Monday, December 27, 2010

Ornaments to share...

Glad tidings....
to all my dear friends and readers! I hope that this finds you all well and filled to the brim with happiness! We had a lovely quiet Christmas enjoying each other, and it was made even more special by the lovely surprises that landed in my mailbox. Please take a look at all these lovelies.

Red House in Winter by dear Faye:

Faye's Ornament

Cardinal mitten by the sweet Julianne :
Julianne's Ornie

A gorgeous sewn ornament from the clever Harmien :
Harmien's Ornament

Harmien's Ornament _ back

And a gorgeous tatted ornament from the generous and kind Cathy :

Cathy's Ornament

And on Christmas Day...
in betwixt cooking like a woman possessed and work at the hospital, I stitched up and finished this oldie but goodie:
Little by Little _Good Tidings

"Good Tidings"
Designer: Cynthia Bradford of Little by Little Designs
Taken from: Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue Magazine 1997
Copyright 1997
Stitched with mixture of Weeks Dye Works and DMC as called for
Stitched on: 36 ct. Pearled Barley Lakeside
Finished as an Ornament

Since I probably...
won't be getting anything else done this week, I'm going to go ahead and give my 2010 wrap up. This year I stitched and finished / framed 58 items. I had a few large finishes. I had a lot of starts and about everything I wanted to accomplish for this year - I didn't!  Ain't that the way? *smiles* 
So what are my goals for 2011? Well....I'm going to limit my purchases. I just went through and cleaned/organized my craft room after the mad fury of my finishing clients projects had all been mailed away, I found that I have a LOT of WIP/UFO that are languishing away in various stages of stitching. So many beautiful things that as I looked at them, I wondered why I ever stopped stitching them. I also have beautiful, gorgeous, wonderful charts that I have collected and purchased over the last 10 years that I think...WHY??? am I not stitching these? So....2011 will be the year of the WIP/UFO and stitching from predominantly my stash. I'm not going to put any "rules" on myself, because let's be honest folks - I won't follow them. I'm just going to do what I can with what I have and rediscover old loves that may have faded from view for awhile. To help me in this devotion...ahem! I joined the "up for a challenge blog" (link in my sidebar along with my list of UFOs - please don't think less of me after you see the list...I'm a little embarassed).

every year as I put up and then take down my tree I love to look at all my stitched and handmade ornaments. Each one a tribute to something and someone dear in my life. So as I do every year and fail (!) - although this year I did have quite a few ornaments stitched for my tree - I'm redevoting myself to stitching for me for my Christmas tree. I would L-O-V-E to have an entire tree devoted to Prairie Schooler Santas. Ah...a real dream I've dreamed for years now.... AND I know that I cannot possibly stitch an entire tr ee worth with in one year, but I can stitch 6 or more of them (fingers crossed). So I bought me some of that burlap stuff that the monthly Santa's are stitched on and guess the first 4 from the 1980's kitted and ready to go! 

So Vonna's 2011 stitching goal is to:
  • stitch from my stash; tighten my belt on spending on new stash - but no rules
  • finish some of the languishing WIP/UFO which one of them is the first linen project I ever started and it is has lain in a drawer since 1997 (GASP!)  nearly complete....I'm finishing it this year. Mark my word!
  • stitch a whole lotta ornaments for my trees next year
I am going....
to start a NEW project on Dec. 31 - as that is customary for me to do each year - its a tradition! Then it is back on the wagon of working from my stash, on my UFOs and ornaments. Speaking of which...I've seen the first 6 ornaments from Little House Needleworks and let me tell you...this year's selections so far...EXCELLENT! You won't be disappointed ;o) and you'll have to take my word on it.... but the first one in the series should be released sometime soon! And it is CUTE!

