Monday, December 03, 2012

Oh Thomas....

...how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
 
I love  your proud stance on that little mound of grass....
and I especially love your primitive glance....
 
Thomas 1
 
I love your little wing with its bright stripe of turquoise...
and your sweet little waddle hanging under your nose...
 
Thomas 3
 
 
I love your date plaque with 1863....
and I imagine shaking those handsome tail-feathers brings all the female turkeys to their knees...
 
 
Thomas 2
 
 
...and those flowering, trailing vines are the perfect added touch....
along with that key that I long to clutch...
 
 
Thomas 4
 
 
Oh, sweet Thomas, you cut a fine figure....
your finish just fills me, overflowing with vigor!
 
 
Thomas 5
 
"Thomas"
designed by: Notforgotten Farm ~ Lori Brechlin
Copyright 2007
Stitched on: 40 ct. linen shade: Hazelnut
using my own color conversion to hand-dyed cottons in Crescent Colours and Gentle Arts
 
I placed the last stitch...
In Mr. Thomas on Saturday afternoon. That butterball of his about got me! But I persevered and now Thomas lies with J.M. Gardner, awaiting a trip to my framer.
 
I moved on to another project and have a significant portion done on this pretty design:
 
Holiday House
Holiday House ~ by Little House Needleworks
 
I'm not stitching it...
as shown above, however, and that is my surprise for next time you come to visit! (there is a lot of stitching involved with how I'm doing it so....it will be a while!) But I can say, it is turning out just like I had it envisioned! :) and I bet you will like it too!
 
Saturday past...
marked the first day of the Advent Season, and my family and I went to Confession (followed by Mass), so that we could start the season out on the right foot. As we traveled home, we talked about the lighting of the first Candle on our Advent wreath and the prayers we say for the season. I try to make every day special for my kids, but during the holidays, I want them to experience the wonder and excitement as no other time,  as we await our Savior's birth. Then to be able to attend Christmas Mass with pure hearts and view the infant Jesus snug in his manger with Mary, Joseph and the livestock looking on Him. Yes, it is truly the tradition and repetition of our faith throughout the liturgical year that keeps us grounded and gives us goals of living life to the best and fullest of our potential. Our children are aware and learning these traditions as they grow, for that Keith and I are humbled. We have been mightily blessed and to raise our children in our Catholic tradition is our honor to do so.
 
I believe...
that does it for my little update. I had to share my sweet Thomas with all of you  :)
And know that until next time, I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, as I stitch and pray and live as best I can.
Love in stitches,
Vonna
 
 

60 comments:

  1. Aww I love the sweet Thomas so much
    Have a lovely week xxx

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  2. Oh Vonna, Thomas turned out soo cute!! Seems like you got him stitched up in no time.

    I love the LHN piece you are doing next. I have not purchased that chart yet, but it's on my 'want' list! I am curious about what you are doing with it...

    Take care!

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  3. Love, love, love Thomas!!!!! I may need to stitch him :-).

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  4. Thomas looks wonderful Vonna! Your needles sure have been smokin'!!! YEAH for you:)))

    I can't wait to see what you are doing with Holiday House. I just love that design and have it in my pile to stitch!

    Have a good week my friend.

    HUGS and LOVE to you.

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  5. That little butterball is adorable! Can't wait to see how your LHN is presented :) The most amazing gift and blessing we ever have is our children. I have only one, but agree that it is such an honor and privilege to be his Mom.

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  6. Oooh! I love Thomas too!
    Beautiful job!

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  7. Thomas looks great! And I can't wait to see your next stitching project.

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  8. Thomas is wonderful, Vonna.It's a wonderful tradition that you and your family practice. May you Christmas be filled with peace and love.
    Linda

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  9. I love your Thomas! Your color changes are very nice. I saw him done at Shepherd's Bush over the weekend, and they had done him on a sort of a olive green overdyed fabric. They also changed the date to the word, "give", which I thought was cleaver. I now have the pattern. Seeing it twice in one week was too much pressure. LOL
    I also showed Terri and some other ladies your last blog post with your new stash items. Terri has ordered many of those patterns, and we especially like the new one from Stacey Nash. We all had to ooh and ahh over it! Thanks for enabling us again.
    Loved seeing all of your Christmas decorations and fun going on at your house. Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful December month. It truly is a time for wonder and joy.

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  10. I love Thomas!
    You know what Vonna? I am part of the Advent Blog Hop this year, and that is great and fun. But CELEBRATING Advent in worship at church, now that IS great!!

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  11. Thomas is a very fine specimen, indeed--and a wonderful finish! : )

    Looking forward to your surprise with Holiday House!!

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  12. Vonna: Merry Christmas to you and your family, I love Mr. Turkey he is adorable, your Little House needleworks is a beautiful pattern to stitch I look forward to the finished project now you have me itching to see it done your way.


    Merry Christmas

    Catherine

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  13. Thomas looks terrific (even if you do seem to have a unusual obsession with a turkey!). Congrats on the finish. Nice LHN design... looking forward to seeing the results.

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  14. Thomas is beautiful! I love the colors you used. I can't wait to see how you are stitching the LHN piece -- you've got my curiosity up! It's wonderful to instill in our children a love and understanding of the Christmas holiday, not just the crass commercialism that prevails these days.

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  15. I've had "Thomas" in my stash for a few years now and always loved it. Maybe he'll get stitched next year finally LOL. Have a great holiday season Vonna!

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  16. Great stitching. I look forward to seeing Thomas sitting proudly in his frame.

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  17. I love your Thomas. What a terrific job you did!
    Happily, I was able to celebrate the start of Advent this year by going to Mass with my sister and her family (including my new great niece and nephew) and my 85-year-old mother.

