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Monday, December 31, 2012

Late & Last Wipocalypse for 2012

My Wipocalypse report for December is that there was no progress made on any of these:
Spring Heart - olgamaxden.blogspot.com
Rose Sampler - EMS SAL
3 Kimonos - Joan Elliott's Oriental Collection
Banu - Seba Designs Facebook
Around the World in 80 Stitches - Papillon Creations
Idelia May Rich - Little by Little
Africa - Joan Elliott 
Biscornu - can't tell or show you, it's a secret for now
26 Angel Wings for Sandy Hook Elementary School  
 However these are all of the WIPs to be carried over to 2013 and you've seen them all before.  What I do have to report is that I had 29 finishes in 2012, but if you count each of the 6 Black & White figure, one of the 3Kimonos and 3of the 26 Angel Wings it would be 38. Of my original 6 Wipocalypse WIPs 5 have been completed.
Here's a list of all my finishes in 2012:

*(6) Black & White Figures                                                 African Women
 2nd Soldier Memorial                                                         Behold, I Bring You Tiding of Great Jpy
*12 Day of Christmas                                                           Black Cat Society
 Byzantine Gem                                                                     Christmas in July
*Counting Calories                                                               CS Diva (QR code)
 Fraidy Cat                                                                            His Name is Jesus
 I Know God                                                                         If the Shoe Fits
 Leo                                                                                       Libra
 Love One Another                                                                Lucky Kitty
 Merry Stitchmas                                                                   All XX's (QR code)
 I Love You (QR code)                                                         Property of Minnie G (QR code)
 Random Threads                                                                  Salem
 Santa 2012                                                                           There's Snow Place
Biscornu - 1                                                                          Praying Angel
*The Champagner
* These are the original WIPs for 2012
I put a picture of each finish  in my new 2012 Finishes tab at the top of the page so you can match them up.

In addition to my WIPs for 2013 here are some of the things I really want to start in 2013:
My Needle and My Floss They Comfort Me - Waxing Moon Designs
Stitching Mends the Soul - Waxing Moon Designs
Thine Is The Trick and The Treat - Prairie Moon
BeTrue - Little House Needleworks
To Market - Joan Elliott
159 Midnight Manor - Waxing Moon Designs 
Shadows - The Cricket Collection
Just One More X - The Cricket Collection

Well I want to thank each and everyone of my followers and those who just visit occasionally and I wish you all a very safe, Happy New Year.  I'll be stitching the New Year in, making some wonderful little xxs. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sorry I've Been MIA

There has been so much going on that I wasn't able to post much. I've been stitching squares for the Sandy Hook quilts and working to finish my biscornu for the exchange next month.  As if that wasn't enough I of course waited to the last minute to do Christmas shopping and then there was Christmas dinner preparations and cooking.  Finally there was Christmas and wooooo hooooo!  Did I ever hit the mother lode?  First I received issue 198 of The World of Cross Stitch with the Joan Elliott diary from my very special stitching angel Karen Newton-Smith in the UK.  It arrived on Christmas Eve, I don’t know how she did it but that was perfect timing.  I also received in the mail my copy of Cross Stitch Gold with Joan Elliott’s “Father Frost” and the latest issue of Just Cross Stitch.  I found, ordered and received copies of JE’s “Wit and Wisdom”, JE’s Sentiments and Sayings” and “Cross Stitch Angels” from David & Charles publishing’s. I got them through Amazon for very reasonable prices.
My Santa daughter gifted me a three disk set of “Hidden Object” games (my favorites).  The Hubby was the ultimate Santa, from him I got two new audio books, beautiful flosses with bobbins and a storage box; I got three beautiful kits, a desk top Ott lamp and an EZ Lap Stand.   
Our stitch-in group had a special Christmas gathering, we had lots of goodies to sample and Ellen our hostess gave everyone a beautiful Christmas gift. We got crackers from Patricia with surprise gifts and our gold crowns inside.  Here are a few of ladies from our group, some actually stitched others ate and Rieka (I hope I've spelled her name correctly) even brought and shared a finished piece of hers that she had framed in on a trip home to India. The frame is completely hand carved and stained, it’s really beautiful and my photography doesn't do it justice.
Well I've kept you in suspense long enough, but before all of the pictures I want to say welcome to my new followers and thank you to all for visiting and leaving comments. So I’ll have some stitching progress to share next time, I’m off to make more wonderful little xxs.  




