Dec 11, 2016

Santa's moves

Greetings folks. 
 
 It's snowing, adding 1"-3" this afternoon and much more overnight.  And you know what that means.  So I'll try to keep it short and sweet.
 
 
 
First off, giveaway post will be this evening, and I'm leaning toward the GC.  Many of you are international and don't enter the offers because of the high postage costs, and I appreciate that, but you are always welcome regardless. 
A gift certificate = no shipping = more entries!
 
My mind has been really scary recently, like forgetting to put my cup under the Keurig and searching for that coffee because I knew I brewed a cup.  Yesterday I saw a sampler snippet on Facebook that I found interesting so I wrote the name on my pad to check for a full view later.  Well, later, I wondered who the hell Esther Coggeshall was and sprained my brain trying to remember.  Was I to send her a card?  Did I owe her money?  Was that the lady from Medtronics?  No you dipshit, she's a sampler!!!
 
I searched and searched but could not find the plaid wool originally to be used on Santa's' backside so I sewed a fine wale dark red corduroy.  I didn't stitch the side twigs in this design so centering it was a problem.  His base would have been more to one side, so I added another star on the right side and that evened the side margin.  I added a red velvet hanger with little brass safety pins because I like to have the option of hanging or setting.  The steam 'n smash was pretty brutal on him but I prefer a flatter, harder finish which really helps prevent those corner peaks.  The more the center poufs, the more it pulls the sides in, the more the corners point.  So here he is, the blue I hated, the blue I now love, and he is a great addition to the other Santas.  In fact, I would like a few others with the dark ground.
 
 
 
 
I am glad I added the wrought iron hooks to the interior doors, great place to hang stitchery and so easy to move things around (as I continually do).  So this guy will probably be in a different spot every day.
The other completed Santa isn't sewn yet.  He just looks too bland and needs piping or a stitched border, neither of which thrills me.  But I will decide while the soup is simmering on the stove that is working.
 
Mark will have to take Carole to her appointment tomorrow and hopefully will not go over the ten foot drop at the curve of her luge track driveway.
 
Hope your weekend is going well.
 
Back later tonight.
 
p.s.  I get a few questions in comments but you're all no-reply so I can't answer!
 
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17 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

Mr. Santa turned out great, Marly. He looks great in front of the hanging greens. Please send your snow to me!

Pam in IL said...

Supposed to get more snow here too, but I really hope the forecast for 10+ inches is wrong as we're supposed to fly out of Chicago in the morning. Your Santa turned out great!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
Santa is lovely with the red hanger with those greens on your door!!! The soup smells so good!!!
Hope you enjoy your week, in spite of the snow!
Christmas Hugs~
Julie

Vickie said...

Yep. It has been snowing all night and day here. Fun. Not.

laceystitcher said...

Love what you did with your Santas - so cute. Happy stitching................

Karen Budnick said...

Love your Santa. Not snowing here but some kind of cold, wet stuff coming down. Best, Katen

LaNelle said...

Love the blue, Santa looks fabulous ....here in the northwoods of MN we've had a little snow today but getting ready for the very cold that is moving in Monday night...-11 temp. with -31 windchill brr...☃☃ have a great week...

Carol said...

Really love how this Santa turned out, Marly! It's funny, but my ornaments look SO much better since I began pressing them firmly a couple of years ago. I want to take my old ones apart and re-do them. But, will I? Most likely not :)

We only got a bit of snow here--not even enough to take a shovel to. It sure is cold though--I'm so glad I'm off tomorrow and can just hibernate and work on Christmas stuff!

Judy L said...

Love your Santa. I have this pattern but it's not looking like he will get stitched this year. I'm not a Winter person either, I'm thinking Phoenix. Merry Christmas!

Winnie Nielsen said...

Marly, I do love your Santa! He is very dapper with his sack full of toys. Your finishes really do set your stitching off too. How you must enjoy these bright and cheery stitch works each year. They are truly works of art!

We are supposed to be up to 79 tomorrow down here in Florida, and I would prefer to live where it was cold and snowy this time of year. Santa in a tee shirt and flip flops just doesn't cut it!

Jacqueline said...

He does look good on the darker background. Who knew.

Snow and cold here too. But I have enough projects going that being stuck inside for a bit will be ok.

Enjoy your soup.

Shelly said...

Steam 'n smash! I just like saying it! I like my ornaments flat too and will try this steam 'n smash. The Santa ornament looks great with the blue. I have come close to forgetting to put a cup in the Keurig too so you're not alone!

Ann Neal said...

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Karen said...

Lovely job. Thank you so much for the tip on the door hangers! So much nicer than a nail!

Karen in NC

PS I forget things and lose things a lot now. It started when I turned 63 last summer. I was perfect before then. Ha!

Maggee said...

I really like that snowman! You did a great job! I wanted to look behind to see the corduroy tho... That is one fabric I have not tried yet! But since Hancock left, I might just save some $ and use what I already have! Hugs!

Heartland Stitcher said...

Really like the santa hanging on the hook with the greenery!

debbie haggard said...

I'm not really much of a seamstress type person and have always wondered why the side seams of some 'pillows' pull so much more than others and some corners are so much more pointier than others......... and now I know. Thank you for the explanation- makes perfect sense. and something to watch out for a little better next time I am trying to do a 'pillow' type finish :-)

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