Saturday, December 24, 2005

Another Christmas Surprise!

Mike and I were off running errands today, when my cellphone rang. It was the framer - my four projects were ready to be picked up! They had told me it would be a while, and certainly not before Christmas. We were in Office Max at the time. The funny thing was, our very next stop was going to be to the framer's anyhow! Today was the last day of their sale, and we had Celtic Band Sampler, The Marriage of Minds and Garden Bounty with us to be framed! (I did drop those off, and I hope the frames I picked out will be pretty for them....). Meanwhile, I am over the moon with how the other four came out! We took the photos of them leaning against the wall - we have to figure out where to hang them now. May I present to you:

Petal Fairy, c. Mirabilia

Silkweaver 32 ct. Solo Lugana

Stitched in 2005 as a SAL with Karen Kirk

Fairy Flora, c. Mirabilia

Silkweaver Belfast Solo

Stitched in 2005

Miracle Butterfly, c. Passione Ricamo

Silkweaver 32 ct Chocolate Lugana

Stitched in 2005 as a SAL with the Needle & Thread BB

Earth Angel, c. Lavender & Lace/MLI

Silkweaver 32 ct Blue Fusion Lugana

Stitched in 2005 as a SAL with Jenn

I found some time to stitch this evening while we were watching movies (and waiting for Santa). I managed to finish Part 7/8 of Mermaid Heaven, except for the metallic gold backstitching of the scales on her tail. I will definitely be adding all of the gold metallic last. It looks like the next page, Part 3/8, will be a very, very busy page!

Mike spotted this visitor on our deck this morning and took a photo - this is one huge blue jay!

I got in some stash today, but am too tired to take a photo... will do it tomorrow :-)

Stitched on today: Mermaid Heaven


Anonymous said...

Carol...thank you for the wonderful blog. I spend time here most everyday and get totally inspired! Your work is lovely and the frames you picked out are great! Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas,

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Carol!
It's Christmas Eve and I am taking a break from putting my son's toys together. Argh! Do Not Believe SOME Assembly required. After opening the package it says to get a qualified mechanic to put together! Needless to say this will be a Happy New Year gift. Sorry OT! Your work is beautiful and the framing is perfect! You must be so happy! And that is some bluejay. Are there any missing cats in the neighborhood? lol Have a wonderful holiday!

Gwen said...

Carol your stitching is beautiful. The frames you chose are exquisite.You stitch such large projects and so quickly. I'm very jealous of your Petal Fairy. I have wanted to do this piece since it came out.I have joined your group with hopes of completing this piece this year. I would like to know your secret.:)
Merry Christmas

Dani - tkdchick said...

Carol they're just awesome! I would sure be proud if those were mine!

Stitch said...

Your Stitching projects are wonderful!! So beautiful indeed!! :) They are truly something to be cherished!!


Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful Carol! Wow your house must look so gorgeous with all your stitching on the walls!

Have a lovely Christmas!

mainely stitching said...

Carol, these are incredible projects. You must be so proud of them!! The Petal Fairy is a favorite design of mine, but that Solo for Fairy Flora is one of the prettiest pieces of fabric I think I've ever seen - it's an inspired choice for the beautiful fairy!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day and that Santa left all kinds of goodies in your stocking!

Bastet said...

The framing come out perfect! With the bonus of being done early pust have been just as fun as if you'd recieved them as a christmas present.

That is some huge bluejay, never seen one that big, what do you feed your feathered friends?

Happy Christmas and a wonderful new year. May you get as much stash, as you could want. Hugs!

Unknown said...

Happy Christmas Carol. I've been catching up with your blog, my, what an array of beautiful framed pieces you have to hang. And more to come too. You are truly one talented little stitcher.

Talked with Katrina last night, and loved what she sent you too. She's a clever girl too.

Jenn said...

Merry Christmas Carol! Your pieces came out beautifuly!!! I'm sorry I've not been working on Mermaid Heaven. I will be picking it up again soon and I'll post a picture to let you know how far along I am. I hope you and Mike (and your families) have a wonderful day.

lobea2004 said...

The framed works are beautiful, Carol. Christmas is going away here, but I can wish Merry Christmas again.

Margo's Musings said...

Hi, Carol, your framed pieces are absolutely gorgeous - I'm sure they will be lovely whereever you decide to hang them!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Margaret in Maryland

Dianne said...

Your stitching and framing are spectacular. I am so glad you got them finished as a Christmas gift for yourself.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

What stunning frames and mats you chose for your work, Carol. Have you hung them up yet?

Vash said...

Wow Carol. What an awful lot of large pieces of beautiful stitching you've completed this year! Well done!