Until next time...
My family and myself wish you all nothing but the brightest, blessed, happy and healthy of New Years! May your year be filled with nothing but sunshine and rainbows! And while the New Year is rung in, I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God stitching away. How many will be joining me?
Hugs and love,


  1. Vonna: You are so Loved, beautiful ornaments
    Merry Christmas

  2. ALL so pretty! Every end-of-Christmas I think that I'll devote January to stitching ornaments for the next year and it never happens. Well, there was one year I did 3 but that was it. lol

    Hope you got my email a few weeks ago - just adore the journal.

    Best wishes to you in 2011 :)

  3. Love your wrapup, Vonna! But it's no fair encouraging me to tighten up on my spending and then tell me that the LHN ornaments are gorgeous!!! LOL! :-) I'll have to be good and just put them on my wish list for Mother's Day and my bday, right?? :-)

    I look forward to seeing your beautiful finishes during the next year!!!

  4. Vonna --
    Beautiful ornmanets received and stitched!

    I am not participating in the BIG challenge for 2011 but I will be cheering everyone on:))))

    You did complete quite a bit this year and I know you will get a lot done next year too.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Can't wait to see what you start on 12/31:))))

  5. Very beautiful ornaments! Love your wrap-up! Like you, I've joined the challenge and will stitch predominately from my stash and I want to stitch ornaments too for my snowman tree. I have wonderful stash too and wonder why I just don't stitch one or a dozen from my stash. LOL!!!
    Wishing you and your sweet family all the best in 2011. Happy stitching. :-)

  6. I love the idea of starting something new on the 31st. Good luck with your goals!

  7. sounds like you don't need to be too hard on yourself as you have LOTS of finishes..........but I know what it is like to have LOTS of UFO's too so goodluck on your goals for 2011.........

  8. Stitch from stash and tighten the belt ~ ooooooh my ears can't taaaaaake such atrocities~lol! Wishing you many blissful stitches in 2011:)

  9. Vonna - I'm doing a modified "challenge" - I'm doing a mix of the things I love - stitching, hooking and knitting - I'm sprinkling in a few new projects but mostly trying to wrap up WIPs/UFOs - I hope to post about it later this week. the idea came from a fellow sampler guild member/DF.
    I loved seeing your photos and hearing about your plans and achievements. - this post was wonderful. Many blessing to you and yours in 2011 Melody

  10. Beautiful ornaments! And I love your plan to stitch from your stash and to work on WIPs - me too! And I love love love the idea of a whole tree full of PS Santas! I may have to "borrow" that!

  11. Beautiful ornaments. Good luck with your goals.

  12. You inspire me! This year it is my goal to...just stitch! I keep putting it off. I started a project for my son's house when he was going through the purchase process over a year ago. He's been in the house almost a year and I'm far (very very far) from being finished. I'm afraid that, by the time I'm done, he'll get married and she won't want it hanging in their house (it's more masculine than she would like, I'm sure :).
    I can't wait to see your finished projects through this year!
    Happy Happy New Year to you and yours! :)
    Thanks for all of the kind words you have left for me over the months...

  13. Gorgeous gifts! Harmien does some really cool stuff. I love your flat fold-it's truly beautiful. I never noticed that pattern until now. I like your goals. I haven't set any-still mulling them over. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

  14. Love reading this post! Your stitching ideas for next year sound very smart! I hope to take them to heart myself! I have so much great stuff to stitch already....but I do have to keep my LNS in business.....

    Happy New Year!

  15. Oh Vonna, Your words of inspiration touch all of us!! I am so glad you liked the ornament..It was a little different twist ont he model you had made for Diane..All the gifts are beautiful!

    I too am in the "challenge" with you and no pressure...I just want to own up and finish some beautiful pieces that have fallen by the wayside....If I can do only part of them, I will consider it a successful exercise!

    Take care and may you and your family have a blessed 2011!!

    Always, Faye

  16. So many pretty ornaments!

    It sounds like you have things well planned for the new year.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  17. Anonymous5:53 PM

    Wonderful gifts! And, I have loved every little pic, snippet of wisdom, and fun story that I've read on your blog this past year. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

    I happen to be taking a wee break from the cleaning and painting, and sorting and organizing of my office/craft studio and believe me when I say I don't think anyone can have as many WIPs as me! So, I'm happy to see your list!

