~Happy New Year ~
and a very warm, wintery Welcome to you, my friends!
Come on inside and sit a spell with me...
Would you like a tour of our wintry decorations?
Well let's take a look...
January's Calendar Girl from Little House Needleworks popped out of the 'ol ironstone bowl and got to make her month's debut. December girl...all worn out from her month long party, jumped back in the bowl and to the back of the line, waiting for her return to shine. You can see February and March patiently waiting their turn..
Have you ever noticed...
that I hang things in my windows pertaining to the seasons? Well for winter...of course it is big silver, glittered *SNOW FLAKES*...
the glitter hangs to the outside and you ought to see them shine when the sun hits them! I do it for me really, but you wouldn't believe how many neighbors stop and tell me they love to see what is hanging in my windows.
(at Christmas it was Peppermint Candies... then snowflakes for winter... Easter I have eggs and then summer stars...)
Here's some more wintry things on display....
~my Uhl crock is filled with white lights and then I made it into a "snowman"~
~Over the River and Through the Woods by Little House Needleworks~
~A sweet Snowman on a penny rug both gifted to me years ago from my dear friend Marie P ~
~A happy little snow guy hanging from the knob on my pie safe ~
~A sled leaning against the sweetest pine tree ~
~ Ellie and I made clothespin snowflakes to hang on our Winter Wonderland mantle ~
~ And the top of my Grandmother's china cabinet (filled with my great-grandmother's china,I might add) is topped with a snowy saltbox village ~
There you have Winter at the Pfeiffer House :)
Now on to some stitching, I know that's why you stopped by.....
On the very night of New Year's Eve, I slipped the very final stitches on:
by The Little Stitcher
from the design pack entitled "Red Christmas"
stitched on 32 ct. Vintage Examplar
using DMC as charted
You will have to wait...
to see how I finish up "Christmas Carols" next December during the 25 Days of Christmas with
The Twisted Stitcher!
On January 1, 2015...
in the very, early morning I slipped the first stitches into my New Year start and just last night I finished the stitching and just this afternoon I finished the *finishing*.
So may I present to you, my first stitching finish and *finish* finish of 2015:
"North Pole Express"
by Little House Needleworks
stitched with Classic Colorwork cottons
on 32 ct. Natural linen
Do you like it?
Well it can be yours by simply telling your Local Needlework Shop OR your favorite On-line Needlework Shop that you would like the North Pole Express pattern, that is a "FREE WITH PURCHASE" of the needed Classic Colorworks cottons to stitch the design.
When I was thinking about how to finish this design...
I wanted it to work with my "winter" decor. So I pulled colors from the design and also played on key motifs from the design in little details to make the finish special. Its truly all in the details.
A big snowflake silver jingle bell with a twist of burlap ribbon...
Something I've always wanted to try was reverse applique...
so I tried it and it worked! Along with a "divider" of burlap ribbon and chocolate colored rickrack and a sweet bow tacked on just because...
Do you decorate with your Cross Stitched items?
I sure do, as I am sure you know by now.
But there is variety in decorating with cross stitched pieces.
This piece can be displayed like I have above, with a sprig of wintry mix or you can:
add it to your favorite chair...
Or twist some jute twine and take a safety pin and attach the jute cording to each corner and ....
make a wintry door decoration!
that's pretty perfect right there...hanging on my door where I can see it and smile every time I pass.
Next year, if I don't want it as a door decoration, I can remove the safety pins and tuck it in my chair or pretty up a spray of wintery greens, it all depends on my creative mood that season!
Thank you for your visits...
have I told you lately how much they mean to me?
Well they mean a lot! Thank you!
thank you too for your kind comments and words! They make my heart smile.
for those of you that commented or e-mailed me after watching my "vlog" from the post before...
Yes! I do have a Southern twang. I grew up near Evansville, Indiana in a very small town and the proximity to Kentucky influenced the speech dialect down there. Or heck, its just hick, I don't know. But maybe you can just look at it as a little dose of added charm?
although I'll admit I was trying very hard to tone it down in the video, but it still wormed its way in.
....ha ha ha...
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, just like always.
Love in stitches,