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

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"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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59 comments:

  1. Oh my, that is one lovely cottage Vonna! Can't wait to see the entire series finished...

    Love the Santa tree...and the crock is a gorgeous way to display it!!

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  2. Очень красиво!

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  3. It really looks lovely. I love the colours - that blue on that fabric just pops! It's going to look fab. x

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  4. Love the new series! Yours is beautiful. I like the idea of them all on one piece of fabric. I may have rethink these designs. What color tone is the amber fabric?

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  5. I love the soft blue, lovely finish as always, Vonna
    Pretty decor. I still have to dig mine out, but once I start there's no stopping, lol

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  6. Vonna --
    Love your January Cottage. I just got mine yesterday and I'm trying to decide how to tackle it -- all on one piece of fabric or over 1 on 25 ct, decisions, decisions.

    Great Santa Tree! Love the crock that it's in.

    BTW -- Belinda Nace (Blue Ribbon Designs) has a new design coming out with the saying "Hands to Work, Heart to God" I thought of you when I saw it.

    Have a good weekend.

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  7. Your finish is gorgeous. I MUST resist, struggling, love anything with houses, cottages lol. Your tree looks beautiful. I too love Christmas.

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  8. ohhhhh you have finished it and I haven't even got my pattern yet ... not my material have had to order that ..lol ... love the tree in that pot too :) love mouse xxx

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  9. Your monthly cottage finish is just lovely. I love the blue color.
    What a cute Santa tree. The crock really gives it that country feel. Love it!
    Carolyn

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  10. I love the series and can't wait to stitch mine! Love the tree too. Enjoy your December and all the preparations!

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  11. Hi Vonna! It's good to hear from you. Your January house is perfect! It is in my favorite aqua color and everything :) I love love love your tree in a crock, it's adorable. I need to take down my pumpkins and put up my Christmas decor! I am so behind.

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  12. Oooh Vonna, I'm happy dancing with you big time over that gorgeous January Cottage finish. It's gonna be fun watching that series come together. As for Santa Tree? Love. Soo cute and beautifully decorated, too. ((hugs)) di

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  13. Can't wait to see all the cottages on one piece of fabric... your January cottage is terrific. Love your Christmas tree also!

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  14. Great finish! The design just pops on that fabric! I am trying to resist this series to save money but will have fun watching everyone's progress. Cute Santa tree!

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  15. What a cute finish - I love the new series! Your Santa tree is also beautiful!

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  16. Great finish on the cottage and your tree is really pretty

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  17. Anonymous4:16 PM

    Congratulations on your cottage finish! It is lovely! Your Santa tree is delightful! Enjoy the upcoming holiday season, Vonna!

    Robin in Virginia

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  18. Love both your tree and your stitching...beautiful.

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  19. Love the tree in the crock - what a great idea!

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  20. it is really looking so sweet..beautiful stitching..
    pretty decoration...lovely tree.
    keep well love for you xx

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  21. The cottage is cute. I've joined your SAL, but not sure when my LNS will get the patterns in, as she's not on an automatic for those, so I'll always be a bit behind. I was thinking of changing that aqua color to a light blue, but now I'm not so sure. Will have to give that some more thought.

    Love your tree on the crock. I had a wonderful crock that I sold two years ago. We were auctioning some of my mother's things, so I took the opportunity to sell three or four of my things, too. Now I miss them all. Oh well, life goes on.

    Bobbi

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  22. The cottage is beautiful and what a wonderful idea to stitch them all on one piece of fabric Vonna. I can't wait for the second one to come out!

    Adorable Santa tree! I love it in the crock too!

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  23. Such a pretty finish, Vonna, and I love your idea of stitching them all on one piece of fabric.

    Your Santa tree in your kitchen is so cute. I moved my snowman tree up from the basement (now that the boys are all gone no one uses it!) to the kitchen and I just love having it here... The crock idea is charming :)

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  24. January Cottage is gorgeous! Can't wait to see the whole series!

    Love the Santa Tree!

    Hugs,

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  25. What a sweet finish! Congratulations! I love the santa tree. I collect santas--I aspire to have enough one day to do that. Love the tree in the crock!

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  26. Your finish is wonderful! I love it! And your Santa tree. Fantastic! I love how it's in the crock too. What a gret idea!

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  27. Cute cute tree Vonna!! Still waiting for my chart but will hop on it soon as it arrives!! HO HO HO, Faye

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  28. Love the January Cottage and you've created a darling SAnta tree too!

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  29. Just beautiful

    Sharon

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  30. I love both your Country Cottage finish, and your Santa tree! I hope you have a lovely holiday season.

