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Monday, January 18, 2016

Pure Love

Hi friends! A frigid morning here. It is currently -8º with a windchill of -25º. I would love to just stay in today, but I have possibly my last physical therapy session today. The pressure in my neck is mostly gone, but the pain in my neck and shoulders and upper back is still there. It actually slightly worsened after I told you of my improvement on Friday morning. :(  I do have an appointment with the pain management doctor on Wednesday. We shall see what she has to say about this pinched cervical nerve.

So I want to share with you the Christmas ornament I have finally made and given to Brian.
This is Pure Love by The Snowflower Diaries. You can find this pattern in the 2015 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue.
This is stitched one over two on 38 count mystery linen. I used DMC and Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe floss.
I changed the finished shape, shown in the magazine as a rectangle, to a heart. I wanted to stack a heart on top of a heart to show a bit of the lovely red silk I used. The back is also covered in red silk. I used a length of red metallic floss for the hanger.
I am pleased to say he is extremely happy with it. He does not want to pack it up with the Christmas things. He wants to display it for a few months. :)

And now to announce the winner of  Mini Silver Needle Stitches pattern. Jenny! I have emailed you. As soon as I receive your postal address, the pattern will be on it's way to you.

Thank you for stopping in with me today friends. I am so glad you did. Your words of encouragement brighten my day!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie

45 comments:

cucki said...

My dear it's such a beautiful finish..super sweet..
I am thinking of you so much and sending you lots of love and prayers.
Love you
Cucki x

Lesley said...

So pretty,I am not surprised your husband wants to have it on display:)Hoping your appointment on Wednesday is helpful.

Brigitte said...

Vickie, this is so so beautiful. I can understand that Brian doesn't want to have it packed away already. I would also leave it out at least until Valentines.

Julie said...

Beautiful heart gift.

Ele said...

a really lovely finish
hope you keep improving

Mii Stitch said...

Adorable little finish! Beautiful keepsake.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Beautiful stitching and gorgeous finish :-)

gracie said...

Good thoughts for your therapy today. I love the heart! Wonderful finish.

Angela Tucker said...

Oh, Vickie, that is absolutely gorgeous! I'm with Brigitte...definitely leave it out until Valentine's Day. I'm sorry you're still feeling pain...I sure that it is very wearing. Keep your chin up, Sweetie.

Carolien said...

Hi Vickie,

Such a lovely ornament, I can fully imagne he wants to display it longer :)

Have a good day & Dutch waves, Carolien

Jenny said...

I love the ornament Vickie, it is just beautiful! Finishing it into a heart was a wonderful idea....I am going to bring out my magazine and look at this pattern again....grins...Thank you so much for the pattern....I love the tiny scissors. Have a good day my friend.

Jenny said...

I love the ornament Vickie, it is just beautiful! Finishing it into a heart was a wonderful idea....I am going to bring out my magazine and look at this pattern again....grins...Thank you so much for the pattern....I love the tiny scissors. Have a good day my friend.

Shirley said...

Hi Vickie, I have been trying to catch up with friends this morning before I go back to stitching. I have several things to get done all of a sudden. I pray that this will be the last session today and that you get the answers that you need. We are really cold today and I won't be venturing out for sure. My daughter told me to be careful. I love the heart and I definitely would leave it out until after Valentine's Day which will be here before we know it. Went to see Hubby who doing about the same. Try to stay warm. Many hugs and prayers from your Missouri friend Shirley

Melissa said...

Such a beautiful piece, Vickie. No wonder he doesn't want to put it away. It looks very suitable for hanging around all year!

Ma, Herself said...

Oh Vickie, I am so sorry to hear that you are still having pain, and I am continuing to say prayers for relief, or at least answers.
Your ornament is gorgeous, and should be displayed all year long...I would feel the same way as Brian :)
Congratulations Jenny!
Hugs kiddo and bundle up...brrr!

Manuela said...

Hello Vickie,
the heart is so beautiful.
Greetings, Manuela

hookedonstitches said...

Beautiful ornament finish!

butterfly said...

What a lovely ornament so beautiful.
Sorry you are still feeling pain, hope it gets better again soon, hugs .

