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Stephanie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 3:13 AM

Linny,

Oh so delighted. I can't wait for Robin to get hers too, and be able to have everyone here see pic's.

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Diane replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 10:40 AM

Stephanie:
I got my ornament today, and oh my goodness. It's the lovliest thing I've ever seen.

Pictures?

Last night I made those Mexican Wedding Cakes.  They look like snowballs.  So good!

I still need to make brown sugar cookies with nuts and different chip of chocolate and butterscotch.

This is my yearly ritual.  I bring them for gifts and also for the people I spend Christmas with.

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Linny t replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 12:05 PM

Diane, I bet your apartment smells great!

We're not posting pics until Robin gets hers.  Otherwise we'll spoil her surprise.  It's out for delivery, so she should be getting it today.  Hopefully she'll have time to post about it.

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Stephanie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 1:43 PM

Diane:

Last night I made those Mexican Wedding Cakes.  They look like snowballs.  So good!

I still need to make brown sugar cookies with nuts and different chip of chocolate and butterscotch.

This is my yearly ritual.  I bring them for gifts and also for the people I spend Christmas with.

They sound divine! My son and his fiance are coming to celebrate on Sunday since he's working, and she's going to visit her family the weekend after. I put the finishing touches on decorating today, and now on to vacuuming, etc. I'm hoping not to add too much to do onto all of it so I can have some time to bake a cookie or two myself. Hope you enjoy your day.

 

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Stephanie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 1:53 PM

 I went on Di Van Niekerks site and ordered silk ribbon, etc. I'm sure coming from Australia it won't be here by Christmas, and I have no idea what the shipping charge is going to be. I'll post a pic when it comes. The first ones I bought over a year ago just glowed and her color combinations are quite lovely. She has one called peace rose that is yellow tipped with pink just like the real deal.

I'm trying out some organza ribbon too. Has anyone worked with that before? 

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Robin replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 3:54 PM

The woman was covered and out of head,

Feeling uncertain and full of great dread.

Though the papers were graded and in bed for the night

and cookies were baked and sealed up tight.

She still had so sewing that had to go. 

What was she thinking full of holiday cheer?!

When she planned her sewing this year.

That's a small description of what's going on with me right now.   I'm simply up to my eyeballs.   I still have one runner to quilt and all six to bind.  Plus the quilt to quilt (on the machine) and bind.   Fortunately except for the Christmas dinner groceries most if not all of my shopping is done.  So I feel like l'll make it.  But instead of posting in the mornings I've been sewing.   And of course grading.  

The kids (FCCLA Officers) are coming tonight for a pizza party and then tomorrow it's sew and go.

Linny,  My ornament is absolutely beautiful.  I hung it on the mirror next to Stephanie's .   I can't get over the detail you both put in them.  I still have so much to learn and I will be examining these for a long time to come.   I love the story of the Spider!  

Sorry guys I can't post pictures right now because I need batteries for my camera.   Promise to get some tomorrow and make it happen before Christmas. 

Would write more but I want to get the last one quilt before the kids get here so I can tie the knots while I visit with them.

Much love for all the concern.   

Santa's Elf,

Robin

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Stephanie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 4:31 PM

Oh Robin,

You sound so over tasked, Bless your heart. So glad you're off now to be able to finish your gifts. It could be doable if life doesn't get in the way. And if it does, everyone will understand if it takes a little while longer. I can't believe you have done all those table runners with your busy schedule!!!  That's huge. Love to see them when you finish.

Don't worry about the pic's. I think Linny has pic's of hers that she can post, and the one I sent to you is similar enough to the one I sent to her so you don't need to worry about it. That'll be one less task you have to take time out for. 

Hope you are able to pull everything together and still have time to enjoy the day....

Hugs out to Santa's Elf...

 

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Stephanie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 4:53 PM

I just found out that my son and fiance want us to come there instead on Sunday. She's on call at the hospital and we live way far out for her to have to drive in, in a timely manner. We're going to take dinner over instead. Which I think is going to work out well, because we can shop tomorrow afternoon for gifts and have the morning to relax. I pretty much have the grocery shopping done. 

