Monday, February 03, 2014

Finally feeling productive...

~ Hello Peeps! ~ 
I'm finally back to my jovial self...thank the good Lord. I am NOT a good sick person at all. Bless my dear husband for putting up with my sorry self for the past 12 days. I don't get sick often, I honestly am as healthy as a horse, but when I do get something...I'm usually one step away from the grave. I've been that way my whole life. Happily bopping along and WHAM-O sick as a dog. But now that it is over and for the most part gone. I'm back on track ;)

Today...
was the dreaded weekly laundry. I only do laundry once a week, on Mondays. Now think about 6 people and 7 days worth of laundry...uh, yeah. LOTS. So since I have loads to do, and the laundry room is in our basement and so is my finishing room...well you can guess what I do in between loads :)

I've been doing...
a lot of thinking about my future Prairie Schooler Santa tree - specifically how I envision it to look. I want it all in red. Going with that theme I wanted something to make it BAM!
*POP*
So I sat and thought, did a little dreaming, and finally made some plans. Well for the big yearly Santas, I decided that there is so much stitching and I want that to speak for itself. The year Santas are intricate, there's a lot of X's in there. And I want them to be featured in all their glory. No frills. Sometimes less is more. So simple spoke to me for these Santas. Simple little pillow ornaments with a simple bow and the backing in simple red/white ticking:

Prairie Schooler 2002 Santa

and for the other Santas...
they are smaller and I want everything to be around the same size. I need some pops of color to offset the red/brown of the yearly Santas. So what speaks more to Christmas than red and white? What speaks more of "primitive country" than red/white pillow ticking? Nothing in my books so I made the Santa from book 36, into a flat "hanging tag" ornament. Santa is mounted on red/white ticking (think CANDY CANES!) with twine I made into cording and a simple tiny bow to give it a little punch. 

Prairie Schooler Santa from Book 36

And to see that my vision for my Prairie Schooler Santas will look pretty doggone good on a tree, here they are pictured together, to get the idea...just close your eyes and imagine a whole lot more yearly Santas and a lot more hanging tag ornament Santas, maybe a red ball ornament here and there, with white popcorn garland. Ohhhhh yeah! Perfect! :)

Start of my Prairie Schooler Santa Tree

Then....
since I was on a roll...I finished my Little House Needleworks "Seven Pines" into a felt mounted ornament. I don't know what it is, but I love Little House Ornaments done on felt mounts. Most of my Little House ornaments are finished in this manner. And they are all so doggone cute when hanging on the tree. 

LHN Seven Pines

then since I loved how my "tag" ornament turned out on the Prairie Schooler Santa above, I thought WHY NOT?! and finished the bonus pattern from Lizzie Kate's "A Little Snow" into a hanging tag ornament:

Lizzie Kate A Little Snow Bonus Pattern

Now you tell me...
how cute did that turn out? :)

So...
my day was pretty doggone productive! YES! Its good to be virus free!

A Productive Day

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

Hugs and Stitches,
Vonna xxxx

92 comments:

  1. Wow, Vonna ! Every one of those ornaments is spectacular ! Your Santa tree is going to be amazing ! Love the tags !

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  2. They are all gorgeous. I particularly love the green and pink polka dots on the bonus from A Little Snow. Super cute!

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Santa finishes-can't wait to see the whole tree. I am envious already, lol! The tags are also really cute!

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  4. All of these are just adorable! And to think you finished them all in one day!! Laura

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  5. Well done on putting your ornaments in finished form, Vonna! I like them all, but really love the PS ones.

    Robin in Virginia

    PS Glad you are back to your normal self!

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  6. They are all spectacular! Your PS tree is going to be gorgeous! And I love the finishes on the other two as well :)

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  7. I love the tags. What a cute idea!!

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  8. Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you.

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  9. Beautiful and inspiring finishes. Thanks.

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  10. Vonna, I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling back to your normal healthy self. As for your finishes -well, they are spectacular! Your PS tree will be so amazing - I think we all will look forward to seeing it. You are so talented and so creative - just beautiful!!

