Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Box received by Amy

My Christmas Box exchange partner Amy received my box on December 6th but has been feeling unwell, so I'm posting the finished product. It was my first attempt at Mod Podge. I stitched Christmas Peace from the 2002 JCS magazine, from Heart in Hand Needleart. I used fabric and ribbons too. It didn't turn out as nice as I would have liked and hated that Amy's box was the experiment, but I'll make a few more until I get it right. I can always use more storage boxes around the house. I think the only part I was not satisfied with was the ribbon's I used. Here's a peak,
Here's a few photos as it progressed and during the drying out process. It really does dry in about 20 minutes too.

I received an early Christmas Present for myself that I ordered from Scandinavian Stitches. I have been going to Lynda's webpage for a while and finally ordered one of Christiane Dahlbeck's books.

This one is titled Potpourri, and her designs are JUST GORGEOUS... I recommend the website.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stitcher's Choice Ornament & Orchids by Christmas?

I received one of the designs from JCS 2011 Ornament Issue that I actually wanted to stitch. It's from Marie. She stitched the Shepard's Bush, Christmas ABC. Isn't it just lovely?
I also love the fabric that she used on the back of the ornament. I don't know the company, etc. but it's very nice
I finished stitching my ornament for my exchange partner to be mailed by December 15th, and need to do the finishing tomorrow after work. Orchids: 3 of my orchids have blooms on them and may bloom by Christmas, so I'm thrilled. Some of you that used to read my blog in 2009 before I deleted it, may remember that I accidentally killed most of them with a pesticide. I was only able to save 2 of them and bought a few more. Here is a photo of one of the three with the blooms if you're interested in seeing what they look like
Once they do bloom, I'll post more photos.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just thinking...why do we blog?

I don't have the answer but, got up around 4am, couldn't sleep and came downstairs and turned on my netbook, and since it was cold, I got the fire going in the fireplace again for some warmth, got a small burn on my right hand (accidentally must have touched the hot metal frame around it or something), then decided I needed a cup of coffee, so microwaved some, then looked around awhile at some of my favorite blogs and found a few new ones too. It's really neat how we all talk about different things, different photos and such, but I've rarely seen a blog that isn't telling a unique story. Last night I went to one of my favorite websites and found a few more antique magazines, patterns to download at Antique Pattern Library they have patterns for all forms of needlework (cross-stitch, tatting, knitting, crocheting, etc.) If you've never visited their website, I really recommend it. We'll I'm going to look at some more blog posts - have a great morning everyone.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Knitting a headband and christmas socks for Mom

I'm glad this week is over at work, just tired I guess...I'm on row 64 of my niece's knitted headband, a free pattern from half-assed patterns bamboozled
I've also been stitching my exchange ornament that I must mail by December 15th. I also plan to start my son's socks this weekend for sure and here's a photo of my mom's 2nd pair of slipper socks that she requested I knit in red for her. So I'll add them to her "real" Christmas present.
I hope everyone has a nice quiet weekend, and plenty of time to rest...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hooked On Exchange Christmas Box

Monday I received my HOE Christmas Box exchange from Edgar It's a great box, he stitched Christmas Ark from Prairie Schooler. I'm already using this as my stitching/needlework box. Isn't it just exquisite?

He also added some great candy (which I'm saving to eat later), poppy seeds to plant in the spring and the Night Before Christmas Story.