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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! :)