Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 15...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Day 15...
Today I have to share another ornament I stitched:

Homespun Elegance_Snow Merry_JCS Ornament Issue 2009

"Snow Merry" 
by Homespun Elegance
Found in the 2009 Just Cross Stitch Special Ornament Issue
I stitched mine using DMC on a scrap piece of unknown linen 32 ct. 

I finished this with simple twine that I made into cording and a red gingham bow at the top. I think it just turned out darling. It certainly makes me smile :)

I've had some questions about how I make my twine cording...
If you look on my finishing blog you will see in the tutorial for the Little House Needleworks Sheep Virtues: HERE that I make it using a single piece of twine. I then make slip knots on each end and twist it with my Krenik corder to make the cording. A *note* about twine cording.... twine is not a type of material that is "perfect". Its raw jute and as it is made there are lumps and bumps and imperfectness in it. When one uses it to make cording, the resulting cording will be "uneven" or not the same thickness in places along the cording because of the very nature of the jute twine. You are not doing anything wrong, that's just how it is. Twine cording lends itself to the "country" look or the "primitive" look perfectly. It does not lend itself to "perfect" and "polished" finishing. If you are the type of person that does not like imperfectness, then do not use it, as you will not be happy with the end result. 

I've also had some questions about...
how I make my bows. If you would like to see how I do my bows. Please follow this tutorial I authored on my Tutorial Blog at this link: Making the Bow... And please remember, if you use my tutorials, please give credit where credit is due. Thank you!

My 25 Days...
has only 10 days left! I can hardly believe it :) I don't know if I'll do this again next year. It seems that blogs are dying. I know that many people that I love to follow and were "old timers" on the blogs don't blog anymore. Last year, these 25 days were highly popular and I got a lot of feedback. This year, I've noticed that I get around 2000 page hits each day, but I'm only averaging about 10 comments per day. I'm going to be honest and say, I blog for the feedback. I've made so many, very close relationships with people across the globe by authoring this blog. It just seems that Instagram and Facebook, where one can just quickly click on a Heart Icon or a Thumbs-up Icon is what people are leading toward. I like both of those venues as well and use them a lot, however my true love is reading someone's thoughts and words and looking into their hearth and their home. Learning their true feelings on different topics in life. Viewing their gorgeous handwork and almost like forming a relationship, a friendship with them. I know that people are very, very, very busy all the year long and particularly at this time of year, believe me I'm with you! We will see what 2015 brings. 

So that does it for Day 15 folks....
I'll be back tomorrow with something else to share with you!

Until then...
I'll be keeping my hands to work (doing laundry...YUCK!) and heart to God! Just like always :)

Love in Stitches,
Vonna xxxx

62 comments:

  1. Your ornament is beautiful! Love it!

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  2. Love your ornament and finish Vonna ! You are the ornament queen this year ! You better do this next year ..you are the highlight of my December ! I do agree that people aren't commenting as much on the blogs ..prob just too busy ! Can't wait to see what tomorrows post is !

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  3. I love Sandra's designs and this one is so cute!! Your finish is darling and so prim! I really like the 25 days of Christmas! I look forward to each day! Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!

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  4. I love this ornament and your finishing. I have really enjoyed your 25 days of Christmas. I have used some of your tutorials and appreciate that you make them available to us.
    Thanks much...hugs...Judy

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  5. I hope that you are led to continue your blog for I love reading it; I look forward to it each day! It is certainly not that your postings are not reaching people, but it is on the other end that people aren't taking time to connect with you. I am afraid that this is a thing of our times, but I fear that people will someday not only not communicate but not know how to. We don't always know who or how our witness reaches others, but He certainly does! Loving the opportunity to get a glimpse of your family and life.................. Blessings to you.........................

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  6. It's just adorable! I do like the prim look of the jute cording will have to give that a try...I too so enjoy your 25 days, blessings!

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  7. I love your 25 Days of Christmas but I agree not as many folks are commenting. And I know it is a lot of work for you to share with us each day. I hope you continue to bless us with your posts but I totally understand if next year things are different.
    Your snowman ornament is so cute and another pretty finish !!
    Happy Day # 15

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  8. I love your 25 Days of Christmas, and like a child at Christmas, I am anxious to see what each day brings. I know the effort it takes to blog can be challenging, especially at this busiest time of year. Your work is beautiful, thank you for making the time to share your art, and yourself.

