Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. James 1:12-13

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My Latest Work That Made Me Mental

Good morning my friends! So glad you are here. =) I have been working on a small piece for a few weeks now. It is from the JCS 2012 Christmas Ornament Issue. It is by Charlotte's Web Needlework, and it is called First Star. Death Star crossed my mind a few times during it's creation. ;)   A little Star Wars humor for you.


It calls for being stitched over two on 28ct Amsterdam Blue Cashel. I used my mystery blue 32ct. OVER ONE! Yup! Gotta say I love it, EXCEPT for the darn grey snow. It is supposed to be snow in the shadows, as the sun goes down.
  It is just a little too dark in my opinion. It is DMC 762. It was crazy how long it took me to stitch it really. I mean besides the delays due to busyness of the season and all that. Those backstitched trees over one on 32ct were actually fun to do. It was supposed to be a fawn, but, well, I haven't seen a fawn venture out on it's own. It is always near mama. I just like the look of a doe better.

I am noticing neither picture shows you the silver star well at all! Trust me, that is what is up there in the sky. I backed it with the same linen with the year and my initials. I used petite cluny lace. Now that part was not fun. It was difficult to get it done correctly with the sewing machine, so I hand sewed this little pillow together.

Peggy posted this:

I was one of her 5 to sign up. She found this Creative Pay It Forward here.

The first five of my friends to comment will receive a random gift from me sometime during the year...maybe something handcrafted, maybe a book, baked goodies, a surprise! Your gift will arrive whenever the mood strikes me without warning. Here's the only requirement: You have to post this on your blog as well and commit do doing the same for five of your friends. Please email me with your address if I don't already have it.

The first five people who leave a comment saying you are interested in joining me and who also posts about it on their blog will get a random gift me from me sometime during the year.  Sorry you must have a blog.

Want to spread a little kindness? =)  Leave me a comment and be one of the first five to do so! Remember,YOU HAVE TO TELL ME YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THE CREATIVE PAY IT FORWARD, NOT JUST BE IN THE FIRST FIVE!

I finished reading Identity Book One of Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker. Fabulous read! Loved all of it. Cannot wait for more in this series. I am now going to start Illusion by Frank Peretti. Looks very good also. Two of my most favorite authors. Ever. ♥

Made two new recipes over the weekend. Lemon Sour Cream Bread and Cheddar Cheese Bread. Both for the bread machine. Hardly could tell it was lemon, but very good. A little too much cheese, but would make it again with less cheese.

 Here is Little Miss Mabel all snuggled up under Madeleine's quilt on her bed with her.♥

I hope you all have a beautiful day! It is going to be sunshiny and almost 50º today! Whoo hoo! 

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


35 comments:

Annie said...

I love that ornament! When I saw it in the JCS issue, I thought I might stitch it, but then I figured I'd get bored with all that solid color stitching. It was worth it to slog through. It looks beautiful!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Your finish of First Star is gorgeous! I kitted up this ornament--haven't stitched it yet. The Amsterdam Blue linen looks more like blue-green to me. 32 over 1--you have better eyes than I do!

Peggy Lee said...

WOW! That ornament was worth the wait to see it finished. It's so beautiful. I'm not sure I would have the patience to do such tiny work.
You finished it so nicely too.

:o)

Giovanna said...

Can I comment in the first 5 and not be counted for the PIF please? I really can't commit... But I do have to say how pretty that ornament is - great stitching and finishing!

Mii Stitch said...

Apologies, not really interested with the PIF but simply wanted to congratulate on this little "Chef d'Oeuvre"!! It is so tiny, precise & beautiful! Well done :)

Penny said...

How tiny and pretty! We must be in the same weather loop - we are expecting some warmish temperatures in the next few days too. :)

cucki said...

Aww so sweet,,I love it so much too...so sweet x

Cindy Gambill said...

Your ornament is beautiful! I have admired it on the magazine, wasn't sure if I really wanted to make it though, now that I see it finished, maybe I will! I would love to join you on the PIF!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on the finish - it is so tiny - well done on stitching it one over one! I love the little pillow finish with the lace edging. Miss Mabel looks so sweet, as always :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

That's no moon... that's a space station!

But for all the effort its a beautiful ornament! I think it would of been two big done over two!

Margaret said...

I love your finish! Over one always makes it so special!

butterfly said...

Great stitching, one other one you are very brave.
Looks fab.

Trace4J said...

I think its beautiful.
oh sweet Mabel I bet you are the best best snuggler ever.
Woolie Love
Trace

passionfruitprincess said...

This one is darling!c I love it!

Vicki said...

What a sweet ornament - you did a fantastic job on it!

Deborah said...

I love your over one ornament. Very pretty, as is Miss Mabel.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I just adore over 1 stitching and this is so beautiful and delicate, lovely work!

Krista said...

Beautiful finish, Vickie. The over one looks so tiny! Mabel looks real sweet and cuddled up!

Myra said...

I say it was well worth the effort. It is gorgeous1

Catherine said...

Beautiful!

Theresa said...

Wow!!!!
What an amazing ornament!!!!!! 32ct over one!!!! I admire your courage!!!! ^^

Nicola said...

I think that your ornament is so pretty, well worth all the effort you have put into her.

Annette-California said...

Oh your ornament is so pretty Vickie! Love the look of one over one. Really changes the overall look - makes it precious. Great finish.
love Annette

Siobhán said...

Congratulations on the finish! It looks great. And over one--yikes! You go girl! Love that picture of sweet Mabel. :)

Chris said...

Wonderful finish Vickie! Over one!!
The new recipes sound great too.
Hugs to you and Mabel.

Janet P said...

I just love the trees, and Miss Mabel can come and snuggle up with me any time. x

Simply Victoria said...

Nice work. I really like the way the trees look!

Carol said...

I just love how delicate and teeny this ornament is, Vickie--you really did a wonderful job on it and I love the lace edging :)

Sally said...

It may have made you mental, Vickie, but it is beautiful. I want to stitch it now having seen yours.

Melanie said...

Wow! That is a LOT of delicate stitching. Love it! It looks lovely. :)

Maggee said...

Oh wow--that is so tiny!! You did such a great job on that! I think I would have gone blind! I have stitched over one but that looks twice as tiny!! Hugs!

New York State Of Mind said...

Yes, I can get you, Vickie. I love the piece you are making. Also love the picture of Mabel. She is so precious.
Have a great day,
Marilyn

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Vickie, such a little beauty! And all stitched over one - you have my admiration. A great ornament.

Michelle Mouratides said...

A stunning ornament!

ricketyjo said...

very late to the party I know, but I'm only just catching up. Just wanted to say how much I love this piece, definitely worth the effort, it's gorgeous! :)