Flosstube Episode 46.5: Holiday Home Tour

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share a quick tour of my home decorated for the holidays.
I hope you enjoy a little peek into our home.
The stitched pieces shown are:
  • Walking in a Winter Snapperland by Bent Creek
  • Peace by Country Cottage Needleworks (from JCS 2007 ornament issue)
  • Christmas Treat Bag by Shepherd’s Bush
  • Mary’s Sampler by Plum Street Samplers (freebie here)
  • Midi Mystery I by Chatelaine Designs framed by Jill Rensel
  • 2000 Years Ago by Shepherd’s Bush (from JCS Ornament issue starting with year 2000 through 2008)
  • Snow Bunnies by Little House Needleworks (from JCS 2007 ornament issue)
  • Good Tidings with Jane Austen by the Sampler Girl
  • Isabella Johnstone by Needlework Press
  • Barnabee’s Quest by Just Nan
  • Miniature Adam & Eve by Beyond Just Cross-Stitch
  • First Snow by The Drawn Thread (freebie)
  • Jenny Bean’s Halloween Sampler by Shakespeare’s Peddler
  • Garden of Eerie by Plum Street Samplers
  • Their Song by Blackbird Designs
  • Primitive Tree by Ewe & Eye & Friends
  • Friendship piece by Needlework Press
  • Rampant Cats Sampler by Barbara Ana
  • A Little Bitty Ark by Homespun Elegance
  • Quaker Garden by Blackbird Designs
  • Margaret Pence by The Goode Huswife
  • Just Nan Round Robin

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for my cozy home.

Flosstube Episode 18: Wicked

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a couple finishes, a few more framed pieces, and my plans for #darkoctoberstitching.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month and you can also join us for #darkoctoberstitching during the whole month of October.
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Block 1 of Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings (also listed under WIPs).  I made two changes – I stitched the background of the letter in tent stitch over one and I changed the stream color to NPI 152.  The DMC/NPI 155A was just too green for me, so I went a shade bluer.
  2. Wicked by the Primitive Needle – stitched one over one on 30ct Antique Cotton by R&R with the called for Belle Soie silks.  My second time stitching this, you can see the first one here.
  3. Heart Tree by JBW Designs – stitched on unknown fabric (but probably a 28ct ivory Wichelt) with Weeks Bullfrog and Garnet.  There is a brass heart charm that goes at the top that will be added later

Framing:

  1. A Little Bitty Ark by Homespun Elegance – stitched with DMC on 28ct linen and finished in 2001.  I’ve never shown this piece on my blog before, so I’ve added a photo of it below before framing.
  2. Rampant Cats by Barbara Ana
  3. Quaker Garden by Blackbird Designs – stitched with Weeks and GAST on 30ct Garden State Java by R&R and finished in 2006

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WIPs:

  1. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – I’m currently on the July block called Swan Lake; stitched on 40ct Vintage Examplar by Lakeside Linens with the called for GAST and Crescent Colors threads
  2. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – 36ct Vintage Light Examplar with DMC.  Started SAL September 1 and aiming for a block a month.

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Just Cross-Stitch 2016 ornament issue
  2. Death Head Moth Needle Knack from Winton Junction

Reading:

  1. Finished The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Currently reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Grateful for fall!!

Episode 15: Nothing if Not Long-Winded

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg podcast/flosstube!  In this episode I share a small finish, a new start, and a look at all of my Project Roulette WIPs.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree from Twelve Days of Christmas (Sunday Mystery Sampler 2015) by Plum Street Samplers – stitched on 36ct Vintage Meadow Rue with Belle Soie Tulip and Gloriana Collard Greens

WIPs:

  1. New start on Six Wives of Henry VIII by Primitive Hare – stitching on 40ct Gander linen I coffee-dyed myself with the called for DMC.  Begun and being stitched while we watch The Tudors on TV

Project Roulette:

