Saturday, January 13, 2018

Week Two - 2018

~ Greetings my friends ~
It's frosty outside this mornin' and we are snowed in!

I wanted to update you...
(can you tell I'm trying real hard to blog at least every week?! it's a resolution for 2018)
This is sort of a diary of what I work on because I get so bogged down as the year goes on and I like to look back to see historically what I've done and prove to myself I AM actually getting somewhere - when a lot of the time I feel like I'm sitting in one place spinning my wheels.

I finished stitching this week:

Country Cottage Needleworks ~ Snowy Deer ~ Frosty Forest Series
stitched on 32 ct. Picture This Plus Alchemy
using called for threads.
Isn't this beautiful?
got BIG plans for displaying this series in a unique way come next winter...hope it works out!

CCN_Frosty Forest_Snowy Deer

Also started stitching on:
Country Cottage Needleworks ~ The Natvity
Stitched on 32 ct. Picture This Plus Storm lugana 
got an idea about this one too...

CCN_The Nativity

Walking the aisles of Michael's I saw something that caught my eye. I bought the items, and thought real hard about it because I had an idea - this is what I do - I see something and it triggers something in my head and then I sit and think about it and how I can get it to work in my head for a week or so and then I go for it. This was the result of my going for it.
Snow Globes are HOT in decorating. They are everywhere. I have one from my grandmother that is old and plastic and filled with some sort of liquid and I can remember as a child holding and shaking it up and watching the snow swirl inside, dreaming about it. I was fascinated with it. I came up with this Snow Globe Ornament. I used half of a plastic ornament to make and mounted a design element from Country Cottage Needleworks ~ Snowflake Serenade. I added embellishments including the snow (Buffalo Snow for Christmas Villages on the inside for the "snow")
This is my "prototype"
CCN_Snowflake Serenade_Snowglobe Ornament

Side View:

Snow Globe_side view

I learned some lessons while finishing it.. 
next time I'll do it BETTER. Not completely unhappy with the result, but I will do it cleaner and better next try.

I also did some client finishing the week: 
Would love to show you...but SORRY!
The last 3 models from the:
Little House Needleworks ~ Farmhouse Christmas
were all finished up and mailed back! All 9 parts are completed now and my word...cute from start to finish! If you aren't aware of this series click on the link above to explore. Definitely a worthy series to look into!
Shhh Models

RH_CCN_Main Street RH_CCN_Be My Valentine RH_CCN_Dream Big RH_SHD_Peeps

This week some of us also:
played around with photo filters, sending silly photos to their kids and friends via text message and SnapChat. Here are a couple that are particularly funny

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We had a "snow day" fiesta...
featuring homemade chicken enchiladas...oh my word they are so delicious. I make my own homemade Enchilada Sauce and it makes all the difference.

Do you want to have great Enchilada Sauce too? Well here is the recipe:

Enchilada Sauce
in a dutch oven pot add:
6 TBS of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
whisk in 6 TBS of all purpose flour
let simmer on medium heat for 1 minute.
Then add:
 9 TBS of chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. cumin

mix together well, then slowly add:
 6 c. of chicken broth
whisking it all together until smooth and no lumps.
Simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes and the sauce is thickened.
Use immediately or store in glass jar for 1 week in refrigerator.

Some of us went sledding:


Some of us studied really hard...


and lastly one of us made a tutorial on how to create these:

RH_CCN_Main Street

Well there we go! ~ Week #2 of 2018!

Until next time...
I'll be doing something, you can count on it!
Hugs and love, 
Vonna xxxx



  1. Shazam! You are COOKIN GIRLFRIEND! Love those Snapchat photos or whatever. Our Granddaughter does that all the time. Okay...I love those houses and all the cute stitching. BUT THE SNOW GLOBE! Who does that? I love it! Unique like the little necklaces you made. And even finished one for me! (Note: my boss still wears it to this day and she’s been retired for over 2 years). Should I repeat again how amazing you are? Ok no I won’t. Just assume it when I comment Wonder Woman, ok? Enjoyed this post so much. Wonder if you can freeze the sauce? Thx Vonna!

  2. What creative "new" finishing ideas you have for 2018. You and yours have a great New Year!

  3. Thanks for the giggle with the snapchat or whatever photos! Too cute! Your snow day sounded great especially with the enchilada fiesta. What super stitched finishes and I want to say, I love your snow globe finish. Enjoy your weekend and stay warm!

  4. wow, I wished I could finish like you :) they are so nicely done.

  5. The snow globe is just so sweet. x

  6. Your snow day enchilada fiesta looks delicious! I've made my own taco seasoning for years. It's cheaper than pre-made, less sodium, and I can adjust the seasoning to suit us.

