Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Finale...

Happy New Year...
to all my blogging buddies, stitching sisters and fellows! I hope that 2012 is a year filled with health, wealth, happiness and many contented hours filled with your needle and thread. I always find this time of year poignant...things I want to forget, things I want to celebrate, things I want to improve, things I want to accomplish...but most of all I just get this overwhelming sense of I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing just what I'm supposed to be doing and feeling very blessed and humble. I'm very thankful for what I have been given in this life and I try very hard to return that to the world by giving back the best way I know how and to open myself to God and his plan for me.

This week...
has been a super-fantabulous week of family. Ellie has been very ill (we were in the ER on Christmas morning) but she's rebounded, however not before infecting her siblings - we've had at least one fall prey and another that has symptoms (but no progression yet)...so since we've been a herd of sickos this week, its been pleasant just to be here at home with each other. Mr. Pfeiffer took the week as well so it was fun having Daddy here with us to play each day! We love Daddy! And Daddy being here gives Momma some time to do what she does best.

Here's the finale...
of my 2011 stitching. Please let me introduce:
Poinsetta House

"Poinsettia House"
by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
copyright: 2009
Stitched with DMC and Crescent Colours as charted
on 25 ct. lugana Country Vintage Mocha one over one

Here's some...
detail on the stitching and finishing. Notice I changed "Poinsettia House" to "Christmas 2011" while stitching. Then while finishing, I rusched some satin ribbon and found the most perfect olive colored beads to use for the pin heads to accent the ornament.
Poinsetta House finish



As I was stitching...
this beauty (and let me tell you stitching it over 1 made it the most gorgeous finish) I kept thinking about that urn of poinsettias next to the house. What about those? They'd make a cute ornament, right?! So off I went to my scrap drawer and come up with these:
Sister Ornaments

"Sister Ornaments"
motifs taken from Poinsettia House by Little House Needleworks
copyright 2009
stitched on 28 ct. unknown linen with Cresent Colours and DMC as charted


Before I...
even stitched these I had them envisioned as an oval ornaments. So I executed them as my vision detailed and finished them as the house ornament:

Poinsetta Urn Ornament


Last night...
I had a very productive finishing evening! These turned out fabulous and put the exclamation mark (!) on the end of our holiday time together and also of my 2011 stitching as the finale to a great year! It was a fabulous week and this set of ornaments will always remind me of this time together during our Christmas 2011. Plus a little side on this design: it was the first assignment over at 2012 Year of Smalls  and I think I'm going to ask to join in the fun over there.

ornaments


This Advent...
I had a very wonderful thing happen for me in my religious life. A little "back history" is that none of my pregnancies were normal and everyone was delivered in an "emergency" situation. There were periods of time with the boys pregnancy and Ellie's pregnancy that I was on complete bed rest. During these times, I could not attend church. But I had this wonderful lady that came and gave me communion. It meant so much to me when she came and visited, prayed with me and brought me Jesus. I still can remember her rubbing the pyx on my belly (when the boys were still inside) and praying with me for a delay in their arrival (as I was in labor at 28 weeks gestation). This past November, our church put in the Sunday bulletin that they needed extraordinary Eucharistic ministers to the sick. I knew immediately that I had to help others as I was once helped. On December 14, 2011 I was commissioned by my parish priest and given my tools to take the Eucharist to those sick of our parish. I'm very humbled by this and hope that I will just be a flicker of light to those in need. Just like the lady that came and gave the Eucharist to me when I was in need.
eucharistic minister tools

So that...
wraps up our December and holiday season! Now for the 2011 in review...

I have had...
only 37 finishes this year, down from previous years. But this year I've had some fabulous firsts that I'd like to remember.

