Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Finish of 2017....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome ~

Today is bitterly cold outside my window...
but it was warm in my heart as I sunk the last stitches into this sweet design:
VP_M Designs_Letter K

"Letter K" by M Designs
stitched on 32 ct. white linen using Classic Colorworks "Rainy Day" cotton.
Finished at around 1 p.m. this afternoon. I raced down to the cave and at 2:50 p.m. I had it upstairs all framed and ready to hang. Katie is thrilled with it and I am too!

Wrap up for 2017....
I didn't stitch as much as I would have liked put I did manage:
33 stitched finishes (3 of that number were stitched and finished models for Little House)
I had a heck of a finishing business year, finishing: 653 items from 1/9/17 until 12/1/17

begins the rejuvenation of my exercising daily and eating right. NO SUGAR! So I'm going to get off of here and settle down with my much coveted pint of Ben and Jerry's Fudge Brownie ice cream. I'm doing Nineveh 90 starting tomorrow. I did it last year and I got off of drinking sodas during those 90 days, not to mention I grew my spiritual life by leaps and bounds during those 90 days. So I'm doing it again and maybe I can come out the other side a better version of me. May it be so!

I pray every day. I have a prayer journal...and as in previous years, I'd love to pray for you or your family or special intention or whatever it may be. If you'd like to privately e-mail me with an intention to write in my prayer journal and pray over daily...I'm happy to add it to my list. I'm honored to pray for those asking for prayer. I also would like to reiterate that I don't remember specific requests. I have this "thing" that God gave me and I remember names but I don't necessarily remember specific requests. I leave that to him. EVERYTHING with me is confidential. I never share anything with anyone. This old world needs a lot of prayer. If you would like me to pray for you: My e-mail my be accessed by the photo of the mailbox on the sidebar. 
Help me, give God a chance to help you through prayer.
He listens and awaits.
And I'll be storming heaven with my rosary and my prayers.

Until Next time....
thank you for being my friends
May 2018 be blessed, bright and beautiful for you all!

Off to flirt with Ben and Jerry...
Hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My 10th Year....

I am proud to announce my 2018 Finishing Business Plans....
My 10th Year of Finishing for industry designers and private clients.
Thank YOU to those who use my service!
and please take note 😊

2018 Finishing

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas on Day 24....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Day 24
I've got some notes and e-mails and a messages asking if I'm OK and I am. I'm fine. I realize we lost a few days there and I'm sorry to say with it being Day 24, this will be the final installment of The 25 Days of Christmas. I started off on a roll and as people got off of school and the rush of the season happened, I found myself with less and less time and a little unmotivated to share. Next year we are going to have to take a look at maybe not doing the 25 days or perhaps revamping it. It is really a time suck because I try very hard to make it special and give good information and I ran out of steam this year. It's all good. Life happens and as a good friend of mine told me recently - you celebrate each day and put to rest what needs to be put to rest rather than rehashing over and over.

This morning at Mass....
the final Sunday in Advent the priest said something very poignant: God wishes us to be our very best and essentially (I'm summarizing here) being our best is what we have to explore, it isn't about being "better than" someone else, rather being the best example of His gifts granted us and therefore letting our little light shine. I needed to hear this. I beat myself up a lot. I expect more out of myself than most and I accomplish a whole lot on a given day, however if I don't hit every mark that I have on my list, I beat myself up. I've been beating myself up a lot this year and a whole lotta years before. My biggest problem in life: learning how to love myself.
That's something I'm going to explore more and figure out in 2018.

