Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy 2009

Happy New Year everyone.
I have been very remiss lately with my blogging, writing , reading and commenting. Let's see if I do any better in this new year.
Here is a picture of Dan on Christmas morning opening my main present to him...These two pillows have been in the works since last summer. Sharon has a copy of PC stitch and volunteered to transform my dog portraits into cross stitch. Fortunately I have two excellent pictures of Mollie and Paddy which had been taken by Carrie a couple of years ago and they became excellent (and challenging) patterns.
I had to work on them when Dan was not around and there were quite a few days when I scrambled to shove stuff in bags if he came home a litte early. Also I could not post pictures since Dan often reads my blog so see what I am saying about him and what silly picutres I am posting.

We spent New Years with Bruce and Luci. Here is Luci with her Paula Vaughn Magnolia Pillow. I got it stitched in 15 days and made into a pillow with days to spare.
Here are Santa and his elf looking ...well silly.After Christmas I got out my Heart's Content Splendor II kit and finished it. It is beautiful and I am thrilled with it but I don't know if I want to spend 5 years working on another one. It was a kit done on 29 count Glenshee linen using one strand of DMC 612 throughout.

Since finishing this on Dec 30 I have only pickied up my stitching once and at that time worked on my CdC on 36 count. I did one earlier in the year on 25 count but liked the pattern so much that I started a second one with Waterlilies silk. What was I thinking? I probably should have waited until Cirques des Carreaux came out which it did this past month! Oh well...
Meanwhile, I am thinking of starting something new...Froth and Bubble from Long Dog. I have the thread and the pattern and am deciding between 32 and 36 count fabric.
I have decided not to begin the Mirabilia SAL that many of my friends are doing. I have stitched quite a few of them in the past and they are all hanging in the homes of various nieces and nephews who have had babies in the past number of years... But I will be happy to follow their progress.
Happy New Year everyone.


Ginnie said...

Beautiful work.... love those doggie cushions

Kathy A. said...

Those pillows are wonderful Ann. They look just like the girls. Glad to see you finished your sampler. It is lovely. Happy New Year to you and Dan. I love my new Cirque pattern.

Beatrice said...

I'm sure Dan was thrilled with those gorgeous pillows.
They are very pretty girls!
Page 2 is stunning I'm nearly finished mine.
The new Cirque pattern... I love it too...but it will just have to stay in my stash for awhile!
Happy New Year.

Laura said...

I love the Molly and Paddy pillows. What a wonderful gift! Your Hearts Content sampler looks marvelous also! Best wishes in the New Year!

Cindy F. said...

Those pillows are just beautiful!
What an awesome gift! and the Magnolia pillow is also very pretty! Your sampler is incredible!
WOW!! Congrats on all your beautiful finishes!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Ann your pillows of the girlie dogs turned out beautifully! I bet Dan just loved them! Also the magnolia is gorgeous!

Congratulations on getting that over one sampler done! I bet its just stunning in person!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog thru another stitchers and i am adding you to my list! Your stitching is so BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm sure your DH loves his new pillows. I bet those 2 dogs are his babies!!! I would love to do a pic of our boat for DH since our boat is his baby, LOL!! thanks for sharing; it's so wonderful!

Judie said...

The pictures of the girls really turned out lovely. I bet Dan was blown away. Your other stitching is beautiful - as always. I'm like you - I really have done much over the past couple of weeks. Now I must to get back into the swing of things. See you Thursday

Carolien said...

Happy New Year, Ann!

What a lovely cushions you made for your husband, very special. Something to cherish ... I love your other finishes too, especially the Heart's Content Splendor. It's beautiful!

Have a nice week & hugs, Carolien

Lynn said...

Your pillows are awesome Ann! I'll bet Dan was thrilled with them. Don't know how you managed to get them done without getting caught.