Friday, December 25, 2009

merry christmas

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas Day!

Delightful Eve and Day of Christmas,
eve is always my favorite, but this
afternoon was
especially nice as
I went for a walk
and checked the mailbox to find
this sweet ornanment
from Melissa my Fair and Square
exchange partner........


thanks melissa
and thanks to you all
for your nice comments
and to all the stitchy bloggers
for lovely inspiration!

Smiles and happiness
as we head toward the new year...Corinna

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

more ornamentation....

.....just completed, all I need to do is make a corded hanger for these 2, they are to be gifted this weekend:

(so you can see the size)

On the above I used the letters from the sampler in the BBD joyuex noel  pattern book.

I wanted to share this next ornament from last year, because it is one of my favorite, I loved stitching the alphabet with the thread ....I think the thread was called seemed so non christmas in color and the picture does not do it justice , but trust me it is perfect with the snowman and the linen, from Homespun Elegance....Snowman Sampler:

Here is what is currently in the hoop: titled feather your nest from

My first time to stitch 28 ct 1/2 stitch over 1 thread, let me say I am a fan,
the colors in this are perfect too.....(dmc which makes me happy, because it is at hand) and the chart and notations are so helpful for those with eyes that like bright daylight (if you know what I mean)   ;0)

Friday, December 11, 2009

be merry

once again, inspired by blackbird designs joyeux noel....the sampler letters
used them to create a small ornament....still need some more finishing

but sometimes things sit half finished or un finished for a long time

not these:

neopolatin cookies and date drops
i made dozens & dozens & dozens  ...they are hidden for a cookie exchange at LNS tomorrow

here is a quick pic of an ornament made last dec, this small pattern came from an old anna magazine

have a warm hearted weekend

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

candy box......

here is a pic of the candy box for kathy at

it was such a fun feeling to have won her giveaway ......
i had been playing with thread color on a small piece of linen for a piece from
little by little..

titled quaker rose....well it was just a small scrap of linen
but as i stitched, i thought of  fashioning it into an ornament or some such item.
then i thought of kathy and one stitch led to was a bit haphazard but fun.
it became a box top to chocolates........also inspired by the noel box in the blackbird designs, joyuex noel pattern book.........

(sorry about the typing
i have cookies to bake)
prioritizing time!

here is a pic of an ornament i made last year
i saw it on stacis blog
it is from a readers digest cross stitch book

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Back from Chicago!

You did not even know I went, but yes 3 days in Chicago, bundled up in mittens and coats,
DH and I just went for fun and holiday shopping and sight seeing..........LOveD IT !

While in chicago Melissa received her fair and square exchange.
so I can post these pics of what I made for her from 2008 JCS christmas ornaments by Blackbird Designs:

We decided to gift each other the finishing of our squares as a christmas extra...
this was a fun exchange and a delight to stitch.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

ho ho ho here we go............

Back to work and stitching post thanksgiving,
which was hosted by DS1 and his roomate in university town
about 90 minutes from here.
They had a football game to attend that evening
we all brought food, roomates parents came too........
(fun and game playing post meal
but i forgot to ask if i could post their faces)
here is a photo of the smorgasbord

and  a lovely table setting...I was impressed .....

DS 3 who still lives here at home putting on his best for "turkey " day at DS1's apt

I have been is all a secret for later..
til then here is a fun pattern I stitched last Nov from
titled  Parson Brown

happy holiday stitching to you all....   :0)     corinna

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

happy thanksgiving prep and holiday

Happy Thanksgiving!
have fun slicing, mixing,
measuring, baking,etc
 or if you are lucky
just eating ....:0)
and of course helping to clean up!
May you have enough....
and a few leftovers
i.e.  Pie

Just received the new Feather your Nest pattern
from With thy Needle & Thread
beautiful could frame is like an art poster.

 this wknd past I attempted a baby quilt
well precision is not my forte
so this will be a gifted as a "doll quilt" for the new baby girl to play
with as she grows up.....see it doesn't have to be precision then

the precision factor is what I least enjoy about quilting...
ah well....onward to the holidays.

Monday, November 23, 2009

winner #8 Brigitte

The winner of holiday stitching treats is #8 -----Brigitte from....
I will mail it your way once I get your info......
happy stitches and snacks!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

as Fun to Give as it was to receive!

.....right back to you....
It was such fun to receive a give away (see last post)
so here is a holiday give away to you
it will be quick  (greater odds of winning)
I will draw the name Monday evening, that is 2 days from now.
That way the winner might receive >>>>>>>>>>CHOCOLATE<<<<<<<< before Thanksgiving, I will try to mail it on Tuesday,
also included is the pattern I just completed from Stacy Nash titled Winter Woolens.

I actually ordered the candy about 1 and 1/2 weeks ago
as I needed a bigger old 1lb box is the keeper of non DMC type threads
but it is getting over stuffed
so a girl has to do what a girl has to do
I ordered a 2lb box
but as I was ordering I thought why not add an addtl 1lb box for gifting.....
the open box below is my 2lb box

The give away box is securely wrapped in the fridge.
I adore the stitching girl on the box cover.......

So just leave a comment on this post and your name will be in the drawing........
if you do not stitch, please say so as I would like the pattern to go to someone who will give it a happy and useful home........then if your name wins for the chocolate I can draw seperately for the pattern....makes sense to me.......all clear.....have a fun to you on Monday evening!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This past friday the 13th was my lucky day !

Thanks to Kathy @, Rugs of mine time..........
and her great blog giveaway... I arrived home to find this gift in the mailbox:
I had already experienced the "Miss America" excitement when I read I had won last week,
just giddy trying to hold my crown in place and wave at the crowds and dab at the mascara.

Then came the box filled with goodies ....I thought, man that pillow is bigger than I thought in this big box, but no
the box was filled with treasures
and just like mary poppins carpet bag, I kept reaching in and there was more :

2 lovely pieces of wool fabric , one plaid and the other russet shaded, hand dyed by Kathy.
love the signature tag on the Give Thanks pillow
oh yes there's more:

a beautiful wreath of fall berries....mmm hmmm fall berries.....
and this lovely votive candle holder with a non flammable candle...
nope thats not all.....
hang on to your threads folks:

28 ct linen, a nice lovely piece and these threads of harvest shades.
yes indeedy do....every Friday the 13th in the future will remind me of luck and sheer fun because of Kathy
and her kindness....what a great way to bring the childlike fun of the holidays here...
Thank you so very much.

I already have plans for Kathys wool with additional inspiration from these fantastic books that I received in the mail a couple of weeks ago....check them out if you get the chance...great stuff....I am esp. loving the wool applique designs in "cold wind" and "with these hands"

all right one more look at all this goodness and thanks from my heart to Kathy.....

I am grateful......corinna

Sunday, November 15, 2009

good friends, walking, and stitching

This weekend was spent in San Antonio with our dear friends ..... she and I first met in 2cnd grade.......then our hubbys were post high school roomates.....crazy fun ever since.
We participated in the rock n roll 1/2 marathon
dh ran...the rest of us walked.....woke at 0430 am
We are smiling because our feet are still happy then!

34,000 participants
ran past the alamo...........

but I  still had time to stitch as sweet friend cooked in the kitchen like a mega hostess
while I asked if there was anything I could do to help btwn stitches:

santa still needs button
and finishing into something

Winter Woolens was a fun stitch, finished early last week:  another one that needs finishing.
Finished wash cloth #2 on Friday, LNS owner taught me to crochet around the edge.
The actual cloth is misshapen....but it was fun, (soap hides some flaws :0) .....)

I started knitting a scarf...more pics later....
Hope your week is good