Friday, December 27, 2013

Post Traumatic Blogging Syndrome...

Well friends...
I am having post traumatic blogging every day syndrome. I MISS it! :)
So luckily, I still have some stuff to share! 

First Up...
This is Ellie's 2013 Christmas Ornament. I love this pattern and it is so sweet to stitch. 

"Happy Hearts"
designed by Diane Williams ~ Little House Needleworks
stitched on 40 ct. Weeks Dye Works Straw linen
stitched with DMC as charted
This is a freebie chart and may be found: HERE
Ellie's 2013 Christmas Ornament LHN Happy Hearts

Then...
I have to share a set of family ornaments that I stitched for some family friends for their Christmas gift. 

"Gingerbread Family"
 I used the pattern entitled: 
"Season of Love" from the 2010 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Preview Issue
Designed by: Nikki Leeman ~ Country Cottage Needleworks 
I just reworked it for single Ginger-person and charted the names (stitched over 1)
Family Friends Christmas Gift
These...
were really cute and I decided that I'm doing these for my own family someday too.

I have some...
random shots that were taken over the entire Christmas holidays that I would like to share with you. 

Ellie singing her solo at her Christmas Pagent:
Ellie's Christmas Pagent


Ian and Jake at their Christmas Band Concert
(Jake: Alto Sax and Ian: Bari Sax)

2013 Boys Band Concert

Katie and her good buddy Ajay
(they've been friends since 4th grade, he's like a member of our family)
Katie and Ajay

My Kiddos
A particularly nice photo of all four of them, they really are all pretty good buddies and typically do not get angry at each other ever. Most of the time, they are just as this photo shows and it does  my heart good to look at this and smile back  :)
My Kids

Katie and her young man, Kamryn
He is the sweetest boy (and crafty too!). This is the flower that he bought her for her birthday. See the purple tips on the flower? Her bedroom is purple and he painted every tip with glue and put glitter on them. HIMSELF!!! (his mother confirmed). I think he's a keeper ;) any man that would craft for their girlfriend....well I'm just sayin'...
Katie and Kamryn

Miss Ellie after she learned about gondola drivers at school...
ha ha ha!!!
I guess most gondola drivers have fringe on their hats and handlebar mustaches?  :)
Ellie with her handlebar mustache

My Motley Crew...
I was trying to get a shot for our Christmas card and told them to wait a minute while I got new batteries. When I came back I found:

Motley Group
Yes.. it did make the yearly family Christmas card....

and...
Our Tree at Night...
2013 Tree at Night

That does it folks...
the end of The Twisted Stitcher's Christmas. Sorta sad. 
Since I'm having eye surgery January 2. And we don't know how well my vision will be afterward, we have decided to take down our Christmas tree this weekend. :(
So I have just a few days left of sitting with it gazing at it while it slowly spins... 
sad. 

But with every ending...
there's a new chapter! So, what are you all planning for 2014 stitching? After gazing another year upon 
upon which she added a lot of new Santa's this year...OMGosh! 
I want a tree like that...NOW!
I said it last year and I'm going to say it again. I want a Santa tree! BAD!

And every year...
I have saved a photo of Carol's tree (I know its weird, and I think I have like 4, or 5 of them now saved to my hard drive) And through the year I stitch ornaments thinking: yep, I've got it, I think I have as many ornaments on my tree as Carol. Meanwhile, Carol is stitching away all year long....
 And I wait for the moment that she will post and my eyes will first alight on her tree for that year:
and  then I find... NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.
Ho, hum...

So...
what are my stitching plans for 2014? I don't know. Is there any ornament challenges out there for 2014? I think with the way my life goes that perhaps it is better to just go with Vonna's flow. Try to make and meet my own personal challenges rather than conform to something that I probably won't meet anyway. We will see, I've got a week to decide ;)

Until next time...
my love and appreciation for ALL the lovely comments and e-mails I have been receiving! THANK YOU!

