Sunday, December 01, 2013

Day One...

~Greetings Friends~
 
Here I am ready to share! Are you ready? :)
 
For the First Day of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher.....
I am sharing my finish of the Limited Edition Kit by Brenda Gervais of  Country Stitches ~ With Thy Needle and Thread. May I present:
 
Snow Bird Pinkeep
 
Snow Bird Pinkeep - With Thy Needle and Thread
 
It is stitched with a mixture of DMC and Gentle Arts overdyes on 40 ct. Linen
Then finished and placed into the snowflake base.
 
Snow Bird Pinkeep
 
 
Isn't it darling? I was one of 98 lucky people that got one. I sat my alarm clock for the time that it was to go on sale and as soon as my alarm went off, I ran to the computer, did some clicking and 5 minutes later was doing my victory dance!
 
*jiggle, jiggle*
 
The snowflake base, as Brenda described on her blog introducing the kit, reminds me of old mercury light bulbs. Oh, I how love it! I can't tell you how many times, after I have stitched and finished it, that I have just held it in my hands looking at it. It is simply perfect! Simplicity at its best. The sweet little bias tape bow...perfection. Thank you Brenda Gervais, you do not know me and I'm sure you don't read my blog, but I thank you for the pleasure you have brought me this Christmas season just by being able to own, stitch and finish this project. I love it!
Have I said that before?....haha! :)
 
From the very beginning, even when I didn't own the kit yet,  but was planning my attack... ;)
 I knew that if I was one of the lucky ones to get a kit, that I would never use mine as a pinkeep. Rather, I planned on putting it near the top of my tree by my angel.
 
So here it is as, I envisioned it:
 
Snow Bird Pinkeep on tree
 
*Perfect*
 
 
Now...
for my first Christmas tradition to share. Please notice the two little guys hanging on our tree:
 
Original Elf on a Shelf
 
They affectionately catch a ride on our tree (as our tree spins round and round all day and night long) each season and used to hang around on the tree at my Grandma Weber's house when I was a little girl. All through my life these little fellows have hung on someone's tree until they came to live with us about 10 years ago, after my Grandmother's passing.
 
I figure...
they are the Original Elf on a Shelf and sidekick :)
Every year when I put them on the tree, I think fondly of my Granny. She loved Christmas, as much as I and she always, always tried her best to make it magical!
 
I hope this Day 1 of The 25 Days of Christmas with The Twisted Stitcher was a little taste of magic for you!
 
Until tomorrow...
love in stitches,
Vonna  xxx

58 comments:

  1. How wonderful! Congrats on your ability to snag one of those snowflake pincushions!! Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve next!! Laura

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  2. I love your snow bird pinkeep, its beautiful !!

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  3. Vonna, I'm going to love your Christmas posts. The ornament is a beauty and the frame is so perfect. I love the elf's on the tree, what a great tradition to carry on. I think it is so neat too that your tree turns around and you can see all the ornaments. Merry Christmas day 1 to you !!

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  4. Love the pinkeep and putting it on the tree really is perfect! I just love old decorations with memories. Can't wait to see what else you have for us during the merry month of December!

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  5. Beautiful. Traditions are one of my favorite things about Christmas. Including your Grandmothers ornaments is a special way of remembering her presence in your life.

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  6. Thank you for sharing the elf pair story with us. Your snow bird pinkeep turned out so sweet. Love the simplicity of it.

    Robin in Virginia

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  7. Such a beautiful piece you finished! I love how you are using it as a decoration on your tree. Fun story about the elves too -- love tradition!

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  8. Gorgeous Vonna ! Love your elf story ! I see lots of pretty stitched ornaments on your tree ! So excited for 24 more days :)

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  9. Vonna
    Your finish of Brenda's design is lovely…much too precious to be a pin keep(IMO)…perfect as an ornament on your tree.
    You touched my heart by featuring your grandmother's elves…we just finished decorating our tree…this year it features ornaments that belonged to our grandparents, parents, and aunties…such treasures.
    I'm looking forward to your postings this month.
    Busy Hands…Happy Heart
    Patricia

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  10. Love the story of the elves. I cherish the memories of my grandmother and understand. Love the ornament. Merry December 1st!

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  11. Its the traditions and the wonderful stories which enrich Christmas so much - thank you for sharing yours with your Blog "family". Your finish is so very beautiful - I am looking forward to another tomorrow - as I sit in the early morning sun in New Zealand I know that you are heading to a chill in the air - how I dream of a white Christmas! Thank you for sharing yours with me..... see you tomorrow.

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  12. Eeek, I LOVE your ornament!! And your to have little pieces from your grandmother's tree is so wonderful. Looking forward to all your 'Days of Christmas' posts.

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  13. I knew it would be something very unique, Vonna. Beautiful stitching and a lovely finish. Very different. Shows some of us "finish-challenged" folk just what things can be done other than normal framing. Thx!

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  14. Ooops! I don't know if my comment went through or not! Thanks for doing this. Totally magical and something I will savor everyday leading up to Christmas. This is so exciting and what Christmas is really all about. Thanks Vonna!

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  15. Enjoyed reading about your Christmas tradition and the ornament is beautiful! :)

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  16. Thank you for sharing. The pin keep is so pretty. I agree it should go on your tree for the elfs to watch over. Look forward to your daily postings.

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  17. I am so awed and inspired by your work! I look forward to the next 24 days you plan to share with us!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season!!!