Tonight we are just chilling. The house is all decorated and just sparkly with the lights, decorations, little houses and my beautiful ornaments that Robin and Linny made. I just love them, and like you Robin, I have hung them specially on a mirror that I walk by often and they can be under the spotlight there. They are so beautiful. We only put the little tree up this year instead of a live one, and I'm not sure I'd want them to be lost in the other decorations anyway. 

Even though the plans have changed for company, it's so nice to have had the time to do everything and be caught up with decorating. And have the weather so nice and breezy. Started out at 68 and up to 88 by the late afternoon. With the humidity down, and the breeze. it doesn't feel hot. It's always hard though coming from the North and having snow for Christmas to acknowledge it's really time. There was always a "chain of events" starting with fall, and then snow to bring a mindset to Christmas. Even though I have been here 29 years, I still can't seem to break that childhood train of thought, and always seem to be a last minute Lucy for "getting it done."  But it will be, and seems like everything does fall into place.

Hope everyone has enjoyed the day......

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Lillie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 5:01 PM

Stephanie, the cookies sound wonderful. What time shall I be there?  lol

I received your ornament pattern today. Thank you so very, very much. Now I can't wait for my "fancy" fabric bundle to get here from ESD!!! I'm going to start making scarfs and ornaments in Jan!!!  YAY I actually have a plan. It's good to know what I want to do in the follwing year because I ALWAYS get side tracked with something else that in enormously time consuming.  lol

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Lillie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 5:03 PM

Stephanie:

 I went on Di Van Niekerks site and ordered silk ribbon, etc. I'm sure coming from Australia it won't be here by Christmas, and I have no idea what the shipping charge is going to be. I'll post a pic when it comes. The first ones I bought over a year ago just glowed and her color combinations are quite lovely. She has one called peace rose that is yellow tipped with pink just like the real deal.

I'm trying out some organza ribbon too. Has anyone worked with that before? 

When I ordered my embroidery kit from Trish Burr the shipping charge was $10 for the kit. Just included stamped fabric and the pattern, no floss.

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Linny t replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 5:31 PM

God bless your sweet self, Robin.  You'll get there.  Don't fret.  Are you officially on winter break now?  Hope so.  You won't be able to let your shoulders down until then.  I'm delighted you like your ornament.  Post when you can.  I'll post the pics, so don't worry about that trouble.

 

 

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Linny t replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 6:05 PM

Stephanie, sounds like a nice evening for you.  All done ahead of time is a good feeling.  I'm sure you'll have fun with the kids on Sunday.  Just think.  Your clean house will stay clean, lol.

Your so right about living in Florida after being a Yankee for so many years.  It's hard to pick up on the timing for things without the signs of the season for a help.

Here are pics of Robins & Stephanie's ornaments.

Stephanie's

Robin's

 

I loved making these and can hardly wait until we make ornaments again next year.  Until then I've decided to hang the one's you both made for me on the wall in my bedroom so I can cherish them and gather inspiration from them any time I want.

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Stephanie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 6:30 PM

Lillie:
Stephanie, the cookies sound wonderful. What time shall I be there?  lol

Anytime you want. LOL. Although, Diane has been already baking al day, and I think we should go to her house for some of her specialty cookies first.Yum

 

Lillie:
I'm going to start making scarfs and ornaments in Jan!!!  YAY I actually have a plan. It's good to know what I want to do in the follwing year because I ALWAYS get side tracked with something else that in enormously time consuming.  lol

You are so welcome for the patterns. I can't believe they got to Colorado so quickly! I'm so proud of you for having a plan for making scarfs and ornaments in January. I'm quite intrigued about your scarfs and would love to know your plans...

I too, would love to carry on with plans for ornaments in January. I really loved doing these so much, and would really like to continue into a "no Pressure zone" in making some more of them. I too get side tracked. Most of mine is between work and home projects. And I have a tendency to get bored easily and move on to something that sounds more exciting in the moment. Hence the UFO's. LOL

Keep us posted on your projects. Love hearing the creative process almost as much as seeing pic's. 

