Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Day 2 . . .

~ 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:

"Love" 
a Flora McSample Ornament
designed by: Lizzie*Kate
copyright 2011
Stitched on 28 ct. Milk Chocolate linen using DMC

LK Flora McSample 2011_Love

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.

First Christmas Together

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!
...ha, ha...
 ;)


Boy Scout and Ballerina

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.

Ok folks...
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. 
Join me!

Love in stitches,
Vonna xxxx

40 comments:

  1. Cute Finish! Such a sweet story about the Boyscout and the Ballerina. :)

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  2. That is such a beautiful, special story, Vonna :)

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  3. Ohh gorgeous, such a lovely finish. xx

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  4. I "love" the ornament. Perfect finish too.
    I love your ornament stories. So sweet with the boy scout and ballerina. You and Keith share true love, so special.
    Happy Day # 2 of the season !!

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  5. As always your love story is beautiful as your stitching....many blessings Vonna,looking forward to spending this month with you...

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  6. Beautiful lizzie kate ornament! Splendid finish. I love the story of the ballerina and the boyscout and I love how they are put away together!! I love my hallmark ornaments.. Can't wait for tomorrow..

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  7. Great job on your L*K ornament.

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  8. Your story is truly special.
    I love ornament no.2

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  9. Vonna , so glad you decided to blog again this Christmas! We love your blessed stories and how you weave them into Christmas joy! I am happy that you found real love and have shared that with your 4 children! You have so much to give and it is an honor to be your friend. You inspire many!

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  10. Love your Lizzie Kate ornament and I am so enjoying the stories of your traditions. See you tomorrow.

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  11. Memories are a wonderful way to recall such special times and you have captured the moment perfectly. I look forward to spending the month of December with you Vonna

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  12. Oh Vonna,
    what an amazing and also magical story! I didn'd know it up to know and I really love it.

    I also love your Lizzie Kate ornament - it is gorgeous. The way you finished it is wonderful way to finish ornaments. I have already finished some of my ornaments this way (with only two felt levels though).

    Thank you for your Day 2 (I have read Day 1 also of course ....)
    Looking forward to tomorrow!

    Hugs
    Hilda

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  13. Love your finish, so sweet. Beautiful love story.

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  14. I loved your story of the ornaments.

    Thank you for that sweet sweet story :) Wishing you a wonderful day and can't wait to read Day 3

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  15. I am beginning to finish a few ornaments with the felt. Stay learning, be getting there, thanks Vonna for the instructions.
    Enjoyed your stories as always.

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  16. I am so enjoying your 25 days of Christmas!!! I love your ornament story. We have collected so many over the past 34 years and each has special meaning. Thanks for sharing with us

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  17. I just love your series, I am glad surgery went well for you, mine did also but I am still not quite 100%. I did way too much over Thanksgiving and it will take me 5 days to get better but I am getting there. I am working on the "Prairie Schooler" Santa.
    I am going to do the Calender girls for 2015.
    Gisela

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  18. love the story.... we also have special ornaments, the first to go on the tree is the bird's nest that we found in our first tree, and the second to go on is a disc cut from the bottom of that first tree, that my husband burned the year (1976) and then had many coats of varnish over it. They come off the same way, with the nest being the last off. I love traditions and I find my kids (now grown) are continuing certain ones with their kids. <3

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  19. Love your LK ornament. I've used your tute to finish a few ornaments this way and have gotten a lot of compliments on them so I will testify to the truth of those tips you gave.

    Such a sweet sweet story to tell at this time of year!

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  20. Love the story about the boy scout and the ballerina, long live family traditions! And the ornament is adorable. Can't wait for tomorrow's post.

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  21. I did several of the lizzie kate designs this year myself. I did the love design a couple of different ways. I like the boyscout story.

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  22. I'm smiling ear to ear after reading your post just now, sweet friend! Love ya!

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  23. I love you sharing your traditions and your LK ornament. I am hoping that your enthusiasm will rub off on me. Thanks again; I am looking forward to each and every day.

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  24. Love it, Vonna. Love your ornament stories. I have quite a few similar. It's such a joy to hang ornaments and bring back precious memories. Love the L*K piece. I haven't seen that one! Thanks for sharing. God bless! Cathryn

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  25. Oooh! now I have tears in my eyes and goose bumps on my arms! I am so glad you shared the story of the boy scout and the ballerina! Thanks for warming my day.

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  26. Such sweet stories to share with your children!! And thank you once again not only for your tutorials but for the great tips you share with all of us!

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  27. The Love ornament is lovely! I do have a question - do you glue the ends of the bow down? I love this finish!

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  28. What precious ornaments--I'm so glad you both saved those childhood ornaments and that they now hang side by side on your Christmas tree, Vonna. Perhaps each of your children could make one and you'd have the whole family on display?

    Love the LK finish--thank you again for all of those great tutorials :)

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  29. Lovely story, and beautiful finish
    Love Linda xxx

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  30. Such a wonderful ornament story, and the Love ornament is beautiful!!

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  31. so glad you're back Vonna with the 25 days of Christmas - I love seeing your beautiful treasures and hearing about how you decorate and finish things. I also love hearing your traditions and how you honor the true meaning of the Christmas season.
    Your finishing tutorials are also a blessing to all - thanks for sharing them. I am getting a little more brave about trying to finish things. Cheers ! Mel

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  32. LoVery LK piece! I love reading about your family traditions!

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  33. What an adorable ornament. Your finishes are ALWAYS so beautiful.

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  34. What a wonderful story about the two clothespin ornaments! A testament to your love! Thanks for sharing! I cannot remember if I have the LK ornament in my stash or not..!! I am now ready to start stitching and sewing for Christmas! Hugs!

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  35. Loved the story about the ornaments. Thanks for the info on the felted ornaments. I often use your tutorials. Thank you so much for them!

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  36. I think that is so sweet how you hang those ornaments together and keep them together all year long! And LizzieKate's are so great, I don't think they have ever designed anything I didn't like. Your "Love" ornament looks wonderful!

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  37. The L*K ornament is so cute! I love the story of the clothespin ornaments and like your kids, I enjoyed hearing it again!

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  38. Another beautiful ornament ! Love the clothespin ornament tradition ..Such great memories for your kids !

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  39. Lovely story of the boy scout and ballerina!! I love how God weaves our lives together in such unexpected ways!!

    Debbie in Kansas (Debbie Wolfe)

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