Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Finished - what a relief!!!

Yes friends, it is a real relief to have this project finished.

I fell in love with 'Matter's Choice the moment I saw it and just had to have it. Of course I never checked the symmetry of the pattern as I never doubted it. Little did I know how many adjustments I would have to make along the way.

Now I know that many of you are saying - "Oh Margaret get a life!!" However, those of you who know me, know I won't be happy unless a symmetrical piece truly is exactly that. That is what this hobby is all about isn't it - making us happy?

Well folks, it's done and I am HAPPY and very relieved that my changes worked. I just wish that the colors of the picture were more true to life as they give this piece such a lovely old fashioned look.

'Matter's Choice by Carriage House Samplings
stitched 1/1 on 25 ct New Khaki Lugana
with DMC 3750
started 05/12/2010 - completed 12/27/2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Eve

There are so many ways to start preparing for a wonderful Christmas Eve. Here are a few of them.

Receive a lovely Christmas ornament especially made for you by a dear friend. Thank you Harmien - I love it!

Make your very first speculaas pop. I made the dough and DH did the rest. Yes friends I'm a very lucky girl to be married to a talented guy who enjoys preparing for Christmas just as much as I do. We will be making several more poppen to give to neighbors as Christmas gifts.

Complete a piece entitled - you guessed it - 'Christmas Eve'. I dyed the fabric with coffee, tea and every suitable spice I could find in the pantry to give it the perfect color. It smells fantastic! I will not be able to finish finish it before Christmas Eve because the tray I made it for needs a little more work.

'Christmas Eve' by Prairie Schooler
stitched 1/1 on 18 ct hand-dyed Aida
with the required DMC floss
started 11/17/2010 - completed 12/21/2010


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Cherub for Colleen

About half an hour ago I finished "Cherub with Tree" for my SIL Colleen's birthday. Her birthday isn't until June but since we will probably be traveling to see them earlier in the year I wanted to have it finished very early. Just after the holidays I will have it mounted and framed so that it is ready to travel when we are.

The pattern is a freebie from Mirabilia. The finished piece is 6 x 6 inches. It was a joy to stitch this sweet angel but a lot more work than the size would lead you to believe.

"Cherub with Tree" by Nora Corbett
stitched 1/2 on 32 ct waterlily lugana
with the required DMC floss, Kreinik Metallic Threads & Mill Hill Beads
started 11/03/2010 - completed 12/15/ 2010