Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Family Ornaments...

Happy Holidays to all my blogging and stitching buds!...
I hope that each of you enjoyed your Christmas festivities! We had a fabulous, low key day - just the way we like it. Christmas Eve had us attending high Mass at the Christmas Vigil. I was slated to sing in the "choir" but only myself and another lady showed up. So being I was the only soprano there (my partner an alto), I had to sing the melody pretty much solo. I've never done this before, as my choir stint has been very short to date, so before going out I said a quick prayer that our Lord would help me sing beautifully on the birthday of His son, Jesus. And I can happily report that I had a handful of people come up to me after Mass thanking me for singing and complimenting my efforts.
was slated to be one of the alter servers at the Midnight Mass, so she and I returned to attend that Mass a few hours later. I thought I would be exhausted, but I can happily say that we were there 45 minutes before Mass began and I got to light candles for my prayer intentions and I prayed a rosary sitting in front of the creche and contemplating the whole scene and its was a beautiful night! We returned home at 2 a.m. and promptly fell be awakened by a screaming Ellie telling us that the big man had visited in the night and to "get down here and open all these presents!"     :)
A wonderful Christmas for sure!
As in previous years....
I stitched my kids their yearly ornaments for the year 2012. Last year I stitched a family ornament using a large holiday pattern from Little House Needleworks ~ "Poinsettia House" and used small motifs to stitch my girls their ornaments for the year 2011. You can see those HERE . This year I decided to stitch a set of "Family Ornaments" again using a larger design from Little House Needleworks, but stitch an ornament for each of the kids. So without further ado, here they are:
Holiday House Ornament
~The 2012 Pfeiffer Family Christmas Ornament~
Katie 2012 Ornament
~Katie's 2012 Ornament~
Ian 2012 Ornament
~Ian's 2012 Ornament~
Jake 2012 Ornament
~Jake's 2012 Ornament~
Ellie 2012 Ornament
~Ellie's 2012 Ornament~
2012 Family Christmas Ornaments
~2012 Pfeiffer Family Christmas Ornament Set~
Design Motifs taken from "HOLIDAY HOUSE"
designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Copyright: 2012
All Stitched on: 25 ct. Lugana ~ Vintage Country Mocha
Family Ornament stitched 1 over 1
Children Ornaments stitched 2 over 2
Stitched using WDW, DMC and Crescent Colours as charted
(except I used Brandied Pears instead of Hazelnut for house and urn accent colors)
I placed the last stitches...
last evening and I finished them today. I love these! And I really love how they turned out. They look sort of vintage Victorian or something....I had gone to Joann's on Dec. 24 to pick out the perfect backing fabric (which is a black/green plaid), ribbon and beads to make up these ornaments. I knew what shape and how I wanted to finish them and to be honest, they turned out better than what I had anticipated. They will definitely be making a trip to the fair next summer ;)
Bloomington has experienced a blizzard over night and through today.....we have 12+ inches of snow outside. My kiddos have been in and out and out and in so many times...I think there is 12 inches of water in the basement from the ins and outs! LOL! But I love watching them play...they are having so much fun!
Mr. Pfeiffer...
has the whole 2 weeks of holidays OFF!! WHOOP! So its going to be a lot of relaxing and fun around here :) I love it! So back to the family I must go!
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, just like always. Find some time to do the same.
XXX Vonna


  1. Your family ornaments are just wonderful! The finishing is gorgeous, and the motifs, and everything -- just perfect! Yay for DH having the 2 weeks off! My DH does too! :D Till the New Year anyway. Enjoy the family time and the snow!

  2. Your oranments are beautiful ~ what treasures for years to come! Sounds like you have had a wonderful Christmas ~ enjoy your family time!

  3. Beautiful ornaments!!!! Such great keepsakes..... And definite Blue Ribbon winners!!!! Peace for 2013..., Faye

  4. Such a wonderful holiday recap!!! I am so glad to hear you had such a wonderful time. Your ornaments are breathtaking!! You are correct they do look Victorian. What a fabulous idea you had!

    And you are right, I wish you lived closer too!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Love love love the finishing on these!! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Those are just beautiful with your finishing! Happy stitching in the new year....

  7. Love your family ornaments. What a lovely tradition.

  8. It sounds like you had the perfect Christmas Vonna. Those ornaments are just awesome! I can see a blue ribbon in your future. :o)

  9. Your family ornaments are so pretty and your finishing is just perfect.

  10. Merry Christmas my friend! I am sure that you sang like the angel you are. :)

    I love the ornament set...what a fabulous idea. I see a ribbon in your future on these beauties.

