I finished the December teapot last evening, and I really had to make myself work on it. Of all the monthly teapots, this was my least favorite design.
But, it is finished, thus making it a complete set of monthly teapots ready for framing. I will wait however, until next year's series by Just Another Button Company is complete. Next month I start stitching the monthly teapcups! So, about this time next year, I will be framing and hanging all the teapots and teacups in my kitchen.
Well, it was actually on Christmas Eve, when we exchange gifts. My children gave me this garden sculpture of Alien Gnome Bandits! It is one of the funniest things I have ever gotten, and ranks right up there with the Chia Pet I received from my sister one year!
It is too cute to put out in the garden, so I will have to find a spot for this bit of whimzie in the house somewhere.
Here it is, my favorite tree in the house! This tree is located in the family room and has only hand-made ornaments on it. Most of them are counted cross stitch, but there are some needlepoint ornaments, some on plastic canvas, some beaded and some painted ornaments also.
Many of the cross stitched ornaments are gifts or exchanges from Internet and real life stitching friends. I treasure each and every ornament!
Saturday evening saw me driving down to Lincoln Park (with my parents in tow) for Carols by Candlelight, the annual holiday concert by the Chicago Chamber Choir. Why did I drive all that way in horendous traffic and battle for parking? I did it for my daughter, Viki. She sings with this amazing group of talented singers, and it was certainly worth the trip!
One of the highlights of this concert each year, is the sing-a-long! It gives us not-so-talented people a chance to sing holiday carols, and sound great! The only bad thing about this concert, is that my daughter did not have a solo. I am sure it was an oversight on the artistic director's part, as in my totally unbiased opinion, Viki is the best soprano in the group.
Ever since I finished stitching the Texas Monthly Minis, I have been asked by a number of people what Texas themed chart I will be stitching in 2009.
Thanks to some on-line friends, Dianne from Texas, who sold me the charts, and Kim (Thank you, Kim) from Illinois, who sent me the fabric I needed (I wanted it to match this year's ornaments and Hobby Lobby doesn't carry it anymore), I am happy to show you the Twelve Days of Texas Christmas!
#1 son-in-law will end up with a Texas themed tree after all! (Justin, eat your heart out!)
For those of you that are wondering, the Twelve Days of Texas Christmas are as follows:
Here are the Texas Monthly Minis that I stitched earlier this year. I didn't know how I wanted to "finish" them, so I sent them off to a finisher. Vicki Wendt did a great job, and she even matched the fabric on the back perfectly to the theme of each ornament! I do hope #1 son-in-law likes them!
I started stitching this stocking for Cooper in fall of 2007. It is Stoney Creek's Elliot and the Tree stocking. It is stitched on 28 count antique white Jubilee with mostly DMC floss. I changed the color of the sweater from burgundy to blue, and then had to change the ornaments on the tree and the name and the checked bottom to make it all work.
I had wanted to have it finished for his first Christmas, which was last year, but I had some trouble with my wrist in November and December of 2007 and it was too painful to stitch. I finished the stitching in January of 2008 and have been waiting for the elves to come and "finish" it for me ever since.
Those darn elves never showed up! Since John is leaving for Arizona tomorrow morning, I needed to get this "finished" so he could take it along. This was not an easy task.
First, I haven't "finished" a stocking in three years, so I had to really think hard to remember how it is done. Then, I needed to look for my sewing "pattern". Then I couldn't find the sewing machine foot that I wanted to use. Then I ran out of the right color thread. And I used a type of cording that I have never used before, so it took awhile to figure out how to make it work.
But, it is finally finished! I hope Cooper gets lots of goodies from Santa in his stocking for many years to come.
When Sue Hillis was visiting last October, she wanted something to do besides stitching because her eyes were bothering her and she wasn't comfortable stitching. I had about nine different stitched pieces that I was going to try and frame myself, so she framed them for me,and I watched. I have framed photographs before when my husband and I had our photo studio, but never really learned to properly frame needlework.
It didn't look hard, so I gave it a try this evening. The first piece I framed was Sue Hillis' Pirates Creed that was stitched by my sister. She stitched it for her boss. I plan to stitch it for mine also, but haven't gotten around to it yet. So here is my first attempt at framing. I am rather pleased with the results.
As long as I had the tools out, I decided to frame LHN Captain's Inn that I stitch for John as a Christmas gift. I bought the frame at Michael's for $5, but since it was a photo frame, it was a bit more challenging to frame this piece, but again, it turned out well and it sure beats paying for framing!