Hugs and stitches,
Vonna xxxx


62 comments:

  1. Vonna, your blog posts make my day happier. Sweet kids! I'll be thinking about you on the 2nd. Happy New Year!

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  2. I think your tree is fabulous, Vonna! Love the ornaments you created for your friends as well as for Ellie. Best wishes being sent your way on your upcoming eye surgery. Will be thinking of you on the 2nd.

    Robin in Virginia

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  3. BEAUTIFUL post my friend! I am just going with the flow this next year too. I set my own challenges. It works best that way. ;)

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  4. You have been busy, I am going to take my Christmas stuff down after the grand kids sleep over. I am starting to do my ornaments for 2014. I have been doing the international Santa and enjoying them.

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  5. You have adorable kids and I agree, Kamryn sounds like a KEEPER for sure.

    Good luck with your surgery. Hope everything goes well and that you have clarity of vision real soon. Happy 2014!

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  6. You have such a lovely family! I love when you share things about them and grateful that they let you :) Now that things are somewhat settling down here, I am getting back the blogging bug...I find it therapeutic...guess I just need to write and share right now. As far as stitching challenges go for 2014...I registered and received my stitching package for a huge international project called Torah Stitch by Stitch (just blogged about). So between getting that down within my allotted time and some Little House Needlework project, I think I already have my stitching hands full :) Take care! And best of luck with your eye surgery. A stitcher's eyes are very valuable; I will definitely send you positive thoughts!

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  7. Such a lovely post love your tree, also I love Carol's , mine is starting to grow but will still take a few years to get like your's .
    Love your photo's and stitching ,and wishing you a Happy New Year, Hugs.

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  8. Vonna, you have a terrific family! I'll be praying for your eye surgery: a successful procedure and a speedy recovery. I'm going to go with the flow this year too. After not completing the Crazy January Challenge the past few years, I'm done with trying. Happy New Year!

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  9. I sure have enjoyed your blog posts this month, so much fun it was reading them. My prayers are going out to you during your eye surgery, wishing you a speedy recovery. Oh I SO enjoy Carols tree also, and every year I claim that I too will stitch an ornament a month, but then December rolls around and I say "oh well maybe next year" But this year I will do it. I am getting better with finishing my own ornaments so I can do this :)


    That flower Katie recieved is very pretty, what a sweet gift he gave her.

    I have decided my 2014 project will be Ann Grant 1829 by Shakespeare's Peddler. I just have to buy a few more threads. I am also taking part in a Stitch From your Stash 2014 event. The goal is to only spend $25 a month and only stitch from items already on hand. The budget will be easy for me I think as I have a few charts already kitted up.

    Have a wonderful day and a great weekend.

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  10. Going with the flow is the way to go! Happy New Year and GOOD LUCK on the peepers! I'm seeing fantastic!

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  11. I'm so happy you needed to post more. Love all the pictures. Good luck with your eye surgery next week, I'll keep you in my prayers.

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  12. Going with the flow is the way to go! Happy New Year and GOOD LUCK on the peepers! I'm seeing fantastic!

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  13. Vonna, I hope you can remember the designer for the cute pumpkin witch ornaments (finished round) with the loooopy ribbons! I'd love to stitch these! Racheldcarey@yahoo.com

    Thanks again for sharing your 'world' with us!

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  14. Thank you for a wonderful 25 days of Christmas! I looked forward to every single post :) I'm calling 2014 the Year of Stitching since I took 7 or 8 classes this year and have finished 0 of the projects! Have a blessed New Year.

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  15. Well, Hello there! Fancy meeting you so soon after the Advent postings! As for your tree and the ornaments... you have plenty! It is beautiful! I will say a prayer for you on the 2nd for a successful surgery. Both eyes at one time? You will be amazed at how quickly you will be seeing again, no matter what type of surgery it is! Happy New Year to you and your great family!

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  16. Great photos, I'm glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your advent posts, even though I was always reading several days behind as my internet time is always much reduced in the run up to Christmas.