I have a lot of joy in life and one of my greatest joys is: doing for others. That's when I'm happiest. 
Thursday and Friday were spent making cookies. (My Cookie Recipe that I use and the Royal Icing Recipe that I use and every technique and every little thing that I learned about decorating cookies was learned from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. Questions that I have gotten before about my cookies - and this year too since people have been questioning me on IG and FB: I do not use corn syrup in my icing. The icing is essentially egg white powder, water, baking emulsion and that is it. I use water to thin it to either flood consistency or piping consistency. My cookies are delicious. They are soft and chewy)

Snowmen 2017 Trees 2017 Light bulbs Felt Hats

approximately 250 iced cookies...
plus we made:
Mexican Wedding Cakes
Butter Balls
Dutch Butter Cookies
White Chocolate drop cookies
Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Macadamia Nut Cookies
Jam Thumbprints
M&M Wreaths
Rolo Turtles

I've made approximately 10 of these Cookie Gift Boxes for our friends and Neighbors.
This particular box went to a party today and was gifted to Katie's Boyfriend's parents:

Cookie Tray 2017

I feel like that was a special gift to receive and it was filled with love from my and Katie's hands as she helped me make each cookie in some way or another.

Handmade gifts....
are special. As you all know Ellie is quite the artist. She made her student teacher a gift and I framed it...she is holding a honey badger (it's an inside joke - I'm not privy to)
Ellie Art_Student Teacher

She asked her three teachers what was their favorite Book or Movie Character and then she drew them for their Christmas gifts:
(L-R) Star Wars, Guardian of Ga'hoole Barn Owl, Harry Potter
Ellie Art_Teachers

She also did special drawings for her sister and Austin. Austin is a long boarder and here is their drawing (I framed this but it is wrapped already)
(the likeness she captured of Austin is remarkable)
Ellie Art _ Austin and katie

She also drew a picture of Ian and his girlfriend Edie, but I already framed them and they are under the tree. It is remarkable and I will get a picture of Edie holding it to share next blog post. I am so proud of Ellie (who just turned 12 in August, if you will remember) and her incredible God given talent of art. 

Happy day 24!

This will be my final post for the 25 days series. I'm going to take some time for me. I need it. I need to learn to slow down a little bit and take care of me.

Until I write again....
please know that I will be praying for all who follow me here on my blog, YouTube, Instagram and wherever. You are my friends. You are my people. You are my family. I am thankful for what you bring to my life. Thank you, for supporting me by your random acts of kindness from your kind words, letters, cards, notes and comments. 
Thank you!

When the infant Jesus lays in his manger this evening at midnight mass, I shall pray for all of us, I shall pray for our world, I shall pray that there be greater kindness and more love in the world for us all to enjoy! He listens....

Merry Christmas,
Vonna xxxx

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Day 21....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~ 
Day 21
OK people....
one of the most common comments I get said or written to me is:
"You are like wonder woman, you get everything done, do you even sleep?"
Well today, I'm going to bluntly share so that you all know I am human and NOT wonder woman (although I'd love to walk around in a swimsuit with a pointy gold bra looking like Lynda Carter with that awesome hair flip and gold headband)


Sadly, I would resemble more a female version of Mermaid Man....

mermaid man


Anyway....back to the story....
The last week I have been like off my game. I sort of just wander around my house like...hmmm.:
I need to clean.... and I start to do that then...
I find something that draws my attention away - like looking at stuff on Pinterest...
then I think: STOP get back to cleaning...
so I start cleaning for a few minutes then I think about something stitching related and I wonder if I have the pattern...did I buy that? I run down to the cave and start looking at all my patterns and then I lose about 2 hours getting all involved in my stash...
Then I think STOP go back upstairs you've got presents to wrap and cookies to make and fill in the blank.

Yesterday I was all set on finally making and cutting out my cookies for our yearly decorated cookies. Here are examples of last years cookies:







As you can tell....
it takes LOTS of work and a lot of time...
Did I start making dough and cutting out cookies? 
 I've sort of been procrastinating....
and you know Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) runs in my family. My son, Jacob, has ADD and he takes Vyvanse for it. Just a very low dose and it has made a significant (really huge) difference for him. I know this issue is from me...I'm all over the place emotionally. And I've been like that all my life, very excitable, easily upset...just emotional. I always compare myself as a roller coaster ride and my husband is a walk on a Sunday afternoon. That explains us perfectly. He's even and I'm....just not. I likely should be on ADD medicine myself because sometimes when I don't have a list to follow, I sort of just wander all over. I can concentrate, but as I age it seems a little illusive. An older friend of mine told me it is my age and likely menopausal symptoms and that it will get better. I hope so because I'm a little off center here recently. Anyway.... TODAY IS THE DAY I AM CUTTING OUT COOKIES!
come hell or high water!