    Enjoy time spent with your DH and wonderful kids.

    Wishing you an your family health and happiness in 2013.

  11. Your ornaments are fabulous! I love the ribbon and beads on the edges.

  12. Love these ornaments! Enjoy this special time with your family - two whole weeks doesn't happen often I would guess! Happy New Year!

  13. Vonna, what a wonderful tradition! They are just beautiful and you're right, they do look Victorian. Wishing you and your family and happy,healthy and blessed 2013, Wanda

  14. Your ornaments are beautiful as always. Enjoy the extra time with the kids. It will be over with in a blink of an eye. Take care.

  15. Vonna, your ornaments are just beautiful!!!! I love the finishing! I have to tell you that looking at your blog and seeing the ornaments and pictures that you have made has inspired me to start cross stitching my own ornaments. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful creations.

    Wishing You and Your Family a Happy and Healthy New Year,

  16. What a beautiful set of ornaments!!!! I love your finish!!!!!

  17. Beautiful ornaments. Enjoy the time with the family.

  18. Fabulous finishes! Stay warm and and enjoy the season!

  19. Your ornaments are beautiful Vonna. Merry Christmas.

  20. Vonna - Sounds as though you were able to take time for contemplation and reflection re the meaning of the Holy Day. Your set of 'family' ornaments are wonderful. What a great way to mark each year.

  21. beautiful ornaments .... and what a lovely idea to make the children one for their trees in the future ....well done on the singing too ... been there seen n done it to .... first time I sang Danny Boy at a concert .. would love to have heard you :)
    enjoy your snow days and having DH home too :) wishing you a very merry stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxxx

  22. Stitching these ornaments for your children is such a lovely Christmas tradition. And you chose some very beautiful motifs for them.
    Enjoy your time with the family and with your husband at home.

  23. Your family ornaments are just perfect! you did a lovely finishing.
    Enjoy the family time!
    Take care Dear Vonna

  24. It sounds like you are having a great holiday!
    This years ornaments are lovely. The finishing is just gorgeous!!

  25. Wonderful finishing, I love them all but the one with the home is really super! Have a nice time!

  26. The family ornaments are beautiful.

  27. Gorgeous ornaments ,Vonna ! WOW ! Fair winners for sure! Love the way they are finished .. the beads and ribbon are just perfect ! You are amazingly talented ! Thats alot of snow, but its the best when the kids have that on their Christmas break to play in ! Glad your singing went so well :) Happy New year!!

  28. Vonna, What a wonderful Christmas and started it out right. I wish I could have been at mass to hear your beautiful voice!!!! Your ornaments are so darling but the best part is they are made with love for your family. Thanks for sharing them with blogland and all your finishing techniques. The children will have a great start on their own tree some day and always remember each Christmas with stories!!!

    Hope you have a wonderful 2013 full of love and family memories. Enjoy each moment and keep making time for yourself and quiet time with your Maker.

    hugs to you,
    pam in iowa

  29. Gorgeous! Just gorgeous. Enjoy your family time. We are too.♥

  30. Vonna, What a beautiful adaptation of design for the ornaments for 2012. I love what you did. You do such a good idea of seeing possibilities 'outside the box'. I tend to stitch what the designer has charted and let it go at that. I can see I need to start stretching my thinking..!

    Glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Great job on singing at church, I would have been a nervous wreck.

    Also glad Mr. Pfeiffer was able to be home on vacation over the holidays. Nice treat for all of you.

  31. Beautiful finishes as always. Need to play more with cutting the foam core neatly in the ornament shapes....mine turn out wonky....;)
    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas with the reason for the season being the major focus.

  32. Beautiful ornies Vonna! I just love the finishing! Such an inspirational idea to do for one's family. Wishing you a safe and wonderful New Year!

  33. The ornaments are so gorgeous!!!!! I love how you took all the little motifs off one piece and the finishing is so pretty.

  34. Your family ornaments are stunning. I am sure your children will appreciate all of these wonderful ornaments on their own tree when the time comes. Have a Happy New Year!

  35. The ornaments are beautiful! Lovely stitching and I love how you finished them. So pretty.
    Glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas! Enjoy the time with DH and the family while they are home! And, enjoy the snow!

  36. The ornaments are beautiful Vonna. What lovely memories you are creating each year with these.

    Happy New Year.