    I shall be keeping you in prayers that your surgery goes well & you have a speedy recovery

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  17. I so looked forward each and every day to your 25 Day of Posts!!!! How wonderful each and every one was. Thank you so very much! Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year!
    Pam

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  18. Anonymous3:53 PM

    Beautiful finishes as always and what fun pictures of your family! Happy New Year to you all. And good luck with your eye surgery.
    Take Care, Lancy

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  19. Oh Vonna, what a bonus post! I think we are all have 'Carol Christmas tree envy' although you shouldn't be as your tree is stunning as well with all your beautiful ornaments! I love your gingerbread men and Katie's ornament. I don't know how you do it! Thanks for easing us out of our withdrawal :) I'll be thinking about you and praying your eye surgery goes well, Wanda

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  20. Blogging withdrawl ... who knew it could be a problem! Love how you are treating the symptoms though. Nice stitching and wonderful family photos. Katie looks so much like you!

    Your tree envy and competition with Carol is too funny. Both of you are tied for winning entries in my book!

    Hope the surgery goes well.

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  21. I really enjoyed your Christmas posts and can't wait to finish some of your finishing ideas! Happy stitching in the new year and I hope your eye surgery goes well.

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  22. Followed your 25 days of Christmas - beautiful finishes as usual. Good luck with your eye surgery - hope it is a speedy recovery for you.

    Elizabeth B

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  23. Great family times! So many cute designs too! Hope you had a great Christmas!

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  24. Vonna everything you stitch looks perfect! For goodness sakes girl, you can take something I might not to chose to stitch and make it look WOW-I want to stitch that-your wonderful. You have a beautiful family and love your blog posts-such inspiration:) You have new vision to look forward to this coming year, I wish you much success, I have worked several years with ophthalmologist and it truly is remarkable! Thanks again for all you share:)

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  25. Merry Christmas to you!

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  26. Such a lovely post full of beautiful stitching and your beautiful family. Lots of prayers for your eye surgery -- I'm still envious of you! Hope it goes well!

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  27. I have been out of blogging for far too long ... your kids look so grown up! And what a gorgeous bunch they are. :) I hope you are all enjoying the after-Christmas days and that 2014 will be a wonderful year for us all.

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  28. Vonna,

    The kids all look so happy and healthy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Each Christmas tree is special with all the memories that each ornament holds. Mine certainly looks sparse compared to many but I love it just the same.

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  29. Vonna,

    The kids all look so happy and healthy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Each Christmas tree is special with all the memories that each ornament holds. Mine certainly looks sparse compared to many but I love it just the same.

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  30. What great photos! You all get into the spirit of Christmas and it shows in your smiles and antics. Love the ornies and the stockings Vonna! Happy New Year!

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  31. How pretty. The photos of the kids so nice. I have to say, a boy the does crafts, pretty rare. The flower is awesome.Thank you for the link for the free pattern. I am not sure about any stitching goals, I have to think about that. Happy new year Vonna.

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  32. Pretty ornaments Vonna ! Always finished so perfectly ! Thanks so much for the love for my Santa tree ! I am honored :) You have a beautiful family ! Hope your surgery goes well ! I will be thinking of you January 2nd !

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  33. Happy birthday Katie, lovely ornaments.
    Merry Christmas

    Catherine

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  34. Praying for your loving, talented eyes to have a safe, quick recovery and that you'll be back soon to share more beautiful stitching. Your "days of Christmas" have been such a fun spot in my days! :)

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  35. Vonna, you have such a beautiful familly, Merry Christmas!

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  36. Vonna, what a clever way to make individual ornaments for your family! I envy your ingenuity!
    Hope your surgery goes well, and for a speedy recovery!