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  9. Beautiful ornament and the finishing is perfect as always!

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  10. Hi Vonna! Thanks for your honesty about the comments....I have blogged for several years and have found the same thing and I am guilty too! The readers have made it so easy to read one post, then move on to the next without leaving a comment, but it is so nice to get them! I will look for you on Instagram, as I have moved over there too, but still keep my blog for my own records (even if no one is reading, I find it to be a great history!). Thanks for sharing all of your ornaments - you have inspired me to stitch more for my tree!

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  11. Well I don't do Instagram or Facebook so I won't be leaving! :)

    Yes it's not long to go now. I do like it when people stitch older designs and then put a new spin on them. This particular ornament is lovely. Hope you have recovered from your weekend of woe.

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  12. Vonna - I love your stuff. I email you all the time. And the selfish part of me says, "please don't stop giving us this daily eye candy each year!" I don't do facebook and I'm one of your biggest fans. LOL! Thx for sharing your tutorials so freely with us as well. Very rarely do I see that anywhere. And I have used them a time or two. Of course everyone knows I didn't think of them - I have to always tell them it's the Twisted Stitcher's ideas. Okay - enough begging. Thx again for doing this. I love it!

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  13. Love reading the blog and the 25 days of Christmas. I reread them lots of times. I feel your blog is like a good letter and heaven on knows we should all write a good letter to good friends!! You inspire me to do so much with my stitching.....Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family and hope to see the 25 days next year!!

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  14. Your ornaments are beautiful! Thank you for sharing tips on making cording. Yes so many good bloogers no longer blog--makes me sad.

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  15. First of all you have a beautiful blog and we all enjoy reading and seeing the lovely photos. If it is too much work then cut down - you need to think of yourself once in awhile.

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  16. What an adorable snowman you shared today, Vonna! Now seeing yours stitched, I need to go dig out my 2009 JCS issue and add him to my list. Most of the time, seeing something stitched up in person or on someone's blog does it for me over just a picture in a magazine or chart cover. I am very guilty about reading, but not always commenting; I do hope you will continue on with your sharing of your finishes and family stories through your blog.

    Robin in Virginia

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  17. Thank you for taking the time to blog. I look forward to reading each and every blog entry. You do such amazing work.

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  18. Thank you! I enjoy reading your blog and look forward your postings. I love reading about your family traditions. I don't have a lot od traditions with my family. I have tried to make some. Your ornaments are beautiful! Your work is amazing! Thank you for being you! Merry Christmas!

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  19. I heard the comment the other day that blogging is now for "old people" - what! The young ones have moved on to newer better faster. I don't have a Facebook account or do Instagram. I like a couple of others above LOVE your blog and truly it's my first go to read. I am guilty of not responding. So if I promise to be better will you pretty please stay!!!!

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  20. I enjoy your blog immensely Vonna. I do not do Instagram or Facebook. This is so personable. What a sweet older design. :)

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  21. Love reading your blog, your tutorials have helped me so much, thankyou!

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  22. I love your blog.Look forward to your 25 days of Christmas, the stories of your December babies, the tutorials are great I learnnew ideas for finishing stitched projects, and enjoy seeing all your finished projects..I started stitching when I was pregnant with my first child over 30 years ago and stitching has been my go to for stress reduction over the years. Thank you putting the time into making your blog interesting and fun to read.

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  23. Oh Vonna, I'm guilty of not always Commenting,after I've enjoyed reading your latest posting. Sometimes I think I just don't have quite enough time to write what I want to say, but I will come back later and leave a Comment and then it just doesn't happen., I'm not on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest so I really love reading your blog. I've learned so much from you and your tutorials and you are such an inspiration. I know you are so busy but it is always a very special day when I see you've posted something new. Your 25 Day of Christmas is truly a very special gift to us. Thank you so much!

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  24. Thank you,too, Vonna, for the "making a Bow tutorial". - really helpful and your bows are always beautiful!!

    I'm going to practice making these.

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  25. Hi Vonna!

