Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February Ornaments...

Hello There...
how are you? I'm muddling along. I still am fighting a head cold. Now I think its closer to a sinus infection. But me and my neti pot are going to town, trying to clear it. If you haven't guessed yet, I'm not big on medicine. Sort of funny when you think I work in the health care field, isn't it? I can't stand going to doctors. I have white coat syndrome. I get heart palpitations just thinking about going to a doctor. Bad. When I was pregnant with Katie and then the twins, I had bad experiences with my providers. So, ever since then, I've been a little reluctant to go to one. I do, when I have to, but if I can fix it myself, I fix it myself. :) Just another random fact about me.

So...
February is almost over! And I'm reporting in with my monthly ornament report! I didn't hit my mark on everything, but I did, pretty OK.

Ornament #1:
Lizzie Kate's bonus pattern from
 "Joy to the World"
Lizzie Kate - Joy to the World Boxtop 
Stitched on 32 ct. natural linen
using GAST/WDW/DMC as charted
finished as a hanging tag ornament

I really like how it turned out! What do you think? 

Next up:
Prairie Schooler Yearly Santa 2004

Prairie Schooler Yearly Santa 2004
stitched on 18 ct. Khaki Davos
using DMC
finished as a pillow ornament

and

Prairie Schooler Fishing Santa from Book 36

Prairie Schooler Santa Bk 36
stitched on 18 ct. Khaki Davos
with DMC
finished as a hanging tag ornament

and just for kicks, grins and giggles, I wanted a picture to show what my 2014 Prairie Schooler Santa tree is starting to look like:

Prairie Schoolers to date February 2014
**(Santa's Pictured 2002 and 2004 Yearly Santas along with Smoking and Fishing Santas from St. Nicholas II Book 36)

I didn't meet my goal for this month...
I also wanted to stitch one Little House Needleworks ornament and one Country Cottage Needleworks ornament, but no dice. Maybe I can plan on stitching 2 of each next month? Probably not, but I won't say its not impossible, yet. The new month will soon set upon us with endless possibilities!

Soon the Lenten Season...
will be upon us. I've been reflecting on what I'm going to focus on during my 40 days of Lent. I know what I'm giving up. I think I've got a plan for what I'll be studying, but we will see. One thing I know for sure is that I'm going to focus on increasing my prayer time. Or heck, just praying each day. I've struggled with prayer over the last year. I pray, but not nearly as much or as devotedly as I have in the past. I have "seasons" like these in my life. I call it the dessert. I'm sort of in the dessert. I need to find the oasis again. I will, with focus, determination and spirit, I'll walk in the lush garden again. I always find my way thanks to the help of the Lord. And admitting you are in the dessert is the first step to finding the oasis, so I'm on the right path!

If I don't check in...
before next Tuesday, may your Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras be filled with sweet treats and lots of fun! We are having a Pancake Supper at church and my family and I are helping host it! We get to dress up and wear beads and party it up with Pancakes! LOL! Should be fun :)

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always!
Hugs and stitches, 
Vonna xxxx


63 comments:

  1. I TOTALLY get where you are coming from about doctors. After several BAD experiences, I felt the same way. Luckily, my OB/GYN recommended a family practice dr. that I love. It really helps when you LIKE your dr. as well as respecting their opinion. Hope you are feeling better soon. Neti pots are a God-send.

    You stitch up the nicest finishing touches. God has definitely blessed you with stitching talent!!!!

    Have fun at your pancake supper. I guess I should start thinking about what I am going to give up. You've given me something to think about today.

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  2. LOVE your Prairie Schooler ornaments!! Just beautiful! Hope you kick that sinus infection ASAP - those are horrible! Feel better!

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  3. Maybe you can pray while exercising daily. I do!

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  4. Love your finishes - you are so talented. And your bows are perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Love all your ornaments. Great stitching!!!

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  6. We are having a pancake feast also and I am working at it. I like you idea about praying more for thanks for me.

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  7. you have been busy and they all look great. Now, young lady, get over that cold!

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  8. I'm amazed at what a productive month you had, Vonna. Here you are with four busy kids AND a job and you still manage to stitch all of these beauties. I am SO LOVING your tag finishes--really adorable and your PS tree will be spectacular :)

    I'm the same way about doctors and my dad and grandfather, cousins, and brother were/are all doctors! I just get so anxious when I have to go for a check-up. I think you are wise to try natural cures first... Hope you feel better very soon :)

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  9. I just LOVE those PS ornaments. They look fantastic. I really like that hanging tag ornament what a cute finishing idea!!

    I hope you kick that sickness soon, it is no fun being under the weather that long. As always I love your post, always one of my favorite blogs to read :)

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  10. I love how you are finishing your Santas. I still haven't decided how to finish mine. I sure hope you feel better soon. Did you try any of the Mason Jar Salads yet?

