Thursday, January 04, 2018

Week One ~ 2018...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome Friends ~

Week #1 of 2018 is nearly history...
time flies when you are having fun. Heck, it seems to fly even when I'm not having fun.
Monday things will get back to normal, Keith will go back to work (although he's been working the entire 2 week vacation he took over the holidays here at our home. He has painted about every surface he could paint, cleaned about every thing he could clean. He makes me dizzy!) Katie will return to college Sunday 😭

and the boys and Ellie will return to school on Monday...
so that means...I'll once again be alone here at the old homestead during the day. A little sad...but time marches and when you have a group of kids like I do I try very hard to celebrate their lives and their many successes and urge them to keep marching, keep being them. (even though my heart breaks a little as I know with each day we are getting closer to them all flying off to make their own nests...)

Oh well...
I comfort myself imagining the great grandma I'm gonna be 😎
someday...

2018....
the ball dropped and 10 minutes later I had my first FINISH!! 
WAHOO!

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Today I fully finished it into this pillow ornament...
which I made cording for the sides and hanger, accented the ornament with a sprig of evergreen, gingham bow and a white snowflake.
Insert shows backing fabric and my signature/date tag that I do to all of my ornaments.
LHN_Oh Christmas Tree_2018
2015 Sampler Tree Ornament ~ Oh Christmas Tree
I've stitched these and finished these before ~ for the cover models. It's been long enough now that I can stitch them for me and its like a new pattern because I have a short memory 😂

I took down Christmas this year...
Here is the Boy Scout and the Ballerina being wrapped together and put away, just like I do every year.
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My Winter Decor came out to play...

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Hey EDGAR!! Edgar knows I collect red-handled 1940-1950's kitchen utensils and he sends me some every time he sees some when he's doing his junkin' rounds. Many of these beauts came from Edgar and I love, love, love to actually USE them in my kitchen but I also use them as display pieces, these sweeties are on my tea cart with my snow gals for company.

I have long admired Genny Morrow's counted canvas design "Nova" - which is a monstrosity and a little bit difficult, but I started it bright and early on the morning of January 1st and I'm pretty pleased with my three days worth of work. One per day is what I'm hoping for....but let's not keep me to that promise nor hold our breath ~ I don't want any deaths hanging over my head 😂

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Another thing that has long been on my bucket list is:
QUILTING
I have long had this Madeira by Blackbird Designs Jelly Roll in my stash. So....
yesterday I pulled it out and in 3 hours had this quilt top!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Here's a closer look...
I did the Jelly Roll Race 2 by Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern. 
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Today I bought some materials for the side sashes, the batting and the backing...
I also purchased some basting safety pins and talked to some ladies at my local sewing shop (had to take one of my sewing machines in for their yearly oil, lube spa day). I also got her measured for an extension table because I am thinking that Quilting may soon become another obsession. Keith told me it fell under "needle arts" so...it DOES count in the "umbrella" of one hobby. (snicker, snicker)

I'm so pea-pickin' pleased with just how that top looks...I hope I can get the whole piece to look as good all finished up.

Well the kids are saying they are STARVING...so off to make supper. 

2018 is off with a bang here...
1.) First Finish of the year AND completely finished
2.) Started Nova
3.) Christmas is down/Winter Decor up/ Deep House Cleaning
4.) Cave Organized
5.) Quilt Top - off bucket list

Until Next time....
I am still taking prayer requests (at any time of year - I pray every day!)
Can I pray for you? Add an intention close to your heart that needs prayer?

I'll be staying warm, staying positive and smiling!
Hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx


45 comments:

  1. Your year is off to a wonderful start, Vonna--another lovely ornament so perfectly finished, a new canvas work start, and a quilt top!! Wow! And that is with everyone home--just think how productive you'll be next week :)

    Wishing you every happiness this year--it will be a good one for you and your family, I just know it!

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  2. What a great start for the new year! Beautiful ornament and Quilt top! Where did you find the backing fabric for your orsment? It is so pretty! Could you please pray for my newly married son Jake, he is almost 29, going back to school and is trying hard to find a job. He is a good Christian kid who is living with us along with his new bride-Tonya. My husband and I are both school teachers and go back to work next week. Any prayers would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks so much,
    Kelly from Arizona

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    1. Joann's is where I got the fabric.
      I have added your family to my prayer journal - thank you.