    I have read your blog every day of the 25 days of Christmas! I so look forward to what you have to share each day. I have consulted your tutorials on so many occasions and am so grateful for the clear instructions, helpful pictures, and your cheerful and encouraging "voice" in general. I don't have a thimble-ful of your talent, but you make it seem possible and your posts encourage me to try! I am thankful for your cheerful spirit, how generously you share your time and talents, your sincere faith... I loved reading about your family trip to St. Augustine months ago. That is where my husband and I honeymooned and is a favorite destination for me. I have often thought about how fun it would be to chat with you about cross stitching and our families as I have a very similar brood! (18 year old dd, 16 year old twins, and and 11 year old dd!). I am so sorry I have not commented more on your blog, forgetting that you are not doing it just to see yourself type! I appreciate what you do so very much and hope you have a merry Christmas!

    Kristina in FL

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  26. I confess to being a slacker in the comments department even though I ready every post with relish! I am on Facebook too and it is easier to just click 'like' but I am making an effort to post comments there as well. I know the blog is a lot of work frequently without a lot of feedback. I am currently having a wonderful giveaway and am trying to build my follower base but have had only 20 or so enter. But it still makes me feel connected with my fellow stitchers since I know more read the blog than are 'following' or leaving comments.

    I have really been enjoying you blog. Even though I am a terrible finisher I have used your tutorials a number of times and I really enjoy seeing the lovely work you do. It is inspirational!! Laura

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  27. Oh Vonna, I am in the category you speak of! I am so sorry. Last year I commented everyday on your 25 Days of Christmas and realize I have not left one comment this year despite anticipating each day and eagerly reading each day. You are such a joy and inspiration and I think probably have no idea of the actual influence you have and are on so many people. I was giving thanks this weekend as I used your Flat Ornament Finishing tutorial for some of my own ornaments. It was the first time I tried and I was so thrilled and so thankful for the time and effort you put into making the tutorial available. It is a crazy busy time of year for everyone but I want to say 'thanks so much' for sharing your joy of life, your family, your stitching, your finishing, your faith/love for God and yourself with all of us. Old fashioned or not, there is still nothing like reading a blog but I do appreciate you would like to 'hear' a little more - I promise to do better for the remaining 10 days! Wanda

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  28. Vonna - I feel the same way you do about people not commenting any more. I keep thinking my blog is not interesting or the content, photos etc is not appealing any more. I am on a number of FB groups to do with stitching and the thing I don't like about FB is everything moves so fast - if you see something you like - you will NEVER EVER find it again if you go back to look for a photo or design. I don't use a blog reader - I just read the blogs I have linked on my blog and once in a while I go exploring and find new ones I add to my list. I agree that blog friends seem like real friends not like FB which to me seems so impersonal and perhaps quick is the way of the future but we spend so much time creating our needlework - I really want to say more than 2 lines in FB here is my finish I worked on for 10 years and get 50 likes and never to be seen again. I like what someone else said about being a personal record for what you have accomplished and your personal triumphs and even heartaches in some cases. I hope you will continue to blog for those of us who love you and your blog and if you don't feel like committing to 25 days of Christmas next year. Skip a year and don't feel obligated to anyone but yourself. You are so generous with your tutorials and info, so helpful in so many ways and so inspiring in so many ways. Your faith your strong commitment to family and your needlework talents. You are a blessing to so many - please know and feel the love both now and in the new year. Hugs Mel

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  29. What a sweet finish! Love the cording....

    Michelle

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  30. Vonna, YOU are an inspiration to so many of us! It's because of YOU that I found my love of cross stitch again. A Saturday searching the internet a couple years ago looking at cross stitch and saw your blog. It blew me away!!! I called my sister and a girlfriend and told them to get online immediately to see your blog. As much as I LOVE waiting for your updates, I too will admit that I don't always comment. I WILL for now on as I don't want you to leave us. Your blog, Stitching Dreams and Carolina Stitcher make me smile everytime I see a new update blog.........Merry Christmas to you and your family and I hope you continue with your fabulous stitching, finishing and great family story's. God has truly blessed us with you!!!

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  31. Vonna I am sorry I have been neglectful in leaving comments. I read and check your blog everyday and look forward to reading about your family and seeing the beautiful finishings you do. I don't have a blog but used your tutorials numerous times with great success. Have a wonderful Christmas with you and your family.

