Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009

I seriously doubt that I will see 2010 in. My tired ole eyes are getting heavier and heavier. You see, my stitchin buddy and I were at The Silver Needle in Tulsa to get the early bird special 25% off all purchases. So that means we have a 45 minute drive. We rolled into the store about 6:30 and stayed almost two hours. I stood in line to get some cuts of fabric then filled my basket with other goodies. So with that said, here's my last two projects for 2009. I had hoped to have them finished but no can do. So, they will be my first finishes in 2019.

Thetop one is the LHN monthly ornament FaLaLa. The bottom one is the December primitive floss tag from The Needle's Content monthly series.
Here's wishing all my blogging friends a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

2009 Christmas Ornament Challenge finishes

I participated in the 2009 Christmas Ornament Challenge this year. The goal was to stitch an ornament a month. I managed to complete 12 reindeer ornaments! It was a fun challenge and I enjoyed it very much. Hope you enjoy seeing them all in one post.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Nice surprise and All My Reindeer

One of the first stitchers I ever stitched for was Kathy A. We have become stitching friends and e-mail back and forth. Yesterday the mailman brought a surprise package from her. She sewed a nifty little zippered bag for more stitching "essentials". Isn't it great? I love it. The fabric is states of the U.S. and on the back is Oklahoma! How clever of her to include it. Thanks, Kathy. You are indeed a great stitching friend.
This year I joined a Christmas Ornament Challenge and chose reindeer as the subject of my 12 ornaments. Well, here they are plus a few from exchange friends. I really enjoyed stitching them and have lots more lined up. The ornament display holder is from my non-stitching friend Diane. She doesn't stitch, but she has a great love of any stitched project. Thank you Diane for my ornament holder.
I'm still snowed in. Hopefully tomorrow the streets will be better and I can get out. I'm getting some stitching done though!


Friday, December 25, 2009

Three cards for friends

These cards are for friends. They won't receive them until after the 25th, however Christmas extends to January 6th.

Oklahoma has a record snowfall this day. I'm staying in since I cannot get out of my driveway. So, darn it all, I've pulled the threads and cut the fabric for LHN's Fa La La. Looks like I'm gonna have to stitch!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Ornament Swap Round 3 for Amy

Amy e-mailed to say she had received the ornament exchange I sent to her. Best of all she said she loved it. I had a hard time decided what to stitch for her for this round. Then one day I saw some freebies from this blog These two jumped out at me because in Amy's profile she said she like nativity scenes. I think the ornie turned out quite well. Amy's photos are much better than mine, so pop on over and take a look see.
It's a blizzard here in Oklahoma. Weathercaster said this was only the third time we have had blizzard conditions in the state on Christmas Eve. I braved it and walked over to church for Christmas Eve service. The snow is deep and it's still coming down. Very unusual for us in this area. We usually get ice. So, it looks like an alone day for Christmas cause I can't drive in the snow and our city does not have the equipment to plow the streets. I'll do some serious stitching though.
Merry Christmas to you all.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ornament for friend in hospital

The front

The Back

Here's one of the last ornaments for the year. I gave it to a friend who is in the hospital and most likely will be there Christmas day. It's a freebie design from She has several designs similar to this one. I just love them and have printed off several. They work up quickly and you can dress them up accordingly.
Hope everyone has their shopping done and can sit back and put in a few Christmas stitches.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Two more ornaments

Here's my two ornaments for the great-nephew and great-niece. Like the first two I think they turned out pretty cute also. They are my version of It's Daffycat's Jingle and Holly reindeer. I sure hope the parents like them. Now I have one more ornament to stitch for an exchange. Was stressing over what to stitch for my partner, and then voila, today not one, but two designs jumped out at me. I will start stitching tomorrow and hopefully get it finished soon.
The bank trip to Ponca City was great. I was one tired puppy when I got home though. We did alot of stair climbing but it was worth it. This morning I slept alot later than normal and it took me all day to get up and moving. I should exercise like that more often! Have a great day.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Ornament Swap Rnd 3 from Meghan