I created...
the embroidery hoop box. I don't own it as I donated it, but I sure did like it whilst it was here. I will definitely be stitching another of these for me someday.
BBD Stitching Box Front View

Blackbird Designs "Summer House Pincushion"
mounted onto my embroidery hoop box

I taught...
myself counted thread needlepoint. This first project turned out successfully. It was framed this fall and given to my Mom for Christmas. She loved it. I'll be doing some more of this in future.
Amish Trip Around the World 2

"Amish Trip Around the World"
by Nancy's Needle

I went...
to my first Stitching Retreat! WHOO HOO! That was a super-great, good time and I'm going again in 2012. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new!
My Stitching Place w signature

"Beauty and Grace"
retreat design by Tree of Life Samplings ~ Jan Alexander

My Mom...
retired in February and I was trying to think of something to interest her. I read Brenda Gervais' blog and found out about the Iowa Eagles and found the link. Gave it to Mom and she watched those birds constantly. She even would call me and we'd tune into the nest cam together on our computers and talk on the phone about them with each other for an hour or more each day. It was a non-thinker when Brenda advertised her "Soar Sampler". I got it and stitched it for my Mom. I'll be stitching it again for me, too.

Soar Sampler w signature

"Soar Sampler"
by Brenda Gervais of With Thy Needle and Thread, "Country Stitches"

I had...
always loved this simple design and its little prayer. So I stitched it up for me this year and it hangs right over my stitching chair. It sums me up pretty good, I do believe
Stitchers Prayer with signature

"Stitcher's Prayer" by Little House Needleworks~Diane Williams

But I must say...
that my all time favorite finish for 2011 is:

"Family Sampler" Blue, Honor and Champion Ribbon Winner

"The Family Sampler" by Little House Needleworks~Diane Williams

The Family Sampler...
was my second finish of the year. It was the first thing I ever entered into our county fair, which I had wanted to enter things for years - but was afraid that I wasn't a good enough stitcher. But the stars aligned and my sampler won some really great ribbons! But how could you go wrong with a design so pretty and that fabulous frame from Valley House Primitives ?! Winner, winner, chicken dinner! I say...

2012...
I hesitate to even begin to acknowledge what I would like to stitch this year. Every year I make these grand plans (or delusions), and for the first month or so, I execute and then I move on to something else that I hadn't planned...to which the whole great debate I had with myself at the end of the prior year falls apart. Sound familiar? ;)

So...
with held breath I will say that I would like to focus on: The Elizabeth Hancock Adaptation , The Monthly Cottages , The ABC's and some Ornaments . In the grand scheme of things my only true goal is to stitch - which I'll meet because my life isn't complete without stitching. After that I would like to be sure that I stitch at least one ornament per month. Just like my Idol, Mistress Carol over at "Stitching Dreams" blog. I've been following her since shortly after her blogs inception and I just well, salivate every time she posts. I aspire to be just like her! period.

See...
I have no delusions (or allusions) of grand plans. No 500 starts in 500 days or whatever (although I probably would do a bang up job of that too!).  None of that only stitching on what I have or what I've started. (That's like a diet and I suck at those already.) Nope, nope, nope. I'm just doing what Vonna wants to do when she wants to do it. Smile! Live Life! and Be me! Because I like me and I like what I can do when I put my mind to it.

But...
for inquiring minds....here is my grand plan for this evening and tomorrow. MY New Year's Start - let's hope this is not a delusion:

New Years Start Project

and here it is all ready to slip inside it's envelope in case I need to take it travelling with me:
packed and ready

Happy New Year...
thank you all for visiting with me all year long. I'm ready to see you in 2012 and see your stitching, read about your life, visit with your family,  lend a shoulder to you when you need it,  applaud you on your stitching and take my hat off to your fabulousness!

Until we meet again...
I'll be keeping my hands at work and heart to God, just like always.

Love and hugs,
Vonna

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Cross Stitch for the Holidays...

Recently I was sent this lovely magazine:

The magazine is filled with lovely detailed ornaments, stockings, full size pictures, tips, hints, finishing ideas, etc. I would highly recommend your getting one to add to your collection of holiday stitching projects! I will be stitching designs from this magazine in the future for sure! Thank you to the crafting editor for sending me this lovely surprise!
Here is a link to the publisher: Future US
Here is another link to purchase copies: Stonehouse Publications

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Give me a "B"...