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  32. Vonna, dear one, thank you for commenting on my last post. You make me want to reconsider my phasing out the blog. Completely understand that you blog for feedback...So, here is my comment...please don't reconsider doing your 25 Days of Christmas - You make the holiday brighter. The finish today is adorable. I must go back through my magazines and see if I can find this one. Merry Christmas!

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  33. Vonna, I love your blog. I think you are so creative with your finishing. I wish my finishing looked as neat and lovely as yours.
    The 25 days of Christmas are wonderful!! I make ornaments foe my grandchildren every year! I used the felt backing this year . They turned out really cute. I live in Amarillo, Texas and I wish we had a shop here. Sometimes you just want to see and feel fabric and fibers. But there are a lot of good online places out there. Thanks for sharing your family and your wonderful creations!!!

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  34. Hi Vonna-I'm new to your blog and love that you are sharing a bit of your life with us. I still believe in handwritten notes and letters, homemade cookies served with coffee and the (not so) lost art of cross stitching. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to enjoy a cup of goodness in the quiet of my glowing tree, puppies at my feet while I read your handwritten notes albeit via my computer. God has placed this upon you heart and it is not lost to uncaring eyes and ears. I would love to see this continue as it's so much better than half the junk on FB. Also, although I am not Catholic, I love the celebration of mass. Especially midnight mass on the 24th. I have Pie Jesu playing in remembrance of lost loved ones and there is such peace in the house. Looking forward to tomorrow and catching your post before I head out to stitching circle at our local shop. Your new friend~ana

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  35. I love the Homespun Elegance ornament. It made me smile. so enjoy reading your blog whenever you post something and I almost always leave a comment because like you when I post to my blog I love the few feedbacks I receive. I would love to see you continue your 25 Days of Christmas but I also realize it is a lot of work to do this for 25 days during an already busy time of the year.

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  36. Lovely ornament! It's interesting that just a year has made that much difference in how many comments you get. I haven't really noticed if that's happened with my blog or not. I do think, though, that instagram and facebook are taking over. I don't really do facebook, but I love instagram. It's my go to. lol! I think I would miss my blog if I stopped. I'd miss yours too. But yes, many bloggers are stopping. Ah well.

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  37. Another cute ornament. I've got to get busy finishing some of mine. I like reading your blog, just don't get to visit too often. I went back a few days to look again at some of your finishes and they are all lovely. Keep up the good work!

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  38. I love your blog and love seeing all of your projects and comments. I have been especially checking your blog daily to see your 25 days of Christmas, but I'm neglectful in commenting. I find you to be so inspiring. :)

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  39. Vonna…. keep blogging… had trouble finding the place to comment!! we are looking!!…. but finding how to add a comment….. was difficult..Help!!!

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  40. Since I read your blog through the email subscription, I don't comment very often. I enjoy looking forward each day for the 25 Days of Christmas. It doesn't have to be just stitching. I enjoy seeing another family enjoy their faith outside of church. You have the gift of bringing others joy. Keep up the good work. I also enjoy the tutorials. Three friends and I got together to make the hoop box. We all happened to have the same design, but it turned out three very different but beautiful ways. Thanks. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  41. When did blogging and commenting become Old School?! I SO enjoy your blog Vonna. You are an amazing needlewoman and a truly thoughtful person. Keep it up!

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  42. So many wonderful ornaments. I never miss your blog but am certainly guilty of not commenting! I read in Feedly and just go through the feed, rarely taking the extra step to go to the actual blog and comment. I'll try and do better!

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  43. I love your blog and appreciate all the effort it takes to do the 25 days. I anxiously save each one until I am home in the evening and savor that bit of holiday. I really like that you share your life and your faith. Thank you. Cindy

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  44. FB and IG aren't the best vehicle for this type of post - just short snipets. I'm blogging less frequently but not stopping for that reason. I hope you don't stop either!

    Love this series!

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  45. Your ornament is so cute. I have never made cording. Your tutorials are wonderful!!

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  46. love your 25 days of christmas and your ornies!!!! :)

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  47. Your snowman is gorgeous,and beautifully finished. Looking forward to day16

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  48. Did I just write a really long comment on the nature of blogs only to have it eaten by the commenting software? Because I will plotz.

