Friday, December 20, 2013

Getting ready for Christmas and some finishes..........

I've been running around non-stop trying to get ready for Christmas. Can't believe we are less than a week away already!  Traveling for work 3 of the last 4 weeks really put a kink in getting any shopping done and decorating the house. Here it is Dec 20th and I have not even got out most of my Christmas cross-stitch pieces.   I did get my Christmas trees up the day after Thanksgiving before I had to head out of town to Minneapolis for a few weeks.    Since I got back I've been trying to do a bit of shopping each night.  I'm almost done now and packages that needed to get mailed are winging their way across the country.

It was tough for this desert-climate girl to get used to below-zero temperatures and snow in Minnesota but I made it through. I don't mind the snow too much but the bitter cold and having to warm up the car, scrape the windshield and all - no, I didn't enjoy that!  I was glad to get home to sunny and warm Arizona.  (It's actually raining today but it's been beautiful all week until today) 

While I was in Minneapolis I did get to see some relatives and I made a quick visit to Stitchville USA before catching my plane home. They moved to a new location since my visit about a year ago - what fun it was to see it all - so overwhelming! I've never seen a shop with such a fantastic linen and fabric selection - I picked up a few colored linens but didn't get too carried away this time. 

I do have a few finishes to share that I've gotten done in the past month or two.   Just didn't have time to post about it. Here is Halloween Rules - I had fun stitching this one, it was my TV project. I plan to send it off to Jill Rensel to have her do her framing magic sometime after the holidays.   I look forward to hanging it up next autumn.

Lizzie-Kate's 'Halloween Rules'
stitched on 32-ct Zweigart 'Stormy Night' linen with recommended overdyed floss
I also finished up this little holiday project below - couldn't get the color of the linen quite right in the photo of the whole piece but it was fun stitching in just one color for a change.  At first I thought I might make a cube out of it but I think it's too wide (16") for that so I will get it framed instead.

Imaginating Designs -  'Winter Silhouette'
Stitched on 36-ct Lakeside Linen 'Midnight' with DMC white
My favorite part - the little church in the pines (this shows the linen color more accurately)
I've been seeing a lot of other finishes of LHN Needleworker out there on blogs in recent months and mine is finally done too.  I just loved stitching this piece even though I made a mistake which I left in. (can you find it??)  It still looks good to me though. 
Little House Needleworks - 'Needleworker'
stitched on 36-ct Lakeside Linens 'Vintage Basketweave' with recommended flosses
Here's a photo of our mantel...I made these stars that spell out "JOY" back in November when I went to a quilting retreat.  The pattern for them made each of the pillows about 11" wide but I reduced the size and made them smaller.  They are done with wool applique blanket-stitched onto the fabric starts.  I added twisted cording to give it a little more personality.


Finally, here's some finishing work I did about 6 weeks ago for a stitching friend....a pincushion, a Christmas ornament and the lovely "Beggar's Night" from Threadwork Primitives. I love them all and was happy to work on them!

Hope all of you enjoy your holiday time with family and friends! 


  1. Merry Christmas Jeanne! Your home looks nice! Glad you are cozy and warm. Me? Not so much! ;)

  2. I saw your comment on Edgar's blog and hopped over. That white on blue piece is GORGEOUS! I'm sure it will look lovely framed. Maybe a frame with gold accents

  3. Love all of your beautiful pieces! And your mantel is wonderful! I am wishing about now that I lived in Arizona. lol! This is going to be a long winter.... Happy Christmas!

  4. Send some Arizona this way, please! Your finishes are beautiful! And I love your mantle ~ so cozy!

  5. really pretty pieces. I cant wait to see it framed. Merry Christmas

  6. So great to see all your finishes. They are so beautiful. I particularly love the white winter scene on the blue fabric, fantastic.
    Merry Christmas to you, too.

  7. Gorgeous stitching so many wonderful finishes.

  8. Merry Christmas Jeanne, all your finishes are lovely

  9. I simply adore winter silhouette! It's so charming and I agree, that little church in the pines is the sweetest. Have a very Merry Christmas Jeanne!!

  10. Oh my! Your projects are gorgeous! I particularly love Beggar's Night. They are all just great. Merry christmas!

  11. Anonymous4:49 PM

    I love your finishes, especially the silhouette from Imaginating. And your mantle is stunning. I hope your holidays have been merry and bright!

  12. I love all your stitching, hope you had a Merry Christmas

  13. Your finishes are beautiful Jeanne. I love that Winter Silhouette!

  14. So many wonderful finishes!
    I love the Winter Silhouette and am wondering if stitching on the blue was difficult ~ I know black is tough.

    I would love to visit Stitchville USA. :-)


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