01 March 2012

Finishing Up February

I have been remiss in February about posting my finishes. Never had the time and the camera together, and I am trying to be a little more "professional" and not show half-completed works. That does not lend itself to lots of pictures.

But I am trying to make up for my laziness. I have spent the last day in a half-finishing frenzy. This is how it worked out.

The finished Lizzie*Kate half hour ornament from JCS, finished in pretty much one day except for the beading, which I switched out because I did not stitch this on the recommended fabric, and did not, obviously, mount on the recommended pillow.

Instead, I put it in this cute tuck ornament from Amy's Cross Stitch Corner. Love these or
nament tucks, they are perfect for the semi-feral finisher, and reasonably priced, far cheaper than the opportunity costs of me attempting to sew, getting angry, throwing something across the room, and sticking the stitched piece in a box. In case, you are looking for something similar, they can be purchased at her website,

This ornament finish is not one that I am particularly pleased with . The stitching is fine, I like the design, but attaching the beads and those little crystals was a nightmare.

The directions on the package do not exactly say that one needs a heat tool to attach the stones. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't do every craft, so I don't know the intricacies, and I also don't have the tools. I ended up just glueing them on. I suspect, sometime in the next few years, a very small child or a very old dog will eat one or two of them. I wish I could say I loved how this turned out in the end, but I'm not. That's OK, though, every ornament can't be perfect all the time.

One of my other numerous goals this year is to finish many more of the backlog of LHN ornaments I've amassed. I'm not buying this year's ornaments until I finish the ones I have. It's hard to limit myself, but it does seem rather foolish to keep amassing things like this when I don't finish what I have--I should probably never sign up for another monthly series again.

This is Forest Winter, which I think was November's ornament. I really do LOVE this finish. It doesn't photograph as pretty as it is.

This is going to be a banner ornament, with a twig from our backyard, and either a checked country ribbon hanger, or a piece of twine for the hanger. I'm going to try to work on this tomorrow. Not a fancy finish idea, but I think it works for this.

And my Itty Bitty Kitty Quilt square for February.

I misplaced this for the better part of the month, hence the no photo. It actually almost had me in tears because I couldn't find it, but last night, I locked myself in the sewing room til I found it. Then spent the rest of the evening, working on the next section of the border. It's going to take a little more time to do this month because of the border, but I hope to have it completed by the end of the weekend. This is a really fun series to work on, and I so appreciate that Val's Stuff uses only DMC on it, since there are so many different colors needed.

Enjoy your weekend! Hope March is coming in like a lamb where you are at. It was gorgeous here yesterday, warm and sunny. The peepers were out in force yesterday morning. Lovely! Spring is surely on the way!


Daffycat said...

Lovely finishes!

I'm just as apt to swap out colors for DMC, so I always appreciate at least a DMC list!

Daffycat said...

LOL while I was busy commenting on your blog you were busy commenting on mine.

Thank you for the birthday wishes!

Carol said...

You certainly were on a finishing frenzy, Rachel! It feels good to get so much accomplished, doesn't it! I especially love your LHN and little kitty squares--so cute. I used to have an all-black cat so anything with them in it always makes me smile :)

Your peepers are out already?! Wow--you must live just enough south of Pennsylvania to have them. Haven't heard ours yet...

Meari said...

Congrats on your finishes!

Pumpkin said...

Great finishes Rachel! Thanks for posting the link to Amy's site :o)

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls