I’ve been working overtime on this piece, hoping to get it done before the baby arrived. Penelope helped by being almost two weeks late, but I did get it done today!
I really can’t decide which little animal I like the best – the whale, rooster, turtle??? This was a fun stitch and moved along nicely. Now to get it framed and hang it in Penelope’s room.
We finally got to visit with Penelope and her parents today. She is so adorable and I got a photo of DH holding his first grandchild too. Then she fell asleep in my arms.
An all around wonderful day!
I’ve had this little ornament in my stash for at least 3 years.
I started it just before Christmas since I had another week before the end of the year. I finished the cross stitching yesterday. So today was adding beads and cutting it out. Here he is all finished.
I completed 22 projects this year. Not a bad year at all.
I saw this on another blog earlier today. I guess he is a popular fellow.
The last of the water has been stitched. There are a few slanted lines down the water that were stitched with Glisson Blending thread to add a little sparkle to the mix.
It’s only about 5″ x 7″ so I’ll be able to frame it myself, probably next month. I don’t want to go into stores at this time of year. I think a small, black frame would be great.
Now on to the last two pieces of Hometown Holiday – the Tree Lot and the Diner. I hope to have them both done before the end of the year.
I’m very pleased with my progress this month! I completed Persian Iris Mandala (after 4 years)
And I finished the last 3 of the Old Fashioned Ornaments (turquoise was done last month and the red one is mine))
I’ve gotten a lot done on the elephant – the baby is finally appearing to the left of the legs
And I’ve started the last of the stockings I need to get done. It’s an easier pattern and not too many colors so it’s moving along nicely. The bottom left page is done and I’ve started the top left page. Can you guess what it is?
Yes, it’s Batman! I hope to have both the elephant and Batman done by the next WIPocalypse post. Then I can spend some time making up all 4 ornaments and the stockings (5 of them!!). The ornaments and 4 of the stockings need to be mailed for Christmas and I want them all done early – for a change!
The new crystals arrived late yesterday (the mail wasn’t delivered until almost 7 pm) and I just sewed them on. Finally this huge project is finished. And I still love it!!
I started it in 2011. Because of my hip problem I couldn’t handle stairs very well and put it away in 2012. I picked it back up in the spring of 2014 and have worked on it a little every month since then.
19″ square – it needs to be taken off the stretcher bars and straightened out a little before I can get it framed. This was the first cross stitch project I started – if you can believe that! There are mistakes and I still can’t do the gold top stitching as well as it should be, but I stuck with it and have completed this beautiful piece!
The center – with the replacement crystals in the dark blue square around the center and light green crystals in the green circles around the purple irises.
The corner – Delica beads in the scroll/flowers around the top edge and turquoise crystals beneath each scroll and one crystal at the bottom of the corner “knot.”
And finally, the whole piece!
I’m not insane enough to start another mandala just yet though. I have Serengeti all kitted up and ready to go, but I’ll wait a while on that one. I also want to buy Moroccan Lace when it is released. So I don’t know which one will be started next year. We’ll see….
Too many things going on around here and my stitching time seems nonexistent some days. But this weekend I finally found time to get this little piece done.
This is #9 in the series and I still have two more in my stash waiting for me. They’ll have to wait a little longer as I have too many things to work on right now.
The Polar Express is finished! And I love the holly that hangs out over the edge on the right side!
Size – 7.5″ wide and 6.5″ tall
Stitched on 28 ct Toasted Almond Cashel linen