  37. Vonna, your ornaments are just beautiful. Merry Christmas.

  38. Beautiful ornament stitching! Glad to hear that you had a great family Christmas! Have a Happy New Year!

  39. Vonna your ornaments are beautiful as ever !!

  40. Your ornaments are beautiful Vonna! Glad you and yours had a wonderful Xmas and enjoy the Xmas break!

  41. I wish I could have been there to hear your solo. I love music and I am sure you did a fantastic job.
    Your ornies are just beautiful.
    Many blessings to you and yours.

  42. Gorgeous ornaments, and I love the black ribbon you used! Glad your kids are having fun in the snow--Chicago dodged that bullet! Enjoy your holiday family time!

  43. Wonderful ornaments ... and so clever.

    Love and best wishes for the New Year.

  44. Vonna -- Your ornaments are absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful gift to give your children and have won for your family as well.

    I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. Enjoy the two weeks with everyone:)) Lots of great memories, I'm sure.....

    Happy New Year!

    HUGS and LOVE to you.

  45. Your ornaments are absolutely beautiful Vonna! They're winners as far as I'm concerned!
    I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas. I also sang solo at the Christmas Eve service. I get so nervous and always have to say a little prayer.Our day was low key too since my grandchildren couldn't join us this year. We were supposed to visit their place yesterday but the storm you had landed in here yesterday and dropped more than a foot of snow on us. Where my son lives in Quebec received 20 inches of the PWS (pretty white s**t). Roads are clear and we are headed there this morning for our Christmas celebration with them.
    Enjoy your time off with your family!

  46. Your ornaments are gorgeous, congratulations

    Glad to hear you had a great christmas

  47. Sounds like a delightful Christmas at the Pfeiffer household, Vonna... I'm sure your singing was lovely--would have enjoyed hearing it myself :)

    Your annual family ornaments are stunning--what a wonderful tradition...

    Enjoy the two weeks with your husband at home--nice quality family time is the best!

  48. Your ornaments are gorgeous. Glad you had a great Christmas. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  49. loved hearing about your special Christmas mass Vonna. Sounds like you are really going to have a good holiday season this year with your husband and kids around the house. Your "family" ornaments are just so special and finished exquisitely as usual. Hope you have a great new year with continued blessings - Melody

  50. Your ornaments are beautiful! Great job. I finished stitching mine but haven't put them together. Interesting about the snow storm! My nephew will be there for another three weeks--I'm sure he'll have some interesting stories to tell when he gets back, especially after experiencing a blizzard!

    Good for you for getting up & singing. Honestly, I think I would have lost control of my bodily functions--and not in a good way. LOL This year's Christmas Vigil Mass was the second that we went to at the Franciscan friary, and I just love it. They do up the Christmas creche in the tradition of St. Francis and it really is beautiful. It was so nice to see a young friar, too, with his hair back in a ponytail, very obviously in his 20s.

    Wishing you & yours a very blessed 2013!

  51. We atteneded Mass on Christmas Eve at 10:45 it was beautiful.
    I love your ornaments what a lovely tradition to have stitching ornaments for your Children.
    Merry Christmas
    Happy Newyear.

  52. I don't comment often, but I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your beautiful finishes! These are very lovely and finished to perfection!

  53. Beautiful family ornaments and treasures Vonna! They will do well at the fair, I am sure!

  54. Love your ornaments.

  55. Oh i love the ornaments for the kids! I am still working on mine (and yes, Christmas has past lol)

  56. Vonna,
    Those are beautiful! I need to stitch an ornament for my family next year! I'm lazy and just buy them! lol Congrats on singing at Mass!

  57. TRES BONNE ANNEE 2013 !


  58. Merry 7th day of Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog and the beautiful work that you do. You are such a true inspiration!!!
    Thanks to you and your blog I am back working on counted cross stitch (a needle art that I have always admired) after many years of putting the art aside.
    Looking forward to your projects in 2013.

  59. Vonna,

    What a beautiful way to spend Christmas Eve -- with Jesus and your family! I loved seeing the beautiful ornaments you stitched for your family; your talents are unending! May God bless you all in the new year with good health and happiness! Always keep your hands to work and hearts to God! Hugs.

  60. Gorgeous ornaments. I envy people that can envision how they want to finish them and pick just the right things out to do it! I also wish I could just run to the store and get things I need. But I have to plan a 30 minute drive to get to a craft store! Hope you have a wonderful 2013.


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