Good morning my friends.I hope that this day finds you all well and happy.It is cold out there this morning...my nose and cheeks were rosy colored by the time I finished feeding the critters.The next week is supposed to bring some temps in the 50's it sure won't seem wintery. If we can't get snow, then cold go away we don't want you either.Sound like a pouting child this morning, guess you are seeing my true colors shining through. LOL!Maybe with the warmer temps my Christmas gift from hubby can be finished.
A big welcome to all my new followers.It is a pleasure to have you all along.I would never have believed that anyone would want to read anything I had to say so I am amazed to have so many followers.If I can ever help any of you please just send me an email.Thank you for your friendship.
As some of you know,I love cross stitching but just never mastered it. I had tried several years ago but failed at it miserably.The Aida fabric had stayed stashed away ever since,just couldn't toss it out.Someday I will give it another go is what I kept telling myself. That day came when sweet Pam over at Our Pioneer Homestead offered some free Christmas charts. Please keep Pam in your thoughts and prayers as she is dealing with some health issues! You can read more about the problems on her blog.She is such a sweet,creative lady.Thank you so much Pam for sharing those charts! I was sick with the stomach flu and didn't feel like doing much but my hands needed to be busy and the charts looked simple enough so I tried it.
This was my first attempt a little wonky but hey I stitched something!I also learned a lesson...don't use full strength homemade walnut dye on light colored thread.Oops!
#2 attempt is a bit better....
Now the rest of these are free charts from other wonderful ladies out in blog land..
Not perfect but sure is fun to try.
These last pics are gifts that I made for my momma and sis.I was sitting here moping because I had not finished my Christmas shopping before the bug hit and wasn't sure it would be finished, so I decided to do this for them.I had never missed giving my momma something for Christmas and it was breaking my heart to think that I wouldn't have anything for this past Christmas.I am kind of nutty about it,hubby would have went and picked up something but I wanted to do it.Silly, I know but hey I never claimed to be completely reasonable.It worked out in the end because I managed to go shopping for an hour and still had my homemade gifts finished.Honestly they enjoyed the homemade ones the best.I told them that I was doing an old fashioned Christmas when I handed over the packages.I gift wrapped the items with fabric and tied it up with jute string. The gift wrapping turned out to be a part of their gifts.Momma got such a kick out of it.
This one is what I made for my sis,she loves birds.
A closeup of the cross stitched piece.
For momma,she grows orchids and loves flowers.
A closeup of her cross stitched piece..
I love making the strawberry pin keeps.The needlebooks were a new thing for me but they came out ok I think.
I am so grateful that I did not give up trying.I have a very long way to go but I am willing to work at it. I have been doing it less than a month. Someday it is my dream to do a large sampler to hang on my wall.My hat is off to all of you talented ladies that do such beautiful stitching.You are an inspiration to me and so many others.Friends such as Shirlee,Ronda, and Robin to name just few,blow me away with their talent. Thank you for sharing your work! Please check out their blogs and you will see why I am in awe. Please keep Shirlee and Ronda in your prayers as they both have not been feeling well.If anyone would like to know where to find the other charts email me and I will look it up for you.I am sorry that I did not have the info at hand.
I guess I should wrap this post up,hope it hasn't been to boring just wanted to share my blessing with you.I feel it is a blessing not to have given up and to have the Lord help guide my stitches,without Him I am nothing. Hubby has been laid off for next week so it is sure to be a busy one. Have a wonderful weekend!Hug your loved ones and share kindness today. Blessings,Jen