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  11. I want my laundry day to be like yours! Cute cute cute! Glad you are feeling better.

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  12. Really enjoyed seeing your finishes.They are all great! I am also working this year on Prairie Schooler Santas for a tree so I will probably copy your ideas somewhat as I am one of those with not a lot of imagination. A great follower but not so good at leading LOL.Glad you are feeling better, its not fun being sick.

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  13. Your finishes are just wonderful! Your Santa tree is going to be marvelous! Glad to hear you are back on your feet again!

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  14. I love, love, love the PS Santa!

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  15. Those all look amazing!!! Can you send the productive stitchy bug my way! I need some motivation!!

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  16. Glad to hear you are feeling better!! All your ornaments are beautiful!! How do you make such perfect bows??

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  17. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better !! Your finishes are beautiful !! I know your Santa tree will be spectacular. Oh, lots of laundry.........but nice to get it all done in one day.

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  18. Gorgeous as always. Love the tags! Did you create the tag yourself? Is it a chipboard thing you found in the craft store? Something else?

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  19. I am just in awe of your Santa's and a little jealous! They are so beautifully finished. I just love the hanging tag ornaments.

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  20. Beautiful finishes--decorated tree will be awesome!

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  21. I love your PS Santas. I started stitching them this summer. Unfortunately I still have one completed. You amaze me with all you accomplish. Your finishing is awesome!

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  22. Vonna I am loving all your finishes they are beautiful!! The lizzie kate and Diane's are absolutely adorable. I can't wait to see the prairie schooler tree. I am sure it will be stunning!

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  23. Oh, I love your new tag creations, Vonna! What a great idea (one I will definitely be borrowing--thanks so much!!). Your PS tree is going to be fabulous :)

    So glad you're feeling better--you sound a lot like me. I'm rarely sick, but boy when I am--watch out!! Take good care now... Hope your February is filled with lots of ♥♥♥♥♥♥!!

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  24. Vonna, these are most excellent. Such lovely finishes. Now I want some red and white ticking.

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  25. So happy to hear you are feeling better. Never a fun thing to be sick. Your ornaments are just as cute as can be!! The tree will be perfect.

    Judy Heartland stitcher

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  26. Glad you are feeling better. Great job on all of the finishing. Love the tag idea.

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  27. So glad you are feeling so much better Vonna! And for all that laundry, you got a ton accomplishes. Clean laundry and 4 finishes! Amazing. They are all gorgeous and I can totally picture how fabulous your Santa tree will be!

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  28. Lovely Vonna, glad you are better :-)

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  29. Your day was productive indeed! All four finishes are so cute - your Santa tree is going to be awesome!

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  30. I can picture you going back and forth between laundry and finishing. How nice to have something fun to offset laundry. I'm with you, laundry is a total CHORE!

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  31. Ahhhh how pretty they all are. You are definately feeling better. The creative juices are flowing. So happy you are feeling yourself.

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  32. Loving all your finishings! Great inspiration, thank you. I'm a huge PS Fan and look forward to seeing your tree :)

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  33. Thank you for the motivation to get mine finished!!! Yours are gorgeous!

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  34. Glad to hear you're feeling better and your creativity is fantastic! Your tree will look awesome!

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  35. So glad you are feeling better now! These are all lovely finishes, but I love PINK, so.. that one sticks out to me the most! Thanks for sharing... BTW--my kids did their own laundry once they could reach the dials and detergent! Just a thought... ;)

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  36. Oh my goodness Vonna! They are so gorgeous! I know I sound like a broken record, but your finishes are spectacular. I've promised myself to do more in the finishing line this year. I have stitched 14 of the PS yearly Santas and they hang on our stairs each year (my friend finished them for me :) ) Even though the stairs are filled, I have another one started. Most of the ones I stitched, I did when I was visiting my dad when he was ill so in my mind, that makes them even more special.
    I am so happy that you are feeling well again and that your eyes are healing well. Have a great week!

