Dec 12, 2011

Tis The Season & Happy Dancing!

Yep, it's looking a lot like Christmas around my house. I hauled both my trees down from the attic, along with my tubs of Christmas decor. The BF helped with decorating the trees -- He even said he had fun doing it. Yikes... It's been a long, long time since I had anyone help me decorate a Christmas tree, let alone saying it was fun. Whatta guy!


Mantle Lights

The Fireplace

I decided to do a collage of all the stitchy ornaments that hang on my trees. Some I've made and others I've received from exchanges over the years.

(Click on photo to enlarge)

I put "stitched by" on all the ones I kept track of. If anyone sees one they did that I didn't put their name to, feel free to let me know.

I finished Purple Garden!! It only took me about 8 weeks, LOL. I really did enjoy stitching it up and "personalizing" it with color changes.

Le Jardin Pourpre

Designer: Angie SB, from Argentina
Fabric: 28ct Charles Craft Dusty Rose Monoco
Fibers: DMC
Started: Oct 5, 2011 ~ Finished Dec 9, 2011
Size 14 x 17"
Now to find the perfect frame!

If you're interested in doing a SAL, the designer of Purple Garden is hosting two new ones for 2012. Angie SB has designed Lavender Blue -and- Sweet Flowers. Sign ups end December 15th, so hurry if you want to participate. I'm partial to Sweet Flowers, but I'm going to pass on the SAL since I have a couple of other big projects I want to finish in 2012. Angie's blog is HERE.

I have some progress to show for the Sew A Mystery bonus chart:

Cucki of Cucki's Stitching Cove is hosting a Christmas giveaway. Hop on over to take a gander at her beautiful stitching.

Jennifer at Feathers in the Nest is also hosting a Christmas giveaway. She has a sweet little dog. Click on over to see what it's all about.

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is also having a Christmas giveaway!

Must be the season... Terri at Dixie Samplar is also hosting a Christmas giveaway. ☺

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I celebrated my 6 year anniversary of blogging. Hard to believe I've been sharing my crazy thoughts with ya'll for that long. Not only that, a lot of you who started reading me at the beginning are still with me today! Currently, I'm up to 310 followers which amazes me, too.

For several months, I thought about what I wanted to do to celebrate my blogversary. Finally, I decided what to do...

Blessed Be
Designer: Plum Pudding Needleart
Fabric: 28ct Antique White Linen
Fibers: DMC

I changed the wording to Needles and Pins since I knew I was going to make it into a needlebook. This is the second time I've stitched one of these. I was "smart" this time... I used my cross stitch design program and redesigned it for a needlebook cover.

In the next day or so, this needlebook will be winging it's way to a lucky recipient. Who you ask? Shhh... It's a secret! A secret blogversary giveaway. The lucky stitcher will be announced next week. So stay tuned! (There is a method to my madness)


Cleejoow said...

you sure have a very nice collection of ornies there :) really pretty... also lovely needlebook... want to make one for ages... even got a pattern to make one... guess that'll be a 2012 project for me :)
your Christmas decorations look lovely

Kathy A. said...

Lovely Christmas decorations! I love all your ornaments. How special they all are!.

Musicwoman said...

What a lot of nice Christmas Ornaments you have.

And I do like your christams decoration.

Love Judith/Germany

Anonymous said...

Your work is gorgeous ! I really like some of the trimming you have around your finished projects....what is that you use ? Is it a yarn that you make ? You stitch beautifully !! hugs...Linda J

Kay said...

Thanks for sharing all of your ornies that had been lovingly made through time! Your finishes and trees are beautiful!

Carolyn NC said...

Decorations are beautiful! Love your finishes and stitched ornaments, too. Have a merry, merry Christmas! And happy blogaversary!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the finish!!!! It is gorgeous!!! Your home looks very festive. Your WIP is looking great. Love the Needle & Pins book you made. You ever receives it is going to love it. Enjoy all your exchange gifts.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Anonymous said...

Your trees look great. I love those mantle lights. Look at all those awesome ornaments.

Congrats on finishing the purple garden. You did a wonderful job stitching it. I really like the color who chose.

Happy Blogversary! That needlebook is adorable.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Lesleyanne said...

Both of your finishes are gorgeous as are your trees.

Emily in NC said...

Your trees are beautiful. Purple Garden came out great, but I am partial.

cucki said...

hello dear, its me cucki ..your new friend and follower :)i am so happy that we met :)
thank you so much for posting about my giveaway on your so sweet..
your blog is so sweet,..great stitching.purple garden is so stunning...
beautiful christmas decoration..and all the ornament are so lovely..i love them all so much..
hAPPY BLOGVERSARY :)needle book is so sweettttttt..i love needle books so much..i have a special corner in my heart for our little busy needle resting place :)i love it so much..sweetest needle book :)
keep well dear..big beary hugs for you from summery south africa..
kisses xxxxxxxxxxx

Nancy M said...