I have more frames and more stitched pieces, so I will try and frame one or two each week until I am caught up with framing.
Get packinʼ, Rod Blagojevich The stateʼs in disarray The Tribune wants you unemployed At least by Christmas Day. The TV pundits want your head Could there be pay to play? Oh, tidings of comfort and joy Save Illinois ! Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.
Good riddance Rod Blagojevich Your Elvis lookʼs inane, The Senateʼs mad, soʼs Lisaʼs dad. You drive us all insane. Our transitʼs broke, the stateʼs a joke, The Tollwayʼs one big pain. Oh, tidings of comfort and joy Save Illinois ! Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.
Good luck old Rod Blagojevich The feds have quite a place. Fitzgeraldʼs poked his nose around And if he has a case, George Ryanʼs moving stuff around Creating extra space. Oh, tidings of comfort and joy Save Illinois ! Oh, tidings of comfort and joy.
Barb Q. and I have been exchanging ornaments at Christmas for a number of years. This is the 4th ornament from Barb that will hang on my tree.
This year she sent me a biscornu (biscornu is French for oddly shaped thing, or something like that). It is made up of two four sided pieces of cloth, sewn together to make an 8-sided piece. It is meant to be a pin cushion, but this one is an ornament.
I just love it! Thank you Barb! It will hang proudly in the "Barb section" of my tree!
I started stitching one block a month on this piece back in January, and today, I finished it! This is the Lizzie Kate Flip-It Blocks from a few years ago. I saw Teresa Dorn's finished piece awhile back, and it just called to me to stitch it myself.
126 hours of stitching later - Ta Da! All done!
This is stitched on 28 count evenweave that is very much like a Rustico fabric. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby off the bolt a few years ago, and wish I would have bought more of it! Hobby Lobby doesn't carry it anymore and I haven't been able to get it anywhere!
I used Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts Sampler Threads on this piece. The finished size is 10 1/2 by 13, and I don't know how I will "finish" it.
Somewhat embarrassing to admit but Christmas will be tight this year. I will be making bedroom slippers for you all as gifts. Please let me know your sizes. You'll most likely agree that it's a splendid idea, and should you wish to do the same, I've included the instructions below.
How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads: You need four maxi pads to make a pair. Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part. The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top. Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part. Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers (this is most aesthetically appealing), etc. These slippers are: * Soft and Hygienic * Non-slip grip strips on the soles * Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh * No more bending over to mop up spills * Disposable and biodegradable * Environmentally safe * Three convenient sizes: (1.) Regular, (2.) Light and (3.) Get out the Sand Bags.
I've attached a photo of the first pair I made so that you can see the nifty slippers for yourself....
Awaiting your response. It's crucial that I get the right size for each one of you.
Before the magazines were published, Sue Hillis asked me to find some fabric and fibres for these two ornament designs. Her local model stitcher had already stitched them on 25 count fabric over 1, but Sue thought they were a bit big, and wanted them done on 28 count fabric.
I found the fabric she wanted and brought it to her, and then, silly me, I volunteered to stitch them. Only at the time I didn't realize they were to be done "over one". For you non-stitchers, that is really, really tiny! The stitching wasn't so bad, but the frogging was terrible!
Anyway, the charts can be found in the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Preview Issue and in the Ornament Issue itself. They were done on 28 count Lugana, on white and Victorian Red, with GAST - chalk, and WDW - garnet.
I stitched these ornaments a few years ago, but didn't think the stitching was finished. The cover of the chart shows a white cord around the design and it looks like it is couched. I fiddled with it and nothing I did looked right. I finally decided to finish them as is.
I like how they turned out! There are three more in this set. Perhaps I can stitch those for next year.
Two of these will be gifts and one will hang on my tree.
November Progress 10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas done November Flip-It Block – Lizzie Kate done Part 11 EMS Rose Sampler done November Teapot – Just Another Button Company done 1 block on Northwoods afghan done Hungarian Sampler part 6 done mystery sampler part 4 done 2nd ornament model - stitched on it Captain’s Inn – LHN done
December Goals 10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas 2nd ornament model December Flip-It Block – Lizzie Kate Part 12 EMS Rose Sampler December Teapot – Just Another Button Company 1 block on Northwoods afghan Hungarian sampler part 7 Mystery sampler part 5 start Amilie’s baby sampler mitten ornaments