    The snow globe ornament is a great idea. Vonna, you are so creative.

  7. Hi Vonna: Love the snowglobes, I cannot imagine you not doing a perfect job, they look good to me, I hope you do not mind if I steal the idea to make the snow globes we have a Christ Child Luncheon at Church every first Friday of December, we are having a Santa Shop for the first time this year, I want to make some for the sale room.
    I think sledding sounds fun.

    All your stitching designs are wonderful.

  8. Vonna: I forgot to tell you enchilada sauce makes great sauce for chili.


  9. Enchilada's on a snowy day sound perfect!! Love the snowglobes, great idea. How did I miss that sweet Country Cottage pattern, love it and the blue fabric is perfect for it. Looking forward to seeing your big project next winter! Mary@stitchingfriendsforever

  10. It is cold here in Alabama too!! I love the snow globe idea. It looks so cute. I am biting my nails waiting in anticipation of its release later this month.

  11. Fun photos of you. The snow globe idea is great. Love the fabrics you've used in your stitching.

  12. Woooo, love your snow globe ornament! Really cute. Love all the finishes you've churned out for people. Recipe looks good too...thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow Vonna!! You never disappoint! I love your energy and creativity. I’m so happy you are blogging more, I will look forward to your post each week. You inspire me :)

  14. Love love love the Snowglobe. Now that you have it down pat, maybe a Flosstube on how to do it?????? I miss your videos. I enjoy your blogs and creativity too. Can't wait until I get my hot little hands on the Farmhouse Christmas pattern. I had to sign up with a not so LNS 2 hours away but that's okay. She orders my Rolaframes too. She'll get the fancy floss and the fabric I want to do them all. I love the Frosty Forest and can't wait to see what you do with it because I love your "less is more" finishing. Have a wonderful week

  15. Those snow globes are an act of genius - love them!

  16. What a lovely post! I was smiling as I read it. All your finishes are beautiful, as always. So much inspiration. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and post the tutorial on how to finish the stand up ornaments. I've just ordered some place card holders and am looking forward to finishing up an ornament following your tute next weekend. Again...thank you!

  17. Such a lovely post Vonna! I really love your snow globe idea and your finishing looks perfect. The finishing you have done for your clients is amazing, the Main Street series in particular looks fabulous and thanks for sharing your tutorial again.
    Love the Snapchat photos, you suit big glasses and freckles!

  18. What a great post. Love all your finishes. I kind of feel like a broken record when it comes to that. The snow globe is a great idea. How cute! My mom's brain works the same way. She seems trash and makes a treasure. Thanks for sharing your post with us.

  19. Snow globe ornaments... You are nothing short of genius! Thank you for sharing the stand up tutorial as well. You are an inspiration to me. 🤓

  20. You all are having too much in while it is so cold and snowy outside. Thanks for the recipe. Lovely finishes as always. I plan to check out the tutorial. Appreciate so much your sharing your knowledge and experiences with us.

  21. A wonderful post Vonna. Your snow globe finish was inspired!

  22. Beautiful and brilliant finishes as always, Vonna!

  23. Hi Vonna. I was just on Lord Libidan's blog and he has your blog listed as #10 of the top best 50 Cross Stitch Blogs. Woot! Woot!

    1. Thank you for sharing that with me...I knew something was up because I was contacted earlier in the month saying that I was in the running, but had not been contacted as the outcome! Appreciate your telling me! <3

  24. Vonna,

    Your snowglobe ornament is the BOMB. It reminds me of some papercrafting jar toppers I've done with products from You can see an example here:

    I signed up to receive the Farmhouse Christmas series as they are released (through the Silver Needle). So excited. What I've seen so far is pretty sweet. How lucky you are to have seen them already! Well, you work your behind off getting those finishes done so well, you deserve it. :-)

    Have a fantastic day!


  25. Before I retired and my kids were still at home, snow days were so special!! Yours looked like fun. I love the new idea for the snow globes! Plus thank you so much for another tutorial. I am busy with Early Americans finally so that will keep me out of trouble for quite awhile!

  26. Vonna- I am going to just call you Mary Poppins from now on because you are practically perfect in every way! Or maybe a humble and realistic version of Martha Stewart! Those finishes are just to die for and each customer is getting a true heartfelt work of art. You can see the love you put into each one.

    Just wanted to let you know YOU ROCK!

  27. Wow, Vonna, you get so much done in a week! Glad you had some time to do some stitching and finishing for yourself!

  28. That snow globe is just too cute!! I hope you do a tutorial! Love your finishes to pieces! Great job Vonna!


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