I did finish and frame up another Christmas Gift yesterday!
This is for Austin, Katie's boyfriend:
MDesigns_A for Austin
Letter A by M Designs
Available for PDF download in her Etsy Shop: HERE
I stitched mine on 32 ct. White Linen using Old Crow Belle Soie by Classic Colorworks.
Isn't it gorgeous? You know when I have been stitching these as I stitch I can't see the letter, you know how it is you can't really see something until done and holding it out. When I frame these and I sit and look at them I! how gorgeous! These letters remind me of like old books from the middle ages when monks would sit and for their entire life reproduce written books with those intricate alphabets. I just love them. There is a whole lotta X's in one too. I stitched with two strands over two threads on 32 count and it took a full skein and a half of one to complete both the E and the A. I currently am in the middle of Katie's "K" and she chose "Rainy Day" by Classic Colorworks which is a cotton rather than a silk, I bought 4 skeins just to make sure I had enough!

So I was down in the cave framing the "A"....
and while I was lacing I thought...I need to figure out my Christmas Day start. I typically start something new on Christmas Day each year. Typically its an ornament or a Christmas design that is larger. Did I do that this year? No...because this girl, Sarah Woodham 1770 from Theresa Vanette of Shakespeare's Peddler has been calling my name. I got to meet her (Sarah Woodham) in person in November at the retreat I went to. She was there in her original self and looking mighty find considering she was nearly 250 years old. I've had her in my stash since her debutante ball and...well I just never got around to her. So, I pulled her out, chose my fabric, did my own color conversion and Dec. 25 folks is THE day. We have a very quiet, restful Christmas as it is at home, with just me and my family. This year we will be having the significant others with us and then everyone will scatter after lunch, so it will be me, Keith and Ellie...and Ellie will be occupied with her presents, Keith will be snoring and I will be stitching. It's gonna be BLISS!
Shakespeare's Peddler - Sarah Woodham 1770

Like I said above I did my own color conversion to Classic Colorworks over-dyed cottons. I prefer Classic Colorworks to Gentle Arts or Weeks for a couple of reasons. You know how people say DMC and Anchor are different not really based on color, but on sheen of the floss? Well I believe that about Classic Colorworks floss. Don't believe me? Next time you are in a Needlework Shop, pull two random skeins from CCW and from GAST and look...then do the same with Weeks Floss. Classics have a sheen that the others don't, and to me the sheen is reminiscent to silks. (now you won't ever get reproducible sheen results out of cottons in comparison to silks - but I think Classic Colorworks do shine a bit more than the other threads - my opinion only!)

So I'll be stitching in Classic Colorworks and my fabric is 40 ct. Vintage Examplar by Lakeside.
Stay tuned!


Until tomorrow....
Love and Hugs in Stitches,
Vonna xxxx

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Day 19.... and Day 20....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Day 19 Day 20
I've got lots of cookies to cut and decorate in the next few days so this post is a cumulative post, filled with lots of good information for you to look over!

We are taking a tour of my home today....

My mantle, featuring The Gingerbread Village by Country Cottage Needleworks...
I've stitched so many seasonal flatfolds that I don't have enough flat spaces to put them all on. My Problem: I have so many more series that I want to stitch! I have slated for stitching in 2018 - Frosty Forest and Santa's Village by Country Cottage Needleworks is among my plans. SO...the other night I came up with a super great plan in my mind. Such a good plan that I couldn't sleep the whole night. I researched it, but together my ideas found photos and showed my husband and asked if he could build it. He said he could year at this time....I hope to show off a fabulous idea that came to fruition! 
2017 Mantle_Country Cottage Needleworks Gingerbread Village

