Finally...I feel like I can breathe a little!! I've been stitching and finishing like a whirling dervish! I guess I bit off a little more than I could chew...and with everything going a little sideways in my life, I wasn't sure I could get it all done...but...well most things are coming together like they should finally. I stitched a few angels earlier in the year, and while contemplating how to finish them, I hit a road block mentally. I finally decided I needed to get these done and in the mail, so I took a few days, took my time, took a deep breath and went for it. Here is the fruit of my labors.
All of these angels are free on the internet. You can find them here. I asked a couple house guests who visited this year to pick one they would like me to stitch and Teresa chose this one...
I was fretting from the time she picked it, how on earth I would finish it. So...I took the finished piece, laid it on the printer, and printed the piece onto a piece of paper. I then measured and drew lines around the area where I wanted to finish it. Cut it out, cut the backing and the foam core....padded the foam core and laced the stitched piece and the backing fabric to the prospective pieces and sewed them together, along with the rickrack. I am surprised (and pleased) how nicely it came out. You can't see in the picture but the rickrack and the stitched piece are kind of sparkly. She's lucky I love her so much or I would have kept this for myself! hahaha
Donna chose these two. I have loved these patterns for a long time and it was fun stitching them for her. Now that I see how nicely they finish, I really need to stitch them for myself. I have to say, I love how they are finished, and now that I know I can do it, I'll have to make some for myself. I used a combination of tutorials for these. But mostly they came from Vonna over at the Twisted Stitcher and you can find her tutorials here. With a wonderful suggesting by the lovely Ms. Mouse, I added bells to the bows in the corners because when you hear a bell ring, an angel gets it's wings.
Our church had a craft night last weekend, so I went and got my "craft" on. I was pretty tired from a busy week....and a busy day helping someone decorate their home after a move, so my brain was a little fried. I did the best I could and would like to try this again, because it was pretty fun! Here is a snowman, and a candle holder we made. Can you believe it only too two hours to make both of these?
So...I finally got caught up on my Linen & Threads SAL. I didn't stitch a bit on it during the month of October, so I had two months to stitch when I finally got the chance. I'm happy I have a little breathing room before the final part comes out next week! You can find the free patterns here.
I also got caught up on the three Tempting Tangles SALs I'm participating in. These are little snippets that are published every other week it seems, but only take a short time to stitch. They can be found on Tempting Tangles Etsy page for only $5.00 while the SAL in going on. There are only two pieces left for This Corner of Earth, and I really love how this one is coming out. You can find them here.
Here is This Corner of Earth
Here is Wildflower Woodland Quaker, I just love that little owl!!! Yes they are of the same pattern, it's just a difference of the light that makes the fabric look like a different color. It's been so dreary here, it's hard to get good pictures!
And last here is a little something I started as a Birthday gift for a friend. She doesn't know about it, and I'm going to be really late getting it to her, but I hope she will forgive me anyway...I hope she thinks it will be worth it! LOL
And that is all I have for now. I have some gifts on the way to some folks and will have to wait to show what I sent them. I'm hoping I find a little more time to stitch now that things have calmed down. I feel pretty good about what I've been accomplishing lately though! I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving, those who are celebrating! Happy Stitching! And I hope your Thanksgiving is full of good food, good fun, and the love of family and friends!