Thursday, January 21, 2021

January Catch up...

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to my blog ~

where I share all things needle and thread (and a whole lotta of other stuff thrown in too!)

Winter 2021 -

Sorry for the missing in action....

I have been working and when I haven't been at the quilt shop I am going to be honest, I have used every minute for things I want to do. It's my new life goal to intersperse my working all the time with some Vonna time. I don't do that enough - never have.

So what have I been up to: 


My Anniversary Sampler Progress

32 ct. natural linen - using DMC 

I am wildly changing somethings in the sampler as I stitch, including making some color substitutions

Love Never Fails_January 2021

My progress on Santa of the Forest:
32 ct. natural using DMC and Kreinik



Michelle Palmer "Stitching Bird"
punched with all DMC


Country Cottage Needleworks ~ January Sampler Month
finish features wool felt accents and handmade piping

Country Cottage Needleworks_January Sampler Month

That does it for needle and thread type of crafting....
now its on to my NEW crafting...(like I need another hobby...)
I have always wanted to learn how to paint. So thanks to Christmas money I got myself some brushes, paints and courage to try:
First Project ~ RAK Santa's by Tracy Moreau

learned some lessons on the above little sweeties and determined I needed to buckle down and really learn what I was doing. So I read some more, watched some more: Sara at myserenitycrafts
and I got down to trying again. 
Santa's Cookies from Plum Purdy

Santa was better, I learned how to float better with this past weekend I tried again:

The snowman looks OK, I need to have a lighter hand with the evergreen boughs...but whatever I'm a beginner.

I got a Christmas bonus so I purchased my very own scroll saw and I cut this little ornament myself and painted it.
"Flying Santa" by Lynne Andrews


I'm really proud of how my Santa ornament turned out!
YAY!! 🥳

What else....
I've been working a lot at the quilt shop (my coworker was exposed to COVID so I'm filling in for her and also doing my shifts for 3 weeks) and of course I am back in the saddle again on finishing:

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all of these and about a dozen more that I'll share later was finished this month.

Alrighty friends, 
I think you are up to speed with my life.
Until next time:
keep a smile on your face and one in your heart and you just can't go wrong!
Smiles, love and big hugs,
Vonna xxxx


  1. Happy New Year and welcome back! Love seeing all your current projects and your "finishes". I need to follow your lead and do more "me" time. You are being very successful at it, keep up the great work! Yay!

  2. Vonna, your painting is amazing! LOVE IT!

    It's always good to have some Vonna Time! xoxo

  3. Good for you for taking some me time. You need to keep that up. Your painting is wonderful. I think you are simply an artist in many things!!

  4. Happy new year to you and your family.
    You have been working on some beautiful projects , thank you for sharing I love seeing your work.
    Enjoy your day .

  5. Oh my, your painting is just lovely. you have been blessed with many talents. x

  6. Wow! You have been busy! Such pretty work. I'm stitching Love Never Fails too - really enjoying it!

  7. Happy New Year. Glad to hear you are getting some time for your self but seems like you are as busy as ever. Take care.

  8. Love everything! The punch needle bird is beautiful!

  9. Where to start? First, your painting is incredible. Your WIPs are looking good. The pieces you have finished for your clients are fabulous. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, Vonna!

  10. Is there anything you can't do? LOL
    It all looks wonderful - keep up the Vonna time!!!

  11. Beautiful finishing... beautiful painting... great progress on your stitching... so happy to hear from you!!

  12. Flying Santa looks great! No matter how you look at it, you are a busy lady! It's good to take some time to do the things you want to do. We don't want you to burn out!

  13. Good for you...taking time for yourself.

  14. Happy New Year Vonna and thank you for your generous sharing of all you do, including great recipes! Your painting projects are delightful!!

  15. Yay! Vonna is back. Your painting and ornaments look beautiful. They look you are an e pert and not a beginner. Congratulations

  16. Lovely painting, Vonna! I can't even paint a straight line. You do so much for others, taking time for yourself is important.

  17. That Silver Wedding Anniversary thing is coming along great.