Flosstube Episode 22: Finishing Out the Year

 Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a recap of 2016, a new start, Christmas stitching, and my projects for the Year of WIPs challenge.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • 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. None

Recap of 2016:

  1. 19 stitching finishes that included four Anniversaries of the Heart blocks, Hare Pyns, and the By the Light of the Moon block on my Halloween Neighborhood RR
  2. Pulling my Halloween Neighborhood RR out of cold storage and falling in love with it again
  3. Dark 13 stitching and Dark October stitching
  4. Hawk Run Hollow SAL

WIPs:

  1. Peace on Earth by Blackbird Designs – stitched with GAST and Weeks on 30ct Sheep’s Straw by R&R
  2. New start: Mermaid Fraktur by Plum Street Samplers – stitched with Weeks and Classic Colorworks on 36ct Earthen by PTP, stitching 1 over 2

Year of WIPs Challenge in Soulful Stitching FB group:

  1. Mermaid Treasure Box by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct White Zweigart – started 9/26/2005
  2. Mystery IX (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs – silks and Petite Treasure Braid on 32ct Lavender Mist Zweigart – started 1/1/2006
  3. Bay Sampler by The Workbasket – SNC on 28ct Sterling PTP – started 6/18/2006
  4. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – Vikki Clayton HDF on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver – started 3/23/07
  5. Mermaids of the Deep Blue by Mirabilia – DMC on 32ct Ocean Waves by Stitches and Spice – started 1/1/2008
  6. Le Cuisine d’Ete by Echevette – DMC on 32ct Lemon Zest by Silkweaver – started 2/19/2008
  7. Le Marquoir de Justine by Anne Pelletier Pauleau – my own conversion to Gloriana, Soie Crystal, and AVAS on 40ct HDF light coffee antiqued with walnut spray – started 2/4/14
  8. Primitive Wizard of Oz by Midsummer Night Designs – DMC, Classic Colorworks, and Petite Treasure Braid on 40ct Tissage Gander – started 11/19/2004
  9. Colonial Garden by Plum Street Samplers – NPI on 40ct Black Forest by Lakeside – started 1/9/15
  10. Six Wives of Henry VIII by Primitive Hare – DMC on 40ct Gander linen coffee-dyed – started 7/25/16
  11. Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings – DMC on 36ct Lakeside Light Examplar – started 9/1/16 – one of twelve blocks done
  12. Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs – Classic Colorworks and GAST on 40ct Vintage Examplar – started 6/13/10 – eight of fourteen blocks done

Planned New Year’s Day 2017 start: Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case by Catherine Theron – silk on linen – workshop taken on 3/14/2009

Photos of what the finished piece will look like.


Stash:

  1. Dovo scissors and case
  2. PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner

Shout Outs:

  1. None

Reading:

  1. Finished A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Met my GoodReads challenge of reading 25 books in 2016

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Grateful for rediscovering some old WIPs and falling in love with them again.

Flosstube Episode 21: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a few ornament finishes, Thanksgiving Day stitching, and progress on my shawl knitting.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • 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. Finishing on El Dia del los Muertos ornament by Monsterbubbles – from the JCS September/October 2010 issue; stitched on 28ct Rainforest by Crossed Wing with GAST
  2. Beaded skull scissor fob
  3. Noel ornament by Catherine Theron (freebie) – stitched on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey with Weeks and GAST.  I used Lancaster Red and Antique Rose with the called for Dried Thyme.
  4. Peace ornament by The Marking Sampler – stitched on 36ct Flagstone by Lakeside Linens with DMC
  5. Yuletide ornament by Hands on Design – from JCS Nov/Dec 2016 issue; stitched on 32ct Buttercream by Silkweaver with DMC and Weeks

WIPs:

  1. Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – stitched on 32ct raw polka dot linen with DMC and Weeks
  2. Ghoulies & Ghosties house by Brightneedle (from the Ghoulies & Ghosties Etui class piece) – stitched as a block on my Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin on 35ct Brandy by Country Stitch with DMC, Weeks, and SNC; started for November’s #dark13stitching
  3. Knitting – started Weigh It Shawl #2 by Susan B. Anderson with Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway. A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.  Link to my Ravelry project page.

Stash:

  1. Tula Pink Elizabeth bag by Marie Celeste Stitches
  2. Merry Stitchmas limited edition ornament kit from my LNS The Stitch Niche
  3. Model stitching of Plum Street Samplers Fraktur Mermaid

 

Shout Outs:

  1. Suburban Stitcher podcast

Reading:

  1. Finished A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Currently Reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  3. Next up is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Grateful for my new knitting bag!

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

Little Bitty Ark

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!

 

A Gathering of Stitchers

 

Thanks so much for checking out my last post, I have really missed blogging.  The podcasting is fun, but I really love sharing photos and writing posts too.  I am hoping to post something, either a written post or a podcast episode much more frequently. So, as promised in my last post I wanted to share last December’s holiday party held by the other needlework guild I am a member of – EGA.