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  18. Vonna, your finish is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the story of the elves - traditions are important. Looking forward to the 25 days of Christmas - thanks again!

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  19. Vonna, I know of what you speak! I LOVE mine, too! Your finishing is beautiful. I wish I could pop over with mine and let you put it together for me!!!!

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  20. Vonna - My grandchildren were excited about starting their Advent calendars this morning...and so was I!! Your blog will be my Advent calendar this year, and I'm just as excited as the grands. Thank you so very much for the special Christmas treat. Pam in Culpeper, Virginia.

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  21. Hi Vonna,
    Looks like one of the Snowbirds has found a good home! Thank you, enjoy and merry wishes to you and your family this holiday season.
    Brenda

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  22. Looks so very lovely there. Sweet elves! My mom has a very similar one too. =)

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  23. Your choice of placement is perfectfor that darling pin keep. Traditions are so important to family, and it is great that you have your Grandmothers elves! I am so enjoying your blog. Merry Christmas day one to you and many more!

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  24. Oh Vonna! Such a marvelous ornament and right up by the angel is the perfect place for it! Love the elves :)

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  25. Vonna thank you for sharing. I love your tree! The snow bird is beautiful! I see the post before me is Brenda... she did find your blog maybe the elfs helped. Can't wait for tomorrow to see what you have up your sleeve!!

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  26. Beautiful finish and what a lovely treat to have the elves on your tree ... a family tradition and heirloom for sure!

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  27. Such a lovely piece. I love the snowflake part and the little design is so sweet.
    So wonderful to have the elves from your Grandmother.

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  28. Looks great on your tree, and the tree looks wonderful !

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  29. What sweet memories of your Granny! cute little elves! I LOVE the way the snowflake turned out! Simply beautiful!!

    Tanya

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  30. Love that you had a plan and stuck to it when trying to get the kit. I did that one year, just to get a 50% off for the first hour! You have the original elf on a shelf!

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  31. Your tree is lovely and I recognize two Little House ornaments that I stitched and gave away: the red house last year went to the wonderful lady who sits next to me in Mass choir and the little house with the bear went to my son the first year he had his own apartment which was across the street from a wooded area. What a great blog posting--thanks for sharing.

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  32. Beautiful Vonna! Looking forward to your 25 days of Christmas!

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  33. Your snow bird pinkeep is lovely.

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  34. They are great Vonna. This is going to be a wonderful series of posts.

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  35. Cute! Love the Snowflake finish! Looking forward to your other Christmas posts. :-)

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  36. Snowbird is beautiful, Vonna. The little one is right at home housed in the snowflake at the top of your tree with the angel~

    The Elf brings back so many happy memories. I still have my childhood elves and each day during the Christmas season, they find another place to sit...it has always been so much fun for the kids!

    Thank you for sharing your December days with us!

    HUGS

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous Vonna! I admired it on her website and just love that little bird. I am hoping she will release just the chart at a later date maybe as it would make a lovely Christmas ornament even without the gorgeous snowflake base.
    Love the story of your elves, I still put a few of the ornaments my boys made in elementary school on my tree. :o) They enjoy laughing about them now that they are 26 years old. Looking forward to Day 2.

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  38. Perfect finish, Vonna! I am still bummed that missed out on that. Not next time (whatever it may be)!

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  39. I love your tradition of the Elf and the Sidekick! I also love your Snow Bird finish! I too was one of the lucky purchasers--and like you, kept watch for it go on sale, set my alarm and was waiting at the computer. Mine is not yet finished, however.

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  40. Beautiful snowflake and stitching. Hope the elves are not to mischievous on your tree.

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  41. What a lovely little bird. It looks great on your tree.

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  42. What a beautiful finish to start off your countdown. Your elves are just too cute. Hope they don't get dizzy!

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  43. A beautiful finish. I love the story of the elves. I have fairies that once belonged to my nan and she brought them the year I was born so there are beginning to show the age.

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  44. Oh, how pretty, Vonna--if the posts for days 2 through 25 are as lovely as this post was, we are in for a treat :)

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  45. What a beautiful finish! I love it!!!

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  46. Lucky you. I love the beautiful finish. You did a great job stitching.

    Kathy

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  47. What a wonderful post to start of your 25 days of Christmas. Your Snow Bird looks amazing.

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  48. Wow what a beautiful piece, and a unique finishing... I'm now thinking of looking at little tealite candle holders for finishing of those small things.

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  49. When I first saw this I thought it would be just as beautiful as you have made it! Great job, as always!

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  50. What a gorgeous finish :)

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  51. That is a really cute finished project--love everything about it! Looking forward to Day Two. Hugs!

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  52. Cute, cute, cute!

    Love the little elfs that hang out in your Christmas Tree. It's nice that you have them and that they remind you of your grandma. My grandmother had SO many Christmas decorations and I often say I wish I had a few to put up each year but I have no idea what happened to everything. :-(

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  53. Great Christmas Tree! I love traditional ornaments.

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  54. The soft colors of the stitching for the pinkeep are just beautiful, and I love the finish.

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  55. Hi Vonna, Love your Snow Bird! I still read your blog but decided to come out of my shell and comment seen as it is Christmas :-) You have done some beautiful finishes!! So many of them and your tree twirling must be wonderful. We don't have them here yet in the UK, as far as I know, I have never seen anything like that. WOW ! Hope you all have a Very Happy New Year x

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  56. P.S. If you go to my blog sometime when you have time, you will have a surprise…... I have (don't faint) actually posted for the first time in just about 4 years :-)

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