  1. Cuisine d’ete by Echevette – on 32ct Silkweaver Lemon Zest with DMC.  Using B5200 white instead of the called for ecru.
  2. Snooty Parrots Sampler by Barbara Ana Designs – on 52/60 unevenweave Lakeside Linen Vintage Examplar and Gloriana Tudor Silks from Attic Needleworks in Mesa, AZ
  3. Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – 40ct Gander linen with Crescent Colors (Classic Colorworks), DMC, and Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid (instead of the called for Kreinik) and substituted the green Crescent Colors for Weeks Emerald
  4. His Eye is on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery – 48ct Gander linen hand-dyed with the called for GAST & Weeks
  5. Black’d Skie by Primitive Needle – 40ct Vintage Pear by Lakeside Linen and the called for Pure Palette baroque silks and SNC
  6. Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – 32ct polka dot Natural linen from Zweigart with the called for DMC and Weeks

Stash Enhancement:

  1. None

Flosstube Shoutouts:

  1. Nicole from Nicole’s Needlework
  2. Annette from Annette’s Acre

Reading:

  1. Finished The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  2. Currently reading Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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I’m grateful for my stitching. 

Boughs of Holly

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Hi, all!  I hope you had a very merry Christmas.  Today I want to share the EGA holiday party from earlier in the month.  For this ornament exchange I decided to stitch a portion of the pattern Blessings Be Thine by Blackbird Designs.  I loved the little sprig of holly and the stars.  I stitched this on the same fabric I used for the Gold Crown ornament in my last post, 32 count Buttercream by Silkweaver.  The design called for a combination of GAST and Weeks threads.  I ended up using a DMC goldish yellow for the stars because the oatmeal thread it called for matched too closely to my fabric.  I love how it looks though.  Here’s the back.

The red and white trim I used actually came off some packaging (maybe from Christmas cards?) forever ago that I saved.  When I saw it in my finishing box I thought it would be perfect to use for cording around this ornament.  It’s funny that I chose to stitch a holly design for this exchange because there was another holly ornament in the exchange this year too!

We were again at a member’s home and I was again amazed at all the beautiful holiday stitching she’s done.  Let me take you on a little tour.

This is teeny tiny over one.

Also over one.

Super cute Santas.

And this idea I may have to recreate myself.  She stitched several needlepoint designs and then mounted them on boxes she covered with ultrasuede or something of the sort.  She had them stacked on a little table in her entryway and they were absolutely darling, as you can see.  What an ingenious way to showcase beautiful pieces with a fun finishing technique.

See what I mean?  Darling!  They look like beautiful Christmas packages!

Adore the little sheep stocking.

And then we were onto our ornament exchange.  This tiny little bell ornament was the first one I had in my possession.

This is the ornament I went home with.  The woman that stitched him bought the kit when she was traveling recently from a shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Since I was just in Ann Arbor, I thought this was meant to be!  And I don’t have anything like him on my tree, so I am so happy to add him to my collection.

Here are all the ornaments together.

 

A couple of close-ups.  See the other holly ornament?

Look at that beaded ruffly Christmas tree!

And here’s a closer view of that darling stitched and beaded elf!

A sweet scissor fob that can easily be repurposed as an ornament.

This one was made by our hostess and I believe may be the same designer as the pieces on her boxes.

My friend, Karen, was wearing this sweet little necklace that we all had to get a closer look at.  Two-sided and over one, how cute is that?

This is the piece that several members stitched on and finished as a gift to our guild president who was ending her two-year post. Isn’t it beautiful?

Inside…

And the little needlebook and beaded fob.

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the beautiful ornaments from this year’s party.  Now, I’d better get started thinking about next year!

I am grateful to be surrounded by such inspiring stitchers!