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  11. ♥ LOVE ♥ your finishes

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  12. Sorry to read you're still not 100%, hope the sinus problem goes very soon xx
    Love your stitching, so neat and perfect, as always. Your PS tree is going to look fantastic!!!
    Have fun at your pancake feast
    Love to all
    Linda O xxx

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  13. You're on a roll Vonna! Love all your Santa finishes especially the tag ones. I will have to try my hand at that one of these days. Hope you feel better. Sinus infections are the worst. I can't believe it's almost Lent. Time is flying and things are so busy I just take things day by day.

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  14. I hope you feel better soon, Vonna! Those ornaments look beautiful - can't wait to see what your little Prairie Schooler ornament tree will look like at the end of the year! :D

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  15. Sooo lovely~~~ I love how you finished them!!!
    Take care and get well soon!!!!!!

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  16. Gorgeous finishes. Hope you feel better soon.

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  17. Ouchie for that head cold....just horrible! My hubby has a neti pot too....swears by it!! Hope you feel better soon :)
    I absolutely LOVE your finishes! You are a very talented lady!

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  18. Wonderful Santas! Especially love the colonial Santa with flag. I am the same way about medicine, I would rather muddle through. Hope you feel better!

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  19. Your finishes are really pretty, they are so nicely finished off!! Wishing you a speedy recovery from that cold :)

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  20. Your ornaments are beautiful. You have such a special talent for finishing.
    Hang in there with the cold. I've got it too and call it the "crud". It seems to hang on forever.
    The pancake supper sounds fun. Have a blessed lent season.

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  21. Great finishes as always Vonna. I love the PS ornaments together. Your tree is going to look fabulous this year! Hope you feel better soon.

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  22. Just beautiful! Always an inspiration ...sending prayers for extra care to be rid of that sinus problem in record time.

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  23. Hope you feel really good soon. Love the Santa ornaments. Your ornaments are always so neat and pretty. Have learned a lot from you. Of course it is still a learning process, but I think I am making a little progress.

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  24. Love your latest tag-style ornament! Very effective finish. These all are so sweet. I really like the LK piece and the contrast is so good on the natural linen!

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  25. I hope you feel better soon. Your stitching is lovely. You were feeling rotten and you still got alot more done than I did!

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  26. So much prettiness to look at Vonna ! Of course the PS Santas are my favorites, love the way you are finishing them ! Hope you feel better !

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  27. Oh boy, this is another inspiring stitchy post! I must put down the books and stitch!

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  28. Oh! Absolutely beautiful ornaments!!
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Hugs ❤️
    Louise

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  29. Vonna, I hope you start feeling better soon.

    You stitching and finishing is absolutely beautiful. I wish I had half your talent for finishing my stitching.

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  30. So many beautiful ornaments! Wow! Your PS tree is going to look great! Hope you get rid of that sickness of yours. Take care of yourself!

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  31. I have White Coat Syndrome too, Vonna. My blood pressure shoots sky high when I visit any kind of a Dr. or Dentist. It is a pain to have to explain over and over again that no, my bp is NOT normally that high! haha Your ornaments are beautiful. I have been in the desert at times myself, and the good news is that we will always emerge from it into the lush beauty of the garden. I pray you'll emerge soon...

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  32. I hope you feel better soon my friend! I avoid doctors & medications as much as possible too. Lovely finishes! Great goal to increase your prayer time : )

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  33. I hope you get to feeling better, sweetness. I know just what you mean about doctors too. Unless I'm on death's door, I avoid them at all costs. Love your finishes. Have a good rest of the week and take care of yourself. Hugs!

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  34. Really pretty finished Vonna. I hope yiu get better soon.

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  35. Very nice post. I loved every word of it. Hope your cold passes soon.

    CJ

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  36. Your Santas look so good all together. I love the fabric you used to finish the 2 smaller ones. Is it called ticking? You are not alone in the white coat syndrome. I don't go to doctors unless I am on my death bed.

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  37. Vonna, I love your Santa ornaments! They look so nice all together! I like the tag finish especially. I hope you feel better soon!

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  38. Girl, I think you've gotten an extreme amount done with being as sick as you were! I agree with trying to treat yourself before turning it over to the doctor. My coworker has had her child to the doctor 3 times in a week and a half saying it is viral. Today he has double ear infection and pneumonia! I do love your Santas with the ticking back. Adorable!

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  39. Your Santa ornaments and LK are so beautiful. I love how you finished a few as tags. I definitely will try this type of finish thats how much I love yours. Now I just need to stitch some up - lol. I send you well wishes and do hope you feel better soon.
    What a fun Pancake Supper you have planned and to wear the beads. Hmm You have me thinking now, what a great idea!
    love Annette

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  40. I'm completely with you re; the healthcare. In my dance with cancer a gp told me a load of nonsense which contradicted what my medical team at the hospital were saying and as a biologist with a degree in Human Health and Disease, it really threw me. I just couldnt believe how incompetant he was! Sometimes a bit of knowledge is a bad thing in that we know when we are being messed with! I hope you get over the cold soon and that it isnt an infection. Lovely stitching as always!

