Hometown Holidays – Diner

I have 12 pieces from this series. I waited a long time for the fabric to come for this last one. But I worked on it this past week and finished it quickly.

With all the large projects I have going (and more waiting in my stash), I’m glad I have some smaller projects to work on from time to time. I want to make a banner from them to string across a part of the living room at Christmas. I have all the materials that I need so it’s time to play with some ideas and get this done!

This is another item removed from my stash and makes me feel like I’m making progress. Another small piece is a wedding record for DH’s son and fiance who are getting married the beginning of Nov. I started it yesterday and hope to have it done by the end of the month.

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Wedding Shower Gift

Now that my future (step)DIL has her gift from the shower, I can show it to you.

Since she is Chinese, I felt that the Double Happiness symbol would be quite appropriate.

Stitched over one on 25 ct. Lugana, it took about a month – working about 5 hours a week.

The design was supposed to be done as a wall hanging or pillow, but I thought that would be too big. This is about 5″ square. The off-white frame is from Mill Hill and the opening is about 5.5″ square. It was perfect.

I already heard from the happy couple, saying that both really liked the piece.

ABC Sampler Finale

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!

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Mill Hill Ornament – Polar Bear

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.

Polar Bear

I saw this on another blog earlier today. I guess he is a popular fellow.

Delta Queen Paddleboat Finale

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.

Paddleboat finale

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 Рthe Tree Lot and the Diner. I hope to have them both done before the end of the year.

And they’re off….

Early this morning I headed for the post office and was first in line when they opened at 9 am. These little ornaments for my granddaughters¬†left for Missouri. I wasn’t able to find little flat boxes to put them in, but I found tiny tote bags in their favorite colors to put them in to match the ornaments. How neat is that! I told DIL to hang them on the tree when they arrive. The tiny tote bags are only 3″ x 4″.

2016 ornie finale

The Moroccan stocking are on their way to Kansas City. The Elephant and Batman stockings are on their way to Tennessee. So all my Christmas mailing is done. What a relief!

The last of the gifts for here at home arrive tomorrow – so Christmas shopping is also done. I’m going to relax and read for a while.

I’m only stitching 1-2 hours a day now, but will have a new needlepoint project to show you next week.

Happy stitching.

Hometown Holiday Schoolhouse Finale

Finished the children this morning, so here is the piece all completed.

School 2

The eyes on the snowman are supposed to be crooked, really! This series is always so cute that it is hard to resist them. I have two more to do – 10 of the 12 are done. I’ll start the next one later in the month. I have another small project that I want to do first – for DH.

I plan on finishing them individually and making a garland out of them to string across the living room at Christmas.