Here it is my mantle all together:
I had lots of questions when I posted this on Facebook/Instagram and an early post so I will answer them now:
Did I make the stockings? Yes, I did make my stockings out of felt off the bolt from Joann's. 
Are the poinsettias purchased or handmade? Yes I did make the poinsettias by hand. 
Why did I make the stockings? because I wanted a cohesive matchy, matchy look :)
Why have I not cross stitched stockings? Because making ornaments each year for each of my children was a lot more important to me, than stockings.
What are the names of the samplers on the wall? 
Left Hand Side: 
TOP = Sarah Seifer by The Goode Huswife 
(have you heard that Ann Brown of the Goode Huswife is reprinting and selling her charts on Ebay? Well she take a gander)

Right Hand Side:
2017 Hearth

My big lantern filled with flickering candle and bottle brush trees...a little ripped length of homespun just adds that festive touch
Cross Stitch in the background: Left Hand Side Top: My Stitching Place by Tree of Life Samplings
Funny thing: last night I was thinking...gosh I stitched the ABC Sampler series a long time ago...LOL! NO NO NO...I finished it in February (my head...)


My Old Farm Truck

My Farm Truck

My Peanuts Nativity ~ a present three years ago from my darling husband 💖
Charlie Brown

My hand-painted ceramic Santa and Mrs. Claus that I got and painted 2 years ago in memory of my Grandma Weber who had a set very similar to these and one that I loved as a child. So I got me a set of unpainted ones, and painted it myself. I adore them!

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Some Jolly Fellows...

I love Jim Shore pieces and have several...Here is my Garden Statue St. Nicholas that I got a long time ago...he stands almost 3 feet tall. 
(and he stays out all year)

St Nick

I've got other Jim Shore Garden Statues..both of them at around 28 inches...Santa Clause and The Holy Family. They also will stay out all year...I just got them about a week 2 weeks ago - I saw them at Lowe's and told my husband that I nearly bought them, but decided against it. He went grocery shopping and came home with them to surprise me. It made me husband is the sweetest man ~ he's always been kind and the best provider, however he never was a big gifter or surpriser and as we've gotten older he does unexpected things like this and every time I start crying. He says his gift is to see me get all excited about what he does. God love life would be nothing without my husband. 
Front room

My "fake" Putz Barn from Cracker Barrel. I LOVE THIS!! And think about it displayed next year with Little House Needleworks ~ Farmhouse Christmas Tree 

I've had this jolly soul since Katie was a baby...and we still mark the days until Christmas even though they are big kids now 😊


And here is my pride and joy...
my main Christmas Tree with all handmade ornaments on it. Over 300 cross stitched ornaments hang from the boughs - most from my hands, some from my friends hands.
Here is the front:
2017 Tree_front

Here is the back...360 degrees of handmade memories....
2017 Tree_back

Here they were after I unwrapped them from their tissue paper and was ready to put them on the trees. 2 large tubs filled to the brim.

Until Next Time...
I'll be running around like a chicken with my head cut off...LOL!
Cutting dough...
baking dough...
making icing...
coloring icing...
filling bottles...
and bags...
and decorating cookies...
then cleaning up, bottles, bags, coupler rings, tips....and the big mess that it makes to decorate cookies!

Hugs and Love in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Monday, December 18, 2017

Day 18....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Day 18

My favorite time of the day....
is 4:30 a.m. Many of you know, if you have followed me for a while, that my husband and I get up early. He likes to get to his work really early before most people roll in so that he can get a couple of hours of work done before the bulk of people come in. He's a manager and has meetings, personnel issues and the regular variety of interruptions throughout the work day so getting there early is important to him. 

