Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Tree Full Of Ornaments

My dear friend Carol…Yes, the same Carol who sent me the gorgeous crochet blanket, sent me this beauty…

Designer: Little House Needleworks 
Design: Peace
Stitched by: Carol S.

Beautifully stitched and finished (as always!). Viewing the two ladies I immediately thought of our friendship. What a perfect ornament to stitch for a friend. Thank you so much, Carol. I love, love, love this one!

Here is the ornament that I sent to Carol…

Designer: The Victoria Sampler
Design: Just One More Stitch
From: 2014 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched for: Carol S.

Carol spent a great deal of time this year crocheting beautiful blankets so I thought this ornament would be the perfect choice.  

I did personalized the back…

Connie A. stitched this beautiful exchange ornament for me…

Designer: Little House Needleworks
Design: Merry Christmas
Stitched by: Connie A.

LHN certainly does have some of the best Christmas ornament designs. Connie's stitching/finishing is impeccable! She also sent me the cutest bottle cap style snowman magnets.  Thanks for making this a great exchange, Connie. 

My DS got married last July so I search through my JCS Ornament magazines to find the perfect design and came up with this one… 

Designer: Sam Sarah Design Studio
Design: Two Flakes in Love
From: 2012 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched for: G/M

This one was stitched for a friend in Austria…

Designer: Prairie Schooler
Stitched for: Markus K.

And for my dear friend in Virginia Beach…

Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks
Design: Snow Birds
From: 2012 JCS Ornament Issue
Stitched for: Mary K.

This little gem was stitched three times…

Design from: Christkindl Book #136 
By Rico Design
Fabric: 25 count white Lugana 
Floss: DMC
Stitched for: Kathleen C., Margaret C., Meg P.

Lastly, I stitched this one for my tree…

I decided to stitch just the head of one of the Prairie Schooler Santa designs, but I can't remember which one right now.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Thanks for stopping by
Until next time…

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Treasured Friendship

I have been truly blessed with some very cherished friends.  One of those friends is Carol S. who I have known, through blogging, for many years.  I have also had the pleasure of meeting Carol at Celebration of Needlework in NH where we have taken classes together and spent time chatting over lunch/dinner.  She has become one of my treasured friends.

Earlier this month I was dealing with a dreadful cold.  I had not been to the post office in days and knew that my box would be filled.  What I did not expect to see when I arrived was a large box from Carol. I could not imagine what was inside and wondered what kind of tree ornament did she stitch that required such a large box! When I arrived home I opened the box and found this…

2015 Crochet Lap Blanket from Carol S.

Here is a close up showing the many beautiful stitches and gorgeous colors…

I was completely shocked, and still am, when I pulled this handcrafted crochet lap blanket out, which she made for my upcoming birthday! Like so many crafters I know the time and effort involved in creating such a beautiful gift and am truly grateful to Carol, not only for this amazing birthday surprise but for her friendship. Thank you, my dear friend. You are a blessing in my life.

It is December Gifted Gorgeousness time so I will share with you my progress on Black Horse Inn…

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL ~ December 2105

I spent much of my free time stitching Christmas ornaments but did manage to pull this out  and put a few stitches in it.

This year I will be spending Christmas with my DH touring around California.  The last time we were in CA my DSs were in elementary school.  The oldest is now married and will be spending the holiday with his in-laws and my youngest will be spending the holiday with his GFs family in Georgia.  This will be the 1st Christmas without my sons ~ I am not liking that too much.  

Here is a picture of a gift that I sent to a friend…

2015 Christmas Gift for Leslie L.

Here is a closer look at the cross stitch…
Designer: Jeannett Douglas Designs
Design: Christmas Tree
From: 2007 JCS Ornament Issue 

These Annalee dolls are great for displaying cross stitch smalls!

I also sent my friend a stitched ornament. She is a true animal lover and is thinking of getting some sheep so when I saw this design I knew immediately who I would stitch it for…
2015 Christmas Ornament for Leslie L.
Designer: Mosey N Me
Design: Ewe-le Tide Greetings
From: 2013 JCS Ornament Issue

Wishing all of you a very happy holiday!

Until next time…