~ Greetings Friends ~
and a warm welcome to
25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher
Before I go any further...
I need to correct a mistake that I made yesterday. I didn't give appropriate credit to the designer yesterday and a nice lady commented to point out to me that I was incorrect. See I was too lazy to get up off of my rump to get the magazine, therefore I indeed credited the wrong designer for the Penguin ornaments both Yellow Penguin and Red Penguin. The designer is: Casey Buonaugurio. I apologize for the error and it has been corrected.
Next point of interest for some new followers...
I have been asked on several occasions over the last few days about how I do this or that with finishing. I maintain a tutorial blog entitled: Learn to Finish with The Twisted Stitcher and all of the "tutorials" that I have done over the years is kept there. It can be accessed at anytime by clicking on my tabs above and it is located on the tab that reads "My Tutorials..." Please remember that the way I finish isn't the only way, nor the correct way, merely my way. I maintain the blog and tutorials for those that are searching for help in the finishing department. There is no magical rule or formula for finishing, anyone can do it with a little time, patience and fortitude. So get finishing! :)
With all the business finalized, are you ready to rumble?! :)
maybe that should be jingle...
Anyway, I'm going to cut the chattiness and get on to business...
on this Eleventh Day of my 25 days may I present to you:
Designed by: M Designs
The design may be found in the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue
I stitched mine on: 25 ct. Vintage Country Mocha lugana over two threads as I wanted it a little larger so that I could finish it into the way I did.
It is stitched in DMC as called for on the pattern.
I stitch a lot of ornaments all year long...
and have for many years, in fact, I believe I have close to 200 stitched ornaments on my tree. I was trying to count as I was hanging them this year, but I got messed up. So I'm definitely counting when I take them down this year! Its fun (to me at least) when I'm hanging ornaments to remember when I stitched them, etc. So I make sure to date all of my ornaments so that I can remember when I stitched them. Believe me as I age, this is a good thing!
Here is how I do it...
I always save all of my scraps of linen, lugana, etc. Then I backstitch the year, cut them out and baste stitch them onto the back of my ornaments. Now of course if I'm making a flat ornament, I baste it on before I mount it onto the mounting board. Of course its a little primitive, not neat and perfect, but handmade, is handmade and I like the sort of homespun feel my little dates have to them. Just a share for today :)
Now for a very special thing that happened on the 11th Day of December....
My sweet first baby was born! and today she is:
I found out I was pregnant with Katie in early May 1997. Oh, I was so excited! I so badly wanted to be a Mommy and my dream was coming true! I followed the books, looked every week to see how big the baby was, what stage of development it was, on and on. I watched the "Miracle of Life" a Nova documentary constantly. I was in love with her as soon as I knew she was in there.
Finally on December 11, 1997...
she made her early entry into the world. (I had normal pregnancies until the end of them. All of my babies were born prematurely. However, by the grace of God, all of them were normal without any complications or health problems. My obstetrician always said, instead of an oven I was a microwave!)
Here is Katie on her Second Birthday ~ December 1999
She has always...
been a hard worker, walked the straight and narrow, done what is right and she always, always has been my little friend. I get emotional thinking about how much I love her and the bond we share. Of course you have bonds with all of your children, but they are all different and each relationship is different. We have no family that live here, as we are transplants to the Bloomington area. I can say when I was first married that bothered me a lot. But I can say now, 18 years later, that the fact that all we have had to rely on is each other and our faith - this has made us one of the strongest, loving, work together families. People have commented on our family dynamics many times, and it is true. We are true to ourselves, true to each other and true to our faith and it sees us through every time and Katie is an integral part of that. We are tight knit (or should I say stitched!) and we all bring something different to the table that is needed ~each one of us.
Katie has always had the self-confidence to try new things. When she was a Freshman in High School she began running. She participates in Cross Country and Track at the Junior Varsity Level. She is not a star, probably never will be, but she enjoys running and it is an activity that she can carry on into adulthood with her. She runs with her whole heart, and you can see that she does so every time.
She can always crack me up...
here she is goofing off this summer as she put a cart away at the supermarket. Ha ha! Silly girl!
And like most 16 year olds..
She's chosen a sweet boy and they have been dating nearly a year. He's a perfect compliment to her, his strengths are her weaknesses and vice versa. But best of all, they support each other. He's a part of the family and we love him, as we love her. (His name is Kamryn and we call them K squared)
She's my little sweetheart, my baby girl nearly all grown up. It makes me sad, and I have tried to slow down the years, but they just march on and on! I have been one of the luckiest mother's on the face of the earth. God blessed me four times and entrusted me with little souls to nurture and raise. This baby is so close to flying the coop, and while it is bittersweet, that is how God intended. I know with my whole heart that Keith and I have done everything we can to equip her to fly straight and fly right for a successful life. And she has enough gumption of her own that it will be so!
Happy Sweet 16 Katie...
Mommy loves you so very much!
And that folks...
is Day Eleven!
See you tomorrow!