Thursday, July 17, 2014

Back again, so soon?....


~ Good Day Friends ~ 
I've had a productive week so far, and after a finishing bout today in my finishing room, I'm really excited about how a couple of things turned out! And I had to share them ASAP!

My first share, my faithful readers, have already had a sneak peek last week. I alluded to those of you who read, that I had a finishing idea. Well, it turned out just like I had it in my head. Maybe a little bit better because I added the ric-rac at the last minute and...well, I'll let you make your own decisions on the outcome. Here is:


"In Full Glory" 
by Blackbird Designs
Copyright 2014
stitched on: 40ct pearl gray linen over two
finished as: a small pillow
Blackbird Designs In Full Glory
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I like my finishing and details to be as pretty on the back as it is on the front...I mean think about it we all look at backsides....now don't you tell stories, you know you sneak a peek of backsides too! 
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In Full Glory Pillow backside
And then...
when I saw this design when it first came out, I knew what I would do with it. 
And it turned out just as I intended...


"Busy Bee"
designed by: Lizzie Kate
copyright 2014
stitched on 30 ct. WDW straw linen over 1 
using the converted DMC colors 
finished as: a pocket watch necklace

Lizzie Kate Busy Bee Pocket Watch Necklace

Finally a pocket watch necklace for me! I've made three of these and have gifted them to dear friends and finally this time it was time for little ol' me to be a recipient. I love it!

These two newbies will definitely be entries from my corner in our county fair next week. I've got cross stitch entries laying all around my house right now. I'm going through and trying to pick the best of the best of what I've stitched in the last year to fill as many entries as I can. The more entries, the more chances I have of bringing home the gold. Ha ha ha! Really I just enjoy entering and seeing how I do. I hear rumors that its a brand spanking new judge this year!

So until next time....
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God, just like always...and picking out some winners (I hope!) for our fair :)

Hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

48 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love your In Full Glory finish. I may need to do some fabric shopping before I finish mine. Thanks for the inspiration. I' am looking forward to seeing your fair entries and the results.

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  2. Love both your finishes, Vonna! I really like the Full Glory piece on the pearl gray linen. Good luck to you on your fair entries! Looking forward to seeing what you enter this year!

    Robin in Virginia

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  3. Both finishes are just so great! I love the necklace. Good luck with the county fair. I don't think that I have the courage to let someone judge my stitching. :)

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  4. More beautiful finishes !! Good Luck with your fair entries. I hope the judges see what a talented stitcher and finisher you are. The necklace is a real treasure, I'm happy you made it for you :)

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  5. Loving it! The ric rac makes it!

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  6. BOTH are blue ribbon winners, in my opinion. You do such beautiful work.

    Love the design you chose for your pocket watch. It's SO sweet. Good luck at that fair! I bet you'll be back soon with good news and plenty of blue ribbons to show.

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  7. Beautiful finishes:-)

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  8. Wow, Vonna they are both gorgeous finishes but I love, love, love your pillow finish for "In Full Glory". I'm left wondering if I can find one of those pocket watches up here, I would love to give one a try :)

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  9. LOVE your sweet pillow In Full Glory! And the back too:) Your Busy Bee necklace is beautiful! I hope you do bring home first place ribbons on all your entries!!! Have a good time at the fair. love Annette

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  10. Love your finishes, and wish you better luck this year at the fair. Sounds like that is a likely chance!! :-)

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  11. Great finishes again! I sure do hope the 'new' Judge will appreciate your pieces! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Really pretty vonna. Great design. I am sure you will Do great at the fair

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  13. Great finishes, Vonna! I wish I was as talented at finishing as you are.

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  14. Gorgeous finishing! I love how you sewed together the little pillow. It looks amazing! Good luck with the fair :D

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  15. You are just the most clever and talented person! What a grand idea to make it look just like a flag! Love it! I am going to pin that to my board and maybe, someday, one of these days stitch one up for myself. So many great patriotic pieces lately that I just want to stitch them all.

    Love the little watch too - very cute! Glad you are doing something for yourself! You deserve it and I would give you the grand prize winner if I could!

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  16. Vonna, your work is always amazing! I'm sure if judging were left up to all if us, you would the gold ribbon every time! And today's latest work is a perfect example of your beautiful, creative stitching and finishing! Thanks for sharing with us and best wishes to you. I'm looking forward to seeing your submission at the fair!!