    Have a great new year! I will be stitching right along with you...

  18. Lovely ornaments you received and good tidings is finished so nicely.

  19. Loved your wrap up post. Look forward to seeing your progress in 2011. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  20. Lovely gifts for a lovely lady. :o) I enjoyed reading about your plans for the New Year and will enjoy more watching your progress. Happy 2011!

  21. All of the ornaments are lovely, Vonna!

    Good luck with your 2011 goals! I think you'll do great!

    I hope 2011 is a happy and successful year for you and your family, Vonna.

  22. Your gifts are wonderful Vonna. So wonderful to have and be able to look at again year after year!

    I, like you, joined that challenge with a twist. I just know that I can't stick with WIPs, so I added in some "new" (meaning already in stash) projects. And I want to limit expenses too. Going through a craft room can be a wake up call for all the wonderful things that we have and may have forgotten about. I'll be applauding on the sidelines for each finish you accomplish.

    May you and your family have a blessed, peaceful and healthy New Year!!

  23. Beautiful gifts you received! I think most of us stitchers could stitch years from our stash, but then we'd put all the stores out of business if we did that! So I'm glad not everyone has decided that. LOL I hope you get lots of finishes in 2011.......

  24. You received such lovely gifts Vonna! I love your latest ornament too!

    I have heard a few stitchers say they are going to start working on their WIPs at the start of the New Year, and I am one of them. I'm pulling out two WIPs to work on as a New Year start rather than a new chart. And, I'm stitching an ornament a month next year with a group of online friends. It's exciting to think about our new goals, isn't it?

    Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

  25. FIRST of all, count me in...I will be joining you with pleasure in my heart and joy in my stitching hands!!

    Gorgeous ornaments, so colorful and pretty, to one most deserved to receive!! The one you stitched is adorable, I must see if I still have that ornament issue.

    I like your resolve and I think you can do it. I look forward to cheering you on to finishes most grand!! I have my list of 15, but was afeared to add more, maybe I will take your lead and add the rest...I don't think anyone is waiting to whip me with a wet noodle!

    So 2011, come on ahead, Vonna is ready for you!! I can't wait to see that new start of yours!!

    Hugs to you, dear one!!

  26. 58 finishes for 2010?!?!?! Girl! You rock!!! Wow!! And I am definitely with you on the celebrating the New Year with Needle in hand!! I pray that you and yours have a wonderful 2011, filled with fun, love, and lots of stitching!!!

  27. I love the Good Tidings. So cute! Oh no, more LHN ornaments?! I guess I'll have to do them this year too.

    Have a Happy New Year with your family.

  28. Vonna, Love all of the ornaments. You tree must be beautifully decorated with handmade ornaments. Alot of women in my stitching group have vowed to do the same and stitch from their stash, I hope you enjoy all that you have discovered and uncovered. Can't wait to see you post your finished WIPS. Happy New Year!

  29. Vonna,
    Such lovely gifts! :) And I love the ornament that you finished as well. I think your goals are admirable and inspiring. :) I am hoping to finish quite a few of my WIPs this year as well. I may need to check into the challenge you mentioned. I can't wait to see the LHN ornaments. :)

    Enjoy your new year. Looking forward to seeing what you start on Dec. 31. :)

  30. Vonna--I have all of the Prairie Schooler Santa charts, i have collected them religiously since 1984, when the first one came out. I haven't been as diligent about stitching them, unfortunately, lol! But, I am up in the 1990's now! Anyway, I did buy a special tree just for them last year, one of the spindly, grungy trees from a country primitive store. One of these days, it will be up-to-date and gorgeous! Good luck with your's!

