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Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine Finishes

Hi friends! Very cold here. And of course, still blanketed in white.

I stitched up two Valentine pieces for Jo's Valentine Blog Hop I took part in. I did the finishing on them and want to share them with you. Did you spot this one on Jo's blog? This was a Valentine for her.♥
That is June the poodle on the right. A gift from, you guessed it, June.
This first one uses a freebie for the word LOVE. You can find this tiny freebie by clicking right here. Have a look around while you visit the blog. There a few more small freebies too.

How do you like the poodles? I designed them! tee hee! I am happy because I do NOT find designing cross stitch easy at all. And, I think I captured Mabel and Henry.
I stitched this two over two on 30ct Antique White linen. I used Nancy's/Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Floss in Valentine Red ;). For Henry I used DMC and Anchor flosses. Mabel is in all DMC.

I also used Nancy's red rick rack in the finishing. I had the Valentine fabric, pink ribbon and poodle charm in my stash.

Just so there is no misunderstanding, Mabel and Henry are NOT in LOVE. I was expressing MY love of poodles. ;)

My second Valentine finish is also a freebie. I came across THIS FANTASTIC BLOG THAT HAS MANY FREEBIES FOR US. Click this link here for this next pattern. You have to scroll down the page a bit. Go check out this wonderful site if you love freebies. You will NOT be sorry.
So, isn't this sweet? I just found it adorable. This is the Valentine stitch sent to my partner in the Valentine Blog Hop. I stitched this one over one on 32ct Angel Blush ;) Linen. I used Nancy's 1795 Faded Sampler Red Light floss. I asked Miss Madeleine for fabric and floss input. She chose both. And no, she did not know the linen was called Angel Blush.  I occasionally ask her for input on linen and floss colors. I hope to keep her involved, even in just that small way, with stitching. She has stitched only a handful of items in her 16 years of life so far. I am hoping she takes stitching up again one day. How great it would be to sit and stitch with her.♥
I simply encircled this sweet pinpillow with some x's. The backing fabric is just pink linen fabric, slightly darker, I had in my stash.

I am not done sharing freebie links with you yet friends. If you love poodle freebies, wait. You do don't you? Am I REALLY the ONLY one who loves poodle freebies? NO, this cannot be. Well, in case there is one more stitcher out there who also wants to stitch up more than one free poodle pattern, yes, seriously!, click on this site link: Fearn Abbey Needlework. Take a look under designs. tee hee!

I did finishing on the Lizzie Kate ornament also. I will share that next time.

I finished Exodus. I am now reading Leviticus. Keeping up on my daily Bible reading!
I am so glad you stopped by today friends. Have a great week in the Lord!

Stitching and praying,


Meari said...

Your Love pillow with Henry and Mabel turned out so adorable! And I just love June with the sunglasses... too cute.

Thanks for sharing all the freebies. I think it's great when stitchers do that. It makes it easier for us to find them.

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

Caitlin D said...

Such lovely stitching. The pillow is fantastic and I love your poodle designs! They both turned out wonderful.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Very nice Vickie. I think it is cold everywhere.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Beautiful Valentine's stitching, we've no snow but bitterly cold winds

Annie said...

What a lot of cute poodle love, Hollywood sunglasses and all! Fun stitching and that Fearn Abbey Ooh la la poodle is adorable!

Frigid here and snowing now. Please tell me it will be over one day!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Very clever poodle designing - Brandy is very impressed:-) Keep warm.

Faith... said...

Very nice stitching! Your poodles look adorable.

Margaret said...

You did a great job with Henry and Mabel! They really do capture their personalities. Love the piece you sent out too. Love the snowy pup pics!

Beth said...

What a darling poodle valentine! Poor puppies I'll bet they are tired of the snow by now.

diamondc said...

I love what you did with the Poodles, and the coordinating fabric is lovely.
Love the Cherubs.


Christina said...

Nice stitching and finishing.

moreofhim said...

Oh, Vickie, your poodles are adorable! You did a great job designing them! They do look like Henry and Mabel. I love your Valentine stitches - such beautiful work. Praying your pain is better and that it gets warm there soon!!

Blessings - Julie

Annette-California said...

Soo CUTE!! You designed Henry and Mabel perfectly capturing their personalities! WOW beautiful!!
So sorry your still having all the snow and cold temps. Mabel looks happy being in the snow.
Praying for you! love Annette

butterfly said...

What beautiful stitching for Valentine love all the
pink .
Sorry you are still having snow keep warm.

Hilda said...

Your Valentine stitching are just darling. Especially the "Poodle Love" one. I love the stitching and how you finished it.
But also the round angels ornament is amazing.
Wonderfull work!


Julie said...

Beautiful valentine finishes, you stitched the poodles so prettily and such a lovely finish too.

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching & finishing!
My favourite has to be the little cushion you designed with Mabel & Henry... This is sooo cute :)

Carolien said...

Hello Vickie,

Your own Valentine design with the poodles is so cute! Love this finish.
The other one's nice too!
Brrr, snow, I'm glad it's gone here. Perhaps I shouldn't say this too loud ...

Have a nice day!

Maggee said...

That Love pillow with Mabel and Henry is really really cute! Your poodles are adorable!! Nicely done!

Margaret said...

What an adorable pillow with Mabel & Henry. Great designing. Your Valentine cupids as very pretty too.

Melissa said...

You did great designing your poodles! It's such a cute design and cute finish too!

Keep warm!

rosey175 said...

o I never would've guessed the picture on Jo's blog was by you ahaha! :D They match Henry and Mabel so perfectly! And why can't they be in love!? You could be surrounded by little poodlies haha!

I hesitated on clicking your freebie links, I swear I did! For like, three whole seconds! Think of the pattern folder! Alas. :b

We finally got our blanket of white.

Carol said...

I'd say you perfectly captured the essence of Henry and Mabel with those designs, Vickie!! Truly adorable ornament--and thanks for the freebie links, too :)

Barb said...

Your Mabel & Henry are perfect! I'll bet you were in "poodle heaven" when you found Fearn Abbey - all those Graf poodle designs! Too cute!!

Honeybee said...

LOVE that shot of the snowflake on Mabel's fur!

prettylittlethingsinabox said...

loving the poodle design.. thank you for stopping by my blog earlier on.. ;)
will take a look at the linky.. :D
happy stitching.

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

I think most people guessed who sent my poodlely Valentine! They really did look Mabel and Henry.

Thank you for the freebie links, I am always in the lookout for poodles since other people keep stitching the ones I already have for you! I love the tropical poodle design on that website too! Mabel Miranda!

Mdm Samm said...

hi Vickie ohhhh we too are deep in white stuff...your pooch looks like he loves it...your Valentine gifts are wonderful as always...such a treat and such a view..in warmth mdm samm

Irmeli said...

Both are wonderful stitching and finishing. Your designed poodles are so cute, well done!

Andrea said...

Beautiful Valentines stitching.

Brigitte said...

Your Love pillow with Mabel and Henry on it is so cute, I had already seen it on Jo's blog. How lovely to send her this little Valentine picture. That you designed yourself! Congrats!
And such a lovely little pinkeep. Thanks for sharing the site.

Melanie said...

Your poodles are ADORABLE! I can definitely see you reusing them for more stuff, too. Both pieces are great. :)

Stitching Noni said...

I love your poodles! I saw this on Jo's blog as part of the blog hop and thought it was just lovely :o)
The cupid pinkeep is very sweet too...
You did a great job of these two beautiful finishes :o)
Hugs xx