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  37. Ooooh Vonna! Your tags are adorable and just perfect! I love the red/white ticking fabric...have yet to find any in my city. Your PS santas are very sweet! Glad you got productive and I hope the sickness stays away.

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  38. So glad to hear you're feeling better. As for the ornament finishes - they are absolutely ADORABLE!! What great inspiration for planning a tree!

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  39. Vonna I absolutely love all of your ornaments. As others have said your finishes are gorgeous and make all of the pretty stitches pop. You have such a knack for putting them together. Happy to hear you are feeling better. That was a long illness. Love how you do the laundry...my kind of girl!!!

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  40. Everything is so nice but the nicest is that you feel better!

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  41. You are so creative and "visionary" with your finishing projects. And, here's hoping you're feeling stronger every day. I so enjoy reading your blog.

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  42. Gorgeous finishes, love them ♥♥♥

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  43. Perfect, just perfect, I love them all, especially the tag finishes.
    Your PS tree is going to look amazing!!!
    Glad to hear you're feeling better.
    Take care
    Love Linda O xxx

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  44. Perfect, just perfect, I love them all, especially the tag finishes.
    Your PS tree is going to look amazing!!!
    Glad to hear you're feeling better.
    Take care
    Love Linda O xxx

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  45. Vonna, so glad you're feeling better! And wow, love the finishes. You rock it girl! :) Keep warm.

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  46. I'm so pleased you are better. What stunning finishes

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  47. Those are absolutely awesome Vonna!!! WOW!!!
    So pleased that you're back to your normal chipper self :)

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  48. Perfect...that is it...perfect.

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  49. Just FANTASTIC !! You are one very talented lady Thanks for sharing your gift. Love the tag idea will have to give that a try....

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  50. Dear Vonna,
    fine to read that you feel well again.
    And - ooooh what wonderful wonderful finishes. I love them all. So bread finishing ideas. But another idea I will catch up: Now that my laundry room is situated next to my craft room, I find it a great idea to combine doing the laundry and finishing stitched projects …. thank you!!!

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  51. Love all your ornaments they are beautiful I am with you less is more, if to much is added it takes away from the stitched piece.
    Thank-you for sharing.
    I hope you are back to good health now.

    Catherine

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  52. Oh my, Vonna, you were outdoing yourself with your finishing ideas. These are so beautiful and very special.
    Good to hear that you are feeling fine again.

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  53. First of all, so glad you are feeling better! As for the finishes, WOW! You certainly have a talent, my friend : )

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  54. Absolutely LOVE your finishes! I enjoyed all of your posts during Christmas where you shared different ornaments. These ornaments are adorable. Can't pick a favorite...they are all great!

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  55. Wow! They are all so gorgeous. Glad to hear that you are recovered now.

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  56. So glad to hear you are feeling better! You really were able to get alot done on laundry day! Love all the ornaments! You are on your way to having alot more ornaments next Christmas!

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  57. Perfection! Good for you. Glad you are well again. =)

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  58. Your blog is such a joy to read. I'm glad you are better and thank you so much for sharing all your stitching and finishing projects....You are Carol (Stitching Dreams) are sooooooo inspiring:)

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  59. They all look gorgeous Vonna. I can picture the Prairie Schooler tree in my mind and I look forward to seeing it :)

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  60. Hi Vonna, Glad you're feeling better. Your ornaments are all so adorable! I, too, am interested: did you make the tags yourself or are they something that you purchased? Inquiring minds...

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  61. Always love the way you finish things great ideas

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  62. So glad you are feeling better. Love your Santa's. Your finishing really sets the stitching.

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  63. Stunning finishes! Your little Christmas tree is going to look fantastic! :D

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  64. That's going to be some tree. Nice finishing!

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  65. All are just perfect!!!! You rock!!!!

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  66. Vonna .... good to here you are feeling much better. They are all beautiful finishes. Love the fabric choices.

