It's going like the wind. 16 years ago today on this very day, December 3, 1999 ~ I was in labor with twins. Of course I'd been in labor with twins for the 5 weeks and 5 days before this date 16 years ago, on magnesium sulfate and hospitalized flat on my back for those entire 5 weeks and 5 days...but I was determined to keep those bouncing boys that were really wanting to come out...inside to cook a little bit longer :)
Guess what!? Sorta glad that on this date 16 years later, I'm able to sit upright and type this blog post. Although I wouldn't change a thing about those bouncing baby boys that God blessed me with. We we learn all about them tomorrow on their 16th birthday!
Today I have to share with you:
designed by: The Little Stitcher
from the Red Christmas leaflet
I stitched this cutie on 32 ct. cream linen using all DMC as called for.
I knew I had to have this leaflet as soon as I saw these sweet carolers singing their Christmas Carols. This is a present for a very dear friend of mine.
Her name is Ann and I work with her.
She is 72 years young, and when I grow up, I want to be just like her.
I love her with all my heart and I thank God that he put her in my path.
Ann told me one time when I was blathering on about cross stitching and I was showing her some patterns ~ one of which was Carriage House Samplings Christmas in Hawk Run Hallow ~ that she loved Carolers. I've remembered that and when I saw these sweeties singing their carols in such vibrant red and white tones. How could I resist? Well I couldn't.
So I hopped on over to the: Little Stitcher Shop and got the pattern....STAT.
Didn't it finish up lovely? I was afraid the white rick rack was too large, but I think not.
And the addition of a bow and a rusty snowflake.
Pretty pleased with myself!
I can't wait to give this to Ann!
And if you hop on over to The Little Stitcher Shop, I see that she also has Blue Christmas up and ready to go now. Well guess what! I'll be hopping over there myself.
I'm not good for your pocket book ~ just ask my husband how I am with his!
Vonna's Gizmos and Gadgets....
Today I'm going to talk about Hardwicke Manor Hoops.
I don't have one.
I want one.
I hope that Santa has put me on the good girl list.
This one is on my list.
Hardwicke Manor hoops are the finest embroidery hoops on the market. Made in Germany, they are made of birch. I want an oval one just like this one.
Gorgeous brass hardware....
Why do I want one? No real reason other than I want to be in the big girl gang!
My bestest buddy Diane has one and she is the one that sent me these pictures.
She swears by them. And after doing a little research on the internet she's not the only one who thinks so... I believe Brenda Gervais, Mary Corbet, and all the big girls use them!
As I was researching these hoops, I came along a bunch of information about binding the inner hoop with twill tape. Binding it means wrapping twill tape around the inner hoop at a 45 degree angle. This apparently will help not only to hold the linen and to keep it taut within the hoop, but also to protect the linen from creasing....You still should take it out of the hoop at the end of the stitching day
(but the twill tape is sort of like the felt tip I gave you for Q-snaps - see Day 1)
So I can tell you this....
If I'm on the good girl list and I get a Hardwicke Manor Oval hoop for Christmas. I'm binding my inner hoop with twill tape.
that does it for Day 3, please come visit me again on Day 4!
and a Merry Thank YOU for showing me such enthusiasm the past two days
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work..
my heart to God..
while treating my neighbor with kindness and respect,
and trying to be the best me I can be.
It's hard, isn't it?
I may stumble and I may fall, but I pick myself up and I remember:
To thine own self be true...
I want to BE the change I want to SEE.