The ribbon on this is actually a navy color, not black as the picture above looks. It's so hard to get a good picture in the winter time, by the time I get home from work it's dark outside. I stitched "Winter Blues" on an opalescent fabric for one of my co-workers this year. She has it hanging in her cubicle. This cute design was a freebie from Stitchy Kitty. I think he's just adorable all bundled up for the season. Winter has definitely come to Kansas. Parts of our state are buried in snow. We had some flurries this morning but nothing that stuck to the ground. Sure makes it feel like Christmas to have that nip in the air.
I found out about Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin after she quit designing. I found I love several of her designs. They can get pretty pricey on ebay but I got lucky enough to find "Ice Skating Party" on a very reasonable buy it now. I've been wanting to stitch this cutie since then. I stitched her for my dear friend Renee. I mounted it to a piece of acid-free mat board and then glued it to a piece of wood that I painted. I didn't put a hanger on it but one could be added very easily. This little cutie can stay out all winter too! I'm going to stitch her again for myself very soon.
I stitched this ornament from the 2004 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue for a very dear friend. Knowing her fondness for Blackbird Designs, Christmas and crows, I thought this one was perfect for her. I tried a different finish for this one. I've seen this on various other blogs but had not tried it yet. I asked my Dad to cut a piece of wood for me and then I painted it black and varnished it. I mounted my stitched piece to some acid-free mat board and then glued it to the wood. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I'll have some more posts in the next few days, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you the ornament that my friend Rita sent to me. It's a Country Cottage Needleworks design. I just love it! Thank you Rita! I'll share the one I sent out as soon as she receives it.