All the Beads

Thanks so much for the comments on my last couple of posts.  I still can’t believe that I never posted about the guild holiday parties from last year!  And I definitely appreciate you all stopping in to visit my blog.  I know it’s been sorely neglected this year.  I’ve enjoyed doing the video podcasts and will definitely continue to do them, but I am also going to get back to doing written posts with the 8 billion photos you’re accustomed to more regularly this coming year.  And in case you are following my blog through a reader like Bloglovin’, I’m not sure how the videos show up there so you may need to click through to the blog in order to see it.  Here’s the latest one, in case you missed it.

Anyway, back to the stitching!  So, the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild had their annual holiday party on the 1st and it was a lot of fun, as usual.  There was a lot of great food and I enjoyed visiting with my fellow stitchers and friends.  The best part though is seeing what everyone stitched for the annual ornament exchange.  I was racking my brain trying to figure out what I was going to stitch when I came across a post by Sharon on Instagram of her finished Gold Crown ornament by Rosewood Manor in this year’s JCS Ornament issue.  I instantly fell in love with it and decided it would be a perfect choice for the Tudor Rose crowd.  I used Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid that I had in my stash from one of my Chatelaine Designs pieces and some red Mill Hill beads.  The design actually calls for several different colored beads – red, green, blue, purple.  But, I liked it with just the red.  So, the ornament stitched up super fast on some 32ct Buttercream linen by Silkweaver and then I just had to figure out how to finish it.  You may know that cording is not my favorite thing in the world, so I had the brilliant idea that doing a beaded edging would be pretty and relatively quick to do.  You see where this is going, right?  So the afternoon of the party I sat down to do this beaded edging and hours later I was still trying to finish it.  I love the way it turned out but OMG it took forever!  The beaded edge took way longer to do than the stitching even!  But, I was happy with it.  I will definitely be stitching another one to keep.  I might cut back on the bead overload though, LOL.

So, off I went to the party and here are some of the beauties others stitched that came past me as we were passing ornaments around the table.  I thought this one was very sweet.  Love the jingle bells at the top.

And here’s the back using coverlet fabric – love it!

Loved this big strawberry bunch!

This one was stitched by my friend, Kim, and was probably my favorite.  It’s stitched on 52/60 count linen and it’s a portion of a Long Dog sampler.  Isn’t it the most darling thing?  And it’s tiny!  Excuse my shadow on it.  I seriously need one of these in my life.

This one is so sweet too.  I am in love with the embroidered branch and flowers at the bottom.  So creative!

And here is the ornament I came home with…a beautifully stitched needlepoint angel.

Loved this finishing technique – way simpler than a billion beads!

And another cute one – finished like a gift tag!  That green bauble trim is killing me, it’s so cute!

And here are all of them together.  You can see how tiny those little reindeer are in comparison.  So many talented stitchers!

I hope you enjoyed this little peek at our exchange.  I’ll be sharing the EGA holiday party and exchange soon!

I am grateful for inspiration from talented stitchers!

 

Where Did 2014 Go?

It’s that time of year again when the holidays roll around and I am furiously trying to finish up my exchange ornaments for the guild holiday parties.  In all the flurry I realized today that I never shared last year’s fun here on the blog.  Gah!  So, let’s pretend for a moment that it’s December of 2014 and I’ll take you on a little walk down memory lane.  Last December was the end of my two-year term as President of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  It was a good two years, and I felt like a lot was accomplished and the board and I were able to put some things in motion that really made a difference for the guild as a whole.  I have to say, I’m quite proud of those two years.  So, with the end on my term on the board, I wanted to gift my board with some little thank you gifts.  Because of the way the positions roll off, there were some people that were with me both years, and some that were only on one year or the other.  I neglected to do gifts for the outgoing board members the year before, so I just did it all in one fell swoop.

For one year’s board members, I made these little Tudor rose boxes.  I found an image online, printed it out and attached it to the top of the boxes.  The boxes were those cardboard boxes that you can find at your local hobby store that are unfinished.  I painted them red and then used some Briwax to age them and buff them to a pretty finish.

On the inside I added a little bit of wool felt to the bottom for a finished look.

