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Monday, January 8, 2018

One Out Of Two Anyhow

Hi friends! We had a lovely Christmas yesterday. Thanks for cheering me on. I did get my friend Aliona's ornament stitched up and finished and given to her on time. Brian's, well, not so much. Close. Very close. Just not done yet. Here is the one I gifted Aliona yesterday.
Don't you LOVE this?! I saw this pattern just a few weeks ago and I HAD TO HAVE IT!! It is a design by our lovely Dany. You can find the pattern for purchase HERE. However, be aware that this was a complimentary pattern offered when you purchase a pattern called Sampler Houses. It is a very nice pattern, I am just not sure I will even be stitching it actually. What do YOU think of Sampler Houses? What do you think of Peace 2017?

I stitched this one over two on 36 count white linen with the called for 926 DMC. I chose to leave off the top of the pattern. I just wanted the Holy Family. I knew I wanted to make this into an ornament in this shape. I used the fabric you see this lying on to back this with. I will be stitching this up again.

June you have a few bulbs shooting up by you and Inna you have green grass with dandelions! We will be waiting a long time for these things! I took a picture yesterday of the water falls that give our village it's name.
Frozen solid.
The last audio book I listened to in 2017 was The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff. Have any of read this book or listened to it? What did you think? I liked it. It had an ending I did not expect.
A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Taleintroduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival 
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. 
Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.
In case you missed it, I have a Shepherd's Bush pattern giveaway HERE

Today I will finish stitching Brian's ornament. Maybe even do the finishing on it too.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Stay warm my friends. I hope you have a fantastic, stitchtastic week!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie





33 comments:

Margaret said...

Your gift to your friend is beautiful! The waterfall in your town -- yikes! It's cold here too. lol! They remind me of the falls in Middlebury, VT. Very beautiful also. I haven't read that book yet -- it's on my to read list. Hope you are feeling better.

marly said...

What a beautiful ornament. Simple and elegant. My monitor is way off because it looks like tan linen with dark gray floss. Looks good that color too!!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Pretty finish Vickie. Lots of freezing going on in a lot of places. Happy new year.

Honeybee said...

That's such a pretty little ornament--so quiet and peaceful. Well done, you!

Lesley said...

What a beautiful little ornament for your friend.

Robin in Virginia said...

Vickie, I love the ornament you gifted your friend. So many possibilities for it with different fabric and thread choices. I like the Sampler Houses chart as I can also see many possibilities with it. Hope you see some warmer temps soon!

Vicki said...

The falls are gorgeous! What a beautiful sight. But, it does look very cold! haha
Love the ornament...

butterfly said...


Vickie can't believe your waterfall ,what a great photo.
Love your ornament I have the same one to start soon I fell in love with it too.
So happy you had a Happy Christmas hugs.

gracie said...

Lovely ornament gift. That frozen waterfall....brrrr. Happy Orthodox Christmas. Indeed there will be no blooms in your neck of the woods for awhile....

Manuela said...

Lovely little ornament.
Wonderful photo from your waterfall.
Best wishes Manuela

Justine said...

That's a beautiful ornament Vickie. I also like the Sampler Houses so guess what I'll be buying?!
Merry Christmas, I hope it warms up there soon!

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

Wow, frozen waterfalls!

Love the ornament you finished for your friend. The house sampler is lovely too but you need the little tealight houses as well!

Parsley said...

I ADORE the stitched nativity!!

Stasi said...

Lovely ornament Vickie!

Carol said...

That is such a lovely ornament, Vickie--and I know you'll have the one done for Brian in no time.

That book is on my Kindle line-up. I'm currently reading (very slowly--it is 600 pages!!) one that you might also like called The Invisible Bridge also set in WWII Paris and Hungary.

Enjoy your evening!

Barb said...

I love that ornament. I try to keep much of my Christmas stitching around the true meaning of Christmas. However, I did do one Santa this year. Vickie, I read that book and liked it but sadly, I can't remember the ending. Do I read too many books or am I just getting old??!!!!

Beth said...

Brrr! I really like the soft quiet color you used to stitch Peace.

Penny said...

I think the ornament is just beautiful, Vickie! And I love Sampler Houses, too. She has some lovely patterns. This bitter cold is no fun, but those frozen falls are kind of pretty -- I'm hoping for an early spring. : )

Lili said...

Dany have beautiful designs! Sampler Houses is very pretty! I love your ornament for your friend!

Happy stitching!

Инна said...

Dear Vicki, I congratulate you on the New Year and Christmas! I wish you good health, happiness, joy and prosperity! I really liked your embroidery on the scheme of Dany!

MartinaM said...

Hi Vicky,
A beautiful motive has this little trailer.
Madness, it must be cold with you, I'm glad that it is just cloudy here. How is Henry and Murphy in this cold?
Hugs Martina

Jenny said...

Hi Vickie....

What a beautiful ornament that you stitched for your friend! I just fell in love with it! Baby Jesus has one of the sweetest faces I have ever seen in needlework and Mary and Joseph look so soft and lovely too. I am sure your friend just loved it! Another treasure stitched by you....❤️

It is actually cold and rainy here today! We haven’t seen rain in quite awhile so I am enjoying it. Not sure if I will stitch today but it sure sounds lovely!

Sending hugs and love your way my friend!

Chris said...

Love your stitching Vicki, beautiful design. I haven't done any stitching yet!! Just tried the crochet as there is less movement of my arm Thank you for your kind words and prayers, I keep you in mine every day.

diamondc said...

Vickie: what a beautiful ornament, so perfect in the colors you chose.
I am with you we will not see green grass for a long time.
Tomorrow the bottom falls out with sleet snow and cold, I am so sick of this.

Blessings
Catherine

Mii Stitch said...

You have stitched and finished a sweet Nativity scene. I am sure your friend must have been touched with your handmade gift. Big heavy frost for you too then! It seems to be going on a lot in the US at the moment. Rather you than me !! ;)

Julie said...

Such a fabulous ornament, I bet she was thrilled with her handmade gift.

Isabelle said...

Dear Vickie, your ornament is looking nice :)
I am very impressed by the frozen water falls....my God !!
And how peacefully looks your little pet :)
Wishng you a nice day inside ,
Take care,
Isa

Meari said...

What an adorable finish, Vickie. I'm sure it was well received.

moreofhim said...

I love your ornament, and after seeing the original, I like how you left the writing off the top and made it into the shape you did. It's really striking and focuses on the Holy family. What a beautiful gift to your friend. I'm not too keen about the villages. Not my thing.

Love the picture of your frozen falls. Just amazing.

Blessings - Julie

Jackie said...

Whoa, that is some serious cold weather to freeze your falls! Must be amazing to see in person. I hope it is much warmer soon!

RJ said...

Vickie that is a beautiful ornament you have stitched for your friend. I'm sure she was delighted with it. Stay warm!!! RJ

♥ Nia said...

wowww... beautiful photo! very very cold but so pretty =)
Lovely ornament :) Hope you had a lovely Christmas season and that you are starting the new year well :D Happy 2018!!

PS: I'm back! ;) heheheh

Brigitte said...

I love the Peace ornament you stitched for Aliona. Such a nice design from Dany.
This frozen waterfalls look gorgeous, somehow but I hope that the cold has gone since you took the picture.