Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ornament Exchange

Howdy doo friends!
I participated in an ornament exchange on the Friends Through Threads blog and yesterday this little buddy flew the coop and landed in my mailbox:


Christmas Chicken from Margaret S. of New Zealand

Didn't Margaret do a fantastic job? He's going to have to roost high up on my tree because the kitties sharing our home has been giving it the old stink eye....I know Red, for one would love to pluck it's gizzard, for sure! :) Thank you Margaret for such a lovely addition to my ornament collection.

Now....
Since this IS a stitching blog and I've not shown you anything stitching related in a. long. time. Would you like to see what I stitched for Joan S. in the same exchange? You do? Well then, here it is:

Prairie Schooler "O Come All Ye Faithful"
taken from the book entitled "Songs of the Season"
Stitched one over one on 25 ct. ivory lugana using DMC threads as called for

I love...

how this turned out. In fact so much so that I visions of stitching all of the "songs" in this booklet for myself as ornaments on 25 ct. fabric. Think I'll "git 'r done"? Well excuse me while I laugh my rear end off because I want to show you what I'm contemplating next....

Now....
copy and paste this to a new browser or click on it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8416520@N02/2219248167/sizes/l/
(and please use your best Brittany Spears voice and sing with me)
Oops....I did it again,
Looked through flickr albums,
lost track of time,
Oh cheese and crackers.
Yep, I bought the fabric,
I'm gonna tea dye it
and get all my threads
yeah, ready, ready
Pretty snappy tune, eh?

What else is up....

My Sweetie Pie, Honey Buns Husband is out of town. He's in Washington State near Seattle doing a major install of some thing that he's worked on for 4 years. According to our phone conversation last night, all was going well. I can't stand it when he's gone. Not only does it mean that I'm flying solo, but I'm just sorta lost without him. He's my best friend. I miss him.

I guess....
that does it for me. I've not hardly done any stitching of late because of my busy schedule. But hopefully soon....or at least at the beginning of the year? Fingers crossed. Until next time....
Love and best wishes, as you count your blessings and your stitches, from our house to yours!
XXxxxx

46 comments:

  1. wow, the rooster ornament is adorable!!! Some people are so creative!!!! love it!!!
    And oh my! I thought my new year's project was big....yours is massive!!!!!!!

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  2. Wowsie! That new project will look so great! I don't recognize it-is it retired?

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  3. Nice stitching Vonna, and a great exchange, too! I LOVE your idea for a new project. I have looked at that one several times myself, but I think I may be more inclined to do a Christmas one, or one with Little House designs on it. It is a stunning piece of work and I bet you would do a wonderful job with it =)

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  4. Great ornaments both given and received.

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  5. Love that cute rooster and love your ornie too!~~ Beautiful!~ Faye

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  6. Both ornaments are stunning. What a lovely exchange! Your new year's project looks like so much fun!

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  7. I love those ornaments; I couldn't decide between the two if given a choice so I'll just say, "Both!"

    I'm wondering if that PS "alphabet" fabric you bought is bigge than the twin flatsheet I just folded or not, lol! :D

    Can't wait to see your start!

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  8. Both ornaments are gorgeous! You cracked me up with the Brittney reference. :o)

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  9. I'm laughing my head off here and you probably know why! I can hear Britney's voice now! You know, I have wanted to do those on one large piece of fabric, but I was kind of laughed off my chair by some friends of mine. Something about that being a B.A.P!! Well, it is, but YGG girl - and I might just join you (well, I'm saying that and I haven't taken my pills today that restore my thoughts of reason).

    I absolutely covet your Christmas Chicken. What a great piece and such a wonderful finishing job by Margaret. And I'm equally coveting your O Come All Ye Faithful ornament. Beautifully stitched and finished as well!

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  10. That is a most adorable chicken ornament you received! So colorful and fun! But I must say, I covet your sweet, sweet PS ornament finish! That is so pretty, and speaks to my heart, and yep I say go for the whole set!! I can live vicariously through you, and since you aren't that far away, I can come for a visit and look at them on your lovely tree! Yeah, right! LOL Seriously, Vonna, get 'em stitched

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  11. Oh, Vonna, Vonna, Vonna. What are you trying to do to me? Don't know you know that I can't resist Prairie Schooler projects and that I have unrealistic expectations about my ability to finish large projects in my nearly nonexistent stitching time?

    Next time, perhaps you should warn me before I click on a link to a gorgeous Prairie Schooler project. Because now that I know it exists, I simply must make one for myself . . . (Good thing I already own all of these patterns or I'd be trying to buy them all this very second!!)

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  12. I love the rooster! Cool beans! Did you know that my maiden name means fighting rooster? Yup, Red would love to play with that one.
    Sorry about hubby being gone, I would miss mine too!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  13. Oh I love the exchange piece you received -- and I loooove the exchange piece you stitched up! As for what you want to stitch -- oh I hear you on that one! I still remember when I saw that picture. So amazing! Over one too, right? Sigh. I wish I had the patience to do tons of over one. Good luck -- I hope you do it!! Oh, and I hear you on missing your husband. Hope the days go fast and he's back with you all really soon!

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  14. I love the chicken that Margaret made for you! Lovely work, and he looks so proud of all his red beads! The ornament you made is beautiful Vonna! The PS project looks like it will be lots of fun.