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  41. Your finishes are adorable and I love your tag style finishes. Your tree is going to be beautiful. You are not alone with White Coat Syndrome. My blood pressure goes up just thinking about it! Don't know how to get over it either. You get in some serious stitching while feeling badly. Impressive.

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  42. Your finishes are super:) Hope you start feeling back to yourself soon!

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  43. I loved seeing the group photo of all the Prairie School Santas! Love the finishing!

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  44. Your ornaments are lovely. Remember this is a shorter month than the others and you were not well for most of it, so consider your goals met and just fit those two ornaments in during the rest of the year :)

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  45. Hey Vonna! I am sorry to hear that you are still fighting a head cold. I hope that it leaves soon.
    Gorgeous finishes for this month. Your PS Santas are looking wonderful. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  46. Love your finishes, you have had a very productive month. Take care, hope you feel better soon.

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  47. I do hope that you are feeling better soon. My DH had yet another cold (thanks to business travel and the airplane!) and I accidentally used his toothbrush ~ gross I know. I lived in fear that I would end up with his cold but I dodged the cold bug and was spared, how crazy is that?

    Your PS tree is going to look awesome! Are you planning on stitching all of the PS Santa ornaments using the Khaki Davos?

    Enjoy your pancake celebration.

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  48. Wow! I am impress with your productivity level. Your ornaments are lovely!

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  49. Wonderful ornaments. Maybe if you were to focus more on what to pray about and not how much, you might not feel so overwhelmed about it. It's not the quantity but the quality. If you have 1 good down to the core heartfelt prayer moment a day...God is more happier with that than how many times you put into your quota. I know I felt the way you are until I realized this. Since then, I don't feel that way anymore and my quality time with Jesus is more profound.

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  50. Besides Vickie's great suggestion to pray while working out, I used to drive a lot, and my car was my prayer closet. Still is, of course, but I don't use it as much these days. I spend lunchtime walking with a friend, and we talk about God and pray each time! It is great to have a buddy with which to share your love of God! Your ornies are delightful--doing great! Hugs!

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  51. I hope that you are feeling much better now. You have so many more lovely finishes. I hope you have a lovely supper of pancakes.

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  52. Love your finishes! I have to get that Lizzie Kate one. Your Santa tree is going to look fabulous this year. Hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself.

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  53. Love each & every ornament! Gorgeous!

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  54. Oh Vonna, these Prairie Schooler samtas are quite simply darling. So beautifully stitched and finished. I'm in awe ...
    I hope that you are feeling a lot better by now.

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  55. Beautiful finishes, congratulations.
    I hope you are feeling better now

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  56. Everything is so beautiful! I always love how you finish everything off - it really just makes them all so extra special. I haven't stitched since I got home from the hospital, I just didn't think I could concentrate enough, but now I'm ready and am getting all my stuff set up so I can stitch away. :) I know what you mean about going to the doctor...I was never leery about it before, but this experience has really made me uptight about going now. It's really sad how something like this can scar our mind. I will be praying for you to feel better!

    God bless you - Julie

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  57. Wow, Vonna, you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful finishes. I wish I had your flair. I do try lol!

    I am the same going to the doctor. I put if off as long as I can then when I do go I never remember everything I have to tell her. Hope you feel 100% soon.

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  58. I hope your felling better now and wow on your amazing finishes on the ornaments they are beautiful. Iam off to look at your finishing tutorials you've really inspired me thank you.

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  59. Hi Vonna,

    How are you doing? Hope your cold or sinus infection or whatever it was responded well to
    treatment and you're feeling much better. It is well into March and I'd hate to think you're
    still suffering.

    We had another snow storm today. A doozy. I spent over an hour and a half shovelling
    out the driveway and I know I'm going to feel it in the morning. Well over 20 cm of snow
    fell from the sky and the wind has been blowing it into deep drifts. I keep repeating to
    myself that Spring arrives in 9 days ... just 9 days to go ... and try not to look out the
    window.

    Well, your stitching finishes are glorious as always. I really love that tag style of finishing
    and that red striped material that you've been using on some of your PS ornaments. Seeing
    your little pile of PS ornaments made me smile and I can't wait to see your tree covered top
    to bottom in them and their future friends. The jaunty red bows on them are the perfect
    "cherry on top". You know?

    Hope your devotions and prayers during Lent go well.

    Cheers!

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  60. I love the fishing Santa. I may have to do that one for my uncle, the fisherman, who I once made a PS ormanent for (lobster Santa). He had thought it wasn't handmade, which I guess is a great compliment.

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  61. Just checking in to see how you are feeling and wondering what "stitching wonderfulness" you have been up to since you wrote this post. I just know you have been doing something quite amazing to show us. Can't wait.

    Hope you are doing well!

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  62. Love the santa ornaments, especially the first santa, he's great.

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