Sunday, December 28, 2008

Catching Up

Hello dear friends, I hope your Christmas was merry! After much preparation, the day always seems to pass with the blink of an eye :) And while I love the lights and decorations and sounds of Christmas...after being surrounded by it all for an entire month, I'm always ready to get back to "normal". So yes, I'm one of those crazy people who pack everything up the day after!

But before old Father Time arrives, I have a few final Christmas finishes to share. The final ornament of 2008, and I think my favorite :)

Christmas Hearts by

X-Appeal Designs

JCS 2001

fabric: misc R&R linen

fibers: DMC, my own substitutions

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And these gorgeous ornaments were stitched and finished by my sister! She just learned to stitch a couple of months ago...can you believe it??? I just can't tell you how exciting it is to me that she has taken up stitching!!!
And this was the final knitted gift...the always useful, happily received dishcloths with a couple of festive dishtowels.


I have more finished things to share, so be sure to come back! And my regular blog reading and commenting will commence too :) Wishing you all a very happy and safe New Year's...see you in 2009!!!

32 comments:

Kathy A. said...

I LOVE your Family and Friends ornament. That is what Christmas is about for me and why we fly home.
Very nice gifts. Your dishcloths look very festive.
Wishing you a New Year filled with stitchy happiness.

Sharon said...

Staci, your Christmas tree is fabulous! I love your ornament and your sister is doing such beautiful stitching and finishing already! That talent must run in the family. I wish you and your family a wonderful new year!

Brigitte said...

The ornaments are really beautiful. Isn't it great to have a stitching sister? I can't believe that she learned to stitch so shortly ago - and has already finished such beautiful ornaments. Congratulations to her!

Milly~ said...

What nice ornaments!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Everything is so pretty!
Happy New Year!

karenv said...

All the ornaments look wonderful and the dishcloths look very cheerful!

Susimac said...

How lovely that your sister is stitching too, and her ornaments look amazing.

Have a Happy New Year Staci to you and your family.

Yuko said...

I hope you had a merry Christmas!
Your ornament is so pretty!!
And how your sister is talented!
I can't believe she has started stitching a few months ago!!
Great job!!

Happy new year!

Dianne said...

Very pretty ornament finish! You did a lovely job! I love receiving stitched gifts...congrats!

mainely stitching said...

Oh my goodness, what delightful finishes!!!

Sherry said...

The ornament is wonderful and your sister is doing a marvelous job on her stitching! I can't wait until I do some knitting to show off!

Lee said...

That's a lovely ornament!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Love your ornaments! And your sisters are unbelievable for 1st projects. I still have my first little chicken that I stitched 25 years ago. It's still special to me.

Wishing you a very happy New Year!

Nancy said...

Everything looks so beautiful! I love your last ornament and your sister's ornaments too. It seems talent runs in the family!

Hazel said...

Beautiful ornies by your sister! My sisters used to do stitching in fact one of them introduced me to stitching but they moved on to scrapbooking and don't do any stitching at all now :-(. xx

Einschies stitching blog said...

Wohooo already everything packed away??? We have our christmas stuff out in Germany until the 6th January, but we also put up the tree the day before christmas eve;-))

Hugs,
Gaby...and a happy new year

Donna said...

Your family and friends ornie is just perfect. I love your tree and am excited with you that your sister is stitching also.

Daffycat said...

Staci, that is the sweetest ornament! Congratulations to your sister and her new hobby! I think her ornaments are wonderful! Especially the reindeer one, lol!

doris said...

Wonderful ornaments! And your knitted gift makes me wanna pick up that habit again. Does your sister have any idea what's in store for her? You've really put all the Christmas things away already? You're a busy girl.

Cindy F. said...

Staci! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your last ornie of 2008!! It's gorgeous!
And wow! your sister made some beautiful ornies too!!
Pretty, knitted dishcloths. You are a lady of many talents:)

Big Sis said...

Hey little Sis...
Everything looks wonderful now...Ha :)
Love the pics. and love, love, love the ornament we recieved this year! Perfect :)
Oooooh and a sneaky little picture??? Looks great with all 3 together! I saw a cute gingerbread man I need to find now.
You and the kiddos have a wonderful day!
Luv ya :)

Margaret said...

Staci, pleased to hear you had a great Christmas. Love the photographs. Best wishes for a very Happy New Year and more inspiring blogs

Tammy said...

All of your things are gorgeous---and your sister's ornies are great too!

Irene said...

Love the ornaments and dishcloths ! Did your sister do her own finishing ?

Michele said...

What a lovely ornament! I gotta kit that one up soon :)

So glad to hear your Christmas was a good one.

Love the ornaments your sis stitched and finished! She did great :)

Happy New Year!

Jill said...

Staci,
I love the new look on your blog. Very nice. You do such good work. Hope you had a great Christmas and have a Happy New Year.

Teri said...

Staci, I've enjoyed all your holiday pics-the tree, the ornaments, the knitting, etc. Now that your sister has joined the stitcher's ranks, I'm convinced that everyone in your family is talented! All the ornaments are great! Happy holidays to you and yours!!

Rima said...

How do you get manage to get so much done! You are amazing. Lovely Xmas stitching. Happy New Year to you!!

Beatrice said...

I want to wish you and yours a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Von said...

How marvelous - a true sister in stitches! :D There will be many more wonderful projects to share in the future!

Marina F. said...

Your ornament is very beautiful, I love !!!!

BUON ANNO from Italy

Marina

Sally said...

The ornaments are absolutely beautiful Staci.

Happy New Year!