This was my second year to attend the EGA holiday party, but this year I opted to not stitch an ornament for the exchange.  Since I’d stitched one for Tudor Rose, and we had our annual eggnog and dessert party the night before the EGA party, I just didn’t feel like I had the time to get something done.  And it was kind of nice to go with no pressure and no expectations, just to visit and enjoy the party.

So, the party was held at one of the member’s homes and she has an amazing amount of stitched pieces that really were awesome to look at.  The wreath above is full of beautiful needlepoint/canvaswork (I don’t know the difference) ornaments.

And look at her gorgeous tree full of stitched ornaments.

Here are a few other decorations around her home.  I’m telling you I was so inspired to go home and stitch my little heart out!

And this is just one of the ornament hanger trees she had completely full of beautiful stitched pieces!

Anyway, I spent most of my time just wandering around and looking at everything.  So much to see and admire and be inspired by!

And then of course, there was the exchange.  First up, the guild President presented her board with these sweet beaded star ornaments that she made.  So pretty!

And my sweet friend Adrienne beaded this lovely ornament.  You may recall I got her beaded ornament in the exchange last year.

Isn’t that darling?  I just love it and would have loved to come home with it.  And then look at this one too.  The guild did a Temari workshop not too long before the party (which I am still kicking myself for missing, I really want to learn how to do temari).  I thought it was wonderful that two people actually made temari for the ornament exchange.  Here’s one of them.

And then here are all the exchange ornaments together.  So fun to see such a variety of types of ornaments – beaded, stitched, etc.

Here are some closer shots.  See the other temari?

More…some perforated paper, more beaded ornaments, hardanger, etc.

And the last set.  Tatted ornament and another of those beaded stars – this time in green.  And look at the cute knit Santa.

So, it was a fun afternoon and I definitely needed the non-pressure of just attending without doing the exchange.  I just had too much on my plate with the board gifts, my Tudor Rose ornament, our party, and then of course my exchange with Sylvia – which I will share next time!

Thanks for checking in!

I am grateful for being surrounded by creative people.

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.

Closing Out the Year

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I appreciate you all being patient while I play post catch up here.  This post though, as you can tell from the title, is the last of things I wanted to share with you from the end of 2013.  
I was very excited when Paulette announced she would be doing a Sunday Mystery SAL back in September.  She released a part each Sunday for nine Sundays, with the promise that we’d have a finished piece before Thanksgiving.  I stitched Mary’s Sampler II, which was the more densely stitched of the two pieces.  Each week I took the opportunity to stitch the new part, while reflecting on the season ahead and what it means to me.  I chose to stitch mine on 40ct Vintage Light Examplar by Lakeside with mostly the called for GAST threads.  I had to change out the white to a brighter white so that it didn’t blend into my linen.  I also opted not to use the called for Espresso Bean, instead choosing a warmer, lighter brown.  Mary I dressed in blue, using a Limited Edition GAST called Aquamarine.  I love how my little sampler turned out and I’m looking forward to having it framed for this Christmas. 
One of the things I wanted to accomplish over the holidays was to finally do the finishing on all of my ornaments and my two guild nametags.  I figured since I had three ornaments for exchanges to finish, I might as well finish my others too. 
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I’ve already shared the finished product of the ornament I stitched for the EGA exchange and the ornament for the Tudor Rose exchange.  I also managed to finish these two. 
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I’m not over the moon about how my Penny Angel turned out, but I think the pompom trim for the Dash Away All was a perfect choice.  
And since I had them out, I took a pic of all my stitched ornaments together.  You can see my Tulip Angel and Shepherd’s Bush ornaments are still lacking their trim.  I realized later that there was one missing from this photo.  Isn’t that always the case with family reunions?  ; )
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I had one final finish for the year I wanted to share.  The year before at the Tudor Rose party, Sylvia and I decided to do an ornament exchange between the two of us in 2013.  So, it was with great anticipation that I opened up the package from and saw this beauty. 
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She stitched this Monsterbubbles ornament changing the colors and the linen.  She uses some metallic silver thread as well as adding the gorgeous beaded edge so that the whole thing sparkles in the Christmas tree lights.  And I absolutely love it on the dark blue linen.  Such a stunner in person, my photo does it no justice.  
But, here comes the funny part.  Sylvia and I didn’t discuss with each other what we were stitching and kept it a surprise until the packages were opened.  Here’s what I stitched for her.
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The little Blackbird Designs’ Souvenir stocking seemed like the perfect choice since we’d be seeing each other in Paris in the spring.  I stitched this on 40ct Vintage Light Examplar (the same fabric I used for Mary’s Sampler) with the called for threads.  I backed it with this pretty pink fabric and used Swarovski bicones for the hanger.  I think we both had fun with the exchange and will definitely be doing it again this year.  
I also had a couple of gifts I wanted to share.  Back in 2010, Gloria of Milady’s Needle was designing this piece and asked if she could use Romeo’s information to personalize it.  I had completely forgotten she’d promised the model to me in return until she sent it along.  I’ve hung it in the hallway with the memorial sampler for my dad (John Reed will also hang here once it’s framed, I’m sure).  It is a sweet reminder of my boy, and a very generous and heartfelt gift. 
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My sweet friend, Kim, also gifted me with this lovely Mary’s Best floss keep from Country Stitches (WTN&T).  Isn’t it pretty?  I’ve been lusting after one of these for a long while and now I have my very own! 
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I had really hoped to have my Kate Spain Christmas quilt finished in time for the holidays, but it didn’t quite happen.  I ordered the backing fabric for it, that you can see in my Instagram photo here.  I could not pass up those cups of hot cocoa on that Icicle grey background.  Too too perfect.  I definitely want to get this one done this year finally so that I can snuggle underneath it while sipping Mexican hot chocolate (my favorite) and watching Serendipity (one of our favorite Christmas movies). 
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My finishes for the year were not as numerous as previous years, but I did get some more sewing in and I finished my dad’s memorial sampler, which was the most important thing for me.

