Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Monday, January 11, 2016


Hi friends! We are definitely back to our usual winter weather around here. Rats! I kinda loved the mild weather. ;) We had a high of 17º yesterday. It will not even get that warm today. It is currently -4º with a wind chill of -15º. Our snow will be around for quite some time.

I would like to show you the Christmas ornament  that I made for our friend Annette.

This is stitched on 28ct lambswool linen with DMC and Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe flosses. This freebie can be found HERE.

I'm-a-goin'-cuckoo without stitching my friends! Yes, I have several good books to read from the library. I organized my craft bin. I organized my linen bin. I kitted up four cross stitch projects. Argh! I just wanna stitch.

Well, I did find this pattern that I decided I am just never going to stitch.
I am sorry. This one will be offered to my American friends only. You can blame the darn postage for that!
If you would like to own this pattern, you need to be a follower of mine. Please tell me you want to be included in the giveaway in the comments below. This pattern uses Gloriana Autumn Arbour Silk and DMC. The silk is included. None of the DMC is included. The tiniest stork scissors charm I have ever seen (so adorable) is also included.

I will announce the winner on Monday, January 18th.

Giving poodle haircuts and praying,


Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I saw the sweetie Christmas gift on Annette's blog...it is darling!
I've been on a cleaning rampage too. I am stitching but its back to models for a while, then I can get back to my own!

gracie said...

I know how difficult it is when my hand acts up and I can not stitch, so I truly understand. Thank goodness we do enjoy reading to fill the time.

C. Cross Stitch Creations said...

Beautiful Christmas gift :) I recently organized my crafty spot as well and hoping to be able to stitch more. I have your blog on my list of blogs I follow on my blog - http://christiescrossstitchcreations.blogspot.com/

I would love a chance to be entered in your lovely giveaway. xxx

cucki said...

Aww vert sweet Christmas gift ..I love it so much..
Enjoy your sweet day x

Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Vickie. Hang in there, Sweetie. Keep thinking of how much better you will feel if you can just keep it resting for a while longer...Speaking from experience, the older we get, the longer it takes to heal. But, I am pretty sure if I break anything now, I'll need to replace it, not attempt to fix it. LOL Please don't put me in for your giveaway, I'm so far behind on my projects, I'll need to live to 150.

Have a great day!!

Jenny said...

I am hoping and praying that you will be able to pick up your needle very soon and that you can stitch without pain....the Christmas ornament is just adorable...I love it! I also love the pattern that you are giving away and would love to enter in. Stay warm my friend...what books are you reading now? I am reading alot as well....

KimM said...

HI, Vickie - I hope you can get back in the swing of stitching soon. Love the gift for Annette - she's a peach, isn't she? I also love your give away - but please don't put my name in the draw - I won your last giveaway.

Lorene Frischknecht said...

Hi! this cross stitch kit is awesome! I'd love to win it! Would you please enter me into the drawing? Thanks so much!

butterfly said...

I know you want to stitch but you will soon .
I loved your stitched gift your stitches are so tiny .
Have a lovely week .

Julie said...

Ŵonderful gift you sent out

Clare said...

A lovely pattern. I will put an order in at the embroidery shop I get my patterns etc from. The Angel is so cute. Happy Stitching.

Lesley said...

A very pretty gift,Vickie.

Carol said...

Hopefully, this no stitching spell will really help you in the long run, Vickie! The little gift for Annette is adorable :)

I sure hope it warms up--it is 19 here right now and feels miserable. I think we are spoiled after December's warm weather!!

gominam said...

Very beautiful ornament. You're still being productive even without the stitching, see how clean and organized your craft stuff now:) Take care.

diamondc said...

Vickie: I am so sad you are not able to stitch, way back in 1997 I had a car accident (not my fault) I was out of work for a year, could not stitch until my wonderful husband made me a stand to use my nor prominent hand it was handy and I was able to stitch, I hope you can find a way to stitch.
Love lambswool so sweet to stitch with, you made an adorable ornament.
Love the poodle picture.
Same temps here in Minnesota.


Annette-California said...

Thank you sweet Vickie for my beautiful angel ornament. I just adore it. I know your going stir crazy not stitching. Thank goodness for books - lol! I also have done some reorganizing of my stitching stash & am now stitching 2 main projects. Please don't include me for your lovely giveaway. I am determined to get my projects done this year:)
Just hang in there and I hope your hand continues to heal.
love Annette

Penny said...

That is the sweetest angel ornament! It sounds like you are being productive during your time off from stitching. Praying that it won't be long before you are back to stitching again!

Lillie said...

A lovely gift Vickie

Margaret said...

So hard not to stitch! I hope the rest works for you and you are back to stitching soon! Lovely gift for Annette.

hookedonstitches said...

A lovely ornament :)

Sandra die Puppenhexe said...

Hello dear,
I'm sorry that I missed your last post, somehow I'm messed up . First, I hope you're doing better and your pain is soon past. Your little gift for your girlfriend is so sweet .
I send you the greetings your favorite Sandra

Irmeli said...

Beautiful angel ornament, so lovely gift for your friend.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Vickie I feel your pain! I have arthritis in my hands and some days it flares up so badly that I can't stitch. I can't imagine it for days on end. :( Please include me in your giveaway and thanks! blessings, marlene

Bea said...

Lovely gift for your friend.

Christina said...

What a sweet ornament. BRRR! glad we don't get that cold here. I need to get back to decluttering my craft room.

moreofhim said...

What a cute gift you made! You're always so sweet to stitch up something so beautiful.

I would love to be included in your giveaway. That is such a beautiful pattern and I love the colors and everything about it. The birds at the bottom are just adorable.

Blessings - Julie