Angel Wings


Love my audio books.
We all got this one "The Primitive Hare-2012" + all the trimmings.
                                                     
Patricia on right
Ellen on the left is our hostess and owner of In Stitches Needlework

I hope it was worth the wait. See you next time!












Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!




I thank God for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ the reason for this holiday season.
Merry Christmas and God’s blessings to all!



xxs

Thursday, December 13, 2012

TUSAL Dec 2012 and other stuff...

It is TUSAL time once again and I have really enjoyed sharing my orts and finding different little jars and containers to display them in.  Here is my display for December 2012.


I found this little glass milk carton at a shop at the National Harbor and I thought it was just too cute and of course Mr. Cleo Jenkins took it upon himself to present this month’s TUSAL.
It has been a really long time since I shared a picture of one of my statues and being that Christmas is on its way, I thought this would be a little reminder as to what the reason for the season truly is.
This one I call “O Holy Night” it’s by Ebony Treasures, I can’t remember exactly where I got it but I think it is beautiful. 
I've only got a couple of things stitchy to show, since I finished my Christmas ornaments I've been working on the SAL design by Banu Demirel I got from Facebook a while ago.   It is supposed to be blackwork but of course I love color so it is “multicolorwork”. You have to forgive the bad pictures, I’m old (enough said). 

The other design I worked on is “Ida Mae Rich”.


It is being stitched on 36ct Vintage Butter crème linen and to me you have to make a lot of little xxs to see any progress, but thanks to my new discovery of audio books I was able to loose myself in a good mystery and just stitch. I have gone through 5 audio books in the last two weeks.  
Thank you to all of my followers old and new for the comments you leave, I love them.  Before I go I would like to say that my prayers go out to all of the people affected by the shooting in the Portland, OR mall and especially to the families who lost loved ones. 
I’m now off to work on a special design for the biscornu exchange I’m participating in with some very special friends on the About.com cross stitch forum, so until next time I’ll be making some wonderful little xxs.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 Liebster Award

I was nominated this year for a Liebster Award by DJH over at Sometime, I am  not nice and I thank you.


Liebster is a German word meaning dearest, favorite or beloved. Liebster Awards are given by bloggers to other bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to spread the word and help newer bloggers gain wider recognition. 
1. Choose 5 bloggers with fewer than 200 followers to award the Liebster to.
2. Show thanks to the blogger who awarded the Liebster to you by linking back to their blog. 
3.  Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving awards to, with links to their sites, and comment on their blog to let them know that you have given them the award.




My five nominees are:
                           Vegas Jill- A Stitch in Time
                                    
                                    Vicky -   The Procrastinating Expat Kiwi Crafter

                           Faith -   Faithfully Stitching

                           Katie -  Jeremiah's Mom

                           Michelle -  Ozarks sew n' sews

Here is the 2012 Liebster Award so you can save it and post it to your page.


I think this is nice and something cute to add to your page, however I will understand if you do not want to repeat this process and pass it on, it does require a little time and effort.

Well stitch-night is tonight at my LNS and I still have to figure out "what's for dinner" so I'm off .  Thanks for stopping by.  
xxs

Sunday, December 2, 2012

I Promised Ornaments...

I give you ornaments:
A little pillow ornament

I used the same fabric on the backs of Santa and Mrs. Claus


My Praying Angel got a different backing fabric.


This one was too big to be an actual ornament so it got the full pillow treatment.  Well now maybe I can get back to my crazy rotation I have a couple of things that haven't been touched in a very long time and they need some attention too.  If you're new here thank you for visiting and maybe becoming a follower and if you've been here before and decided to come back maybe I'm doing something right :-) Thank you too.

I did finish one of the audio books from the library the title is "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian.  I loved this story and the reader made me believe that I was actually there. 
I also finished reading the other book I spoke about in another post "Blackwork" by Monica Ferris.  I will definitely look for more of her books. I'm off now to make some more wonderful little xxs.