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  3. Good for you on the quilt top! I am a quilter and I also like to cross stitch. Both are super addicting but I love them. I also love to read but I can't always do everything - maybe in a few years when I retire. :)

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  4. Vonna, good for you on your finish, your quilt top, Nova's start, and your getting Christmas taken down. I really like the door the wreath is hanging on by your fireplace along with the Farmhouse sign and the little white light trees on the 'dresser' by the door. As always, thank you for sharing your stitching and your home.

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  5. Great first week! The house looks so inviting and comfortable. I am trying to complete a quilt from French General fabrics. This is the year I am determined to just do it. Love you are back to your blog. It is fun to see what you are doing.

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  6. Great start to the year! I'm hoping that by the end of the week I will have my first finish of 2018.

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  7. Everything looks amazing. I am super impressed with your quilt top. I have always thought about, but never have followed through. Can't wait to see your finished product.

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  8. I made that ornament for each of my Granddaughters, matching
    the color of their hair...just loved working them.. and
    love yours. You have a gift for creating a Christmas home.
    ...nostalgic and mellow... thank you for sharing..

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  9. You have been very busy this first week! Everything looks wonderful for the winter season. I have started Early Americans! Hope it will be finished and framed by Memorial Day. I will use my patriots in that center square, not sure how yet!

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  10. Beautiful quilt tops and finishes! You make me as dizzy as your hubby makes you. I hope everyone will give Vonna’s stitching technique a good try. Slow going to retrace my brain not to railroad stitch. But my stitches ALWAYS tangled and twisted before. And now not once! Thx so much!

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  11. Vonna: The ornament pillow is so pretty, I love the coordinating fabric.
    That quilt top is very nice, I have never done a quilt before.
    It must be hard having children go back to school after the holidays.
    I wish you a very productive new year.

    Blessings
    Catherine

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  12. Vonna your winter displays are beautiful! Your first finish for the year is so adorable! I love the quilt you are making. I tried my hands at that 2 times and didn't have success.. couldn't sew on that 1/4 inch mark consistently so I had a hard time matching my blocks. Maybe I will try another class someday! Keep warm a lot of snuggle time with your fur babies!

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  13. Vonna, I stitched and finished Nova, over the course of two decades. It is truly a FUN stitch and quite addictive once you start some squares. The problem lies with other projects sneaking in! :)
    Are you using the called for fibers? If so and you'd like the Eva Rosenstand floss, I think I still have plenty. Good luck!

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  14. What a great start! Good luck with all your goals.

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  15. Hooray for quilting! I enjoy it too. Your top looks super.

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  16. I am always joyed when people ask for prayer requests. I think it joins us all together under one huge umbrella. Please put me and my family (hubbie, 2 sons and granddaughter)on your prayer list.
    Thanks so much! Will be praying for you and your family too.


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  17. Vonna, Your new ornament is gorgeous!!

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  18. Vonna, I love your quilt! Just a warning from a long term quilter, collecting fabric is very addictive! It is more of an addiction than cross stitch charts because most fabrics are only available for a short time! Seriously though, one of the fun things I started doing to cheer myself up in the midst of empty nest syndrome is to make quilts for future grandbabies. I am making a quilt right now using Riley Blake's, Anne of Green Gables fabric! Who can pass that up right? I have dreams of introducing future grand children to all my favorite classic children's books, which is another thing I collect. I'm crazy.

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  19. Fabulous start to 2018! Loved your finish as usual. Christmas decorations here stay up until twelfth night. This has been a tradition that I have kept since I got married.

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  20. So pretty. Beautiful finish.

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  21. love all the winter vignettes - soooo pretty and so artfully displayed. Nice first finish! Quilting - hummm - YGG - love the fabric choices. Take care Mel

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  22. HI Vonna,

    I always love reading your blog. I have a prayer request for you. My friend Cindy underwent a double mastectomy on Dec 26th. This past weekend she found out it is in her lymph nodes and she is having a PET scan on Monday to see if the cancer is in another organs. Can you please pray for her for me? Every little bit helps and we really need this wonderful person to stay around with us.

