Jun 17, 2013

Three Times Charm

Hope all the Dad's, Grampa's, and Uncles out there had a great Father's Day. 

I went to visit my Dad on Father's Day.  You can read about him HERE.  We sat outside and if it weren't for the swarms of gnats, it would've been a good visit.  What do you get your Dad when he's 71 years old and really doesn't need anything?  Lately, I've been resorting to the green stuff, you know $$.  This year, I got creative with the card.  Behold finish #1...

The inside letters that spell "Dad" are origami.  I thought it turned out cute.

I'd hoped to have a complete ornament finished, but I didn't have matching DMC to make the cording I wanted.  So, for now I'll just show the stitched part.

Snowman with Tree
Designer: Stoney Creek
Magazine: Stoney Creek Cross Stitch Collection, Jul/Aug 2000
Fabric: 25ct Ivory Luguna
Fibers: DMC
Embellishments: Carrot Nose and Star Buttons
I made the nose out of Sculpey since the company recommended is no longer in business.  I especially like the fringe on the scarf. What do you think of Finish #2?
Finish #3 was actually finished a couple weeks ago.  I received word that it arrived at it's new home so now I can show it.  Here's what I sent Jessica in IN for the July 4th Exchange:
Sing for the USA
Designer: Brittercup Designs
Fabric: 25ct Ivory Luguna
Fibers: DMC
Embellishments: Liberty Bird Button, Red Ric Rac
I really enjoyed stitching this design and will probably stitch it up again when I get more of the bird buttons.  This was the first time I used ric rac on an ornament.  It was a bit fiddly, but I like the effect.
Until next time,


Faith... said...

Cute card!

Love the nose - it came out GREAT! and the ric rac was a great idea.

Great stitching on both!!

Fay and Charlette said...

I love that 4th of July ornament. Lovely to see that you had a nice day with your Dad. My Dad passed away when he was really young (54)and I miss him very much so. wishing you many more Happy Father's Days with your Dad.

Berly said...

Everything's beautiful, Meari! Hmmm, I never thought about making parts out of clay.

Kay said...

Beautiful stitching as always! Love the card you made for your dad, that is so crafty!

DonnaP said...

Very nice finishes - I especially like what you did with the snowman - very creative!

Anonymous said...

Love all your finishes!


Vickie said...

Your finishes are great Meari. Very nice touches. I really enjoy your card to your Dad. And that was a very nice post about him too.

cucki said...

Beautiful finishes always ..love the sweet card.
Big hugs x

Ranae said...

Love the Father's Day card, very creative
The snowman is so cute and the carrot nose came out great
Super nice 4th exchange piece
So sorry for the inconvenience of my mail being hacked. I have now idea how it happened
Have a great summer

Anonymous said...

Hi Meari,

Your finishes are all so cute. I know your Dad appreciated the work that went into his card!

Tobie in So. Cal.

Mouse said...

ooooo ahhhhh and very nice in that order ..lol .. love the wee nose and the piece you sent to Jessica is gorgeous :)love mouse xxxxx

Vicky L said...

The card is cute! Your finishes are beautiful. I love the Patriotic ornament.

Gillie said...

Oh what a clever girl! Very impressed but can't stop lol, got to get on with MY July 4th exchange :)

htimcj said...

Beautiful stitching all around but I really like the 4th of July piece. Yet another piece to add to the stash :)

Pam in IL said...

Love all the finishes! I'm sure your dad loved the card. We always get my FIL some of his favorite snacks since he already has everything, lol.

The carrot nose button turned out really cute. Maybe some sculpey tutorials are in order...hint, hint.

You know I have a thing for snowmen and Snowman with Tree will be darling when you finish it into an ornie, but I have to say that Sing for the USA is oh so cute too!

Congrats on the three finishes!

Anonymous said...

It's been so long since you had an update! LOL All of your finishes look great! I love the way your chickadee banner turned out.

Karin in CA

Anonymous said...

Lovely finishes and love the card you did for your Dad.


Chris said...

That Father's Day card is wonderful.
Your stitching finishes are lovely too.
Have a great week!

Denise SA said...

I like the card and both the finishes

Anonymous said...

It's good to hear from you Meari. The card for your dad and the snowman ornament are both really cute.

Cheryl K

Sue said...

Hi honey,

I know that Dad loved the card!!! You are so much like my Sherri; very, very creative.

Your ornies are darling! I just love the snowman and good job with the nose! Are you taking this one to MB for the exchange?

Love your updates, as always!

Sue, your SM

Carolyn NC said...

Great finishes! Love the card..it did turn out cute!

Claudette497 said...

What a great card! I love the idea of folding out the letters! Your other finishes have the marvelous Meari wonderfulness they always do!

Akila said...

Very cute finishes. Love the origami bit on the card.

Anonymous said...


I love that Snowmen :) gorgeous.
and beautiful another stitching too


Anonymous said...

Yay, I can finally get on blogspot blogs again without my laptop crashing!

I haven't read your blog in a while Meari so it was good to catch up.

You did a great job with your Father's Day card! I love the snowman ornament - anything to do with snowmen is just right for me!

Your other finish is lovely too - I have tried using ric rac in the past and not got on too well with it! Any useful tips?


Dani - tkdchick said...

Your two stitching finishes are great! Good idea for the nose!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

All three finishes are lovely :) Especially the Snowman and his cute nose! I would never think of making custom charms with clay, but wow that opens up a lot of stitchy possibilities!!!

Carol said...

Oh, you've been busy, Meari!! That card you made your dad is adorable--love the little origami letters insides! It is SO hard to know what to get our parents as they age... Mine are 86 now and just don't want or need anything (other than better health, which, unfortunately, I can't give them).

Love your cute snowman with his Meari-created nose!! And your patriotic stitching finish is perfect with the ric-rac...

Hope your summer is off to a great start!!

Melinda said...

The tribute to your Dad was beautiful, reading it really made me cry...

I can't believe you made the NOSE!!! You are my hero for real.Stoney Creek is still one of my favorites.

For my Ornament this month I also picked Red White and Blue - the rick rack is great.

Shelley said...

Your card is fabulous!

I love the fringe on the snowman's scarf. You impress me with your talent. Making your own button...

Finish #3 is lovely. The colors all POP!!

Anonymous said...

I loved the Father's Day card. Very cute. Your finish #2 is sooooo cute. Great job with the carrot nose. Finish #3 is beautiful. thanks for sharing. Keep up the great stitching.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Deb said...

How sweet the USA ornament is! You have a fabulous blog. Really enjoy looking through your projects and finishes!