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  17. FANTASTIC! Just perfect, both of them. :) I am so happy you have a new judge this year! How could it possibly get worse, right?!

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  18. Love your finishes! That necklace is my favorite though. it's wonderful!

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  19. Vonna both finishes are lovely! Your finishing is perfect! I am so happy you made yourself one of your necklace creations!
    The BBD finish is absolutely stunning. I know you will do well with your entries! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. You have blue ribbons from me and your readers!

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  21. A lot of stitchers have done the BBD piece, but yours is really the nicest finish I've seen. Sure to be a fair winner!
    And the necklace is just beautiful. What a great pattern to pick. High time you kept one for yourself.

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  22. Yeah for the new judge at the fair!

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  23. Love the pocket watch finish. I need to do that one! :)

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  24. Both pieces are absolutely stunning! Best of luck with your fair pieces...I would surely give you first place for all entries!

    Judy Heartland stitcher

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  25. OMG! In Full Glory turned out perfect! I love the way you finished it. Busy Bee is also lovely and it's so nice to have one for yourself too.

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  26. Your stitching and finishing are inspiring and so well done! I love seeing the creativity that you put into your pieces. Well done!! And good luck at the fair. I bet you SWEEP any category you enter. :-)

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  27. I love both of your finishes. Good luck to you at the fair. I'm too cowardly to have my stitching judged. You're very brave but then again your finishes are amazing!

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  28. Dear Vonna,
    these are really beautiful finishes - both of them! Your "Full in Gory" pillow turned out just perfect!
    And I love the necklace - your friends must be very happy when they got such a pretty gift!
    Hugs
    Hilda

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  29. Beautiful finishes, as always :)

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  30. Vonna: Love the fabric that you chose for your pillow so lovely.
    I did a watch bracelet a while back for myself, I just need to put the beads on for the bracelet part.
    Happy Stitching

    Blessings
    Catherine

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  31. Beautiful finishes Vonna. Good luck for your fair. I am sure you will do very well.

    These pocket watches are adorable. I found a UK stockist but they have been out of stock for ages! Hope they get them in soon.

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  32. Vonna those are two spectacular finishes!

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  33. LOVE LOVE the patriotic finish Vonna. Those watch fob pieces are really cute, glad you finally have one for yourself. Enjoy your weekend - Mel

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  34. Great job on both of them.

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  35. I have no doubt you'll come home with more ribbons than your talented hands can even carry! Both finishes are fabulous, Vonna!

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  36. Gorgeous finishes! I love both designs and am tempted to "add to cart" and treat myself to a little stash indulgence. Good luck with the fair entries! :)

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  37. Beautiful finishes! You have such talent!

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  38. Love, love, love your "In Full Glory" flag finish - INSPIRED! It is truly wonderful! And your watch fob is just dear. Good luck on your fair entries - you should be a Grand Champion!

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  39. I love your flag finish - what a neat idea! I've toyed with entering our local fair (the New England fair happens to be in my town) with either cross stitch or knitting, but have never worked up the nerve. Although I always think I'd have had a great chance when I look at the other entries each year. Maybe someday...

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  40. I love them both, Vonna, and am sure they will be well received at the fair. I'm sure the judges will love ALL of your entries and I look forward to a report on what you entered and what piece won what award (as I'm SURE you will win big!!)...

    (And the white ric rak is the perfect added touch!!!)

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  41. Both are beautiful finishes. Your patriotic finish is inspiration itself. Love the watch fob necklace, so delicate. Good luck for those fair entries.

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  42. Love your necklace finish. Best of luck in the fair!

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  43. I think I would have a tough decision judging your fabulous work! Good luck in choosing, that is always the hardest part for me.
    I agree, you need your own necklace.

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  44. Vonna, so glad you are back. I missed you. Thanks for the catch up post. I really enjoyed every word. Love the jump photos and your toe ring is adorable. Now I am searching for which of my LNS might be open on a Sunday so I can buy the Busy Bee pattern and get stitching on the watch fob. Happy Stitching.

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  45. Very beautiful and creative finishings. I'm very curious to learn about the fair results.

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  46. Both are just gorgeous! But the Full Glory finishing is to die forI ;-)

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  47. Love, love love your finishes Vonna !

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