Justine said...

Beautiful ornament and how nice that your husband appreciates your handiwork! Hope your pain eases soon, that must be very tiring.

Annie said...

Annoying that the pain won't just go away for good. It's a process I guess.

The heart is just gorgeous. Of course you must display it, at least through Valentine's Day!

Sandra die Puppenhexe said...

Dearest Vickie ,
your heart is beautiful . The pattern and the shape you've brought into line perfectly . I really like it. I hope the appointment with the pain therapists will be helpful , I'll send you the best wishes .
Greetings Your Sandra

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

Great way of finishing this design. It does do double duty for Christmas and Valentine's Day too.

moreofhim said...

What a beautiful ornament you made for your hubby! I don't blame him for wanting to keep it out - it's gorgeous! I will be praying regarding your pain...I'm so sorry that you're having this horrid pain again. It's so difficult to be in pain. I hope your doctor has some answers but, of course, will be asking the Lord for His healing on you!
Congratulations to Jenny on winning! I know she will enjoy it!

Blessings - Julie

Annie said...

What a beautiful ornament - I wouldn't want to put it away either:)) Your darling furbaby looks so sweet:)

Von said...

What a lovely way to finish up the ornament! Quite appropriate to keep it up through Valentine's Day! :)

Margaret said...

I don't blame Brian for wanting to keep his ornament out for a while. it's a beauty! Prayers for your pain to ease and for the doctor appointment to be a success and a help rather than no help. You deserve for that pain to be gone!

Cindy's Stitching said...

I hope the pain gets better. pretty heart

Christina said...

BRRR! You get some cold temps. I hope your visit went well. Sorry that you are still having pain and pressure. Beautiful finish.

Frances N said...

What a beautiful heart you made! How lovely! It looks perfect and I can see why he wants to keep it out for a while!

Lumiruusu said...

You have stitched my favourite pattern from the latest JC Christmas Ornements collection.. I really liked it very much...and Your finishing is very pretty Well done !

Irmeli said...

Wonderful heart finish, it's so pretty. This pattern is my to do list too.

Carol said...

What a gorgeous gift for Brian, Vickie! Have you made him one each Christmas?

Really cold here, too-about the same as your weather. After our mild December, this is quite a shock to the system!!

Maggee said...

Brrrrr... that IS cold!!! Your Christmas ornament for Brian is adorable... so glad he likes it! Hope the visit to the doctor was helpful, since it required you to get out in frigid weather! (I will catch up and read about it I am sure!) Hugs!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Love the ornament, it's so pretty. I am sorry you are not feeling better. ((hugs)) and prayers sent your way sweet friend. :

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

What a gorgeous finish for your ornament to Brian ;) Stunning work!
I'm praying for your pain....I hope that it lessens soon and that decisions on how it can be fixed happen SOON...dealing with pain is such an encumbering depressing situation...prayers!

Bea said...

Such a beautiful ornament - no wonder Brian doesn't want to put it away.

Hope you get that wretched pain sorted out.

Sally said...

I hope your pain eases Vickie. Sending you gentle hugs.

I love how you've finished Pure Love. It looks so pretty. I'm not surprised that Brian doesn't want to put it away.

rosey175 said...

Oh yuck! You can keep that windchill please and thank you! We were down to -2 windchill and I just noped right out of doing outside stuff. It's a good day for hot chocolate and a mountain of blankets+cats (or poodles). :D

Your finish is great though at first glance I thought it was a Valentine's ornament! It's very beautiful~

gominam said...

Wonderful finish!

Sarah in Stitches said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! I don't even know how you made the heart shape. Beautiful job! :D

Andrea said...

A beautiful stitched and finished heart ornament. There is nothing on there that says Christmas to me so I would have it hanging up all year!

Penny said...

It's a beautiful ornament, Vickie and I think it would be lovely to keep it on display permanently!

Анна Гончарова said...

Чудесное сердечко! Прекрасно!!!

Annette-California said...

LOVE the heart ornament you made for your DH! I think you could display it through Valentines day or permanently!!!
love Annette

Sari (saristitching) said...

This heart is absolutely nice!