Some mornings....
I'm really johnny on the spot, and get downstairs first and during December this is what greets me:
2017 tree

The other 11 months of the year I still have battery operated candles glowing and my Paul Revere Lantern going...but in December it is the glow of our tree that greets me each day.
Some of the ornaments are wonky from fingers touching them, cats batting at them and general walking by it, but even wonkiness and all I still love it. I have over 300 handmade ornaments on that tree. It represents 21 years of marriage, 4 children, the childhood of my husband and I, and ornaments that were either made by or reminds us of loved ones that have gone on. I've said this in other posts on other years, but our tree is truly a scrapbook of our lives ~ the one that was melded together 21 years ago and became it's own entity. I'm very proud of our tree. 

I've gotten a lot of personal e-mails as I do all through the year about a variety of topics. Today I thought I'd go through the number one topic that most people question me about:
Do you stitch in hand?
Do you use a hoop, qsnap or frame?
What stand do you use?

Stitching in hand....
Have I stitched in hand? Yes.
Do I do it every day? No
Do you use the sewing method? When I stitch in hand, yes. But I also use a "modified sewing method" that I came up with and can be viewed HERE (toward end of video)
Why do you not always stitch in hand?  Here is the reason: I have bad tendinitis issues in my hands, arms and shoulders from repetitive motions. Its been over 10  years ago when I went to a specialist for pain in my hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. He told me to quit stitching. I was not going to do that. I used off and on Q-snaps and stitching in hand at that time. I started researching and found first a floor stand was what I needed and taught myself to stitch two handed that way both sides of my body were getting equal usage time. Not just the right hand side. Immediately I started to heal until my pain was gone. Yesterday I was stitching a small piece. I started stitching it in hand. After 3 hours of stitching I had to quit because my shoulder and hands started hurting. Significantly. So I had to stop. So again...I have to use my "gadgets" because if I didn't I'd not be able to stitch. Stitching is a part of my life. 

 Hoops/Q-Snaps, Bars and Frames....
Click above on the tab entitled TOOLS and click away to the various things I use. That's what I use, everyday. Well maybe not each one every day, but in my stitching throughout the year I use each one of the things listed. And I recommend them, each one (in my opinion are fantastic and worth every cent I paid for them.)

What stand do you use? well that is a loaded question! Because I have 4 stands and I use them all. Up above under the tab STANDS is all the places you can see what sort of stands I have, I have sort of done a little show and tell on all of them and I use these stands every day all year long. 
I love my Needlework System 4 floor stand (that is over 10 years old)
I love my Needlework System 4 lap stand.
I love my handmade wooden lap stand and HIGHLY recommend it (contact information for purchasing that stand is at the link under the tab STANDS - I've sold 100+ of those for Mr. Mike and his wife Bonnie this year since my review of it last year) It is simply fabulous and a beautiful, work horse that I have added to my arsenal of stitching. 
I love my Rolaframe Lap Stand (review and information regarding that lap stand coming soon!) that Dan King, the owner of Rolaframe, gifted me last year around this time for recommending Rolaframe. I understand that my recommendation really boosted sales last year...and I again am telling everyone...the single thing that has changed in the last 5 years with my stitching is the incorporation of Rolaframes. Again, a handmade product, small business, American made product. That I have simply found I cannot live without, I bought three more sets over the weekend for things I have planned in the upcoming new year. TRY Rolaframes... you will not be disappointed. Find Contact/Purchase information at this POST RIGHT HERE
My stitching is better because of these products.

