Thursday, December 29, 2011

Family and Finishes

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. Ours was very nice with lots of family and a few gifts :) We spent Christmas Eve with my father-in-law. Had a wonderful Italian dinner at our favorite restaurant's, Vince's.
The kids came over for our Christmas on Christmas morning ... even though my kids are little any longer, Santa still comes a visits ... this year they all got Pillow Pets! lol ... you are never too old for a soft stuffed animal. Robert got the Seahawk, Monica got the WSU Cougar and Chris loves polar bears so of course he got the polar bear ...
Rob looks ready to open his gifts ...
and so do Chris, Monica and Terry ... we had lots of fun, received really nice gifts from everyone and had a yummy breakfast, complete with mimosas.
After our Christmas morning we headed over to my dad's house for Christmas with my side of the family ... more good times ... lots of fun, laughs and presents ... I really enjoyed getting to be with ALL my family through the holidays ... very special times.
I've been on vacation all this week and decided to do a few more ornament finishes. I stitched this sweet design sometime this year, or was it 2010? I can't for the life of me remember when I stitched it but I'm glad it's finished now to enjoy for years to come. The design is by Beehive Needleworks, called Cranberry Deer.
Here's another design that I stitched last year. It was a freebie by Carol at iStitch. Love how this one turned out ...
Seems I don't remember much these days at all! This is another ornament that I've had sitting around for a couple of years. This one I didn't stitch, I think it was stitched for me through the Fair and Square Exchange Blog. Unfortunately I couldn't find the 2nd square, which would have reminded me who stitched this lovely piece for me. I'm so sorry to not know the name of the stitcher that stitched this cute design for me, but I've very glad to have it ready to hang on my ornament tree ...
I do remember about this one!!! lol ... I stitched this ornament a couple of months ago for my dear friend Lisa. We baked Christmas cookies every year and I thought it would be perfect for her ... now it's all ready to give to her this New Year's Eve ... that's when we get together to celebrate our Christmas together ...
Here are all 4 of the ornaments ...
and here's the back of them ...
I also have a couple of stitching finishes. Joy was in this years JCS Ornament magazine. Drema at Needlecraft Corner kitted up this sweet ornament so the cost wasn't as expensive at it would have been buying all the Belle Soie silks. I just love this design. So much so that I sent it to 4 of my stitching friends for Christmas.
Joy by Blackbird Designs
Stitched on the recommended fabric with
the recommended Belle Soie silks

This ornament is also from this years JCS Ornament magazine. The design is Tanya of The Sampler Girl. What a fun stitch!
Good Tidings To You by The Sampler Girl
Stitched on misc. fabric
with the some DMC and
substitution of Victorian Motto's SP P for
WDW Louisiana Hot Sauce and GAST Baby Spinach
for DMC 732

Back to taking down Christmas ... love putting it up ... hate taking it down :(

I hope you find your Joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for Christmas ...

12 comments:

Vonna said...

Gorgeous stitching, perfect finishing, adorable family and sweet memories.....you've git it all Michelle! Happy New Year!

Chris said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing Michele. It looks like you had a lovely Christmas.

Nan said...

Looks like a wonderful Christmas. Love your ornaments and can't wait to get start on my BBD. It's next in the queue. :-)
Smooches Friend!

staci said...

LOVE all your ornaments, they turned out beautifully! Great pics of the family, they definitely look ready to open those presents!

Catherine said...

Looks like wonderful family times!
Love all of your stitchy projects and finishes!

Nancy said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! Your finishing is beautiful!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely finishes and stitching. Great photos. Happy New Year.

Nancy said...

You can tell by looking at your family photos that you had a wonderful Christmas! I love all of your ornaments. They turned out so pretty!

Carol said...

I'm so glad you had such a special Christmas with your family, Michele!! Your ornaments are all wonderful. Looking forward to seeing what beauties come from your needle in 2012!! Happy New Year :)

country stitcher said...

Looks like you had a busy couple of days visiting with family. And look at all those ornaments! Beautiful work.
Happy New Year
Denise

Charlene ♥ SC said...

GirlFriend! It looks like you've had a wonderful family filled Christmas! We have been in the same frame of mind, haven't we? I absolutely LOVE my Joy! You are the real Joy! I've enjoyed your Grateful comments through the year, so I'm planning to borrow that, too! Big hugs and love!

Anna van Schurman said...

Great ornaments. I especially like Christmas Greetings!