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 ~


  1. Ooooh such a lovely story, and I love your ornament its marvelous :) Oooh your so clever :)
    Ho ho ho yes your advent SAL is looking wonderful, and stitching in white with little bits of red is really pretty :)
    Oh YES! The 12 days of Christmas hop is GREAT :)
    Smiles :)

  2. Oh Wow! Congrats on finishing Catherine, she's gorgeous Kim. Love your story you shared. I'm sure your DD will cherish it. I bet she expects to see it on your tree every year:) love Annette

  3. Your stitching as always is looking wonderful.
    I love the story of the ornament hugs.

  4. Great progress with the x-stitch Kim... & I do love your ornament and the story with it, how clever & I hope continues to add to Christmas Cheer in your family for years to come...

  5. Catherine is gorgeous!
    I love that story Kim. And the ornament. How awesome.

  6. Your Merry stitch it great. That was a lot of work to write The Night Before Christmas, around that ball ornament. Very pretty. Something to be cherished for sure! Congratulations!

  7. A beautiful ornament for your daughter to treasure

  8. Congrats on the finish! And congrats on winning - your ornament is absolutely gorgeous, and I can't believe you wrote that whole poem on it. It's teeny tiny! :D

  9. Congrats on the finish & your little ornament is beautiful! Definitely deserve a winning prize :) xxx

  10. Lovely stitching and a beautiful ornament too!

  11. Catherine Part is lovely and I just love the Night Before Christmas ornament!

  12. Wow! Your Night before Christmas ornament is so gorgeous, I love it and Catherine Parr, too, of course! SSF!

  13. Beautiful ornament and how did you not go blind painting it!? Congrats on your Parr-fect finish, too~ :D