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  67. So glad you're feeling better, and I know you are! I agree whole heartedly that the red and white theme for your Santa tree will be awesome - and the popcorn - brilliant!!

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  68. Vonna Glad to hear you are feeling better and your finishes are spectacular like always can't wait to see the tree on your next 25 days of Christmas.

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  69. Absolutely darling finishes Vonna ! I love them all - so glad you are feeling much better now. Lots of sick people around. I can't believe you finished all those on one day - YGG you are amazing. Mel

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  70. These finishes are so cute! I agree with the pillow approach for the bigger Santas! The hang tag ornaments are the cutest! You are so clever with your finishing!

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  71. Beautiful.

    Happy to hear you are feeling better.

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  72. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Your ornaments and their finishings are fantastic. Can't wait to see the PS tree.

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  73. I love your designs! They are so imaginative and refined.

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  74. Hi Vonna,

    So glad to hear that you're all better now and feeling like your old ... er ... young self again.

    I don't know which I love more. See all your wonderful stitching or seeing all the incredible
    and fabulous ways that you can imagine to finish your stitching off with. Either way I go
    away smiling and humming happily to myself.

    I love those tag finishes especially. Reminds me of the ATC's that the artsy community
    make. Tags made with scrapbooking and art supplies and collage elements and ... oh
    all kinds of goodies. I don't dare suggest that you check 'em out online since I wouldn't
    want to get in trouble from your hubby for introducing you to a new hobby that I know
    you would totally rock ... er ...

    Heheh. Just forget that I ever brought it up.

    I love the thought of your PS tree in red. Red's my favourite colour. I approve.

    I'm going to go back and stare at your ornaments again.

    Cheers!!

    P.S. We're in for another 10 to 15 cm of snow tomorrow. Won't someone please
    stop the madness?????? (Whimper)

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  75. Absolutely GORGEOUS finishes!!! I look to your finishes to see what inspires me as well! Thank you for the ornament looks. I look forward to finishing some of mine that way this year!! Great Job!

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  76. Your ornaments are so wonderful! I wish I were as productive and didn't think every November "Oh, no, I have to finish my Christmas ornaments."

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  77. beautiful work as always!

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  78. So glad that you are feeling better Vonna! What gorgeous finishing!!!

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  79. Oh my goodness you sure were on a roll. What beautiful finishes. I can envision your tree too, full of santas and completely red!! How pretty would that be

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  80. So glad you're feeling better! Your finishes are wonderful as always. I was just thinking that I should start my stitching gifts for Christmas 2014 and you've inspired me!

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  81. Glad you are feeling better Vonna. I LOVE all your beautiful finishes.

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  82. everything you do is so beautiful!!!!!!!
    xxx
    :)

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  83. All of your finishing looks great! So glad you are feeling better!

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  84. You are creating some beautiful pieces.

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  85. Love all of your finishing as usual! Especially love the tag ones....I will definitely being "borrowing" this wonderfully different finish. Can't wait to see what is next!

    Glad you are feeling better.... happy stitching!

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  86. Hey! I am cross-stitching those Santas for a tree two! I love your idea of how to finish them. In fact I am currently stitching the one in the picture!

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  87. Wow, they turned out fantastic, love the various ornaments you made. I've looked at various ornaments (both for Christmas and Halloween) at various times, but never gotten around to making any yet, yours inspire me to get busy :) Plus they'll be a nice break from my bigger pieces.

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  88. Je découvre ce blog et suis sous le charme !!!!
    Bravo pour ces broderies magnifiquement terminées et merci pour ce fabuleux partage
    Belle journée
    Sylvie

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  89. Gorgeous ornaments, congratulations

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  90. Love the "Tag" finishing! You are so GOOOOOOD!
    I am wondering, (Oh, my another ?) How many PS Santa ornament have you stitched thus far? There is a reason for my question. :-)

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  91. beautiful finishes Vonna, as always;-)

    Gaby from Germany

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  92. I love your finishes, you are so wonderfully creative.

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