Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Belated New Year!!!

I can't believe how fast the day's have flown by since the Holiday's! I also can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post! I hope I can keep up on the posts more often. It's been pretty busy since the fact ever since Christmas Eve, I've been nonstop. The good thing is I've been able to do a lot of stitching :)

The Holidays went smoothly. My Mom and Stepfather came here for the Holidays! It was so nice to have them stay with us for a long weekend. The whole family went to my Sister & BIL's place to celebrate Christmas and a good time was had by all! Lot's of visiting and eating, and more eating.......I don't think I've baked so many sweets in one Holiday and my Mom brought all her baked goods too! Talk about sugar overload - I'm just starting to see my counters again as each container gets consumed or taken to work for others to enjoy!

Well let's see....On the stitching front I've been stitching some secret stuff so I can't show them. BUT I did stitch these beauties.....I can feel an ornament fest coming to town!

I received JBW's Red Mitten Collection I & II from Amy in SC as a PIF. I used some really pretty silk floss I received from Michelle in Washington. BTW, thank you so much Michelle, it was a pretty cool surprise when I received your Christmas Card! I'm hoping to finish these off this weekend.

This is the Blackbird stocking design from the 2008 JCS Ornament Issue. I'm almost done stitching another one with a P for Bruce.

I also decided to tackle the pile of Fair & Square pieces I received throughout 2008. I only got 2 finished during the Holidays. I decided to finish them as Pynkeeps and I really like how they came out. The 1st 2 pics are the squares I received from Melissa in CA and the other is from Diane in CA.

(side note, if anyone knows what chart I can find this type backstitched alphabet, I would really appreciate it you could drop me a line. I just love the style of the script - it almost looks like she charted her handwriting. If that can be done, easily, let me know too!!)

I also dragged out my Mirabilia 2007 Christmas Tree. I'm starting to get in the grove of stitching this piece. Its a lot of scattered stitching which I can't get into sometimes. Sometimes I can go for hours on the piece and sometimes I just look at the chart go ughhhhhh....I don't think so, not tonight!

Last but not least, I found some fabric for this new bag I'm going to try and make. I might be getting a little too advanced for myself, but I'm going to give it a try. My Mom really liked the pattern so I picked this fabric for her. Fabric on the left is going to be the lining, middle fabric will be the bottom, pockets, flap, and the 3rd fabric will be middle outside of the bag. I think she's really going to like it!

I also made a Jelly Roll Tote Bag for my Sister for Christmas and it was a big hit. Now I'm working on one for my Stepmother. I'll try to get pictures of them up sometime soon.

I hope all my blog and stitching friends have a Happy New Year! Thanks for all your comments; they really help keep me going on my posts!



Michele said...

those mittens are so fun! I'm glad you used the floss I sent you and glad you enjoyed the little surprise!

Love the bag! Can't wait to see it :)

Shelleen said...

it was fun seeing all the little things you have been stitching and finishing and the fabrics that you picked for the bag go really well together. Hmm maybe some purple fabric for a bag lol.

Carolyn NC said...

Glad all is well. Love the stitching and all your new goodies to stitch.
And I love the Mirabilia - so pretty.

Diane said...

Love your finishes! The F&S squares came out great as pinkeeps.

I went through my charts last night and found the alphabet I used for the Christmas squares. It was in the 1989 Keepsake Calendar from Cross Stitch & Country Crafts, copyright 1988 by Craftways. It was used for the May design of a wedding sampler. I'd be glad to stitch up the letters and numbers for you on a small piece of linen and mail it :) (since photocopying the chart would be copyright infringement). Watch for it in your mail in a couple of weeks. Oh - and don't I wish my own handwriting was so pretty!

Heidi said...

Great stitching and pretty pin keeps. Love the fabric you picked out for your bag too.

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a great pile of stitching and finishing! I just love those mittens... need lots of those lately up here its so freakin' cold!