I really love how they turned out and I think the ladies were pleased with them as well.

For the other board members, I made some beaded scissor fobs.  I ordered the Tudor rose charms from a shop on etsy and then found some pretty crystal beads to add.  I’m happy with how these turned out as well.

Here’s all of them together.  The crystals are actually a very pretty red and not quite the color they are showing up in these photos.

I did make one of each for myself too – a box and a fob.  And the ladies that served on the board both years got both gifts.  I think they were happy with them.  I was more than happy to spend some creative time making something for them as a thank you for volunteering their time to make the guild great.

And along with my gifts for the board, the board had a gift for me as well.  I had to snag the photos from our guild’s blog, but wanted to share with you.

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Once the gifts were given and the food was eaten, we gathered around to do our annual ornament exchange.  Here is the ornament I stitched.  It’s by Catherine Theron and was in the 2002 JCS Ornament issue.  I stitched it on 32ct Lakeside Linen in Flagstone (much more bluish/grey than is showing in this photo) with the called for GAST threads.

I worked on it over Thanksgiving and had fun stitching it.  I thought the pompom trim was a good choice for finishing.  I may need to get some more of that!  I thought stitching a Catherine Theron ornament was a good choice since she has come to teach at our guild several times.

Here are a few of the ornaments that my fellow guild members made for the exchange.  Loved how simple this one was with the band sampler style.

Loved the aging on this one, especially the rusted jingle bells.  The homespun fabric at the bottom are the perfect touch.

Such a cute idea to stitch this over one and put into a tiny frame.

Another great use of aging.  Love that chenille trim too!  I have this one in my stash to stitch, and I just love it.  This is going on my must stitch for next Christmas list!

And here’s another sweet one.  I love the fabric they used, love that beaded edge and then the pinked wool felt backing.  Just darling!

And here are all the ornaments together.  So many amazing and talented stitchers are part of this group!

And here’s the ornament I received in the exchange, I love the Celtic knotwork and the pretty beads.

And another shot of it on my tree.

So pretty!  It is always so fun to see what everyone else has stitched and to come home with a beauty one of the members made.   And it never ceases to amaze me how so many of us stitch out of the JCS ornament issue (often the current one) and yet, we’ve never had two people stitch the same thing!

I’ll be back soon with a recap of last year’s EGA holiday party too and what fun things there were to see!

I am grateful for the holiday spirit.

My True Love Gave to Me

In 2002 a little quilt shop opened near me and I decided to do something that I’d dreamed of doing for years.  I signed up for a beginning quilting class.  I bought a sewing machine specifically so I could take the class and barely even knew how to thread it when I showed up on that first night of class.  Our goal was to do a sampler quilt that would teach us a variety of piecing techniques – strips, curves, applique, squares, triangles, you name it.  When I went to pick out my fabric, the shop suggested I choose a focal print and then choose coordinating fabrics from the colors in that print.  I chose a beautiful Christmas fabric that was full of partridges and pears, a little metallic gold accent, purple ribbon, and so on.  A decidedly Christmas subject, but not at all in the realm of traditional Christmas colors.  But I loved it.  I still love it, even though the fabrics are not something I would choose today.

Because I was a complete beginner, I wanted to practice my skills as much as possible so I chose to make two quilts.  That second quilt I worked on at home and I completed both tops about the same time.  You may recall my Pigwidgeon quilt (so named after the owl fabric I chose).     The Pigwidgeon quilt has long since been quilted and bound (I sent it out for longarm quilting), but my sad partridges remained unfinished.  I intended from the beginning to quilt this one on my machine, just doing a simple in the ditch quilting.  But being new to sewing I had no idea what the reality of wrestling a quilt this size through my machine would be like.  And all those angles and direction changes.  Ugh!  So, it languished in the closet for years.  At Christmas this past year I decided it was high time to get it out and finish it.  I knew it was going to be a huge pain in the butt to quilt, but I resolved to just take a deep breath and take it one block at a time.  Amazingly, it only took two afternoons.  And then I quickly sewed that binding on, and its label, and voila, c’est finis!