I received this handsome fella in the mail today from a young stitcher, Meghan, for the Christmas Ornament Swap exchange. Meghan is a wonderful stitcher and finisher. The design is a JBW design. Earlier this year I stitched the fella in red. So, I now have two in Christmas colors. I just love this one. Thank you so much Meghan. He's a real beauty!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Another ornament for a friend

Another finished ornament tonight. I'm on a roll. I sure had a time of it with the beads. I hope my friend and gentle readers don't look too closely at my finishing. The design is from The Prairie Schooler booklet #150, titled December. I wanted to see what the chart looked like, so I stitched it up. Decided it was a keeper. Hope my friend, who shall remain nameless, cause her sister reads my blog, likes it.
Time for me to hit the hay. Looks like it is going to be a busy day at the Humane Society tomorrow.

First two ornaments

Here's the first of the ornaments for my great-nieces. I took quite a few liberties with It's Daffycat's Holly reindeer . I think they turned out pretty cute. Must get them in the mail tomorrow since I don't know if I'll get to see them at Christmas. These little girls live in Kansas, so the weather always makes their Christmas visit iffy. My camera batteries died as I finished this snap. I also signed the backs. I'll show it back on the other two since they are all alike. The great-nephew's is finished, now just one to go.

Have a great week. Tuesday I go on a bank trip to Ponca City to see the sights and have a bite to eat. Hope it's not too cold.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gift from Nicola

A few months ago I offered up several duplicate Prairie Schooler charts to give away. Nicola was one of the gals who got one of them. Look what I got in the mail this week as a thank you. Isn't it a pretty ornament? I love it because it's in traditional Christmas colors.

On the stitching front I've been working on the ornaments for my great-nieces and great-nephew. I'm making good progress and will definitely have them finished in time. I also stitched up a little ornament for my mom's tree. As soon as I have the finishing done I'll post.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chiloe's Christmas Giveaway

Aren't they just great? Chiloe is having a giveaway of this figurine duo on her blog. Pop on over to enter.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ornament finish

I teach kindergarten-first grade Sunday School at the local Lutheran church. It's a small congregation so this year I have one little girl in my class. She's pretty sharp and keeps me on my toes. One Sunday she was wearing a pair of Eiffel Tower earrings so I asked her if she liked the ET. She said yes. Well, I couldn't believe a six year old liked the ET so I asked her mom. Sure enough, she does. I decided right then and there that I would stitch BBD's stocking from Joyeux Noel. At this point in time I wasn't ready to tackle a stocking finish so I improvised. Here's the result. I hope she likes my version. It looks a bit misshapen. I think I may need to help it along. Wishing everyone a great week.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Gifts Between Friends exchange from Rosalie

The postman was really nice today. He delivered an exchange package from Rosalie. She stitched a Little House Needleworks design and included a chart, Rudolph, from Nora Corbett. Also included in the exchange were all the floss colors to stitch the chart, a beauty of a scissor fob, and a cute, cute, reindeer note pad. Thank you so much, Rosalie, I love it all. BTW, this is the second exchange I have received from Rosalie this year. Both pieces are beautifully stitched and finished.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Ornament Challenge, November& December Ornaments

2009 Christmas Ornament Challenge
November Ornament
Snow Deer
by Just Nan
32 ct Cinnamon Roll Linen
DMC, Overdyed Deer Silk, Kreinik #4 Braid
As soon as I saw this fellow I knew I was going to stitch him. I don't normally stitch with silk, but oh my, such a nice feel.
2009 Christmas Ornament Challenge
December Ornament
Holly Reindeer
by It's Daffycat
Silkweaver 28 ct Moon Dust Linen
DMC threads
Another design I knew I would stitch before the year ends. Matter of fact, I'm using this one for the great-nieces, and the companion design for the great-nephew's ornaments this year. The border should have DMC 814 in it, but I liked just the green, so I left it off this one. I may add it to the others.
Both designs were quick stitches, but it took me all day to day to do the finishing! Go figure.
Have a great evening.

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