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  49. Oh, good. They go to you for approval first. You don't have to approve the last one. Or this one. ;)

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  50. I agree, that it does seem that people are commented less frequently on stitching blogs and message boards in general. I am not on Facebook, but I think more stitchers tend to go on Facebook. It's a cycle...the more they read Facebook, the less time they spend commenting on blogs (I still think they read the blogs). In my case, I became frustrated with typing comments once I started reading blogs on my Kindle Fire - much easier to type on the desktop computer! At some point, I made the decision to type the comments whenever I would go upstairs to use the desktop, even if it's days later. I guess the result was less comments, as it's always easier to type a comment at the same time you read the blogger's post.
    I enjoy reading your blog and find your finishes, as well your comments about life, inspiring. It's always nice to get feedback, and I am committed to posting comments more often in the future :)
    Carolyn

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  51. Hi Vonna,
    I love your 25 days - and I read every post (sometimes not on the same day) with pleasure. Although I am in here at your 25 days for the first time this year, I really would miss it.

    An maybe there will be a trend back to blogging, who knows! On several German blogs I already read of blog authors that moved to FB and Instagram some time ago (or so) but quitted FB now and got back to (again more) blogging.
    We will see!


    Hugs
    Hilda

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  52. Hi Vonna, First of all I want to thank you for showing one of my designs in your delightful "25 Days". Love the way you finished it too. I know I am guilty as well of not commenting on everyone's Blog posts because everyone is so busy. As far as my Blog goes, I know that the comments have fallen off to almost nothing. I find myself using Facebook more because I need to stay connected to the Needlework world and find myself wondering if I should even bother with my Blog anymore. Still dwelling on that decision. I, too, will see what the new year brings. Love your Blog though. I do not think you should ever leave Blog land. You have a great following! From one Christmas lover to another, I send you and yours every blessing of the Christmas season. Sandra

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  53. Please keep blogging and doing what you do so well and I love that finish with the gingham bow.

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  54. I also noticed the lack of comments when compared to last year. I enjoy reading blogs (and yours is one of my favorites) but I don't always comment and for that I apologize.

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  55. The little twine hanger is adorable....in my opinion, it makes a beautiful little snowman just PERFECT!

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  56. I would hate to see you give up your blog. To me, blogs in our stitching community are such a warm hug from friends made. I admit when I'm rushed or far behind in my blog reading, I often don't comment. I know that comments can make your day. You have made some lovely ornaments this year. I admire your finishing skills. Also your tutorials have helped me figure out how to finish some of my pieces, and for that, thank you for sharing!

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  57. Your ornament is beautiful. thank you for all of your tutorials. I have used them a few times and know I will use them many more in the future. I hope you continue your blog. I am not one for Twitter, FB or other types of social media. I am guilty of visiting blogs and not always commenting. My apologies for the lack of comments.

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  58. Such a cute ornament, Vonna--as always :) And you know how much I love your tutorials--honestly, they have helped me so much through the years. When I look at my finishing from six years ago compared to today, I am so proud of how far I've come. And much of that credit goes to your generous tutorials and other little tips I've picked up on various blogs. Thank you, thank you for all the time and effort you put into both of your blogs. Don't know how you do it all :)

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  59. That ornament is so sweet! Snowmen are my favorite!

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  60. As you can tell, I am doing my own catching up here! Major crisis at my house, but this post got people commenting!!! I love this ornie, and I have found myself going back through my magazines in search of the perfect one. It amazes me how I find one I know I've never seen before. As far as blogging goes, I don't do it as much as a used to. That has to do with FB for sure. I do try and do one every 6 months at least, just for my record of stitching and what major things that may be happening in my life. I was on Multiply for years and when they changed their format, I lost everything and that was very disheartening.

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  61. Cute ornament, as always! I have to find some more twine... I have used your tutorials, and also bragged about them whenever asked about finishing. I can understand you not wanting to blog 25 days in a row... not sure I could do that...life keeps getting in the way. But... I would surely MISS your posts all the rest of the year, and HOPE you will reconsider and continue sharing, even if there are fewer comments. It IS fun to get comments! I FB and like a lot of posts (only!), but it is less fulfilling to me. Blogging is better for me... You would surely be missed! Hugs!

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