The Jolly Man...
has almost arrived! And I just slipped the last few stitches into this:

Prairie Schooler letter B

"B"
Designed by: the Prairie Schooler
stitched 1 over 1 on 25 ct. lugana
using DMC as charted

I issued a challege...
over on the Prairie Schooler ABC Stitching Bee to refresh and renew our pledge to stitch the ABC's and finish one block by the end of the year. I thought I was going to embarrass myself and not meet my own challenge. But thank goodness, I met the challenge and I still have a week to go before the end of the year! Hmmm...what is next?!

So here is my...
efforts to date. I am hopeful that by the end of 2012 I'll have a lot more blocks than these two sorry ones I have already.
Prairie Schooler letters A & B

These pictures...
honestly do not show the loveliness (nor the daintiness) of these piece. It is much more pretty in real life. Honestly its really is!

Until next time...
I hope you all are on the "nice" list...heaven forbid being on that "naughty" list!

Merry Christmas!
~Vonna

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Santa Claus is "Comin to Town"....

Happy Day Blog Buddies and Stitching Friends!...
It is my sincere hope that all of you are enjoying your days of good cheer! I squeezed a few minutes out today to finish my Prairie Schooler project that I showed you the other day.

Here is what I came up with for a finish:

Prairie Schooler_Comin to Town

"Comin' to Town"
Designed by: Prairie Schooler
copyright 2011
Limited Edition Santa Kit 2011
Stitched on: 28 ct. natural raw linen
Stitched with: Crescent Colours

 I finished "Comin' to Town"...
as a plate/wall hanging. What that means is, that I added to the back a ribbon hanger so that I can hang it on the wall if I want, or display it on easel. I have visions of having all of the Limited Edition Santas on my mantle. Now this part is between you and me...I have all of the limited Santa kits...this is the only one I've ever opened and finished. Shhhh.... There is always 2012!

As I was stitching...
"Comin' to Town", I kept thinking that the waving Santa was cute as a button. Then I got to thinking about my "vision" of my Santa mantle, then I got to thinking about how I lust after a Prairie Schooler Santa Tree. I got to thinking really hard after I saw THIS ONE over at Pricilla's, (be still my heart) and you know how it goes when I start thinking. So to bring a vision one teeny, tiny step closer to fruition, I stitched up this:


Prairie Schooler_Comin to Town_ornament

"Comin' to Town" Santa Ornament
taken from motif found on the Prairie Schooler
Limited Edition Santa Kit
Copyright 2011
Stitched over two using three stands on 25 ct. French Country Mocha Lugana

Turned out...
Just like my vision! now I have a pretty picture to display and a sweet ornament to hang on our tree. And I'm one step closer to my Santa Tree! In fact, in 2012 my goal is to stitch at least one ornament a month so that I can see that Santa Tree standing smack dab in the middle of my house someday!

Here's the pretties...
I stitched and finished this week. It's been a productive one for me :)


Prairie Schooler_Comin to Town_Picture and Ornament

"Comin' to Town" Plate/Wallhanging and Ornament
Alrighty folks...
that's all I got for you today. We're travelling this weekend celebrating with our extended families the Christmas Holidays so that we can observe our own family traditions and celebrations here at our home over the actual holiday. We made that decision about 5 years ago - to stop the insanity of travelling all over - and observe in our own home our own traditions with just us. It was the best decision we ever made.

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always!
Hugs and love,
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A guilty pleasure...

Howdy Blog Buddies and Stitching Friends!...
What is my guilty pleasure? Why it is "Tuesday Stitch In's" at my Local Needlework Shop Fancy Works . I went for the very first time last Tuesday and believe me I came home and filled in every Tuesday on my calendar as "Stitch Day" :)
It's going to be my guilty pleasure...and you know what?! I deserve a guilty pleasure all to myself. Don't you agree?!

Let me show you some the the goodies that were at the shop today!

Liz framed and returned:

012

Bert's "Florence Nightingale Pledge"
(how about that mat!)

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Marilyn's "Love Keeps Us Warm"

 
AND here's what everyone was working on today:

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Jessica finished this beautiful Cardinal Stocking



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This is a lady that I can't remember her name (its only my 2nd week...sorry!)
She's stitching this bookmark for literacy

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Nancy's January Cottage
she's doing it 1 over 1 on 28 ct. it is tiny!


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Bert was backstitching her puppy dogs



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Katie finished up "Welcome Friends"



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Look at Barb's gorgeous blackwork...stunning!