2013 Finishes
2013 Finishes
Return to the Sea with Jane Austen
Kate Spain Christmas quilt top
 Hexy pincushion
Swoon mini quilt
Pinwheels mini quilt
John Reed 1844
Nightshade pillowcase
Sally Halloween costume
Kiss Kiss mini quilt
December ornament 
View From Above ornament
Souvenir of Paris ornament
Mary’s Sampler II
It’s nice to finally feel like I have some closure on 2013, although much delayed.  I can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to in 2014 so far and my brain is zinging with new ideas all the time.  
I am grateful for weekends spent marathon-watching Game of Thrones.

Snow Day

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Thanks for all the compliments on my ornament in the last post.  I agree with you – the guild members are a talented group of stitchers!  As you know, I have been attending the Tudor Rose guild’s annual holiday party since I became a member.  I decided this time that I would also attend the Greater Dallas EGA holiday party as well.  Having never been before, I thought it would be fun to attend.  Unfortunately, the holiday party had to be postponed a week due to the crazy ice storm we had in Dallas.  We did get snow as well, but underneath that snow was a solid sheet of ice.  Needless to say – we all opted to hibernate in our houses!!
But the city thawed and we were finally able to get together for our party.  You’ve seen the ornament I stitched for the Tudor Rose exchange, so here is the ornament I stitched for EGA. 
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If I’d been thinking clearly, I would have photographed my little Santa ornament in the snow!  Alas, I wasn’t.  I’ve been mulling over stitching this ornament for a few years now.  It was actually one of the monthly sheep blankets for the Woolly Tyme club done by Homespun Elegance back in 2006.  I just always thought this was a sweet design and would be something that probably few have seen.  I just love his little Wisper beard that’s all fuzzy.  I found this great pompom trim at JoAnn’s that was a perfect choice for finishing him.  
One of the things I love about EGA is that  you have needleworkers of all kinds – cross-stitchers, needlepointers, beaders, etc.  One of the ladies brought her beaded Christmas trees to share.  You can see two of them in this photo – but she’s actually finished like six of these things!  Aren’t they awesome???
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The board members presented the outgoing President with this amazing gift.  They took a kit out of her stash (without her knowing) and they each stitched on it and then finished it.  Not only was she completely blown away by the beautiful piece – but the fact that it had come from her own stash – what a gift that is!  (Side note: if anyone would like to stitch something for me from my stash, shoot me an email.  LOL)  She had even bought these gorgeous Sajou Mother of Pearl scissors to go in the piece and quickly wen to retrieve them so that they could take their proper place!  I wish I’d gotten a photo of the outside of the piece, but it was just stunning!
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Now, on to the ornament exchange!  Here are closeups of a few I thought were eye-catching.  Loved the beaded edge and hanger on this sweet one. 
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A beaded ball with fringe.  My photo of this does it no justice. 
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This one had a lot of people’s interest – it’s a completely beaded three-dimensional star with a beautiful crystal in the center.  Loved this one so much!
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And here are some closeups of some of the fantastic ornaments together.  
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Look at the beaded cardinal – wowza!  So pretty!  I love the blackwork piece next to it as well. 
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And here they are all together.  I meant to get a closeup of the two wool ornaments – they were darling.  Again – I love how different they all are. 
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And this is the beautiful ornament I went home with.  Made by my sweet friend, Adrienne, I was thrilled I managed to hang on to it through the swapping! It’s two-sided and entirely beaded.  She is such an amazing beader. 
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So there you have it – another fun holiday party and exchange.  I will definitely be attending the EGA party again.  
I am grateful for stepping outside my comfort zone.