Monday, January 03, 2011

A WIP, A Finish and Gifts

This Blackbird Designs piece (Blessings Be Thine) has been languishing in my WIP basket for far too long. I pulled it out on New Year's day and put in some time on it.

I am a pitifully slow stitcher. To make you believe this statement I offer up the following evidence. A stitching session of several hours produced the star in the lower part of the octagon, the ivy leaves in the wreath, and the curly cue down in the left corner. I'm declaring here and now that this will be a finish this year!I did finish my first of 12 Prairie Schooler 12 Days of Santa designs. I even put in the first few stitches on the next one. Anyone care to guess which number I am doing? I like to skip around as you can see from the WIP above.
Here are some pictures of the lovely gifts that I received from my friend Arcadia for Christmas.

In the first picture, the dolls that she made me a few years ago are showing off the new Renato Parolin book that she sent.
She also stitched this C Mon Monde design for me and made it into a lovely little purse complete with another complimenting pouch.
She spoiled me with three great French stitching magazines.
I hope your year is off to a wonderful start. Thank you so much for taking a minute to visit my blog.

16 comments:

Meadows08 said...

Lovely stitching and gifts! Happy New Year to you.

valerie said...

I love this BBD design...can't wait to see your progress. I'll be cheering you on! Cute PS finish!

Gabi said...

Your Santa looks fantastic. So does "Blessings be Thine". Loving it that we both stitching this one :)
And your gifts are just lovely.

Deb said...

Your Santa is too darned cute. And I think that you made good progress on the BBD piece. I don't think that we really realize how long it takes to stitch these pieces. We always think it will go faster than it does.

mainely stitching said...

Oh that Santa is SOOOOOO cute!! :D

Carol said...

I'm a very slow stitcher, too, Julianne. I've only put in maybe 50 stitches on a PS piece so far this year! I do love both your PS finish and the BBD--beautiful colors in that one :)

Hope your new year is going well!

KarenV said...

Blessings be Thine is a gorgeous piece, good luck on finishing it this year Julianne. Love the PS Santa too and you got some great gifts. Happy New Year!

Nicola said...

I'm another very slow stitcher Juianne. I don't think it matters, in my opinion it's enjoying what you do that is more important. Blessings Be Thine is looking lovely - love the colours. What fabric are you using, is it a hand dyed one? The PS Santa is gorgeous, and those are really lovely gifts that you've received.

Margit said...

I keep my finger cross for you that you will finish your project this year.
I looove your Santa!!!
You really have a dear friend!Sending you all those phantastic magazines and the beautiful purse is very sweet of her.

Julie said...

BBD is looking lovely, i do like this one.

The PS is so cute, whenever i see a PS santa i am always reminded of your friendship

Melissa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, Julianne! The BBD is a very pretty one that I hope I will stitch one day! The PS Santa is great!

Brigitte said...

Your BBD project looks really great. Like you I'm a very slow stitcher but progress is progress and every stitch counts.
Enjoy your wonderful goodies from your friend.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your WIP is lovlely remember this isn't a race its important to enjoy the journey!

What fantastic gifts you received!

Margaret said...

What a gorgeous BBD this. It must be wonderful to stitch.

The PS Santa is a lovely addition to your 12 Days.

Love the gifts you received.

Suzanne said...

Nice work on your WIP and a lovely finish!

You received some great gifts!

Carolyn said...

Oh wow....I'm totally drooling over your French magazines. I love them so.

I have pulled out the same BBD design to start this year. Yours is turning out so beautiful. I just love the colors in this one. Beautiful job, missy!