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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Embroidery, Stitchery Link Party

Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #38

I hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday season and are now looking forward to celebrating the New Year. For this last Vintage Embroidery Monday of 2015 and next week for the first one of 2016, I’m sharing a pair of beautiful tropical birds to stitch. Tufted Tropical Bird – Part 1 Tufted Tropical Bird – Part 2…

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Hexie Turtle Adventures

The Hexie Turtles’ Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and we all know what that means… Santa Claus is coming tonight! Lanie and Rexie and I are so excited. It’s been a whole year since he came to our house. We’ve had so many adventures. We even got to talk to Santa on one of them. Yes, that’s right. A couple of months ago, Sue and…

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Christmas on a Budget

Last Minute Christmas Decor – Part 2

Earlier today, I posted this picture of items that I had saved from a Christmas center piece that I received as a gift several years ago. This afternoon, I picked up a dozen roses, a bouquet of mini chrysanthemums and some greenery from one of our small local flower shops.  After supper, I got to work assembling a new Christmas…

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Budget Savers, Christmas on a Budget

Last Minute Christmas Decor – Part 1

I’ve had this candy cane vase pinned for ages and just got around to trying it this year.  (The pinned version can be found on Katie Brown Home Workshop.) Take a small cylindrical vase and place two rubber bands around it. (My vase is 3½” diameter X 4″ high.) Slip candy canes under the rubber bands all the way around…

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Embroidery, Stitchery Link Party

Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #37

Each year, when we put up our tree, the very last thing that is added is the angel topper. This week’s pattern reminds me a little of the angel topper Dave and I bought for our very first tree way back in the early 80s. A few years later, Mom and Dad gave me an new Angel Tree topper that…

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Embroidery, Gift Ideas, Quilting, Sewing

Santa Sack Swap – The Gifts I Made for Debbie

Each year in the Santa Sack Swap, we are each allowed to choose if we receive a sack, a stocking or a tote. Debbie requested that I make her a tote… which was great because I enjoy creating new totes! Also in her first email, she mentioned that she loves owls. So when I came across this beautiful owl while…

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Gift Ideas, Quilting, Sewing

Santa Sack Swap – My Gifts from Debbie

As it often does this time of year, the day got away from me yesterday and I didn’t get a chance to edit the photos of all the amazing gifts that I received from my lovely swap partner Debbie. I’ll post this one now and then sometime this evening I’ll post the gifts I made for her. I know it’s…

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Quilting

What to Do with Lots of Extra HSTs

Oh yeah!!  We finally get to show you what Sue made for each of us. Remember back in the spring when she showed you her plan to frame her Christmas Mouse Wall Hanging.  She mentioned that she changed her mind and added in a second red print fabric. What she didn’t tell you was that because of the changes she…

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Christmas on a Budget, Gift Ideas, Sewing Tutorials

Reversible Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

I’ve been making my tissue box covers in Christmas fabrics but they can, of course, be made in fabrics to match your decor or if giving as gifts to match the tastes of the recipient. Once I had the paper pattern made, each cover takes about an hour to complete. This tutorial is for non-directional fabrics. The tutorial for using…

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Embroidery, Stitchery Link Party

Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #36

I was going to post this next Monday but then I realized that wouldn’t give much time to stitch it before the 25th. And it does look so pretty stitched up! The rich red stitching was done in DMC variegated floss #115. The satin stitching for the flames was a single strand of DMC Satin S8320. Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern…

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