Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, stitching friends!

My husband and I have a New Year's Eve dinner date with his sister and her new boyfriend (woot! woot!) in a little over an hour, so let's see if I can get this post done before I have to go change clothes and get ready.

Ready... set....GO!

"Snow in Love"
by Little House Needleworks
Stitched on 28-count coffee/tea-dyed linen with called for threads

Yes, yes, Christmas is over, but I'm still finishing ornaments! I stitched "Snow in Love" by Little House Needleworks while my husband and I were on vacation in Oregon earlier this month. I finished it today as a wedding gift for his former high-school band teacher. What do you get someone you haven't seen in more than 25 years, who already has everything she needs household-wise? Something handmade and personal, of course! She is a crafty girl herself, so I know she will love this. A cute "Made with Love" charm (a gift from RJ and Mary) tops it off.

The back is a Christmas print fabric from Moda fabrics.

By the way, I recently treated myself to a tracing table. It's a flat LED tablet that plugs in via USB. I don't like the dot pattern on it, so I lay a piece of plain white paper over top to diffuse that. It's awesome for centering stitched pieces on foam core, sticky board, or whatever you need to center them on when finishing. Sure beats trying to hold it up to a window and keep it centered! And it was not expensive - less than $15 on Amazon.

"Winston the Snowman"
by The Trilogy
Stitched on coffee/tea-dyed mystery linen from my stash with called-for threads

Next up is "Winston the Snowman" by The Trilogy. I didn't have the triangle buttons called for in the pattern, so I substituted some Algerian eyelets instead. He is a dapper snowman, indeed! I mounted the ornament on foam core, added a fabric-covered piece of chipboard to the back, and glued lacy trim around the outside. I topped it with a gold hanger and a rusty star.

The fabric on the back goes nicely with the rusty star, don't you think?

I hope your holiday celebrations were awesome! One of my favorite presents under the tree was this "pocket locket" from my wonderful stitching friend, RJ, from Stitching Friends Forever. Look at those tiny stitches! Thank you, RJ!

We enjoyed having my mom stay with us over Christmas. My husband and I played lots of three-handed pinochle with her, and my son joined us for cards when we agreed to play Texas Hold 'Em. We ate lots of good food and watched movies.

I wish you all lots of time to stitch, safe travels, good health and good memories-in-the making in 2019. See you next year....

Woohoo! It looks like I'm going to be on time for dinner after all.


  1. Oh my goodness...both are adorable. Love that light. I need to check that out. That is the great thing about stitching learn so much from each other. RJ is amazing for sure.
    Happy New Year

  2. Lovely ornaments Meg!! And I love the idea of a light table....great for finishing.

  3. The two snowmen are really cute, I like the finish
    Happy new year and all the best.

  4. Love your finished pieces!!! And thanks for the tip about the light I have it on my wishlist now.

  5. Beautiful finishing. I love hand made gifts much more than anything shop bought, it shows love and time have been given. Happy new year, wishing you a year without drama. x

  6. The snowmen are very cute. Lovely finishes.
    Nice gift from RJ.
    Happy New Year.

  7. Your snowman are precious...sweet finishes. Wishing you health, happiness and lots of stitching time in 2019!!!

  8. Happy New Year Meg! May 2019 bring you good health, much happiness and plenty of time to stitch!

    I love your snowman ornaments! They are just precious! I try and give a cross stitched ornament for wedding gifts as well! It is always so much fun to hang them on the tree year after year and remember.

    I love your tracing table! I have been looking at them as well. I add embroidery to my quilts and this is such an easy way to trace the patterns onto the material! I will have to check out Amazon ☺️

    What a precious gift from our dear friend RJ! Her stitching is always so lovely!

    Sending hugs your way!

  9. Love both of your ornament finishes, Meg! Mr. Winston looks so dapper in his winter attire. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  10. Aww so cute are the snowmen...adorable. I love snowmen. They are always festive. Wishing you a most Happy New Year. ((hugs))

  11. What sweet ornaments Meg. I received a pocket locket from RJ too. Love it! I pray this New Year is filled with excellent health for you sweet Meg!

  12. Happy New Year, Meg! I can hardly believe another year has rolled around again. Sure wish there was some way to make time slow down...

    Your ornament finishes are so sweet--I've stitched Winston already--one of my favorites. Perhaps the snowmen would be nice for me to stitch for my son and DIL next year :)

    Sounds like your Christmas was ours--just hanging out with the people who know and love you best :) Sure wish those moments would happen more often, but with two of our sons miles away, those times are few and far between. Thank goodness for joyful memories!

  13. Nice finishing on your ornaments. Thanks for the tip on the tracing table! I hold everything up to the window when I'm doing flat ornaments and having that table would be so great. Hope the new year is off to a great start for you!

  14. What wonderful ornaments, Meg. What a great deal on a light box. I certainly would be going to Amazon if I were in the market for one. Judy

  15. Happy New Year Meg! So sorry I'm so late on comments. I have not been on the computer in quite awhile...we have had so many doctor appointments etc these past two weeks. I hope to catch up with everyone today. I love the stitches you did ... they came out adorable. Glad the charm worked so well. I need one of those light boxes. I want to talk to you more on how they work. I'm so happy you liked your pocket watch/locket. I enjoyed making it for you. Hope you are doing well. RJ


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