we all have these don't we? and we all think our own opinion is the correct one. What I say on this blog, in a Flosstube episode or wherever I share - it is: my opinion. One does not have to take my opinion, or advice on anything I say, however respecting that I have an opinion and that it means something to me, is required. Recently I ran across a conversation on a popular group where a lady had said that she had noticed that "lots of people use a variety of hoops, stands, q-snaps, scroll rods and that years and years ago she used a hoop and went into a shop and the owner shamed her and told her that the only good type of needleworker only stitched in hand." So she threw her hoop out and started stitching in hand and could anyone tell her what was the "benefits of using all that stuff." Well what ensued was hundreds of comments on both sides of the subject - some of the comments (on both sides) were frankly hurtful and not conducive at all to learning or gaining valuable information. 
Which leads me to....
What does it matter? There is a lot of "shaming" going on all over the world about a variety of topics and I want my life drama free. I use what I use because it helps me. Has there been things that I have bought and they were useless to me? absolutely. But what I use, what I recommend I value. If I  use hoops and you stitch in hand...awesome! I find fascination in all the ways stitchers across the world: Stitch! But don't start telling me one way to stitch is superior to the other. I've seen and read opinionated shaming for a variety of topics: cross stitch subject matter, fabric used, fibers used - heck I've been shamed plenty about things I share freely (tutorials). 
Long after I'm gone...
it is a hope of mine that I am remembered as being one of:  INCLUSION and not EXCLUSION. Let's all be about inclusion and learn from each other. It is learning from each other that is the highest value to me. Stitching is stitching. Stitching is a large, integral part of my life. I'm ever evolving in my mastery of stitching. I'll never be a master. I'll always be learning, always changing, always searching to be better, do better. Let's learn together.

Happy Day 18!!!!

Until tomorrow....
Love and Hugs in Stitches, 
Vonna xxxx 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Day 17....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Day 17

Thoughts on Gaudete Sunday....
Have you ever lain in bed unable to sleep and it is dark and heavy in silence and well sort of depressing...and finally, finally the sun begins to rise and the room lightens and you feel lighter and better? Well Gaudete Sunday and the Rose Vestments alludes to the pink on horizon of a new day...

and heralds that soon the light of the world will be among us to scatter the darkness!


my family and I rejoice in The Word.

Happy Day 17!!!

Until Tomorrow....
love and hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Day 16....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~
Day 16

Day 16 was....
The great Christmas cookie Bake - off at the Pfeiffer House!

Throwback Cookie Bake Day circa 2008
Cookie Baking Day

We baked lots and lots of Cookies...
I thought I'd share a couple of my absolute favorites.

Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies
1 c. butter
½ c. confectioner’s sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 ¼ c. sifted flour
¼ t. salt
¾ c. chopped pecans
Cream butter, add sugar, add vanilla. Mix well. Chop nuts very fine in food processor. Add nuts, flour and salt to butter mixture. Mix well. Form into small balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees 10-15 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while hot. Again when cool.
Makes 3 Dz. 1 in. balls.

Jam Thumbprints – Barefoot Contessa
3 sticks butter – room temp
 1 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
3 ½ c. flour
¼ kosher salt
1 beaten egg with 1 Tbs. water – for egg wash
7 ounces of sweetened flaked coconut
Raspberry jam

In an electric mixer with paddle, cream together the butter and sugar until just combined, then add vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on floured board and roll together into flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 1 ¼ balls if you weigh 1 oz. Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/2 t. of jam into each indentation. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until the coconut is golden brown. Cool completely (don't even try warm) and serve. 

Both of these cookies are simple and simply delicious!

I stack the thumbprints and roll in cellophane and tie with a bow and tag and gift to neighbors. 

Happy Day 16!!

Until tomorrow....
love and hugs in stitches, 
Vonna xxxx

Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 15....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to ~ 
Day 15
as long as you don't live under a rock, I'm sure you've heard somewhere about
Little House Needlworks
"Farmhouse Christmas"


Isn't the sneaky peek darling?! 
Let me tell you the entire series is darling. I didn't stitch them, my good friend Renee Hermann was the model stitcher for the series. And let me tell you, Renee has even, perfect, fluffy beautiful stitches! She is one of the finest stitchers I know. I always tell her she's a much better stitcher than I am. And she is! I finished the models and I was so pleased about how they turned out. Isn't it wonderful when what you have in your mind turns out the way you want it to?

So last summer....
Diane, Renee and I were in a group chat. Diane asked us for ideas on a new series. We together were shooting off ideas and I said in one of the first couple of suggestions: Farmhouse Christmas. Diane stopped us nearly immediately and said: "That's it!" Farmhouse Christmas! A day later Diane sent me screen shots of the designs she had done so far. As soon as I saw them...(and there were just a couple) but as soon as I saw them I knew that this series was going to be special.
And it is. I just received the last three models from Renee to finish and send back to Little House and the series is fantastic.

