Monday, November 26, 2007

Two Finishes!

Baby Garden
Just Nan
DMC on 28ct Raw Cashel Zweigart
Embellished with Garden Bunny Bead
Stitched 2/5/07 to 11/24/07

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have finished Baby Garden! I am really pleased with the way it turned out, and I think it will be stunning framed. I'll go searching for a frame soon so that I can mail it off for Christmas. I had a few issues with it near the end, mostly because I was anxious to finish I think. Half of the fence had to be ripped out and restitched because I had one stitch that went over three instead of over two, and it threw everything else off. That bottom row of green rice stitches had to be stitched twice because the first time I stitched it in the wrong color green. Although tempted to leave it, I felt like if it was worth stitching, it was worth doing right. So, I pulled that out and restitched. All finished on Saturday, but the majority of that last band was stitched during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Here's a closeup of the last band. I love the bird's nest.


I plan to focus now on finishing the rest of my Christmas stitching, which is my Shepherd's Bush ornaments and the 2nd Day ornament for Eric. So, in the interest of doing that - on Saturday, I also finished up the seventh of eight ornaments.


Mary and Joseph
Shepherd's Bush
Seventh of Eight Ornaments from the JCS Ornament Issue
GAST and Weeks on 32ct Dark Espresso Linen (R&R)
Embellished with Sterling Rose Bud
Finished 11/24/07

Just one more to go, and then I'll be finishing this up into a wallhanging.

Although I have a lot more WIPs to finish, I've decided to start a new piece in January. I think I've chosen the piece, but I'll keep it a surprise for now! Last year I really missed having a new start for January 1st. There seems like so much to do between now and the time we leave for NY. I'm really looking forward to it, but nervous at the same time. Hopefully when we get back, I'll be able to relax, enjoy my holidays and stitch on something for me. So, now I just have to get everything finished before the 8th!!

Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving, and a wonderful weekend.

Walk to Rivendell: Ground becomes damp. Entering western edge of Midgewater Marshes. (Total Miles Walked 178.75)

I am grateful for a big finish and Thanksgiving parades!

28 comments:

Linen Stitcher said...

Woo-hoo! A big congrats on finishing "Baby Garden." It's truly adorable!! Good to see your latest SB ornament, too. Can't wait to see the full set.

Vonna said...

Baby garden is truly a work of art Michelle! Congratulatons... a work of love that one was! Mary and Joseph looks fab too! :)
Hurray for yoU!!!

tintocktap said...

Well done on your Baby Garden finish - it's beautiful! I love the SB ornament too - I do like SB designs anyway.

Paisley said...

Baby Garden is absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on your finish!

Anna van Schurman said...

Congratulations! How come you are so much more stressed about your trip than I am...I'm leaving three days earlier, and I am waiting for Harry Potter scarves to arrive in the mail! Should I be more worried??

Sylvie said...

Congratulations on your finishes, they are beautiful!

Nicole and Phil said...

Well done on the finishes, they are both gorgeous!
I love it when you can tick something off your list....now what is next????

Michele said...

I love Baby Garden! congrats on the finish! Can't wait to see it framed :)

And Mary and Joseph is a lovely ornament!

Barbara said...

Yeeha! Congratulations!! That looks so incredibly good! I can't wait to see it framed!

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Congrats on your two finishes! I just love how your Baby Garden turned out. Have fun picking just the right frame for it:)

cathymk said...

Congratulations Michelle!! What a fabulous finish!!! Hurrah!


I love the ornie too - very neatly stitched. I think your wall hanging will look simply marvelous!

Ranae said...

A big Congratulations!! on both beautiful pieces.
Babay garden is adorable.
The ornie is a cutie.

Concetta said...

Yay! Congrats on your finishes - especially Baby Garden... I've been following you along on this journey 8-) It looks wonderful!

Von said...

Congratulations on finishing two projects, especially Baby Garden!! Great job, Michelle! :)

Sampler Stitcher said...

What a sweet sampler...I love the frogs and goldfish. Nice job!

Nic said...

Congratulations on finishing Baby Garden - it looks lovely, I'm sure it will be cherished.

And your ornie is sweet, too!

PS Is your wishlist up to date?

Nicole said...

Congratulations!! I've been watching your progress on this one - I'm just amazed at all the tiny little details! Your ornament is so pretty too! Congrats again!

Gill said...

They're both lovely - I love Baby Garden!

Garden Girl said...

Lovely, just lovely! That Baby Garden is the sweetest thing! Nicely done on both of your finishes!

Wawanna said...

Exquisite and Elegant!!! You have done an outstanding job and must be so proud of your BABY.

Jenna said...

Congrats on the big finish! I think Baby Garden looks wonderful and will be gorgeous when framed. Hooray for finishes!

Andrea said...

Wonderful finish on Baby Garden. It's only when you see it close up that you see it is quite intricate with lots of little things about to look at. Love the ornament too.

Carol said...

Congratulations Michelle!! Love the baby sampler! Both finishes are amazing!

Kathy A. said...

Wow, girl your needles must be smoking these days. Beautiful finish on Baby Garden and your Christmas ornament is lovely too.

DebVA said...

Baby Garden is beautiful. Congrats on the finish. Can't wait to see what your Jan 1 project will be.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulations on finishing Baby Garden, it looks wonderful. The recipient is sure to love it. Your SB ornament is lovely and I love the crystal ornaments.

Sally said...

I love Baby Garden. It's gorgeous. Congratulations on your finish!

Mary Joseph is lovely.

Sharon said...

Congratulations on the your finishes, they are gorgeous. Love baby garden.