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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year Wishes and Confessions

I know it's late but I'm sending wishes out to everyone for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

Now for my confession. I've put this off as long as I can so I'm just going to say it.

I did not finish my ornaments from my last post of 2009 and I did not send out Christmas cards.

I hang my head in shame. I could have made the ornaments and addressed the cards in an afternoon if I had actually set my mind to it. Didn't happen. Hope to do better this year!

So instead of sharing my finished ornaments, I'll share a couple of things that I did finish for Christmas this year and a few past finishes.

I offered to help my sister decorate a wreath for her friend's mother. We went to JoAnn's and Michael's to gather supplies and this is what we came up with: The Golden Reindeer Wreath.

Jenn decided she couldn't part with the wreath so she gave the Rustic Poinsettia Wreath that I made her last year to her friend's mother. I was just glad that she made a decision!

Next up, a small cross-stitch design for the Quilting Queen, my neighbor, Pat. Check out her blog, Quilting Can Be Fun.

It was a fun stitch. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed stitching Graph-It Arts designs, simple, yet detailed enough to be fun. At one time, Lynn Waters Buza was my favorite designer. I'd still buy anything she designed. Love her use of color, shading, and detail. I think Pat really liked it!

From a Graph-It Arts leaftet
Designer: Lynn Waters Buza
Stitched on white evenweave with DMC thread
Glass beads used for pin heads

Pat made a beautiful log cabin quilt for my hubby and me in shades of lavender, one of my favorite colors, and a darling little appliqued quilt for our cats. Each of the four squares has a basket of four cats. Our cats love it and take turns napping on it. I'll take pictures and post later. Both quilts are so cool!!! Thank you, dear Pat!

Here are a few Christmasy finishes from past years...

Graph-It Arts
Designer: Lynn Waters Buza
Stitched on Moss lugana with DMC and Kreinik blending filiment

Love the little basket with the french knot berries!

Happy Christmas
Designer: Shepherd's Bush
Stitched on raw linen with DMC fibers
Accented with clay heart buttons

Snowmen Melt Your Heart
Designer: Homespun Elegance
Stitched on raw linen with overdyed threads
Accented with charms, buttons, and beads 

A couple of close-ups to see the detail...Top half:

Botton half:

That concludes my first post of the year. Thanks for stopping by and spending a few minutes in my world.


Karyn said...

Wow! I love your finishes and gifts, you did great, my dear :) My confession goes along with yours...I didn't send out Christmas cards this year either. So, we are sisters in that :)

I think your friends and family are so very blessed to have someone as thoughtful as you in their lives, and that trumps ornie finishes and card mailings...IMHO.

Hugs and Happy New Year

Tammy said...

Hey, don't feel bad about that! I joined an ornament stitching blog this time last year and only did two, lol. But I really want to do more! Great Christmasy finishes from past--love the SB one! Thx for following my blog!

Pat said...

I really love your blog, and you do such nice work.

Julianne said...

Beautiful job! I love the colors.