Since I know what is coming and had a small part in its creation...
I started kicking around months ago how I would stitch "Farmhouse Christmas". Should it be all on one piece? Should I do mine in ornaments? hmmmm....
I knew as soon as I finished the first model what mine would be.
The ornaments.
Why? Because I could see in my mind exactly what I wanted to do and the complimentary patterns that I would stitch in a complimentary way to go on a themed Farmhouse Christmas Tree.

Here's my plan:
This is the color palette and my fabric all loaded up on my ROLAFRAME...
Yes, I still am in complete love with Rolaframes...want to learn more about them? CLICK HERE
Rolaframe HSV can be accessed on Facebook at this link (if you are a FB member): HERE
Want to buy a Rolaframe set of rods and side bars? My Local Needlework Shop: Fancy Works in Bloomington, Indiana is a Rolaframe dealer and can mail them to any address! Call them for custom personalized service: 812-935-6353 They can answer questions about them, and tell you what they have left in stock.
Rolaframes are awesome. I have LOTS of sets. This set is my ornament stitching set which is 8 inch rods and 7 inch side bars. I LOVE THEM FOR STITCHING SMALLS!
Give 'em a try....
Rolaframe is a small business in Huntsville, Alabama. USA handmade product. I HIGHLY recommend Rolaframes.
Want to know how to load up your project? I got you covered HERE

back to my previously mentioned project - I got off track there....
here is my threads and fabric for Farmhouse Christmas.
I chose 32 ct. Zweigart Raw Natural linen

Farmhouse Christmas thread pallet and fabric

Being that I know what he whole series looks like....
and being that I own practically the entire line of Prairie Schooler Charts...
I immediately knew which set of charts would look FANTASTIC as complimentary stitched ornaments to go on my Farmhouse/Barnyard Tree....
that would be
BOOK 94 ~ A Barnyard Christmas
I did a conversion hitting a few of the threads that was in the Farmhouse Christmas so that both sets would compliment each other on the tree.
Here is the threads I chose and the fabric I chose for the Barnyard Christmas....
Classic Colorworks in my own color conversion
32 ct. Lambswool Linen Wichelt

I started stitching the pig...
because who doesn't like bacon?

I finished the stitching last night and did the finishing today and
That's a pretty pig!
Prairie Schooler_Barnyard Christmas_Bk 94

Finishing particulars are: round flat ornament, using the same homespun that I used in finishing the "Farmhouse Christmas" ornaments for Little House (and what I will use in my own)
I ripped strips of homespun and rusched and sewed along the edge of the ornament, ripped and made a homespun hanger then added raffia (straw) a ripped homespun bow tie and a rusty jingle bell.
I LOVE it! Turned out just like I saw it in my head.

Here it is on our tree:
The piggy looks a little out of place with angels and all...
Pig in a tree

but next year...
on my themed "Farmhouse and Barnyard" tree...
think about this:
Square pillow ornaments finished exactly as I did the models.
Round flat ornaments depicting all the barnyard animals.
Raffia accents...
Jute Twine accents...
Rusty bells...
Burlap garland...
complimentary color palettes...
Splashes of red with simple glass ornaments...


I can see it...
in my head and its gonna be AWESOME!
Just you wait and see...

Happy Day 15!

Do you want my conversion?
Vonna's Color Conversion for Barnyard Christmas Book 94 by The Prairie Schooler
all threads are Classic Colorworks because I love their threads best!

DMC 520 = Desert Mesquite
DMC 611 = Wilderness
DMC 612 = Straw Hat
DMC 739 = Tea & Biscuits
DMC 3052 = Weeping Willow
DMC 3371 = Caterpillar
*(now I wanted a aged stripey look because I like that - if you don't want that use Black Coffee or Blackbird)
DMC 3777 = Cherry Cobbler
 DMC3857 = Red Currant

Until tomorrow...
Love and Hugs in Stitches,
Vonna xxxx

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