I can’t tell you how good it feels to have this one finished.  My very first quilt.  And as is often the case, the name for the quilt came to me while I was quilting it.  During the month of December I read the most wonderful book of short stories called My True Love Gave to Me.  I also got the best Christmas gift – Eric took me to the Dallas Arboretum to see the Twelve Days of Christmas display, which was wonderful!  So, it seemed appropriate that this quilt should be officially named My True Love Gave to Me.

After finishing the quilt, I think I drove around with it in my car for over a month waiting for inspiration to strike on the perfect location to take some photos.  And on a cold day in February, my wish came true.  We got snow!  So, I bundled up and trekked out to the park behind our house to take a few photos of my quilt.  And, while they are not birds that are featured in that wonderful Christmas carol, I had the good fortune to see a group of five cardinals.  I only managed to catch three of them in a photo, but what a gift to see so many together.

I’m so happy with my quilt.  It’s by no means perfect, and it’s by no means “modern”, but it’s my first quilt.  And it’s finished.  I couldn’t ask for more.

It even was christened with some snowflakes while I was out on my walk.  It is for sure a quilt, and a day, I will treasure and a wonderful reminder of my Christmas.

I am grateful for a snowy walk. 

Snow Day

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Several years ago, I bought some Kate Spain Christmas fabric to make some little Christmas gifts as well as make some dessert napkins to use for our annual holiday party.  I ended up with a bit of yardage left over but no clue what to do with it.

Then, enter Rachel from P.S. I Quilt.  She shared her Synchronized Squares quilt – in Kate Spain fabrics no less – and I was smitten.  Of course by that time a new Christmas line had been released, so I ordered a couple of charm packs.

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This quilt really was a joy to make.  I can’t get enough of Kate’s Christmas fabric (well, any of her fabric, if I’m being honest) and as you can see all her lines play so well together.

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I shared the finished quilt top back in February of 2013, but it took me over a year to finally get around to quilting it.  I bought the backing fabric for it last Christmas.  I completely and utterly fell in love with these hot cocoa mug with marshmallows from her latest line.  Using this for my backing was a no-brainer!

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I decided to go ahead and quilt this one myself, on my machine.  And luckily, since I was doing just straight line quilting it wasn’t too bad to wrestle.  I finished the quilting back in July and decided to use yet another of her Christmas lines (yes, we’re up to four now) for the binding.  How could I resist those little Christmas trees?!?  You may remember that fabric from some stitching wallets I made back in 2012.

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Everything finally came together and I finished sewing on the binding in August of this year.  I like to name my quilts and I’d been calling this one the “Kate Spain quilt” forever.  When I was quilting it though, its name finally came to me.  So, may I present….

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…Snow Day!

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I am so so happy with it, I really am.  The colors and the prints and the pattern just make me smile every time I see it.

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And the red binding was a perfect choice, if I do say so myself!

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As I said, I did some straight line quilting on this one – on the diagonal.  I’d originally intended to cross-hatch it, but I thought that the diagonal quilting in one direction looked a bit like a candy cane.

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And seriously, are those cups of cocoa on that icicle grey background not the cutest?!?  It even has a label (which makes it “official” in my book), made from the snowball fabric I used on the inside of those stitching wallets.

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This one was a labor of love, and maybe a record of Christmases past and a promise of Christmases to come spent snuggling under a warm quilt.  
I am grateful for snow days, cups of cocoa, and the joy of Christmas.  Merry Christmas to all!

Auld Lang Syne

2011 Finishes

Can you believe another year has come and gone? I thought I’d squeak in a final post for the year and do a little recap of 2011. Above you can see my finishes for 2011. A couple of quilts, some beading, some finishing, and a few medium-sized pieces.

