Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Matroyshkas And Stuff

Hi friends! I am stitching a sweet little matroyshka. This is a different pattern than the one I made last year. Remember her?
 
 Well, it was hard for me to do, because I love this little doll, but I gave her to a friend from church for her birthday. My friend is Ukrainian and she collects matroyshkas. I knew she did not have one like this. ;) She likes her very much and I know this little doll has a good home. =) I will make myself another. Yep! Just not right now. ;) Here is the one I am going to make up in the same way.
This precious little doll is a freebie you can find right HERE.

I decided to stitch up a back for this doll, instead of using fabric. The little doll up top, I used coordinating fabric for the back.  Stitching a back is taking a long time! Ugh!

I do have a finish this week. This is Emerson's Christmas ornament this year.

Not the most exciting stitching. Especially using  only DMC 311. I did it all in half cross stitch because it is stitched over one on 45ct linen. I had to, to make it fit the silver 2-inch frame.  I used an alphabet, I modified a little, that I found in my 365 Alphabets by Kooler Design Studio. Madeleine and Emerson's ornaments are done! Now I have begun Jacob's.

I listened to Ted Dekker's new book on CD from the library. FABULOUS! If you have never read a book by Ted before, go read this one! He is my favorite author. "He is known for adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil."  This is "a sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine. A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all. Step back in time to the year of our Lord...".

Yes, I am still going to share with you about this book. Two of my favorite snippets.
"Yeshua's(Jesus') Way is surrendering what we think we know about the Father so we can truly know Him. It is the great reversal of all that we think will give us significance and meaning in this life so we can live with more peace and power than we have yet imagined."
"Clarity came to me like the clearing of dark clouds. In Him! Not by believing the truth about Him, but by surrendering to Him and trusting in Him, I would have no need to protect myself from this or any storm. Would it then matter what happened to me, if my life was submitted to him?"
Jacob thanks all of you who have wished him a Happy Birthday! =) It was! This is the cake I made him. He requested marble cake. I found a new recipe for fudge frosting. It was perfect. It was NOT overly sweet. I cannot stand overly sweet frosting on my cakes.

Stitching and  praying,
Vickie


20 comments:

Jacquie Morris said...

Your little doll is really sweet.. no its adorable :)
Mmmmm your cake looks AMAZING.... mmmmm
Smiles :)

Cindy's Stitching said...

They are beautiful the dolls. Love the colors. The chocolate cake looks so yummy

Margaret said...

Love the new matryoshka! So cute! Over one on 45ct? Are you nuts? lolol! Wow! Jacob's b'day cake looks so delicious!

rosey175 said...

I still don't know how you did that 1-over. Eek! It looks amazing though, well worth the tired eyes? :D Love the matroyshka dolls too; how is the one standing? A button or bottle cap?

Also please share your icing skills!(!!!!) I can make the cake but icing is well... maybe I can just glorp the icing on... oh no... it stuck to everything but the cake... Then I wind up eating it. I'll take your extra-sweet stuff; my sweet tooth is always rarin' to go. ;)

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Such sweet little dolls. I really adore the first one. I've never seen anything like her before. :) Oh your cake looks so yummy! The books sound very interesting, too.
Hope your pain is easing sweet friend. ((hugs)) :)

Preeti said...

Very cute doll!! :)

butterfly said...

Lovely doll how sweet , thank you for the link.

Your cake looks fab , can you let me know how you make the fudge frosting hugs.

cucki said...


tje dolls are so beautiful..Love the colors. The chocolate cake looks so yummy..
Big hugs xx

gracie said...

Love those sweet dolls and thank you for the link....yum, the cake looks delicious!

Mii Stitch said...

Yum, yum. The cake looks delicious!!
Love the little Matryoshka doll and can't wait to see your finish :)

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

The Dolls are so cute and so adorable....Your Cake looks so good....

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Over one on such a high count, I don't know how you do it. Such a cute little face at the end of your post. The cake looks delicious.

Meari said...

Cute dolls! Thanks for sharing the freebie. :)

That cake looks scrumptious!

Brigitte said...

Your friend must have been so pleased with the little matryoshka you gave her as a gift. The new one will be just as beautiful.
Nice ornament for Emerson. But wow, over one on 45 ct, that's brave.

Lesley said...

What a pretty Matroyshka doll.i have two wooden ones,they are so sweet.
Belated Happy Birthday to Jacob,your cake you baked for him looks so good,I love the frosting finish.

Sally said...

Hello Vickie

I found your blog through Mii.

What a sweet thing to do giving away your first Matroyshka doll as a present.
I love the one you doing currently.
Great ornament for Emerson too.
Happy belated birthday to Jacob - his cake looks delicious.
Your two little poodles are adorable.
Wishing you a good week x

Barbara said...

Over 1 on 45 count? Girl you must have very good eyes. Everything looks delicious!

Blessings

Julie said...

Beautiful gift for your friend.
A lovely cake and very belated wishes to your son for his birthday, I'm way behind on blog reading. :-(

Lumiruusu said...

I just noticed that I had not commented this lovely post before. Well ...here I am and I want to thank you for your nice comment about the Christmas Bell Minisampler I stitched. Sometimes I feel like I can not do that stylish stitching and finishing but the comments like You left make hert so happy and I feel like belonging to the Stitching Community in the Blogland. So Thank You for beig so kind for me :)

Annette-California said...

Beautiful dolls you stitched. I've not seen 45ct linen before. To think you stitched over one, and seeing your piece you stitched is beautiful! Cake looks delicious!!! love Annette