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Three Successful… Ornamentalizations?

  • Posted on December 4, 2005 at 11:48 pm

While I didn’t get them all done (in truth, I’m less than 1/3 of the way), I did get 3 done today, despite yet another lovely headache. Yep, I’m still at one headache a day. But that’s another story. You know, I forgot how long these ornaments can take! Or at least, how long they take ME. 😉

I’m going to post the thumbnail versions of all of these; otherwise, this post would scroll on too long. Click on the thumbnails to see the full photo. Also, all of the ornaments you see here were published in the 2004 Just Cross Stitch Ornament special issue.

First up, I finished the Never Too Big ornament from Dragon Dreams. And then Noel Birdhouse from Brittercup Designs.

Never Too Big Ornament

Noel Birdhouse Ornament

And finally, la piece de resistance (darn, I have no idea how to add the accents – bummer!) … Christmas Poinsettias from Cindy Valentine Designs.

Christmas Poinsettias Ornament

This is my favorite so far. I used so much thread in the cording that it’s absolutely luscious! I already promised this one to someone who commented when it was first posted, but I have to admit that I’m having second thoughts. I hope she won’t be too terribly disappointed if I keep it. 🙁 Who knows, though; I haven’t even gotten to the ones that I was planning to keep. I may have a whole new set of opinions by then!

Well, back under the books these three go so that they can spend the next 18 hours or so curing under weight to keep them from pulling apart at all. I wonder how long the next ones will take me, since I’ll have to cut the mats in circles and ovals for the next few. Eeek! 😮

Christmas Hearts Bellpull Finished

  • Posted on December 4, 2005 at 1:02 am

Well, almost completely finished-finished. I just have to paint the bellpull hardware white and permanently tack down the top flap.

Christmas Hearts Bellpull

This took me several hours because I took pictures at every step to help guide the completion of the SAL and because the sewing beast was most uncooperative.

I did not have the grand finishing session that I wanted to have today. I stayed up until 2:30 AM just pulling out all of the ornaments, deciding how to finish each one, then picking coordinating fabrics and threads for cording and/or tassles, where needed. Five hours of sleep and I was up at 7:30 AM because we had to go pick up a moving truck that we reserved for the day. We then packed up our measly little dining room set (oval cherry table and 4 chairs), drove over to Terry’s dad’s house, ate lunch, unloaded our old dining room, and then packed up his parents’ dining room set (16 years old, solid cherry set with larger, rectangular table, 6 side chairs, 2 arm chairs, lighted china hutch and side table), his parents’ china (a lovely, retired pattern from Noritake) and crystal (which, ironically, appears to be the exact same pattern as what we were starting to accumulate) plus his mother’s souvenir spoon cabinet and basically anything else from the dining room that his dad could pawn off on us. 😉 We also went upstairs and went through all of his mother’s jewelry, which his dad gifted to me. After over 30 years of marriage, including all of the birthday, anniversary and Christmas gifts, there was a good bit to go through. It was overwhelming and tinged with sadness. A bittersweet time, considering I now have enough nice jewelry to last me a lifetime, but at what cost?

Anyway, so we packed all of that up, headed back home, unpacked the furniture, then folded up the 24 furniture pads that we had rented, stuff them into the truck, drove over, dropped it off and came home. I then washed dishes, made dinner, ate dinner and then went upstairs to work on the bellpull. At some point, I’ll have to go through all of the china and crystal, wash everything and put it into the china hutch. Plus go through all of the other miscellaneous stuff and sort it into what we want to keep and what we’ll give away. But that’s for another day, because I’m out of time! It’s nearly midnight, I’m more than exhausted, it’s been an emotional day with lots of physical labor thrown in, I’m running on not enough sleep (for me) and the dog still needs to go outside for the last time tonight before I can brush my teeth and crash into bed. Terry’s already asleep, of course. 🙂

Yeah… busy day. And tomorrow, I’ll try to do some ornament finishing, but we’re also going to the grand opening of a good friend from college’s game store. At this point, I’m really looking forward to next weekend, which is the only real weekend that we’ll be able to relax all month long!

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