~ Greetings and warm welcome to ~
Day 2 . . .
In recent months, I have begun a love affair with Lizzie*Kate designs. This past year I have stitched many of them and quite a few you will see in the upcoming days :) Today I share with you:
a Flora McSample Ornament
designed by: Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 28 ct. Milk Chocolate linen using DMC
I finished this cutie (don't you love those birds?!) using my Felt Mounted Ornament Technique . I love how simple these are to finish, yet how pretty they look. They are especially gorgeous when hanging on a tree. A word or two about finishing them, however ~ I use felt as it is more rigid than real wool and you want it firm to "frame" the piece. Also, you use quite a bit of glue. It will bleed out to the backside. However, as the glue "cures" it fades to invisible. The felt will be stiff where the glue is, but it won't be visible. It takes about 7-14 days (depending on how damp the atmosphere is) for the glue to "cure" to invisibility, but it always does. These ornaments hold up well for storage too. I just wrap them in tissue paper and lay them flat on the bottom of my plastic storage bin. I have ornaments made up like this that are years old and they look as beautiful as the day I finished them. Its a very good way to try to finish ornaments as a beginner too! Another side note is: as with all flat ornaments, sometimes they tend to "curve" or "curl" a little on the edges as the glue dries, or as they age. This is normal too, all you have to do is just gently work them back into shape, lay them flat in storage and presto! Perfect!
Today's "tradition" share is...
all about love. I purchased this as a new bride in November of 1996. It was a Hallmark ornament that I had gone searching for to commemorate our First Christmas together as a married couple.
and the sweet mice in their cheesy moon have hung on our tree every year since! Along with the Boy Scout and Ballerina, which I told you about last year...but they are my very favorite ornaments and the story is so sweet, I'm going to retell it! Even my kids tell the story to their friends when they come over. And each year they always are digging through the ornament boxes to find them first so they can hang them on the tree ~ together. This year I won (!) as I found them first!
The story about...
the boy scout and ballerina is: when we got married, my mother-in-law gave me a box of Keith's childhood ornaments. I was thrilled because I've always, always loved Christmas and it is my most favorite time of year. I looked through them haphazardly, but not really deeply. When our first Christmas came in our new home, I got the box out and started hanging his childhood ornaments. I got to the Boy Scout and was shocked because I too had a clothes pin ornament that I had made into a ballerina when I was a child. Keith had made his boy scout when he was approximately 8 years old during a Christmas scout party in Evansville, Indiana. Mine was made when I was in dance at Kay's Studio in Darmstadt, Indiana when I was approximately 7 years old just a few short miles up the road from Evansville. Who'd a thunk?! that some day they'd be hanging on the same tree miles in Bloomington, Indiana years later?!! Since the Christmas of 1996, the boy scout and the ballerina has hung together, as our love was meant to be long before we met :) And each year when we take down the tree. I lovingly take the boy scout and ballerina down, wrap them in their tissue paper together and lay them in their box, always together. Forever.
My husband is my best tradition ever! My best friend. My true love. Always by my side.
....just like the boy scout and ballerina.
that does it for Day 2! Tomorrow I'll be back with Day 3...I wonder what that will be?
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and heart to God just like always.
Love in stitches,