Monday, February 28, 2011

Christmas Hearts Ornament

Well, OK, I am still stitching Christmas ornaments on a pretty regular basis here. I figure it is because it still very much looks like Christmas here. While my pals and family down south are happily reporting to me (all the time) that spring has arrived for them, it is still ultra snowy, very cold and oh so icy here in NH. I am home today due to severe ice this morning. I heard there were 12 rollover accidents between here and the Massachusetts border this morning, at the height of the morning commute. Glad I did stay home! I would have rolled or been stuck behind a rollover for most of the morning anyhow... hurry up Spring, this is getting to be pretty cruel and unusual punishment for us New Englanders now...

So, here is what I stitched this weekend, and just now did the finishing... a gentle reminder to myself of just how much I hate working with Kreinik blending filament!

Christmas Hearts Ornament
Just Nan - chart available HERE
32 ct Flax Belfast Linen, DMC Floss, Kreinik Blending Filament, SJ Designs Beads

Several of you have asked for details on the 1999 JCS Ornament Issue I have available... it is not officially sold yet. I offered to the first stitcher who asked, and now she has not gotten back to me. I will offer to the next in line tonight if she does not reply to my email...thanks for the strong interest in the magazine, and I hope to get it off to its new owner soooo soon!

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Currently Stitching: a Christmas ornament, Houses of Hawk Run Hollow, and Winter at Beacon House

Sunday, February 27, 2011

JCS 1999 Christmas Ornament Issue for Sale

I find myself with two copies of the hard to find, out of print JCS 1999 Christmas Ornament Issue. I wish to sell my extra copy. Please email me (click to view my profile in sidebar... Email is there), and I will tell you what I paid for it... Will sell for that price. Thanks!

SOLD- thanks for the interest!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Red Exchange for Lucy

Lucy let me know today that she received the HoE Stitch Red for your Heart Exchange that I sent off to her... I had such a devil of a time finding a chart for this exchange. I thought it would be easy, but somehow got all mired up in things... finally I was cruising Oakhaven Designs blog and figured I would try this freebie as a needlebook.... Lucy wrote kind words, so I am glad she likes it!

Happy New Year 2011 Needlebook
Oakhaven Designs
32 ct Dirty Belfast Linen, DMC Floss

Currently Stitching: a Christmas ornament, Winter at Beacon House

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Cookie for Santa

It's far too cold and windy here in New Hampshire to do much more than the essential errands, so yesterday I sat down and made this little whimsy for my Christmas tree...

A Cookie for Santa Ornament
Hillside Samplings
Just Cross Stitch 1999 Christmas Ornament Issue
36 ct Sand Edinburgh Linen, NN and DMC Floss

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Currently Stitching: Winter at Beacon House, a Christmas Ornament

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Stitch Red Exchange from Faye

I received this really pretty pincushion from Faye earlier this week for the HoE Stitch Red Exchange. I had a chance to finally take a photo this afternoon. She stitched La-D-Da's design from the latest Christmas Ornament Issue, and then added her own really pretty homemade pins, plus a skein of overdyed floss. What a treat, and it already looks great in my curio cabinet. Thank you so much Faye!

Currently Stitching: HoE Stitch Red Exchange (down to doing the finishing now), Winter at Beacon House, a Christmas ornament

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rudy Ornament for Ina

I received word this morning that Ina has received the ornament I made for her for the HoE Reindeer Round Exchange... I stole the finishing technique from Lynn's blog (she had a tutorial, so I doubt she minds - LOL)... and here it is:

Rudy Ornament
Glory Bee
Just Cross Stitch 2007 Christmas Ornament Issue
32 ct Natural Light Linen, DMC Floss, Mill Hill Bead

Happy Friday to all!

Currently Stitching: HoE Stitch Red Exchange, Winter at Beacon House

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Poinsettia Ornament

Another tiny ornament finish... I love the tiny ones, there is always some place to fit them in on my tree. I stitched this little one up during one of the snow days we had last week, and then did the finishing while watching TV with Mike last night...

Poinsettia Ornament
Earth Threads
Just Cross Stitch 2003 Christmas Ornament Issue
32 ct Antique Ivory Belfast Linen, RG Petite Treasure Braid, DMC Floss, Mill Hill Petite Seed Beads

Currently Stitching: Winter at Beacon House, a Christmas Ornament, HoE Stitch Red Exchange

Tuesday, February 01, 2011


I stitched up this little, tiny ornament on Sunday. It's an old freebie from The Sampler Girl, which I figure must be retired as I cannot find it anywhere in her blog any longer... I had stitched this a couple of years ago for a friend, and this time around I made it really, really small to tuck into my own tree... kind of a "note to self" ornament as I have struggles with family and holidays... I need the reminder at the holiday season to just "believe" and not stress out too much... so here it is!

Believe Ornament
The Sampler Girl
Retired Freebie
28 ct Taupe Cashel Linen, DMC 115
Stitched one over one

Currently Stitching: HoE Stitch Red Exchange, a Christmas ornament and Winter at Beacon House