    Cindy in VA

  31. I love the ornaments! I want to stitch more of them next year too. I have several large WIP's I am chipping away at, and it feels so good to be working at them again. I am sure you will love it too. I want to take the pledge to "quilt" from my stash too, but I won't give myself rules, we all know I'll totally break them. Here is to a fun 2011!! Love ya! :)

  32. Aww, you are lucky! You get a sneak peek! Hey Vonna, be prepared my friend, I need a little guidance and I will be sending you a personal email later this week, I know you are a devout catholic and I was once, so I need to ask a question, hope you won't mind!
    Hugs my friend!

  33. Just gorgeous ornaments!! :)

  34. Look at all the lovely ornaments!

    I am not one to set stitching goals for myself outside of a project of two - I can't seem to plan for a whole year and stick to it!

    Wishing you the Happiest of New Years!

  35. Love the gifts! I love hearing your wrap up and goals for 2011 too. I'm like you -- I have to tighten my belt on stash. Stop buying! lol! Or as much as I can at least. Hope you and yours have a wonderful New Year!

  36. What lovely ornaments you've received and you deserve everyone. Congratulations on finishing 58 projects tins year! Amazing! Happy New Year!

  37. Hey Vonna! Congrats on the finishes! I have the same number, but found two more tonight, so it is not final yet! I think I will be joining the WIP challenge too! Want to use some seems a bit out of hand! Happy New Year to you and yours! Hugs.

  38. Beautiful gifts and ornie finished by you. I get too stressed out if I have a lot of wips so I try to keep them down even though there are 100s I want to start. I'm going to enjoy seeing everyones progress on new starts and wips next year between the two huge challenges out there! Happy New Year!

  39. Lovely gifts and lovely stitching Vonna. Funny, like you I do also start a project each year. Although Christmas Eve is somehow the date for me.
    Great to hear about the LHN ornaments. I'm planning to stitch them all the one from last year.

  40. Beautiful ornaments - some great finishes.

    Good luck with your 2011 goals - I'msure you'll get themalldone and more :)

  41. Such lovely ornaments!
    Stitch up all those charts I've got? Now there's an idea, I thought I was just collecting them ;D ;D ;D

  42. Good decisions. Never hard to follow.
    We can only wish you back the same lovely wishes you have for everybody.
    Love and blessings and hugs and kisses for all Pfeiffer's.
    Paula and Rui

  43. I want to shout "YEAH!" at everything you said. But first, I have to say how beautiful everyting is that you received. Lucky you!!

    Anyhoo, back to the shouting bit, I totally agree with you. I haven't bought anything new since the summer other than the AotH charts (for which I am on automatic) and I'll be honest and say that while there is a whole lot that my fingers are itching to type in my visa card # and buy, I don't really miss not spending! I have so many beautiful things in my stash. I think that's why I am excited about the January crazy challenge, just because I can choose everything from my very ample stash. I also have a good bit of WIPs that I'd like to finish... I'm just praying that I don't get hit with a slump like I did earlier this year!

    As for the ornaments, DH & I were just discussing that! I want to do the PS santas as well as a ton of other ornaments. I always say this after Christmas and by January 1, I've totally forgotten that goal. We'll see how it goes this year!

    Anyway, just wanted to add my shouts of encouragement to your goals. Whether you finish everything you aim to do or start a host of new things, the important thing, as you know, is to enjoy the journey. I keep reminding myself of that, too!

    Wishing you and yours a blessed new year.

  44. Beautiful ornaments :)

    I am doing the WIP / UFO challenge, too. I'm working on my list right now. I have a lot of BAPs on my list...and CDC is at the top of mine, too. I also have a shocking number of small projects that I have abandoned for one reason or another.

    I usually start a new project on January 1st, so I am intending for that to be my only new start for the year...unless, of course, I blow through all of the WIPs LOL!!

  45. Wonderful gifts you have received. I'm so excited just thinking of your plans in 2011. I'm looking forward to it already!

  46. I love to hear about your new goals. I have never made any stitching goals but I like the idea of stitching from my stash so i think I will join that idea too. I am working on Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow along with many other things so I guess that is where I will begin. blessings to you, dianntha

  47. Wow, you received some beautiful gifts!
    Your plans for 2011 sound great. I'm aiming to stick with the BAP's I've already got started to try to make some progress on them, and for new starts just allow one ornie and one small/medium to be on the go at a time.

