TA-DA!!

LEFT: Back of coaster  RIGHT: top of coaster

I found a FREE pattern on Craftsy and used scrap material I had on hand.  My daughter likes them (which is a great review in my book ;0)).  They were quick, easy and make wonderful gifts, don't you think?

The Christmas before my mother became so ill, I was still painting on porcelain.  I love Christmas and horses and dogs and…..well, I digress.  I received a Christmas card with a colt on the front and he looked so cute and GUILTY, I had to paint it.  I thought it might bring you a chuckle as it does me every time I look at it.
4x3.5 inches

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holly, Tudor SAL and Christmas Tree

Day 10 iStich Sew Advent SAL added a little holly:

I picked up Catherine Parr and finished her hat, plume, collar of her dress and necklace and started the bodice of her dress.  This is turning out to be a very enjoyable piece to stitch and watch mature.
And last, but not least, I put up our little Christmas tree.  It was a bittersweet labor of love.
More stitching tomorrow - and a new project to start!  YIPPEE!

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

And the Stockings were Hung…..iSitch Sew Advent SAL - Day 9

Last year I wasn't in the mood for Christmas, Christmas decorations….nothing festive.  My dear mother had passed away a mere 7 weeks before and I was completely and utterly empty. The only decoration we had was a red candle on the mantle of the fireplace.

This year, I'm trying to get more in the spirit of the season. The needlepoint stockings I made for DH, my daughter, the dogs and myself are out of their storage place. They were hung with care:
And here is a heart flower for Day 9 of the Sew Advent SAL:

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Monday, December 8, 2014

iStitch Sew Advent SAL - Day 8

Looks like a little snow….

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~