I finally finished up my set of Christmas ornaments for July. I'm still on track with my monthly schedule. I did all 4 of the little tartlet pan ornaments from Victoria Sampler. Even though those are small, it still seemed to take awhile with all the backstitching of pine boughs and the buttons & beads and mounting. I bought my tartlet pans from a local cooking store rather than ordering them from Victoria Sampler. Mine were slightly smaller than the ones used in the chart so I stitched my ornies on 32-ct fabric instead of 28-ct so they would fit. I liked these tartlet pans because they were thinner in depth...I punched a hole in the back with a nail and put my ribbon hanger in that way instead of gluing the ribbon on the back per the instructions. I think it looks better and I'm happy with the end product.
"Woodland Creatures" by Victoria Sampler
I got something fun in the mail this weekend - so much better than bills! Mary Kathryn of eHandcrafts was selling off a few unframed stitched pieces of hers. I saw this and it seemed like it needed to come home with me. This is one of the Dear Diary charts (Elizabeth McGuire) from LHN, but Mary Kathryn altered it a bit to add the wording and make it a tribute to Little House on the Prairie. What a cute idea! I have this chart but wouldn't have thought of doing that myself.
I'm not embarrassed to admit I have some boxed sets of the Little House DVD's either....Costco used to sell them for about $10 per season so it was a good deal. Sure there are some occasional silly episodes and like most series, it wasn't as good the last couple of years but so many of them are still enjoyable. It's fun to see who pops up as guest stars on that show from so long ago...Ernest Borgnine, Johnny Cash, and many others. I remember watching these reruns back in the late 70's....my roommate at the time and I would take bets on how far into the show Laura would cry- she was always crying about something LOL. (I defy anyone NOT to cry on the episode when Mary goes blind and the one with the big fire where her baby dies....sniff sniff...) I'll need to get this framed but will enjoy owning it.
Are you enjoying the Olympics? Kudos to you Brits...what a wonderful opening ceremony! I loved seeing the history of Great Britain vignettes and the fun film of the Queen & James Bond. I picked out a couple small projects to work on while watching but I haven't gotten far enough to take any stitching photos yet.
This one is an oldie.......once upon a time SANQ magazine published 4 seasonal patterns by Ruth Ann Russell to fit inside the Olde Colonial clocks. I bought the clock several years ago and I see the date on the magazines is 2003!! I had no idea they had been sitting this long waiting to be stitched! I've kitted up the summer-themed clock sampler to start.
Summer Strawberry Sampler - Ruth Ann Russell of C Street Samplers
(from SANQ magazine Summer 2003)
I also got out this little kit from Shepherd's Bush for the "Glory" scissors fob. I substituted my own linen from the one in the kit...and I will make it into a little smalls pillow instead of a fob. I don't like fobs this large on my scissors as I think they get in the way. So silly I've let this sit for a couple years when it's so small.
"Glory" fob kit from Shepherd's Bush
That's about it for today I guess. Enjoy your week!