  48. Lovely lovely ornaments from some wonderful friends.
    I sure understand wanting to stitch from your own stash. I am hoping to do the same this year.
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year and God's blessings for a very great 2011.

  49. Lovely ornaments, both received and the one you stitched yourself! Good luck with your 2011 goals, good idea to get some of those WIPs done and dusted.

    I've decided to allow myself a modest monthly stash budget next year as well as continuing to work through my existing stash. If I have a budget, I won't be so tempted to splurge when I shouldn't - well, that's the aim, anyway ;)

    Happy New Year and I look forward to visiting your blog again next year!

  50. Happy New Year, Vonna. And thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. I am going to check out that "Up for a challenge" blog right now!

  51. Congrats on receiving such lovely ornaments.
    I love your resolutions. You have definitely inspired me to do something on the lines of using up stash and not buying more. Hope I can stick to it.
    All the best to you too :)

  52. I'll be stitching from stash this year too... but like you, I don't do rules because that would just be like waving a red flag at a bull. I have 8 WIPs and will work exclusively on them with no new starts until one gets finished. That's my plan, we'll see. So like you my hands will be kept busy, and my heart, I hope so too.

  53. Vonna, sounds like you have a great plan for 2011. I think it makes perfect sense to cut on shopping for new stash and finish what you have. Why is it that we keep buying instead of finishing. Be sure to show us your progress :-)

  54. Isn't it wonderful to have such creative friends, Vonna--love each and every one of the ornaments that you received!

    I'm thinking of having a "stitching from stash" year, too--I have so many lovely charts already that seem to be calling my name for 2011. No WIPs to speak of as I am really a one-at-a-time stitcher.

    I can't wait to see the new LHN ornaments and plan on doing my "ornament a month" thing next year, too, so some of them will probably be included. I can't wait to see your progress on the PS Santa ornaments--they will be such heirlooms for your children.

    Happy New Year to you and your entire family, Vonna!

  55. These will make a small dent in your "only stitched ornie" tree :-) You have a great plan for 2011, and I'm always excited to watch how it goes with your projects. Such beautiful stitching and finishing! Happy New Year!

  56. Beautiful, beautiful ornaments. I love that you have realistic goals. Retirement tightens my belt for me. I am lucky I saw this coming. Have a lot of stash to keep me busy. :) Thanks Vonna for sharing your pics and your doings. It is always appreciated. :) Cathryn

  57. Very pretty stitching as always. I do love the colors!

  58. I hope that you and your family had a great Christmas and that you have a happy and safe new year.

    Love the ornaments you received and the one you stitched up. You certainly had a busy year. Good luck with all your goals for next year.

  59. Your ornaments are all so very pretty! I would love to see that PS tree some year. Wouldn't it be awesome?

    When I retire this spring I will definitely have to limit my spending from that point on. Which is why I've been enhancing my stash now. I'll have more than enough to keep me going!
    I won't be joining the challenge but I look forward to seeing everyone's new starts.

    I wish you and your family a blessed and prosperous New Year!

  60. Your blog is so inspiring; I've been cross stitching as much as I can.

    May I ask - how do you store all your framed pictures? I can't imagine that each one gets hung all the time without caving in the house :D

  61. HAPPY NEW YEAR !! I so enjoy reading your blog, you are an inspiration to me. I too have just organized my stitching projects and hope to finish a few projects from my WIP's pile.

    Happy Stitching !!

  62. Oh my Vonna, what absolutely gorgeous additions to your tree. Those ornament you recieved are just fabulous. And the one you finished is be-you-ti-ful!!

    Now about those goals..........
    I hope you are able to stick to 'em. I know I couldn't. LOL Hey, I always mean well but something else always gets in the way. :) But I am doing the wip challenge and hope to have my list done today. If I can get half that list done this coming year I will be happy. And I have been limiting my stash buying anyway. Except for fabric and floss I have so many patterns I want to get done. Sigh, too many wonderful things to stitch and never enough time. Oh well.

