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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful...

Hey Blog Buddies,

Yes, the weather outside is frightful.  Yesterday we got about six inches of snow, and today it's very cold and windy.  And we're right smack dab in the middle of December, snow and cold, Christmas, the Winter Solstice -- and what am I doing?

Halloween in December

Yes, that's right, I still had one more ornament to do for the 2013 Halloween Ornament SAL...

I'm surprised the photo turned out --
it was so windy, the branch and ornament
were bobbing up and down.
Yes, the Nut was out without a coat,
taking photos of a Halloween ornament
in the snow and cold.
Here is the "Official Portrait"...
This is Knotted Tree NeedleArt's Little Owl Sampler
from the 2012 Just Cross Stitch Halloween Issue.
I had purple and orange #5 pearl cotton for the cording.
I asked DH the question:
Purple, orange, or both?
He said to go with solid orange, and I'm glad I did.
It brightens up the whole piece.
Stitchers are The Most Generous People
A little while ago I won Anne's giveaway at
It was her Third Blogoversary,
and she offered to stitch three small pieces,
for three different people.
The winners got to pick out their prizes
from an assortment of patterns selected by Anne.
I chose a Prairie Schooler fall pattern,
a crow on a pumpkin.
How cute is that?!!
I just love the way she finished it!
But that's not all...
These items were also in the envelope,
clockwise from top left:
small note pad, 3 skeins of floss, cute piece
of red-and-white fabric, lovely card,
Russian Earl Grey tea, cute hemstitch/eyelet piece
from Victoria Sampler, her stitched piece,
and a length of black rick rack.
This did not make the above photo:
A packet of the cutest seasonal buttons.
I was just about to go out searching
for snowflake buttons when her package came.
Thanks again, Anne!
Stitch from Stash 2014
It's the end of the year,
and the new 2014 virtual Stitch Alongs
are now gearing up on various blogs.
(No more Halloween ornaments for me next year!)
What I haven't mentioned here is
that I went on a new stash diet in the middle of October
(two months and counting).
I had told certain of my stitching buddies
that as of January 1st, all bets were off, but...
Mel at Epic Stitching is hosting Stitch from Stash,
and it sounds like it will be right up my alley.
If it sounds interesting to you,
click here to check it out. 
That's it from here.
Hope you had a great weekend.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!


stitcheranon said...

Lovely the halloween finishes. Very pretty!

CalamityJr said...

The outdoor photo is such fun. We got a couple more inches of that snow here (a few hours south of you) and the only pictures I took were from the porch!

Julie said...

Lovely Halloween finish and a super envelope of goodies you received.
Stay warm and cosy in the snow.

Chris said...

Great Halloween ornament.
What a wonderful package of treats from Anne!
Looks like a great SAL. I want to stitch from stash too for the next year.
Have a great week!

Anne said...

Love your Halloween finish Pat!! It's perfect!! So glad you enjoyed the pillow and treats :D Funny how I included those buttons that you needed!! Hugs!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your halloween ornament looks great!

Lili said...

Your last Halloween ornament is so lovely!
Congrats!! ;)

Pretty prize giveaway, beautiful gifts!! The Fall piece is adorable!


Anne said...

I love your latest Halloween ornament - finishing is quite impressive! I may press you to give me some instruction. I think the Stitch from Stash idea is a great one.

Carol said...

Cute ornament--you've done so well on your Halloween stitching this year! And that sweet Anne certainly spoiled you--love her gifts :)

I don't buy many new charts as a rule--I have so many wonderful things in my own stash just shouting "pick me, pick me!!"

Meari said...

Your Halloween ornament is adorable. Nice package from Anne.

I'm doing the Stitch From Stash, too.

Giovanna said...

Well done on the Halloween ornament, it's so cute. And lovely package of goodies :-)

Sally said...

Love your Halloween ornament. I didn't get any stitched this year so maybe I should start now!

Fantastic prize package from Anne.

I think I will check out the Stitch from Stash as that is what I am doing other than finishing the autos I have. I'm planning on going until December next year.

Merry Christmas!