Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy December...

Time sure has been flying by around here - is it just me or is it that way for you as well?
I've done a bit of stitching, sewing & finishing, but not as much as I'd like.  Isn't that always the way?   Most of it I can share.....

Stealing the idea from Karen (thanks Karen!), I made two mini bottle cap pieces for winter.   The designs are little motifs from Lizzie Kate's "Winter Alphabet".  I left the sled off the snowman & added more "snow".   I still haven't made them into ornnaments OR magnets - still thinking about it. Oh, and they're stitched over 1 on 25 ct.....  The bottle caps are 1".


And I also stitched the Little House Joy & Peace on the same fabric over 1.  You can see it next to the 1" bottle caps.....  I still need to "finish" it as well.


I stitched a Sue Hillis design that I just love!  What do you think of my finishing?  The ribbon is sort of like a "velvet" that came from Michael's and it's the perfect shade of red and the perfect width to fit the ornament.  I didn't use all the colors that Sue charted it for - but I love how it turned out.

And I found these little guys (and gals) at Michael's a month or so ago.  As soon as I saw them I knew they'd make darling Christmas pincushions, so I made these for friends.   They all have them now, so I can share.  :-) 



I've also made a bunch of Christmas cards, some of which I've already mailed - I NEED to get the rest of them in the mail - don't you think?   Here are some that haven't been sent yet.....



And last but not least is a Shepherds Bush that I finished last Sunday.  It's just laying in the Jill Rensel mats - it hasn't been ironed & laced yet.  I just wanted to see what it was going to look like.  Cute huh?



The last stitch-in of the year at The French Hens was this past Saturday.  We had a smaller than usual group but I had a ball.  It's great to spend time with stitching friends and we were able to have conversations that included the entire group, which was nice for a change.  Thanks to those who came - I really enjoyed the day & hope to see you all again in March!  If you're interested in details - email me - amycspals@yahoo.com.

I have lots of other things "in the works".  I'll share when I have pics.  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy stitching & sewing!


16 comments:

Jackie said...

Amy, your finishing on the Sue WIllis design is exquisite! An odd shape like that can present a lot of challenges. You certainly have been busy - everything is just lovely.

Vonna said...

I love your Shepherd's Bush finish! Cute! And your darling cards...and those sweet pop caps...DARLING!

dixiesamplar said...

WOW!! I am...speechless!! Such beautiful work...and how did you ever get that tree shaped ornie so perfect?? Will you show us how to do it too?? Pleeeease...

Patty C. said...

It all looks wonderful ;)

Rita said...

Everything is wonderful. I just LOVE those little stitching motifs framed in the bottle caps.

Chris said...

I love all your finishes Amy! I think the bottle caps are my fav :)
I hope to make it to The French Hen next year,
Happy Holidays and many blessings to you and yours!
Chris

Carol said...

Cute stuff Amy. I love the little bottle caps.

Nancy*Glory Bee said...

Love the bottlecaps! What a great idea....Nancy

Karen said...

Well....see you have been bitten by the card-making bug! So cute!!!

Love the idea of the little pin cushions...will have to steal this one. Love the little bottle caps too... love the idea of using the ABC charts. I am off to find my spring one now.....

happy stitching....

Catherine said...

Such a post full of goodies! Love the bottle caps!

Meari said...

Those bottle cap ornaments are adorable. How do you make them?

Love the mat for your SB piece.

Shelleen said...

love all your finishes but especially the Sue Hillis one.

Terri said...

whew! There is so much wonderfulness in this post! I especially love the bottlecaps and Sue Hillis ornament.

Fiona said...

Great finishes. The little pincushions are really cute and so are your cards. Glad to see that you are getting lots of stitching and finishing done.

Karen said...

love the bottlecaps Amy! I might have to stitch some up. i have tons of the bottlecaps as i was using them to make needleminders and necklace charms. :)

Robin said...

Amy, those bottle cap ornaments/magnets are ADORABLE!!! I have a ton of those and I need to stitch something to go in them!