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Coleen was working on ABC tapestry and it was pretty as a picture!



And what about me?.....
well I finished up:

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 Prairie Schooler's Limited Edition 2011 Santa
"Coming to Town"
stitched on 28 ct. Natural Raw Linen
stitched with Crescent Colours as charted

So...
that was my Tuesday at the stitch in! Isn't that grand fun?! :) We had a booming good time, stitching, chatting, eating....ahhh good times! And the best part is, I really don't feel guilty, I just feel good!
:)

Tune in next time...
to see how I finish up my "Coming to Town" Santa!

Until then...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, join in with me!
Hugs and love,
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy Birthday...

Katie! Happy Birthday to you! :)



Katie's 14th Birthday

Katie,her siblings and special guy friend.

You are a special young lady and we love you!
Love, Daddy and Mom

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Tempting you...

Hello Blog Buddies...
I am going through my "to do" lists and playing in all my stash and decided that I needed to "tempt" you all just a little bit. This time of year I find myself dreaming about what I want to accomplish next year. I figure out a plan, a dream, and then try to execute that dream.

Perhaps you do too?...
If so may I reintroduce a couple of endeavors that I am currently moderating:

LHN_Monthly_Ornie_SAL

Read all about LHN Ornies HERE



lhnorniesaltoo

Read All About LHN Ornies Too HERE


Prairie_Schooler_Alphabet_Blog

Read all about the ABC's HERE



Cottage_SAL

Read all about the Cottages HERE


Then after seeing this:

Elizabeth_Hancock_small

Elizabeth Hancock adaptation/reproduction by Little House Needleworks
I've been considering perhaps starting a Stitch-A-Long devoted only to the stitching of Miss Elizabeth Hancock if there would be interest? If you are intersted in joining a blog stitch-a-long that would be comprised only of people dedicated to stitching Elizabeth in a no rules, no holds barred stitch-a-long just encouraging each other to complete her in 2012, then drop me a line (my e-mail address is available in the sidebar by the mailbox) include your e-mail address in the e-mail you send to me and if there is 20+ people interested, I'll start a blog dedicated to stitching Miss Hancock. We wouldn't start until January 2012 (so we have time to gather the supplies after we get some Christmas cash!). Maybe it could be your New Year's start????

Until next time....Temptingly Yours,
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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Happy 12th Birthday...

to Ian and Jake!



Love,
Mom and Daddy
:)

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Merry December...

A Merry December 1st....
to each and every one of my friends, followers and fellow stitchers! This, in my humble opinion, is the most wonderful time of the year. A moment of peace, a time of reflection, a time of goodwill and memories, may it be that for all of us.

I've had a finish...
may I present to you:

CCN_January Cottage

CCN_January Cottage1

"January Cottage"
designed by: Nikki Leeman of Country Cottage Needleworks
Copyright 2010
Stitched with DMC and Crescent Colours cottons
Stitched on 32 ct. Amber Linen by Wichelt

Isn't it wonderful...
I just fell head over heels when Nikki first showed the pattern and being that I'm a little bit manic about "collections" and "series" well....that did me in :)

I am stitching mine....
all on one piece of fabric. In rows of three starting in January so that the months are roughly by "seasons". I really do think its going to be lovely. And as many of you know, I started a Stitch~a~long which can be found here: Cottages Stitch-A-Long Blog . Membership has been brisk and I think I only have 20 spots left - so if any of you are interested, do not delay! Send me an e-mail and I'll get you added.

We got our decorating done...
this past weekend. I'm tickled pink about one of my trees. Please bear with me while I show you my Santa tree:

My Santa Tree

I guess all those...
Country Living magazines finally have paid off :) Ha, ha, ha.... This tree is in our dining room/kitchen area and it is decorated exclusively with Santas. I love that big old Uhl crock and when I saw a picture of a tree in a crock in the magazine the light bulb started flickering in my head. Turned out sweetly in my personal opinion.

What's next....
well we'll just have to wait to see, right?!

Until next time...
keep those fingers busy while your hands are at work and your heart is to God!
Merry Christmas!
Love and hugs,
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