Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February Ornaments...

Hello There...
how are you? I'm muddling along. I still am fighting a head cold. Now I think its closer to a sinus infection. But me and my neti pot are going to town, trying to clear it. If you haven't guessed yet, I'm not big on medicine. Sort of funny when you think I work in the health care field, isn't it? I can't stand going to doctors. I have white coat syndrome. I get heart palpitations just thinking about going to a doctor. Bad. When I was pregnant with Katie and then the twins, I had bad experiences with my providers. So, ever since then, I've been a little reluctant to go to one. I do, when I have to, but if I can fix it myself, I fix it myself. :) Just another random fact about me.

So...
February is almost over! And I'm reporting in with my monthly ornament report! I didn't hit my mark on everything, but I did, pretty OK.

Ornament #1:
Lizzie Kate's bonus pattern from
 "Joy to the World"
Lizzie Kate - Joy to the World Boxtop 
Stitched on 32 ct. natural linen
using GAST/WDW/DMC as charted
finished as a hanging tag ornament

I really like how it turned out! What do you think? 

Next up:
Prairie Schooler Yearly Santa 2004

Prairie Schooler Yearly Santa 2004
stitched on 18 ct. Khaki Davos
using DMC
finished as a pillow ornament

and

Prairie Schooler Fishing Santa from Book 36

Prairie Schooler Santa Bk 36
stitched on 18 ct. Khaki Davos
with DMC
finished as a hanging tag ornament

and just for kicks, grins and giggles, I wanted a picture to show what my 2014 Prairie Schooler Santa tree is starting to look like:

Prairie Schoolers to date February 2014
**(Santa's Pictured 2002 and 2004 Yearly Santas along with Smoking and Fishing Santas from St. Nicholas II Book 36)

I didn't meet my goal for this month...
I also wanted to stitch one Little House Needleworks ornament and one Country Cottage Needleworks ornament, but no dice. Maybe I can plan on stitching 2 of each next month? Probably not, but I won't say its not impossible, yet. The new month will soon set upon us with endless possibilities!

Soon the Lenten Season...
will be upon us. I've been reflecting on what I'm going to focus on during my 40 days of Lent. I know what I'm giving up. I think I've got a plan for what I'll be studying, but we will see. One thing I know for sure is that I'm going to focus on increasing my prayer time. Or heck, just praying each day. I've struggled with prayer over the last year. I pray, but not nearly as much or as devotedly as I have in the past. I have "seasons" like these in my life. I call it the dessert. I'm sort of in the dessert. I need to find the oasis again. I will, with focus, determination and spirit, I'll walk in the lush garden again. I always find my way thanks to the help of the Lord. And admitting you are in the dessert is the first step to finding the oasis, so I'm on the right path!

If I don't check in...
before next Tuesday, may your Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras be filled with sweet treats and lots of fun! We are having a Pancake Supper at church and my family and I are helping host it! We get to dress up and wear beads and party it up with Pancakes! LOL! Should be fun :)

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


Monday, February 17, 2014

My Hands At Work...

~ Hello to my good friends and buddies! ~ 
I missed posting last week...I got busy and then on Friday, I got sick. *again*
:,(
I think my immune system was down from the flu and a cold virus snuck in. So, I'm currently coughing and congested and feeling dizzy ~ but I'll get better eventually. I don't feel nearly as bad as I did with the flu. So that's good news! :)

While I've been away...
I stitched up some sweeties that I'd like to share with you! First up is:

"Hands to Work" 
By Little House Needleworks
copyright 2013
stitched on 25 ct. Vintage Country Mocha
using DMC as charted

Hands to Work by Little House Needleworks

"Hands to Work" is currently at my LNS waiting to be framed. I stitched it post haste so that I may gift it to my colleague and good friend, Ann. She is making by hand my daughter Ellie's First Communion dress and won't charge me a dime for it. So I stitched this to gift to her on Ellie's First Communion day. Ann is 74 years young, still working, and a person that has had a very large impact on my life. She is so very special. I am so glad that God put her in my path. She is one in a million. I love her and I hope she knows it!

Next up is: 

"Joy to the World" 
by Lizzie Kate
stitched with Gentle Arts, Classic Colorworks and Weeks Dye Works as charted
it was a kit so I stitched it on fabric provided 

Joy to the World by Lizzie Kate

"Joy to the World" will be framed at my LNS. 

And finally...I stitched the bonus pattern in "Joy to the World". It is pictured as a box top, but I am going to finish it as a Christmas ornament ;) So I get to write another one down in the books for 2014! Whoop! Whoop!

Joy to the World box top bonus pattern by Lizzie Kate

Here they are pictured together...
aren't they cute?! I've been on a real Lizzie Kate kick lately...NOTICE?! :)

Joy to the World and bonus pattern by Lizzie Kate

In the last couple of weeks...
Katie celebrated a one year anniversary dating Kamryn, so of course I snapped a picture of the cute couple. Kamryn is a wonderful young man. We love him. He's a part of the family. May they share many more happy times together :)

Katie and Kamryn _ One Year

So folks...
that does it for the old Twisted Stitcher :)
I'm going to wind myself back up the stairs and take a nap before my kids get home from school. We are anticipating ice today here in Bloomington, I'm hoping that schools let out early so that I can gather my chicks in and stay in before the ice hits! 

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

Hugs and stitches,
Vonna xxxx

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Hanging Tag Ornaments...

~ Dozens of Inquiring Minds ~
want to know how I made my "Hanging Tag Ornaments"... and I can't sit on the computer all day, or I wouldn't be able to create more stuff! :)

Now people, you know I have ZERO secrets because I share them all with the world ;)

I created those ornaments using my own ingenuity...
and you can too, because they are simply combining a couple of my tutorials that have been published for a number of years. 

Go to my tutorial blog:

To learn to make a "Tag" go to the tab entitled: "The Floss Tag..."
now you will not use a ring (of course) I merely just looped ribbon and twine on mine for a hanger.

To learn how to "layer" your ornaments like I did on both tag ornaments go to the tab entitled: "The Mounted Ornament..."

It will be obvious how to create your very own "Hanging Tag Ornaments" by combining these two techniques.

See no illusions, no smoke and mirrors, just simple techniques for stunning finishes and I share them all with you so we all can be fantastic finishers :)

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