    Thanks,
    Dawn

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    1. Praying for Cindy!!

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    2. Cindy is in my prayer journal and will be devotedly prayed for daily.

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  23. Reading your blog entries and watching your videos is like getting a big hug. I love everything you do. I love your home decor right down to the red-handled antique kitchen ware. I love the green-handled variety! :) You have done more in a few days than I can muster in a week. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with us, Vonna! I know it is a labor of love, and I so appreciate it all! <3

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  24. Your finish is so pretty and your home is lovely and inviting too!

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  25. Oh my goodness! Your house is so ready for Little House Needleworks' new Farmhouse design series - your red barn on the side table next to the chair, the red wagon and the red truck, and of course your big Farmhouse sign. They are such perfect complements to Diane's designs. Please tell me where you found the two decorative sleds - I would love both of those sizes.
    I'm a quilter, too, and love both hobbies.
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.

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  26. I recognize the snowman in the red truck. It is sitting on my windowsill as I write. I love your new finish. Two snow days have helped me get some stitching done. I love your winter decor!

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  27. I love seeing what you are busy doing. All of it is so pretty. Happy stitching and many blessings to you for 2018.

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  28. You are off to a great start to the new year. I love your ornament finish; so pretty. And wow......your quilt top is gorgeous !! How exciting to make your first quilt......I look forward to the finish. I smiled at Keith's comment and the "one hobby" rule for adding new items :)
    Your home decorations are lovely. I enjoy seeing the pictures as the seasons change. It looks so warm and inviting.
    Thanks again for sharing your blog with us.

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  29. Always love your blog and you tube. I am 72 but still learning as cross stitch has changed so much from the 1980's when I was a stitcher. Needleminder, project bags-oh my! I noticed the lovely cardinal quilt in one of your photos. Where did you get it?

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    1. Walmart years ago ... sorry probably not available.

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  30. My husband and brother in law say that the one who dies with the most stash wins, and that encompasses all the needle arts stuff! I think I will beat my sister! Love your beautiful home and your finish. You have inspired me to finish a quilt I have waiting for quilting. Now, hand or machine? I hate to take away too much from my cross stitch time...

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  31. Very pretty ornament! Congratulations on your quilt too! (I like how that falls under needlearts. Your husband knows how large that category is, doesn't he?)

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  32. Sounds like 2018 is off to a great start for you and your family. I plan on doing some different kind of crafts myself this year too. Jewelry making, pallet board painting and stenciling and more, all things that I can sell at craft fairs and farmers markets. The bad part is people don't want to pay for the time one spent on a cross stitch item. If you could add me and my daughter to your prayer list, I'd appreciate it. Seems my aches and pains get a little louder each passing day and it gets me down a little. Happy Sunday to you and yours.

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  33. A spectacular start to the new year! Your quilt is beautiful :)

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  34. What a great start to the year for you Vonna!

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  35. Just a question - how do you store your stitched ornaments?

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  36. Love everything you do! Wondering where the two houses and little willow tree on your hearth were from, or if they too were Vonna creations? Your quilt fits in beautifully with your colors- look out! Here comes another addiction...believe me, I know!

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  37. I would love to see more of your organization ideas. I really need to get more organized in 2018. My words of the year are Simplify, Organize and Finish/Complete. My one goal is to get my 34 WIPs down to a small handful in 2018. I hope you accomplish all your goals in 2018 too. PS. Quilting s twin quilt is on my to-do bucket list too.

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  38. Please add Coni Rich (Spinster Stitcher) to your prayer list. She's going through a tough time with dialysis and, yet, somehow manages to maintain the most amazing sense of humor. Her blog at Spinster Stitcher is awesome. She's a stitcher of the first order.

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    1. Diane, I have long been a reader, admirer and follower of Coni's from the very beginning of her blog. She's a fellow Hoosier, and a fellow Catholic. Rest assured, she has long been in my prayer journal.

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  39. Hello Vonna,
    What a lovely start to 2018 you have had! I can't wait to see everything you make this year. \0/ cheering you on to keep working on the Nova piece. Hugs--your Bloomington (Illinois) stitcher sister

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