They are (from left to right):

Camille’s French Sampler, Holly Wool Biscornu, Snow Garden, Be Mine
Indulgence, 2000 Years Ago, Joyful Night, Valentine Rose
Dash Away All, a beaded fob, Day of the Dead earrings, Sweet Treats Block 1 and Border
Stars & Stripes, Honfleur Sampler, Angel of Tulips, Garden of Eerie
Penny Angel, Mele Kalikimaka, Hand & Heart, Joy

I linked each of those to the associated blog post so you can get more info on them if you want. I’m pleased with my finishes for the year, although I’d hoped to have more. But, isn’t that the way it always is?

As for the books I read this year, here’s my little list for that as well…

City of Bones
The Forgery of Venus*
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet*
Parrot & Olivier in America*
Lover Mine
A Northern Light
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
The Hare with Amber Eyes*
Living Dead in Dallas
Heaven is for Real
The Help
Lover Unleashed
An Object of Beauty*
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Club Dead
Soulless
The Paris Wife*
The books with asterisks are book club books.

And I thought I’d share with you a look at my ort jar. I’ve been letting these bits pile up for awhile (much longer than just the past year – they are packed in there really well), and decided that tomorrow will be a fresh new start across the board.

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After my stitching today, I’ll empty this out and begin anew on January 1.

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I’d really like to also finish Margaret Cottam, but that may not happen before the ball drops at midnight. I would love to see another “1” on that corner though!

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And tomorrow, I will have a new start, as part of my New Year’s Day tradition. I can’t wait!

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Happy New Year!

I am grateful for new beginnings.

All Hearts Come Home

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I thought I’d share a few little photos of our holiday home. I absolutely love having seasonal stitched pieces out, and I hope in the next year to have more of them.
I had hoped to have all of my ornaments finished and hanging on the tree at this point, but it hasn’t happened yet. I should just bite the bullet and get over it, like Siobhan did. But, at least I have two new ornaments to hang on the tree (actually, now that I think of it, there’s three…I just forgot to photograph this one).

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Maybe before the tree comes down on January 1, I’ll be able to add a few more to it?

And I will let you in on another little secret. Since sometime in mid-June, I’ve been looking everywhere for the fabric I used on my 2000 Years Ago piece. I needed the extra fabric for the back of an ornament as well as to make a hanger so that 2000 Years Ago could be displayed at Christmas. Well. Let me tell you, I tore this place apart. Looked in every bag, box and basket of fabric I have. Looked in places I didn’t really think it would be…and never found it. I was getting very sad that I was going to have to use thumbtacks to put up my pretty wallhanging, or just drape it over the tree like some kind of Christmas poncho. But, when I pulled out my boxes of Christmas decorations, guess what I found. My bag of fabric, that had fallen behind the Christmas decorations in the closet. Hallelujah! So, I zip zip zip sewed a little sleeve on the back of the wallhanging and hung that sucker on the wall.

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Of course, now that I look at it on the wall, I think it needs something. Some extra little ooomph of some sort. I’ll just have to figure out what. But, it’s hanging!!
If you’d like to see more photos of our home decorated for the holidays, take a look here, on the other blog. There are photos from NYC at Christmas a few years ago too, if you go back a couple of posts over there.
Anyway, I’m sure you’re all wondering when I’m actually going to talk about stitching and if, in fact, there is any going on. Well, wonder no more. This was my Thanksgiving Day start.

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Margaret Cottam, by La-D-Da. I have finished part 1 and am well into part 2. I don’t have part 3 yet, but I’m sure it’s coming in the near future. I’m stitching MC on the called for Weeks Cocoa linen, but on 40ct. Isn’t she lovely. I have really been enjoying her.
And MC is not alone. I’ve got some other stuff I’m up to, but I can’t share quite yet. I’ll just have to leave you with a little teaser.

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I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, filled with lots of friends, fun & family. Oh and eggnog too, don’t forget the eggnog!

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I am grateful for pumpkin seeds in my salad.