Friday, October 07, 2011

Merry Christmas Ornaments...

Hello again...
my friends and readers! I hope you are all happy and ready for the weekend. The good Lord knows, I am :)

I have...
something to share with you all again today. I am always shocked when I have a designer approach me to stitch and/or finish for them because I'm just like anyone else out there that stitches. However that being said, Nikki Leeman of Country Cottage Needleworks  put her faith in me again to stitch and finish for her. Early in the year I stitched her submission for the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue entitled "Merry Christmas Ornaments". Later in the summer Nikki asked me to stitch and finish a complimenting design to Merry Christmas Ornaments. I thought the ornament was the cutest thing so I knew I'd love the bigger design ~ I accepted the request. While I was stitching this design, the entire time I was envisioning the beautiful curve at the top of the design. I asked Nikki if I could "try" to mimic it in a cube. She agreed and after an afternoon of mathematics and carving into a foam block. Here's the result:

CCN Merry Christmas Ornaments 1

CCN Merry Christmas Ornaments 2

CCN Merry Christmas Ornaments 3

CCN Merry Christmas Ornaments back

"Merry Christmas Ornaments"
Designed by: Nikki Leeman ~ Country Cottage Needleworks
Copyright: 2011

I love...
this design from top to bottom and plan on recreating one for myself. Pinks, whites and greens not your color palette for Christmas? No problem! Choose three different colors that suit your home decor for Christmas and start stitching! It will come out perfect!

Check...
out Nikki and her designs at the links listed above...you'll be glad you did!

Until next time...
I'll keeping my fingers stitching while my hands are at work and my heart is to God!
Hugs and love,
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73 comments:

  1. What a fun design by Nikki and another inspiring finish by you! I have a feeling this will sell many patterns for her, along with giving stitchers the courage to try another finishing style. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

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  2. It is a very beautiful design! I absolutely love your finish! It is so unique and sooo beautiful!! I can't stop thinking about how great it turned out!! You must be so proud!! I saw your name in a magazine for ornaments the other week as a model stitcher for LHN and I must say that you are becoming a popular lady! I love reading your blog! Every piece you do is just so beautiful! I am amazed at your work and I truly think you are a master of this craft! I can't wait to see more! Take care Vonna. You are my cross stitching role model!! LOL!

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  3. How very cool is that finish! You are so creative and it turned out beautifully!

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  4. I love it! :D....it turned out wonderful.

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  5. Too cute hun...

    Hugs, Shar

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  6. Beautiful Vonna. You are so talented!

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  7. Great design stitching top class .love it.

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  8. Great finish. You are so talented. Yes, you are!

    Bobbi

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  9. love, love, love it! Your creative mind must never rest - congratulations on creating the perfect curve! Judith

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  10. How fun!! That is stunning!!

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  11. Such a great finish,Vonna. You are SO creative and talented - no wonder they seek you out!

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  12. Oh Vonna, don't make me laugh...you are hardly just "somebody out there who stitches". I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say you are the QUEEN of finishing.
    Nikki's design is adorable, and I love how you finished it. Very sweet!

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  13. It is beautiful and a beautiful finish. Congrats. x

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  14. Vonna, it's absolutely delicious!

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  15. You did a fantastic job finishing this piece.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

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  16. Marvelous work!!! Fresh and fun)

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  17. Vonna, that is so unique! I love how you finish! You are talented my friend! Your blog always inspires me...and you have such good advice for us! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the weekend. Tanya said it right - you are the Queen of Stitches and we cna't keep up with your needle!!! Autumn is beautiful here in Iowa. pam

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  18. VERY cute!!!!!!!! I love it!!!!!

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  19. Once again...a spectacular finish.

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  20. wow I love your christmas ornament :)

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  21. Oh my goodness, another one to add to my to do list.the one in the JCS issue has been earmarked also.
    Love your finish.

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  22. Vonna, this is lovely! You really made this piece come to life!

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  23. Another gorgeous finish Vonna.

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  24. Very pretty finish!

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  25. It's so beautiful, both design and finishing work! You are so creative -- of course designers will ask you to finish their work for them!

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  26. Anonymous3:11 PM

    What a fabulous finish you have created for Nikki's design! What a talent you have in the finishing (and stitching) arena!

    Have a terrific weekend!

    Robin in Virginia

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  27. Beautiful stitching and what an interesting way to finish it ~ I love it!

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  28. Vonna, that is such a cute design!! I love how you finished it. I would have had to stop as soon as mathematics became involved. ;)

    Have a great weekend!

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  29. that is just gorgeous!!....It got me to thinking of some things I have to do up like that. I could see using very small white headed steel pins in the white ribbon or pearl headed pins.