 

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Diane replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 7:11 PM

Hi Everyone, 

Today I went to the dentist and had my teeth cleaned.  The dentist had put me on antibiotics for 5 days and there is still inflammation around a tooth.  Also, I lost a filling some where so he filled that for now until he can fix it later.  I also had pain where I had a tooth pulled about 10 years ago.  He took an X-Ray and found a small part of a root that was left in there.  I guess the specialist didn't inspect the tooth after he pulled it.  I told my dentist he had a fancy schamancy office, This is not the first time my dentist has had to repair what other dentists have done.  Two root canals had to be done again because the didn't clean all the way down in the roots. I had been having pain in those teeth. These guys were specialists.  I started crying in the dental chair..  I am sick of having pain in my mouth because dentists didn't do their job. 

Finally he got the little piece of root out and had to put in 4 stitches.  I still feel like crying.  I'll feel better tomorrow and hope to feel well enough with the pain to continue my cookie making.  Some will go for presents.

Robin--I figured you were just too busy with Christmas to post.  I'll pray for you to get all you need to do get done.

Stephanie---sounds like your house is so pretty.  Wish I was there.

Have a good night everyone.

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Stephanie replied on Fri, Dec 20 2013 7:14 PM

Linny t:

Stephanie, sounds like a nice evening for you.  All done ahead of time is a good feeling.  I'm sure you'll have fun with the kids on Sunday.  Just think.  Your clean house will stay clean, lol.

Your so right about living in Florida after being a Yankee for so many years.  It's hard to pick up on the timing for things without the signs of the season for a help.

Here are pics of Robins & Stephanie's ornaments.

Stephanie's

Robin's

 

I loved making these and can hardly wait until we make ornaments again next year.  Until then I've decided to hang the one's you both made for me on the wall in my bedroom so I can cherish them and gather inspiration from them any time I want.

Had to bump this. I must have been typing while you were posting pics. 

First of all I have to say, I don't think anyone ever really realizes the detail you put into your work at first glance. Yes we see it's beautiful, but until we really look into it several times, I don't know if it is really truly appreciated. In looking at these pic's I hope that I can recognize and help everyone "see" what I do.

It's like in the very top inch and a half there is more work than I could imagine. The bias with the stitches, and the beading. Standing out next the beautiful spider, the beads and charm to the left, and just look at the tiny fern or y stitches to the right that look like tiny pine tree branches. Tiny and delicate with the rose counterparts. I love the reindeer charm and touches of gold beads.

Carrying down, the next inch and a half, all fo the poinsetta has been outlined with fine gold thread. I hardly noticed it on my first pass, and the gold beads to highlight the center. The adjoining fabric on the left is also all outlined. And beading off to the right.

Moving on down to the area below the poinsetta, gold leaf trim, sequins, crystals, green leaf beads. This wonderful "cap" on the end. And a tassel to finish it off.

 

I think just describing the detail in the first pic is probably enough for everyone to go and really look on their own and see the time and effort and gain huge inspiration.

Having been members here for quite some time, I just had to reinforce my feelings about joining this group. I had admired your talents in the background from 2009/2010 as we all kind of got to know each other. I didn't know a thing about Crazy Quilting, hand stitching, threads, embellishments, etc. When I saw that you wanted to be moderator for this group, I had to come here. I wanted to learn something beyond quilting, and I have never looked back. Not only haven't I looked back, but have gained many valuable lessons and friendships in the process .

In as much as I am still learning, I can't begin to tell you what a great mentor you are and what a "life changing" experience it has been to have you here to guide us in all the questions, links, sites, that we could possibly learn and gain inspiration from.

I don't mean to go on and on, but when I look at how much time and detail you put into these, working full time, taking time on your lunch hour to check in and answer posts, as well as the evenings when you have family. pets, and a young grandson to share your attention with. Well, I guess what I'm trying to say is Thank you. :0)   

 

 

 

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