I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Year in Review

Hey Blog Buddies,

Hope all of you are having a fabulous holiday season.  The end of the year prompts many people to take a look back, and since Blogger has discontinued its Slideshow gadget (I kind of miss it), I thought I'd do a quick stitchy year in review, with a minimum of blathering.


Angles by Debbie Rowley

A Tree by Itself by Rosewood Manor

Bluebird by Charley Harper

The Song They Sang by
Carriage House Samplings

April by The Prairie Schooler

May Flip-It by Lizzie-Kate

Eastern Blue Bird by Tanja Berlin Designs
(yes, I could have used a different photo, but...)

Autumn Logs by
Needle Delights Originals

Dawn Chorus by Long Dog Samplers

Blackwork Horse-Haflinger Breeed
by Tanja Berlin Designs

Red, White and Blue by Lizzie-Kate

Summertime Roll-Up by La D Da

The Missing Piece by
Jennifer Riefenberg

A B C by The Prairie Schooler

Four Bookmarks from the
Nordic Needle 2011 Bookmark Club

Nevermore by Lizzie-Kate

Goodness and Plenty by
Plum Street Samplers

Kindred Spirits pin cube by
With my Needle

And my latest three finishes,
not seen here before:

First Star from the 2012
JCS Christmas Ornament magazine

Merry Merry by Birds of a Feather

...and, just under the wire...
D E F by The Prairie Schooler

When you look at them all together,
it seems like a lot.
I wish I could have done more.
I have so many projects in my stash
just waiting for their turn to be stitched.

I'll be back in a week or so
to show you what's on the
stitching horizon for 2017.

Have a happy and safe New Year.
Thanks, as always, for visiting.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

2016 Advent Calendar

Hey Blog Buddies,

This year I'm taking part in Jo's Advent Calendar Blog Hop.  Each participant displays a holiday-themed stitched piece and answers a question.

I wanted to show you something that hasn't been on this blog before, so I chose this picture that I stitched sometime in the 90's.

This is one of Mary Engelbreit's designs.
I'm not usually fond of Santas, but I do love this piece.

The question posed to each of us was:
Decorations - do you have a favourite decoration
you must have on display every year,
maybe an heirloom, one the children made
 or something with a special story behind it?

This is the first ornament that I ever stitched,
most likely from sometime in the late 70's.
The long-and-short stitch on the dog was 
challenging to do, but I was determined to make it
because it's a basset, and at the time we had
our first of many of these lovable dogs.

There were a few years when we didn't put up a tree,
but this cutie always made an appearance somewhere.
This year it's on a door knob because my tree is a bit crowded.

A big thank you goes to Jo,
who organizes this blog hop each year.

Thanks for visiting!