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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

First Two Finishes Of The Year

Hi fr fr friends! I am freezing. School was closed yesterday and is again today! The last day of school the kids had was December 20th! They don't mind extending their Christmas vacation.Yesterday it was -16º with a -45º wind chill. Today is just as cold so far. It will begin warming up tomorrow. It will get up to a whole 10º!! ;) Our bathroom sink pipe froze. Brian got her going again. He also did some work to prevent this from ever happening again.

Wanna see my first two little, sweet finishes I have for this year?

Are they not absolutely adorable?! I made very, very minor changes to the patterns found in Sam Hawkins' 520 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs. They were supposed to be white and grey lambs. Drop the hooves, shorten the ear a bit, and bammo! You got yourself poodles.
one over one on 28ct mystery green and hand dyed Santa's Suit linen
I had two more of these copper rectangle charm frames from Darice, found at JoAnn. Perfect. The linen tends to want to shift between the glass, right when you are ready to clamp it shut for good, but an easy finish. I used the fabric you see above them for the backing. That is the only piece of it I have left. I guess it is good to save scraps after all. ;)Yes, they are hanging out with the rest of the dogs on the Christmas tree. =)

I wanted to show you a picture of my Christmas gift from Brian. It is a hand painted matroyshka from Russia. She is called girl with pink roses. He said he knew THAT was the one for me. ;)
 She is wonderful. I love her.
I have been back at stitching Theotokos. And reading.  I finished reading Lost Mission by Athol Dickson on New Year's Eve. That was a very good book. I am now reading A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert. This is fictionalized history about the life of Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter. I am really liking it so far.

I am staying inside again!! Keep warm my friends.♥ Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

Stitching and reading and praying,
Vickie

39 comments:

Trace4J said...

Oh my goodness your poodles are so precious.
Great job.
Love your gifts from Brian.
Warm woolie hugs.

butterfly said...

So cute love the little poodles, I see on TV you are having such cold weather stay warm my friend.
Love your Dolls I have a set and just love them I loved them when I was a girl , but could not afford to buy them then , So I made sure I brought myself some a few years ago. hugs.

Carol said...

Vickie, you are so creative to change the lambs into poodles--they both look awesome! And what a pretty (and pink!) gift from Brian...

Stay warm--it only got down to -7 here last night, but our schools are closed, too. (Not the library, though, unfortunately!)

marly said...

Over one! Nicely done. I would never have thought a lamb could be poodleized.

Brigitte said...

Oh Vickie, those little poodles are so so sweet. I can't believe that you changed some charted lambs into poodles, and you were doing this so perfectly. You're such a creative person. I also like the finishing, they look great in these little frames.
I hope that cold wave will soon come to an end.

Annie said...

Lambs into poodles.. quite a trick and very clever!

It's 13 degrees here right now. I'm bundled up and I'm inside!

Beth said...

Great poodle stitches. Your Russian nesting dolls are wonderful!

Julie said...

Cute little poodles, they are adorable.
Nice pink dolls too, my granddaughter has a red set, she loves to play with them.

Annette-California said...

Those are the Sweetest poodles yet!!! You did an amazing job of converting the design. LOVE IT! Oh your nesting dolls Brain gave you - Beautiful. Love the pink roses:) Too cold for me where you are - sounds like prefect soup and stitching weather. Here we are only 37 degrees and the high will be 67. Sending you sunshine thoughts - love Annette

Lumiruusu said...

Hello Vickie! The poodles are so cute ,You are really creative and talented person!! The Russian dols are very lovely -I have three different Matrioskas -I should take a picture of them for You my friend !
Be Blessed-Jesus loves You ! :) :)

Lesley said...

Such lovely finishes Vickie and I love your doll. I have two which are precious to me because of the people who gave them. I think yours is sooo pretty.
Sta warm,I cannot imagine cold like that Brrrr!

Emma/Itzy said...

These are so adorable! Stay safe in the cold weather - I have seen it on the news, scary stuff!

Rowyn said...

I love how you changed the sheep to poodles. Clever you. They are so cute!

Stay warm.

Mii Stitch said...

So clever to transform lambs into poodles! The Russian style dolls are just so sweet!

Simply Victoria said...

Such a beautiful matroyshka. Poodle ornies are nicely done.
I am freezing right along with you! Hope it warms up soon.

Margaret said...

I really love these two poodle finishes! OMG, they are so cute and tiny! Love them! I'm so so glad Brian got that pipe running again! You are lucky to have a handy husband around! Good luck with that cold. I'm cold enough here, I can't imagine what it must be like there.

Penny said...

Your poodles are so tiny and cute! Very creative. :) And your Christmas gift couldn't have been more perfect! Hope the harsh weather leaves soon and hopefully no more broken pipes.

moreofhim said...

Your ornaments are SO adorable! You're so creative!

Love your gift...they are so beautiful.

Stay warm!

Praying for you - Julie

Lillie said...

Wish I could send you sunshines but we are having rains :(

Love how you improvise the charts, very creative of you.

Beautiful Russian dolls and stay warm

Chris said...

What a lovely gift from Brian! They are perfect.
Your finishes are so sweet too. So tiny!
Stay snug and warm. It sounds like you have some good books and the pups to snuggle with.

Barb said...

ohhh brrrrr indeed Vickie, I cannot imagine temps like that. We have been droning on about our rain and rough seas but blimey we have nothing to complain about. Please stay indoors and keep warm and those poodles hope they have boots. Love the stitched ones too. Also thanks for the comments through last year on my blog, you are a sweetie.

Krista said...

Such sweet poodle stitches. Happy New Year!

Валерий Зуко said...

Hello from Ukraine! Very cute portraits Mable and Henry! My daughter and I Like it! Invite you to visit my daughter's blog:
http://ukaminaprisvechah.blogspot.com/

♥ Nia said...

Tão cuties!!! Congrats on your finishes :)

Maggee said...

I can just picture you seeing the lamb charts and imagining them as poodles! It's not hard at all to imagine of you! LOVE LOVE LOVE the pink Matroyshka (?)!! Great gift from Brian! Stay warm...it is not easy and makes aches worse, so do your best! Hugs!

Andrea said...

How clever to customise the charts. Love your dolls.

Kaisievic said...

Such cute little poodles and you are so clever to modify the design like that. Two finishes for the year - well done! I can't imagine it being so cold - it is going to be 33 degrees celsius today and 40 degrees on Tuesday! Hot, hot, hot!

Angel Blue said...

The cross stitch is so cute and the dolls are beautiful and such a cute dog.

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your first two finishes for the year! Such a fantastic gift received - your Matroyshka is absolutely stunning!!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Adorable! Congrats on your first two finishes of the year!

Michelle said...

Too cute x

Cindy's Stitching said...

Vickie they are to cute. Really nice. The pink dolls, how pretty. you are having a great start to the new year. I adore your dog.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

How darling are those sweet little poodles? Pretty doggone darling!
And those dolls...gorgeous!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Oh, I love that cute little face. I'm going to take a look at both book titles you mentioned, I like finding new authors to try. Both stitched pieces are very neat and fun too.

Catherine said...

How clever to turn the lambs into poodles! Adorable!

Anne said...

Adorable little poodles you stitched! I love how you finished them! Those Matrioshka dolls are gorgeous! What a good man you have :D Mabel is adorable! Hugs!!

Stitching Noni said...

Such adorable poodles! Love them :)
The Russian dolls are so pretty
Stay warm and safe in this horrible weather you are having.
Hugs x

Melanie said...

Two more great poodle finishes! I love how they all have their own personality.

Shebafudge said...

Oh they are both adorable! Hope it has warmed up a bit for you now. xx