Thursday, October 25, 2018

More and more....

~ Greetings and a very Warm Welcome ~
to you, my friends!

I was just notified that this blog has been nominated and made the short list for The British Craft Awards 2019 Cross Stitch Blog of the Year.
This is truly astonishing to me.

If you would care to vote to help me win for 2019 the link for voting is:

Who would have thought that some little old girl in Southern Indiana USA and her cross stitching would have people that really truly like me and my work? Like I said, astounding. 
From post-partum blues to peri-menopausal woes..hahahahaha!

Since our last update....what have I been doing? WORK-ING.
I thought I had set some boundaries this year...but not good enough ones. 
I thought I'd set my deadline date soon enough that I'd be able to not work myself into a frenzy working 7 days a week 12+ hours each day.
BUT...I didn't do good enough boundary setting.
2019 will mean to me: slow down.

last 2.5 weeks this is what I've done:
DM_ Windswept Santas DM_SC Gift from Santa MS_BA Freedom MS_PS Sew Santa JT_HOD Knee High NW_LHN Music and books NE_CCN Gingerbread NE_Kooler Santa NE_Letter J NE_LHN Farmhouse NE_LHN Joy NE_LHN Tree Lot SR_SB Stocking TL_CCN Christmas Cheer JB_CCN BOH JB_LHN HSH JB_LHN Joy and Peace JB_LHN No Place JB_LK Grateful JB_SB Wisemen JB_LHN Home JB_LHN Proverb JB_LHN Spots EB_CCN O Come EB_LHN Blessed EB_LHN Christmas EB_LHN Frosty Flakes EB_LHN Light of Moon EB_LHN Pep Twist EB_LHN Season Greets EB_LHN Silent Night EB_LK HO HO HO EB_LK Wise Men GS_CCN Christmas Cookies GS_CCN Merry Merry GS_LF Holiday Wish GS_LF Snow Style GS_LK Hug

The bas-relief figure came with the kit and I was asked to attach it to the piece (from the 80's)
GS_Love is Born GS_SC Winter Snow

February Angel is by Raise The Roof Designs...(I was so tired I forgot to put it on the photo)
KS_Feb Angel KS_HOD Hearts Desire KS_LHN Honey Bee KS_LK Think Spring KS_SCS Dorothy KS_Sock Monkey DW_LK Tiny Tidings

Throughout the internet, I see direct copies of my work, or direct copies with credit given to someone else who has copied me....and so a big believer in giving credit where credit is due: the following two finishes my client directed me to finish exactly as a person did and sent me photos of the finish. 

Oh Joy - direct copy from Carol at Stitching Dreams
Thank you Carol for your creativity and perfection in finishing.
DW_Oh Joy

Kringle's Coal - direct copy from Elizabeth at Vintage Bluebird Stitches.
Thank you Elizabeth for your creativity and perfect finishing.
DW_PSS Kringle's Coal DW_BBD Basket of Memories DW_HOD Farm Fresh DW_SN True Love Sampler DW_VS Elf Christmas JK_Imaginating Mittens LT_LHN Winter ABC JS_GP Cherished Teddy

and amidst all of this finishing, 7 days a week 12+ hours per day...I threw up my hands one day, shed some tears and thought I have to do something for myself. SO I sat down and stitched myself and finished: 
Scary Berry 
by Erica Michaels Designs
stitched on 28 ct. Lakeside Heather (retired color- I'm a hoarder)
VP_Erica Michaels_scary berry
It was worth it....
I needed a break, desperately.
Am I close to being finished with my holiday finishing? 
Nope. Not even close.
2019 = the year of Vonna setting taller, wider, deeper boundaries and learning that I AM important too.

Until next time, 
Vonna xxxx


  1. They all are so beautiful!! Your work is fabulous.

  2. Beautiful, inspiring, fun -- just a few of the words to describe your work. I love your blog posts!

    DO TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF or the rest of us will miss out on your wonderful examples and motivations.

  3. Each item you have finished is incredible! I am glad you took some time for yourself. And yes Vonna, you are important. Be good to yourself! Thinking of you!

    And congratulations on your nomination!

  4. So many amazing finishes!

  5. Done the voting. But I also vote for the "2019 = the year of Vonna setting taller, wider, deeper boundaries and learning that I AM important too". People, please join me in creating a new party... it will not go to the poles but I do elect "Vonna - the 2019 year" - she is amazing and important for each one of us!

  6. Your work is simply stunning!

  7. You are important.
    You are so inspiring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love your work. It always showcases the stitching that we all love. I never want to trash anyone because we should always be ourselves and there is plenty of room for different tastes and decor styles, but girlfriend your work, Carol, and Faye are my favorite finishes ever out there. I hope I always give you credit for the inspiration you provide. I don't even come close to doing your level of work, but I am plugging away and hoping to get better.
    Do take care of yourself and enjoy stitching for yourself.
    Headed to vote now.

  8. Vonna Your finishes are absolutely without a doubt fabulous. I could watch your tutorials a dozen time and mine never come out quite as good as yours. You really crank them out! I do not see how you have time for anything else. You never cease to amaze me. Happy Stitching and finishing!

  9. All magnificent treasures beautifully finished. Voted, and good luck.

  10. Very nice finishes - including your own piece. Do try to take some time for yourself, it's important. We love seeing your finishes - so inspiring!

  11. Voted! Beautiful work, though each time I have seen the 'Farm Fresh' finish I think it says 'Fart Fresh', and then I wonder for a nano-second about the stitcher's sense of humour. Oh lordy my middle age eyes are having a great laugh on me.
    Take care of yourself☺

  12. I was scrolling for so long I thought I entered previous posts! That's a lot of wonderful work and I'm going back for another look.

  13. Congratulations for the blog award nomination........what an honor to be chosen. I voted :)
    Your finishes are gorgeous. The amount of finishes you have completed is amazing. You go above and beyond for all of your clients. Your hard work and dedication to your finishing business is truly appreciated by all of us.
    Please take time for yourself. You are worth it !!
    Each day is a new day. Rejoice and know you are blessed.

  14. You sweetheart are amazing. Good luck finding more time for yourself.

  15. I switched right over and voted and then came back to read the rest of your post! Your finishes are gorgeous. I love to look at them... and dream! They are so inspiring. Slowing down, setting boundaries, making priorities, it's all the same and it's very difficult. I set a goal of no holiday stitching after 10/31/18 and here it is 10/26/18 and I have three Christmas stockings that still HAVE to be finished this year. Wanna be accountability partners for 2019?! haha

  16. Oh my goodness, that's a lot of finishing. It is all stunning. Take time for yourself, dear Vonna.

  17. I would be honored to vote for you because you deserve it. Not only do you show all your lovely professional finishes, you share tips and how-to's with us. I hope Augie is doing better since your last video. I think of him often.

  18. I am not surprised at all that you have been nominated, Vonna. Your blog is beautiful and your heart so sweet and giving in sharing your talents. I will definitely vote for you! I love all your finishes and am in awe of your beautiful work. I am really bad about finishing my completed projects but my goal for 2019 is to learn to finish my things off in a beautiful way, as you do. I will be praying for you as you have so much on your plate right now. Yes! Definitely make time for you! I've learned that the hard way and it's so important for our well-being. Much love to you, my friend! - Julie

  19. Vonna, I am astounded with all your finishes. Just beautiful. And I did vote for you a couple of days ago.
    Happy stitching.


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