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  37. Vonna I love Ellie's ornament. The gingerbread ones are adorable!! I was excited to see a post from you today. Your tree is beautiful!!! I will keep you in my prayers, I hope the eye surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery. Looking forward to seeing your creations in the new year~~

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  38. Another wonderful post, Vonna, I'm happy that you miss blogging and look forward to many more in the New Year lol!!!!!
    Beautiful ornaments, as always, and your finishing is just perfect, the Gingerbread Family is so cute.
    The photos of your family are lovely, how proud you must be of them all! They certainly look like they all get on well together.
    Oh those trees!!!! Yours is just beautiful, and as for Pricilla's and Carol's, well they are all just fabulous
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    Good luck with the eye surgery next week, will be thinking of you.
    Love to all
    Linda O xxx

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  39. A fantastic post. I shall miss reading your daily posts. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous family photos. Your ornaments are lovely. I wish you a speedy recovery and can't wait to see what you are stitching in 2014.

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  40. Yipeee! Another post. I have enjoyed each and every one. Your family is just lovely...love the Christmas card pose. LOL I am excited to see what you will create in 2014 but hoping you have another post left for 2013. Tee hee!

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  41. It has been a real pleasure to share in your 25 days. Looking forward to seeing the New Year's fun. Hope all goes well with your eye surgery.

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  42. Oh my, you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms, lol. But you solved the problem quite fine. Great family pictures you are sharing here.

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  43. I know I haven't been commenting but I have so LOVED your Christmas posts! You really outdone yourself and I looked forward to a new blog entry every day! Thank you for all of your hard work and inspiration! I loved each and everyone of your pictures of your family and your stitching and finishing is always so beautiful!!

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  44. You are so lovely Vonna...I so enjoyed reading this post. Your kids are wonderful and so sweet to each other, that must be a real testament to you and your husband! Very blessed!! As for Carol's tree, I'm always in awe of all of her stitching but I know I could never have that many done in a year!! I love your finishes too!! The gingerbread men are adorable. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  45. Such wonderful family pictures!! Thanks for sharing each day in Dec. I really enjoyed each post.

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  46. I normally don't post comments, but I do read. Thank you Vonna for the 25 days of Christmas postings. I looked forward to reading them each day. I hope to stitch some ornaments for 2014 since I have been drooling over Carol's tree the past couple of years. Of course, it would take years for me to have the amount of ornaments that Carol has, but a girl can dream:) Hope your eye surgery goes well- will be thinking of you.

    Blessings,

    Julie

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  47. I think we all have withdrawal symptoms from being unable to read your blog after 25 days of great posts filled with amazing stitching and finishing, yummy recipes, and great tutorials and decorating suggestions :) Thanks for one last post, Vonna!!

    I love the ornament you made Ellie and the gingerbread ornaments have given me ideas for my friend's triplet grandchildren--thanks so much. I have that chart and may just be borrowing your idea :)

    Boy, does the photo of the boys in the band bring back memories. All of mine were in band from 4th grade until they graduated. Just loved every moment (well, too many squeaky renditions of "Hot Cross Buns" did test my patience!).

    You are too funny about my tree--and I'll let you in on a secret! I only decorate the front and sides so there is no way I have more ornaments than you. No one sees the back of mine and after having spent so much time on each little ornament, I want them all where they can be seen! SO, you DEFINITELY have more ornaments than me :) Your tree is so beautiful and I love the fact that it rotates...

    I so enjoyed each of your posts in December, Vonna, even if I wasn't able to comment on all. My guys have all been home again since Tuesday and are eating me out of house and home so I spend much of my time in the kitchen!! But, it sure will be nice to have them all here one more day. Our house will be very quiet again... Enjoy the new year with your sweet family and I wish you every success with your surgery. It will be amazing to see again after all these years having to wear glasses. I'm in the same boat, but am too chicken... Now, that I need reading glasses, I'm actually thankful for bad eyes because I just simply take them off and stitch with the fabric close to my eyes--can see even the tiniest things without glasses!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, VONNA!! And thanks so very much for all the help and inspiration you've given all of us through the years!!