    I wish you and yours a very happy New Year.

  63. Anonymous6:46 PM

    Hi Von,
    Just got finished cleaning my house and now going to relax and watch some tv. I love the ornaments you received in the mail. The tatted ornament is so pretty as the others but that one caught my eye as I always thought I would like to tat. Hope you have a relaxing New Year. God Bless you and keep you always. Happy 2011.....Love you guys! Mom

  64. Happy New Year Vonna! I admire your goals of stitching plans for 2011. I am feeling inspired after reading your words. I too, have many charts in my stash that should see completion in 2011.

  65. Happy New Year 2011!
    May all your wishes come true!!
    Best wishes from Spain, Laura

  66. Beautiful ornaments!

    Happy New Year to you!

  67. If anyone could accomplish all those goals, I'd bet on you, Vonna! Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family. :)

  68. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and all your accomplishments. Especially since you have a job outside of the house and then your finishing business and all your stitching! I am very impressed with how much you do and your work in impeccable. Happy New Year to you and you have inspired my new year's stitching resolutions. God Bless your 2011!

  69. My favorite of all your 2011 stitching goals? "No rules!" Hope you and your family have a blessed new year!

  70. Beautiful gifts you received Vonna.

    I think I will have to tighten my belt this year too, as I'm sure a lot of stitchers will as well. I have loads in my stash so it's not like I need anything desperately anyway!

    I saw the first LHN ornament and it';s gorgeous!!!

    Happy New Year!

  71. Hi Vonna, beautiful ornaments!!! I hope you will be stitching Paradise Lost with me. :-) I so hope to really limit what I add to the stash this year too, and know that I will only accomplish that goal if I don't like any of the new things that come out. LOL

  72. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one of my most favorite bloggers.

    Love your snowman photo in the header.

    Congratulations on your beautiful gifted ornaments.

    I look forward to spending hours "stitching" with you in the blogosphere in 2011.

  73. Vonna just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know I nominated you for a blogger award. If you would like to accept stop over at my spot and pick it up.

    Wow - you have some very talented friends! Good luck for your 2011 goals! Mine are sort of loose too.

  74. Thank you for the lovely, sweet welcome back, Vonna... It means a lot to me!

    Such beautiful ornaments from dear friends and I love your finish as well... and beautiful finishing as always!

    I'll be cheering you along as you stitch towards your goals for this year, Hun! I joined the "Up for a Challenge Blog" as well, and I'm wondering what on Earth am I thinking? Me finish 15 of my WIP's...??? I've surely gone completely daft... I'm going to give it my best, nevertheless... And as a wise soul once said... "Do or do not... there is no try..."

    I'm looking forward to another glorious year of reading your wonderful blog and admiring your beautiful stitching and finishing and all your lovely photos...

    Wishing you and your family much love and joy, good cheer and a warm hearth, blessings abounding and loads of peaceful stitching thyme in the New Year...

    Blessings and love always in stitches...

  75. Dear Vonna, Happy new year to you and your family! I hope you've had a good beginning of the year.

    Beautiful ornaments and I just love, love, love the Homespun Elegance flatfold.

    Have a happy Sunday!

  76. Vonna glad to hear you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. What beautiufl ornaments you received for your tree and a sweet little one you finished up too!

  77. I have been tatting for over 20 years. I have proofed patterns and I have designed tatting. The one ornament you have is not tatting but it looks like needle lace. Love the ornament and all of the other ones too.

  78. Hiya again Vonna. You didn't upset me at all. I really enjoy looking at your blog which I do from time to time. I love your blog. I really love your ornaments too as I said. I really wasn't upset. I thought you would like to know the type of lace your ornament was. Like I said...I love your blog and I do look at it from time to time. Your blog puts a smile on my face. I do cross stitch too. Your blog is wonderful!!


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