Hmmm, he's still around AND helping to decorate.......guess the less you say about him the better luck you have! Congrats on the PG finish. I'm just hoping to still be reading your blog when you finish JG, VBEG. Happy Blogaversary. You're going to give it to the person who has been with you the longest and still comments,right????

Katie said...

Love your trees. Glad your BF enjoyed it you deserve someone to have fun with you are such a great person.

Your needle book is gorgeous. Congrats to whoever the winner is.

Berly said...

Your decorations are beautiful. Wow, in all the years we've 'stitched together' I can't believe I've never made an ornament for you. We'll have to remedy that! The needlebook is beautiful too! Happy Blogerversary!

Pam in IL said...

Your decorations are so nice! We don't have ours up yet, hopefully this week...

I like the collage you did with all the ornaments. It's a nice perspective on what you completed and received!

As always, your stitching is awesome.

Jan said...

Congrats on your Blogaversary!!! I loooove your home decorations. Wow all of those ornaments you have stitched too! Happy Christmas. Jan

Anonymous said...

Meari - congratulations on your finish - Purple Garden is very beautiful!


Anonymous said...

Your Christmas trees look very nice and beautiful ornaments. Your Purple Garden is beautiful.


Vicky L said...

Congrats on the Purple Garden. It is very pretty! I love the colors. Your12 gifts are awesome. You got great gifts. I love all your ornaments and they go with your Christmas decor.

Mouse said...

ooooo nice tree and you got some lovely help tooo :) and love your ornies as well ... congrats on the blogaversary :) and love the needle book you've made :0
love mouse xxxx

CJ said...

Hi Meari - Love your decorations. Still working on getting ours up. Where does time go. Thanks for the Christmas card, yours is the one and only we have so far. I have to get mine done as well this week. I saw you needle book on the Freebie Gallery, great work. Celeste looks good with the hair short.

Have a great week.


Akila said...

Very pretty trees and the lighting does great justice. Such an awesome collection of ornaments too. Very very pretty.
For me you finished purple garden in JUST 8 WEEKS!!! Amazing. It has come out very well.

Anonymous said...

Hi Meari,

Your trees look very festive; and I love your Needles & Pins book, and Purple Garden is beautiful! You received very nice gifts in your Exchange. Enjoy them all.

Tobie in So. Cal.

Rachel S-H said...

I love your decorations! Beautiful and the lights give an ethereal quality. That BF is a keeper if he will help you decorate!

Anonymous said...

Your trees look great Meari! I'm glad you had someone to enjoy decorating them with you. I love decorating for Christmas. :)

Karin in CA

Anne Sans Tete said...

Your home looks so cozy!! I really like your gumdrop house ornament- very cute!

I think I'm more interested in the method to your giveaway madness than I am in winning your lovely needlecase! Mystery abounds!!!

- Lisa N. in Cambodia

Shelley said...

Purple Garden is beautiful!!

One of the unmarked ornies is stitched by me :) Blue and silver stocking on silver perforated paper!

Love the pretty is definitely lookin' like christmas.

Carol said...

Ooh! I love seeing all your ornaments in the collage, Meari--so beautiful and so nice to receive many of them from stitching friends :)

Your Purple Garden is gorgeous--congratulations on your finish. I'm amazed that you had any stitching time at all with all you do. Hmmm...I wonder how you'll fill your extra hours now that school is almost over :)

I'd say you like purple! Such a cute needlebook...I do love that pattern and like the way you changed the wording.

How nice to have a guy in your life who actually enjoys decorating for Christmas--please clone him and send him to my house :)

Lynette said...

I love all your ornaments Meari! PG looks amazing - love the colour changes!
Angie's new SALs look great but I've promised myself not to join any SALs next year - not sure if I can keep my promise though!

Veronica said...

Beautiful trees. Love your mantle light display. Looks so cheerful.

Woot! You finished Purple Garden. Congratulations! It looks great.

Lovely needlebook that you've made. Whoever receives it sure is lucky.


Anonymous said...

Hi Meari. Your decorations look wonderful. The other day I wandered into a local thrift shop and immediately thought of you! I found 5 Leisure Arts Cross Stitch books, 2 Debbie Mumm quilting leaflets, and a Precious Moments Cross Stitch leaflet all for the amazing price of $4.50!! I was so excited! You've always found such great treasures at thrift shops. I didn't think I ever would find anything, but I did!! Now I have to add on about another 100 years to my life so I can get all my new projects done!

Penny B

Sue said...

Oh Meari, your blog is just full of wonderful things.....your Purple Garden turned out beatfully! You did a magnificent job. I loved all the photos of Celeste with her toys...LOL.....the macaroni recipe and your lovely trees and all your ornaments. That is a beautiful needlebook that some lucky gal will receive! Gorgeous......your work as a seamstress is impeccable.


Dani - tkdchick said...

Meari your decorations look oh so lovely!

Congratulations on such a great finis!

Wow! Six years of blogging you've almost been at it as long as I have

Katrien said...

Nice trees!
Lovely collection of orneis

Vickie said...

Love the ornaments! Trees are so pretty!!