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  30. It's beautiful!! How do you create the legs on your cubes? I have been making cubes for only a short while but am thoroughly hooked!! Always looking for new ways to improve on them.

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  31. Beautiful finish, as always.

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  32. I have no doubt that Nikki was tickled pink! Love what you did with her design, Vonna! You rock!

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  33. i love it so much..very sweet..
    hugs for you cucki xx

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  34. Gosh--that is so beautiful!! I loved last year's ornament and earmarked this year's in the magazine, now THIS! A must-have, plus I am going to pay such homage to you by trying to duplicate your fantastic finish!! Love it! Hugs.

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  35. What a lovely finish, that curve is stunning. I shudder to think how long it took to carve it right, but it was worth it! Makes me want to start stitching the design right away

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  36. That is so cute! As always you have finished it off just right. Love it!

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  37. That finish is absolutely adorable! What a very creative mind you have Vonna! Looks perfect w/the design and somehow reminds me of one of those handmade 'headboards' from the shape of it. Maybe you could add a tutorial of how to make a shaped cube to all your other fabulous tutorials!!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Smiles,
    Tanya

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  38. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  39. I love it!! That is adorable! I love how it sorta gets away (but not too far from) the traditional Christmasy colors of green and red!! I especially love the finishing on this one...so different! Another great job, Vonna!!

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  40. So cute! Love the finishing and it really does complement the design!

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  41. Beautiful work! You must have some great mathematical skills!

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  42. Such a cute design! Love the way you finished it!

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  43. Nice curves Vonna! Well done!

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  44. Fantastic finish! love the pink.

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  45. That is soooo cute!!! It's a great design with a wonderful finish!!!! Nice job!!!!

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  46. You did a wonderful job with this design and finish. What do you use to carve the foam block?

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  47. That is lovely, the finishing is inspired!

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  48. Vonna, you have out done yourself again. What a lovely finish !! So creative !! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Wow - you never cease to amaze us with your creativity & ingenuity - all with the ability to pull it off. This is just gorgeous! What an inspiration you are :) And Diane's design is beautiful too.
    Smiles, DianeM

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  50. Ooops sorry Nikki - it's your design, not your Mom's ;P
    -DianeM

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  51. Vonna, It is beautiful!!! As always you created the perfect finish!! Love it!!!

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  52. Another gorgeous and creative finish!

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  53. My goodness, Vonna! And you are surprised that Nikki (or any designer) would contact you? WOW! Such a beautiful finish for this design. Well-done! :D Cathryn

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  54. What a cute design, I love the colours you used and probably wouldn't change them. The finishing is beautiful as always.

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  55. What a wonderful new finish, Vonna--so creative and pretty...The curve is incredible--your math must be a lot better than mine to figure something like that out :)

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  56. How beautiful. You are so talented and creative. I just love everything you do.

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  57. i love it!! the stitching and the finish, so original i like it to remain standing.

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  58. Hi Vonna,
    You will be glad to know you won my give away,
    Sorry i spelled your name wrong TWICE. So you would never know, Sorry. But congratulations hope you like your prize. Can you send your name and address.
    to rpeart@sky.com. hugs June.

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  59. Love that pattern and how you finished it!! It's darlin'!!

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  60. Your finishes are always sooo beautiful! I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it on Nikki's site. I love the colour scheme!

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  61. Vonna, no wonder she asked you to model stitch & finish for her you did an amazing job! I used to do a lot of model stitching its very flattering when a designer asks you to stitch for them!

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  62. It looks like she knows just what she is doing by asking you to do this for her. The design is great, I love it. Your stitching and finishing are amazing and perfect!!

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  63. Beautiful!! I am always so inspired and amazed by your gorgeous work. Your idea for following the curve adds so much to this ornament! Thank you for the link to Nikki's patterns, too. I have stitched several of her Mom's patterns and now have picked out several of her's I would like to do, including this one!

    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous work!

    God Bless you - Julie

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  64. Vonna you are such a taltented stitcher and finisher! Beautiful!!!! Nancy

    PS I like the different colors for Christmas....great design too.

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  65. Simply Amazing! I love your vision for this piece. Definitely a must have for me. :-)

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  66. What a beautiful finish. You are so inspiring!

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  67. I loved the curved edge. It is a beautiful designed finished beautifully! :)

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  68. I love this! What a beautiful job Vonna, really beautiful.

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  69. Anonymous7:29 AM

    Wow! Sherry

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  70. Oh such a beautiful, adorable stitching! And the form of fantasy cube is so cute!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  71. I don't know how you did that. I just know I never could!

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  72. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Great job. I just bought this chart. Now I must stitch it right away. Love your work.

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