Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hey, Friends!
Whew – I’ve been out running around in the drizzling rain – taking Mom to get her hair done and the last of her grocery shopping.  I picked up the mail, and what to my wondering eyes should appear… a wonderful  RAK that came from Needlecraft Corner.  It’s the kit for Blackbird Designs “Joy” ornament  in the 2011 Just Cross Stitch ornament magazine.  Of course I have that page tabbed to stitch!  I’ve searched the package over, and can find no signature! There’s a sweet card with Santa and a Snowman, no signature!  So I’ll say a Great BIG Thank You and send bunches of hugs to the kind and generous person who sent it – you made my day!

I just ate a sandwich and thought I’d sit for a minute couple of hours to show you the finishes of ornies I’ve been stitching this month for my dough bowl.  It’s not completely filled, but getting there slowly.
I’ve enjoyed the 2011 Just Cross Stitch ornament magazine a lot this year.  This is the Joy ornament by Little by Little Design Co.  This brown silk was a close match, and rambling through the old lace bag found this coffee stained bit that looked sweet to me. 
The Season of Giving (I changed to Love) by Lila’s Studio turned out bigger than I expected.  The aqua color from a jelly roll worked out along with the red ric-rac border and hanger.

Christmas Greetings (istitch) called to me for a more prim finish.  There was a piece of twine, this ‘faded’ red check, and a tiny safety pin I’d attempted to rust… but will I ever learn to stay further away from the edge?  Doubtful J
Here’s the little Christmas snow lady – with her hands in a muff… which called for a bit of lace to reflect more snow – Merry Christmas.

If I had to choose a favorite finish, it would be Believe.  The white sparkle thread used for the trim on the hat didn’t show off enough, so I added a tiny red bell to the pom. The green with red polka dots was just right, and the red ric-rac made sense, too.  And to top it off (over the top?) was the braid with Special Delivery for the back – and a faux hanger.   
I know you’ve been good all year, so I do hope that you Believe and that Santa fills your stockings with all your favorite stash! 

Wishing y'all a Very Merry Christmas with  hugs and love!
and Happy Stitching
Big cyber puppy kisses from Pixie, too!


  1. oooohhh eye candy :) love your finishes especially the joy one :) oooo a surprise present ... lucky you :) hope you have a lovely Christmas and a stitchy new year :)give a cuddle to pixie from me too :) love mouse xxxx

  2. Great finishes! Wow! So many, and so lovely too! It's a bummer to have to run chores in the rain, isn't it? Been doing a bit of that too this week. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. You've been working on some really cute things!

    Merry Christmas, Charlene.


  4. My goodness, you have been very busy! I am going to drag everything out tonight to do some finishing too! At least one has to be completed to be given tomorrow... Am dragging my feet because I found out the recipient doesn't do a tree... so an ornie seems silly. Sigh... I know it is the thought that counts, but have been pondering a more complicated but practical finish for her. We shall see... Hope your Christmas is wonderful Charlene! Hugs to you and Pixie!

  5. I love you Christmas goodies - I am not sure I can pick a favorite - I love them all!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family -will be thinking about you.

  6. What a great surprise! Love all of your've been a busy girl! Love the Joy with the brown and your Believe is just too cute! All of the right touches to make so darn cute.....

    hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family!

  7. Beautiful finishes !! Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas !!!

  8. Love all your finishes! What a fun surprise :)

  9. Such fun to find a surprise gift like that, Charlene!! Can't wait to see yours all stitched up...

    Your latest finishes are so nice--hard to pick a favorite...It's such a nice feeling to see them all finished and displayed after all your hard work isn't it?

    Wishing you and your family the merriest of Christmases and a happy, healthy new year!

  10. Oooh lots of lovely finishes Charlene!

    What a wonderful RAk!

    Merry Christmas :)

  11. Such cute ornaments, Charlene! Have a wonderful holiday, and you're right So much better than in 2010. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year, also!!

  12. Oh my gosh, what a great assortment of adorable finishes!

  13. Oh my gosh, what wonderful finishes, Charlene! Everything looks great.

  14. Oooo.. love your Christmas finishes! Very pretty!


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