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  48. I think we all have withdrawal symptoms from being unable to read your blog after 25 days of great posts filled with amazing stitching and finishing, yummy recipes, and great tutorials and decorating suggestions :) Thanks for one last post, Vonna!!

    I love the ornament you made Ellie and the gingerbread ornaments have given me ideas for my friend's triplet grandchildren--thanks so much. I have that chart and may just be borrowing your idea :)

    Boy, does the photo of the boys in the band bring back memories. All of mine were in band from 4th grade until they graduated. Just loved every moment (well, too many squeaky renditions of "Hot Cross Buns" did test my patience!).

    You are too funny about my tree--and I'll let you in on a secret! I only decorate the front and sides so there is no way I have more ornaments than you. No one sees the back of mine and after having spent so much time on each little ornament, I want them all where they can be seen! SO, you DEFINITELY have more ornaments than me :) Your tree is so beautiful and I love the fact that it rotates...

    I so enjoyed each of your posts in December, Vonna, even if I wasn't able to comment on all. My guys have all been home again since Tuesday and are eating me out of house and home so I spend much of my time in the kitchen!! But, it sure will be nice to have them all here one more day. Our house will be very quiet again... Enjoy the new year with your sweet family and I wish you every success with your surgery. It will be amazing to see again after all these years having to wear glasses. I'm in the same boat, but am too chicken... Now, that I need reading glasses, I'm actually thankful for bad eyes because I just simply take them off and stitch with the fabric close to my eyes--can see even the tiniest things without glasses!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, VONNA!! And thanks so very much for all the help and inspiration you've given all of us through the years!!

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  49. Good luck with your surgery. Happy New Year!
    Sherry :o)

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  50. Love all the pictures of your children! We actually got a few family photos this year, too, and I plan on using them for next years card. :) Your tree is gorgeous as well as your stitching! Will be praying for your eye surgery and for a blessed New Year for you and your family.

    Many blessings - Julie

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  51. I have truly enjoyed your posts. Prayers and best wishes for your surgery and the New Year.

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  52. Wishing you good luck on the eye surgery! I hope to see alot more posts from you in 2014!

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  53. Stopping by to say a big THANK YOU for your 25 days of Christmas blogging! What a treat it was to look forward to each day!!!!! I got so much inspiration and so many great ideas!!!!!! Hope your eye surgery goes perfectly and that you are back to stitching, crafting and enjoying everything as soon as possible! Happy New Year Vonna!!!

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  54. Wonderful post Vonna! I love all the pics of your family. The ornaments are all wonderful.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2014 and a speedy recovery from your eye surgery.

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  55. I alway enjoy the pictures o your beautiful family! They are growing up too fast. The family of Gingerbread ornaments is wonderful, I might just copy your idea. :-) Beautiful job on all the ornaments.

    Wishing you and your family much happiness in the new year.

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  56. Great pics of the family. Your ginger people are adorable. Thank you so much for your daily posts. I didn't post on all them, but I did enjoy them. I agree, Carol has a lovely tree. Best of luck to you on your surgery. Positive thoughts and prayers that all goes well.

    Happy New Year!

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  57. It's so good when siblings get along so well with each other. Lots of luck with the surgery, I hope everything goes OK and you make a speedy recovery.
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year.

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  58. What a wonderful family filled post Vonna. I loved it. Thank you for sharing

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  59. Hello Vonna,

    Happy New Year and good luck with the surgery part. I hope you'll recover quickly. Bye! Carolien

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  60. Hi again, Vonna- I just wanted to be sure to wish you and your family a wonderful and Happy New Year!

    Best wishes on your eye surgery (let's us know

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  61. Love your ornaments Vonna.


    Your tree looks beautiful.

    My ornament tree isn't a patch on Carol's either! It does have lots of lovely ornaments on it though both stitched by friends and by me :)

    Happy New Year!

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  62. I was so glad to see you post again so quickly after your wonderful "25 Days of Christmas". May you and yours have a very happy and healthy new year and good luck with your surgery.

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