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  31. Love the choice of fabby and the tree is beautiful.

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  32. January looks great. I don't even have my pattern yet, but it's on the way. Lovely Santa tree.

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  33. Love your stitching, as always, as well as your tree. How I'd love to take a tour of your home!

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  34. Wonderful finish! This is such a cute design! And your decoration is beautiful, too! :o)

    Have a merry December!

    Cathi

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  35. Lovely tree, Vonna. Beautiful stitched cottage. Looking forward to seeing your progress on this one. :) Merry Christmas! Cathryn

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  36. Oooh, I am lovin' this one!! I am sooo tempted to join in on your SAL. I can't wait to see what the next cottage will look like.
    Your Santa tree in the crock is brilliant! And so pretty too.
    At the moment we only put up the one tree. Eventually I want to put up a second one in our rec room with nothing but stitched ornaments. Gotta get my butt in gear though and get more ornaments done!

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  37. Your January cottage is lovely Vonna - such pretty colors! Your tree is so pretty too. I also love this time of year!

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  38. I love your cottage! It looks perfect on that color of linen too! I can't wait to watch it grow! Love the tree also! What a great way to display it.

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  39. Your January Cottage is so pretty! Such a pretty shade of blue. I love your Santa tree ~ I used to look forward to getting our tree until it became a battle with the cats to keep it decorated. :)

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  40. Jamuary cottage is fabulous ! Love your tree in a crock !Too CUTE !

    Priscilla

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  41. I love this time of year too Vonna. I think it's the magical time and not just for children.

    Love your cottage finish. It is really pretty.

    Your Santa tree is fantastic!

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  42. oh j'adore ! j'aimerai beaucoup une étoile des Usa comme sur votre mur au dessus du sapin ...c'est tellement beau !
    bisous bisous

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  43. Your first cottage is adorable!!! Wish I could afford to collect these patterns and join your SAL...but I shall sit back and enjoy the show (of everyone's lovely stitching!) Can't wait to see more!

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  44. Vonna, another beautiful finish. I love your Santa tree. I bet your house looks great with all your creative ways to decorate. Enjoy this wonderful season.

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  45. Lovely stitching. Great tree - I collect Santas and love your Santa tree. Always look forward to see what you are making.

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  46. Love the crock idea...Lovely tree, I look forward to more holiday decorating pics. Guess what I spent the past 2 days doing? Decorating, the task is endless. Will venture into the Vermont forest to select our Christmas tree tomorrow. If we are unsuccessful in getting one we will head to the tree farm. :D

    Enjoy the weekend.

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  47. Love the stitching.....and your tree!

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  48. I agree, this is the most wonderful time of year!!! LOVE the finish, that is just a gorgeous piece. Also love the Santa tree!!

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  49. I agree, that cottage is adorable and your plan sounds perfect.

    Now I will wait patiently for the next share of your decorating - I love the crock idea showcasing your Santa tree, cute. Judith

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  50. Love the finish
    Beautiful photos ;)

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  51. What a lovely little stitch, I must admit I'm a bit of a sucker for series too.

    Lovely job on the Christmas tree.

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  52. Well now, I think that is mighty purdiful and I can't wait to see the next in the series, on that great piece of linen you are stitching it on!!

    Love the tree, ever so sweet and I adore crocks...great combination!! I just know that you are going to have a blessed Christmas, one with much peace and joy, my friend!

    xoxo

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  53. This is such a wonderful start of the cottages series. When I hear series and even more monthly series I'm usually a taker. But at the moment I have so many monthly series in my stash that I'll have to start some of them next year. But I'll follow your cottages progress and who knows maybe I'll have a weak moment .... Lol.

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  54. Love your cottage--I'm going to wait until the week after Christmas to start mine--when I'm a little tired and needing to "sit a spell". I'm thimking of doing them on one piece and then making a frame with each one in a window.
    Isn't Christmas wonderful? Love your decorations.

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  55. Pretty stitching and a lovely Christmas tree.

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  56. Happy Birthday to the boys! What a great project these cottages will be - and a very fine beginning! Love the Santa Tree in the crock - good eye out for catching that one! Enjoy the merriest season! Hugs to y'all.

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  57. I love your finish of the first cottage, and I would have loved to join you in your SAL, since they look like they're going to be adorable. But, life being what it is, things don't always work out for the best and I'll just be following the blog as a viewer and enjoying everyone else's finishes.

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  58. Love your January cottage finish.

    A great tree too!

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  59. What a lovely winter finish! And your Christmas tree looks great!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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