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  15. That is the cutest little chicken ornament :)

    Well, Vonna, you won't be getting up to any mischief as we will know that you will be tied to your stitching chair stitching PS ABC's!

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  16. Oh, I love that ornament! I collect villages and it reminds me of my villlage I will be getting out real soon!

    Jennifer

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  17. Wow, you are going to stitch the sampler? I am in awe!!!! I love the ornament exchanges you did! I am still trying to finish my ornament for the SAL, I must be the last one!!!
    Happy stitching Vonna, that will be one fantastic piece of work when it is done!!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  18. Before I start my rant, let me say that I think those are two of the most precious ornaments I've seen--beautifully stitched and finished by you and Margaret.

    Now let me pull a pillow over my head because I'm going to scuh-ream! How can you do this to me! I've seen the PS ABCs and I liked them a lot, but I didn't buy them, because I never thought of combining them. *Wailing* I don't have tiiiiiiiime!!!!! *Whispering* because now I want to do them that way tooooooooooooo. Sigh. I feel much better now. Please note that if you don't already own them, they're $7 for 3 letters at ABC, and $6.29 at 123stitch. Hee. I foresee a run on these letter, yes ma'am, I do.

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  19. Love the exchange ornies - looking good!

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  20. Hi Vonna! The Christmas Chicken is so cute and I love the ornament you stitched for Joan!

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  21. Oh my gosh, I'm utterly in love with what you stitched!!!!

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  22. What a fabulous exchange--both of you lucked out with the pieces that you received! They're both wonderful. I've thought of doing those PS ornaments, too--love their seasonal stuff!

    The ABCs... oh my gosh, that'd be amazing!!

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  23. bellissimi tutti e 2
    both nice!
    silvia

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  24. Super exchange items!
    Better take a deep breath before you start that major project. But it does look tempting indeed.

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  25. Really cute ornaments! I love love love your next project! That will keep you busy! (as if you need more to do)

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  26. I love the "O Come All Ye Faithful" stitched over one, Vonna. I've stitched the "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men" from that chart, but not over one--may have to re-stitch it because it is really too big for a Christmas ornament now. Another thing to add to my too-long list :)

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  27. Hi Britney - oops I mean Vonna. I'm in awe of what you are going to take on - I hope you will post progress pics. Your ornament has one of my favorite Christmas carols on it. And that chicken - she'll be cackling up a storm on your tree - so cute!

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  28. What an adorable finish on the ornament! You have certainly picked an ambitious project to start! Can't wait to follow your progress on that one!

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  29. I love those ornaments! great job all around!

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  30. Beautiful ornaments - both of them! And I'm in awe of your plans for the PS alphabet. It will be stunning. Just curious about thread count and fabric size -- and threads. Please keep us posted.

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  31. Vonna--
    Love love love the PS ornament! I am going to go home tonight and look at that book! You are such an enabler! I love the alphabet idea. I have all the charts and never would have thought of doing it over one! Great idea! Good luck! Maybe I will join you! (HA HA)

    BrendaS

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  32. Love that funky chicken -oops-rooster!

    I am in absolute awe!! That PS alphabet is gorgeous! Do I see a stitchalong in the future?

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  33. Love the ornament exchange pieces. The PS alphabet is a wonderful idea. It looks a lot of work especially over one.

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  34. Your stitching is fabulous (as always!) and the finishing is even better! Love the chicken. :)

    And oh WOW on the PS alpha. I am soooooo tempted. :)

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  35. The exchange you received is just simply gorgeous!! I also dearly love the ornie you sent. It is gorgeous!! I love that design and might just have to add it to the wish list. I can relate to missing your DH. I can not stand to have mine gone either. We are just lost without one another.

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  36. Both are stunning ornaments!

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  37. Wow Vonna! What an incredible exchange! My exchange will pale in comparison :)

    I don't know what to do with myself when DH is out of town either. Things just aren't nearly as much fun without him.

    That sampler is amazing! What a beautiful finished piece. And it looks great in the rustic frame. Good luck with it!

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  38. That's a lovely exchange you received from Margaret and a great exchange you stitched for Joan.

    I had seen a sampler like this of all the PS alphabet and I nearly ordered all the charts to stitch them. Then I came to my senses and realised I would never get the time to stitch them. I hope you do go ahead with them, I will enjoy watching your progress.

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  39. Hi Vonna, My name is Casey and I have been reading (and I think I'm a follower) of your blog. The "O Come all Ye Faithful" ornament you stitched is beautiful! I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw it because that is my next project. However, instead of cross stitch, it's a painted needlepoint canvas. I have a pic of it on my blog (theyoungneedlepointer.blogspot.com) under the Quilt festival post. I'm going to stitch it in Planet Earth threads and maybe some neon rays!

    Have a great rest of the week!

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  40. You were both doing a wonderful job on these exchnage pieces. I can't say which one I like better, they are both very special. Enjoy!

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  41. Vonna,
    What great gift exchanges ~ love them both!

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  42. Like the O Come all ye faithful ornie. Gotta acquire that one.
    Beautiful.

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  43. Gorgeous ornaments, that rooser is fantastic!

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  44. I love the little exchange piece you received - very cute!

    The piece you stitched is beautiful, too. I'm a sucker for Prairie Schooler!

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  45. Vonna,

    What a gorgeous ornament that Margaret made for you! Do you know what pattern that is? I really, really have to have it! TIA

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