Friday, December 28, 2012

The last WIPocalypse for 2012

Even though I had lots of Christmas stitching to do, I managed to pick up the Tulip Sampler in December and finished the big square on the bottom plus two smaller squares above it :

I also found some time to work on Flower Power from Anne Strite-Kurtz. This was a 2011 Crazy Challenge piece that didn't get very far in 2011.  I finished the third band -- hooray!

This year has been a fruitful one for me - stitching-wise.  I finished quite a few stitchy items . . .

and still have quite a few to go . . .

These (and any others that may strike my fancy during the coming year) will be the ones I concentrate on for the 2013 WIPocalypse.  Wish me luck.  And I'll also wish you good stitching luck in 2013.  May the games begin . . .

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Here comes the snow ....

I just looked out the window and the snow she is a fallin'.  We're supposed to get lots of the white stuff today -- it'll be our first real snow of the season -- and if we do, I'll be spending the evening shoveling.  Yuck!

I didn't get to post my last ornament before Christmas so here he is, Santa with Drum, a gift for my brother, the drummer (perfect, no?):

The original pattern called for lots of shading and tiny color changes (which are all very pretty) but I didn't feel like being that "fussy".  Instead, I decided to limit the thread colors, thereby making him somewhat plainer but none the cuter. 

I also finished the Christmas SAL by Carole (Thank You Carole!):

I changed the colors significantly and am happy with the results.  (For some reason or other, I don't like stitching with the traditional Christmas colors.  It isn't that they aren't pretty, I just prefer not to stitch them -- color me weird.)  While working on Carole's sampler, I 'discovered' a 3-color combo that I am absolutely smitten with and plan on using in an as yet undetermined future piece.

I'm  not a real purple-lover but I do love this purple.  It's very understated and seems to go well with browns and other fall colors.  Plus, it looks great on tea-stained fabrics.  I've used it a few times now.  The first time was with Harvest Angel a few years ago:

And then just recently with one of the Christmas ornaments for this year:

I guess you could say it's one of my new favorite colors :-)

YIKES!  I just took another peek outside.  The road outside my window is covered with snow now and more is falling.  Guess what I'll be doing tonight.  Hopefully, I won't put out my back or hips or knees or whatever.

Take care everyone and have a happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The last IHSW of 2012

For the final IHSW of 2012, I ornamentized 2 more Christmas ornies and are they a little over the top :)

I love all that red!  Two more down . . . . only 1 more to go.
And I should have done it over the weekend but I decided to work on the little house in the Christmas SAL from Carole instead:

The little 'mistletoe with hearts' motif below the house, I did on Monday.  Though that's all for my IHSW report, I do have a few more pictures to show you.

Kate of Momuboocrea Island and I exchanged Christmas ornaments:

This is the ornament I sent to her - the little angel I love so much.

And this is what Kate sent to me.  Ummm, there was a chocolate Santa but I ate it.  Yum! 
And then I entered a giveaway held by Jules and I won it!  How cool is that?

Snowmen are one of my favorite winter things ....  and she sent me 2.
Let me tell you, I feel totally spoiled by these two lovely ladies :-)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4 Down . . . .

and 3 more to go.   I'm making good time with the ornament finishing.  Maybe I'll get that wall hanging done before Christmas after all.

Have a good day and thanks for stopping by!