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  18. Thomas looks great! I really think the splashes blue make all the other colors pop!

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  19. I'm looking forward to seeing the "Vonna Twist" on holiday house! My curiosity is up too - keep stitching so you can show us soon! :)

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  20. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Thomas!!!!! Maybe I will start him tonight!!!! What a lovely post!!! Everything you said was perfect.

    Sending love to you!

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  21. Love Thomas!!! What a great finish :)

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  22. Thomas looks fabulous. Congrats on your finish.

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  23. I can't believe it Vonna but I just ordered Thomas on the weekend! I already have Holiday House so I'm curious to see how you've stitched it.
    Thomas looks absolutely gorgeous strutting his stuff! Now I can't wait for mine to arrive.
    I sang in our Advent Lessons & Carols service this past Saturday and it's a favourite of mine. I love the peace of this service as we open our hearts and prepare for the Saviour's arrival.

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  24. Thomas is so very hansom. Beautiful colors! I to look forward to "Vonna's twist" on holiday house:)))
    love Annette

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  25. Vonna,
    He is a cute turkey. I love the colors you've chosen. I can't wait to see what you have done with Holiday House!

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  26. I love your Thomas!! He's so handsome. I need to stitch him!

    I'm glad you & your family are enjoying Advent so much! I think it's my favorite time of the year.

    I can't wait to see your version of the holiday house!

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  27. Thomas is most certainly a fine looking fellow.

    Looking forward to seeing what you're doing with your new start.

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  28. Thomas is so handsome! Looking forward to seeing your version on the holiday house.
    This is truly a special time of the year. I am hoping to keep our Christmas season simple this year.

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  29. Vonna I've been very tempted by Thomas the hooked rug - it looks great hooked as does Lori's Peace and Plenty which is a neat looking distelfink (from PA German folklore) - I do have that rug in progress. LOVE your stitched version - he is one proud fowl ! Loved hearing about your celebration of Advent - hope you enjoy the season - Mel

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  30. I love, LOVE your Thomas!

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  31. I love, LOVE the way your Thomas turned out!

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  32. Can't wait to see your Holiday House! And I LOVE Thomas--his feathers are just glorious!

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  33. So love it all, Vonna. You have such a gift for stating things just right. Loved the spiritual side. :) God richly bless you and yours this holy-day season! Cathryn

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  34. Thomas is one gorgeous turkey! Now, I am anxious to see what your LHN piece is going to look like!

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  35. Thomas turned out great!

    I look forward to seeing your version of the LHN.

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  36. Holy turkey! I can't believe you stitched Thomas so quickly! You must have an electric needle! He is gorgeous, and I can't wait to see your newest project!

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  37. Beautiful as usual Vonna! I so love your blog it inspires me to keep on stitching. Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family!!!

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  38. Beautiful Vonna ! Gorgeous stitching ! Can't wait to see the Holiday House !

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  39. Thomas is so cute. I think he needs to go on my to do list!I am Lutheran and the Advent season is so important to our Church year.

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  40. Love Thomas and the great poem! I can't wait to see what you do with Holiday House. Thanks as always for sharing, Wanda

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  41. Thomas is way, way cool. Love his colorful tail-feathers.

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  42. He is just the cutest! Great finish....

    wishing you and your family a happy holiday!

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  43. What is not to love about Thomas? He is a grand turkey.

    You are so right about Advent being such a special time for us all. Peace and joy to your wonderful family.

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  44. Thomas is quite handsome in all his glory. I couldn't agree more about the season.

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  45. Thomas is just fabulous!!
    I am looking forward to seeing how you have switched up your current project!

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  46. j'adore c'est magnifique ! bisous bisous

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  47. Oh, I absolutely love the handsome Thomas!! I think he may just go on my own Christmas list :)

    Wishing you and your family every blessing this Christmas season, Vonna...

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  48. That above comment was from me, Vonna--signed into my other gmail account :)

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  49. I just can't believe you have finished him up already! Vonna you are so fast! I could not help but start on him after seeing your last post but I doubt I get him done nearly as quick! He is BEAUTIFUL! Stunning! And just breathtaking!

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  50. Very lovely stitching!! :)

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  51. Lovely post about Advent, Vonna. And Thomas is a very handsome guy indeed!
    Cathy

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  52. Mr. Thomas is too cute Vonna. I especially love the turquoise and looking forward to seeing what you have for Holiday House.
    I also enjoyed the paragraph of teaching your children about Mass, The Advent Season and the significance of the lighting of the candles..all of which are cornerstones of why there is Christmas.
    TFS and many blessings to you and your family.
    Jackie:)

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  53. Great finish Vonna! Perfect for Thanksgiving next year.

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  54. boy are you right about the "silent night" over one...your stitching is great - love the butterball! I love Midnight Mass! A couple years ago it was wicked, bad ice driving from my Mom's home. Church is a bit further - we made the decision to just go home and be safe - depressing - I missed Mass that year, tons! Enjoy the season...love your post and I can't wait to see what you are going to do with the pear linen from a couple posts ago.

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  55. I LOVE THOMAS. I don't usually like turkey pictures...but I obsolutely love this one. It has to be the best. Now that you have finished it...would you be willing ot sell me the pattern? He is beautiful indeed. Too beautiful to eat that is for sure.

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  56. Thomas is gorgeous, congratulations

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  57. Awesome turkey &
    I can't wait to see your LHN !!!

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  58. What a great finish, Thomas is just to perfect. I've not seen that design before, he seems to have an attitude about him that he thinks he's just all that :)
    Sue

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  59. I love Thomas! His colors are wonderful!!

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  60. You are right, Thomas is such a handsome and sweet little guy in all his prim colours. Great finish!

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