Dec 30, 2011

2011 ends but Santa fever continues!

Another year is ending. Many stitchers are presenting their year's accomplishments and they are a pleasure to see. Ranging from a few smalls to a multitude of various sized projects, our stitching pastime is a source of relaxation to aggravation. It's nice to see what can be completed in a year, and is encouraging to those of us that drag our needles, or disregard a loved design thinking it will take too long to complete. Time constraints, slumps, and emotions can get in our way, but eventually, we will complete and display the treasured work of our hands for our enjoyment.

Then my sister will look at it and say - "Why is that so dirty looking?  You spilled something on it?   What do you mean you deliberately stained it?  Why?  Were you having a hot flash?  So it will stay that way?"

Here's my last two finishes of SL's Hinckley and Bliss. I added the bottom border on Lydia's just because I thought it looked better.

Right now I'm completing BOAF Red Santa and really want to continue with the Schooler Santas since I have so many of those designs trees I need to fill with stitched ornaments.

My mantel Santas are from PS #43 Father Christmas,
and #62 Kris Kringle is very similar.

 Then there's #58 Old St. Nick,
 #20 St. Nicholas that I did on Aida and want to redo,
 #53 Santa Moon,
all the annual Schooler Santa cards,
and most of all, #80 and #88 Old World Santas I and II. I have a few more but can't find them right now.

 This is the sampler I plan on starting, from the 1988 issue of Early American Life magazine.

It's really different for me but I like it.  Problem is, there are no symbols and I'm having difficulty discerning the greens in the chart.  The pages are yellowed somewhat from age and I am trying to rechart areas so I don't get discouraged during stitching.

A few other notes -
Sue has instructions for everyone to check their Profile on Blogger to make sure you are not "no reply".  So many questions and comments cannot be answered because Blogger settings mysteriously change from time to time and if you do not allow your email address to be seen in the email we receive from your comment, we can't reply to you.  Her post with the info is HERE.  Make sure you click Save or Done Editing when finished.  If you don't have a blog, just go directly to your profile and edit from there.

A while back, I received an email from a stitcher regarding this rabbit and finally have the answer for you - contact me! 
Yesterday we rolled the stuffed cabbage for New Year's and I was going to post the recipe and photos but I will do that next time.  I have a great easy recipe for stuffed cabbage casserole but still prefer the real piggy.
And...I'm coming up on my 100th post.  I will have a small giveaway of two 1994 magazines containing a stitcher's sewing case that is killer!  This is a sneak peak - the inside is beautiful and complete instructions are in two issues.

And finally, I want to sincerely thank every one of you for being a part of my 2011, especially my new followers.  I started this blog to push myself to pick up that needle and get back into life as I had known it before becoming mom's caregiver.  I realized there is no going back, only moving forward.  I've changed a great deal, mentally and emotionally, but my love for samplers and stitching hasn't.  You have no idea how your support, comments, emails, and followings have lifted me and encouraged me. 
To all of you, a Happy New Year  filled with
love and laughter for the good times,
strength and comfort for the bad times,
a needle and thread for the quiet times.
Thank  you


Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Marly, it's exciting, isn't it?
I've been blogging since May of this year and I have 81 followers. I love stitching samplers and dolls and I've enjoyed your blog so much. I'm looking forward to 2012 and getting to know you better.
Blessings to you for the New Year,

Viola di Nebbia said...

How wonderful things! *.* Love them!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love all those PS Santas and congrats on your SL finishes. I hope you don't become discouraged with the Early Am. Life sampler... I'm really looking forward to seeing you complete the sampler.
Happy New Year!

Elizabeth Ann said...

Enjoy seeing your beautiful stitching and your home! You are a great encouragement to me to work on my ornament collection!
Happy New Year to you and your family....

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
I stitched the Virginie Cochepin sampler from EAL, probably in the late 80's!!! I will try to get a pic tomorrow and send it to you. I LOVE that sampler, but I do remember it being a bit difficult to stitch and I'm even thinking there were some mistakes when charted. Don't be discouraged. It is a wonderful sampler.
Happy New Year!
Pug hugs :)

Carol said...

I'm so glad I found your blog this year, Marly :) Love all those Santas you've so lovingly stitched!!

Wishing you a joyful new year...

Margaret said...

Great finishes! Love all those PS Santas too. I wonder if I have them all as well. I hope you figure out the charting on that Early American Life mag piece -- it's gorgeous! Happy New Year!

Peggy Lee said...

That sampler is stunning. I hope you can make it work.
I don't think I've seen so many different Santa's in one post! Nice!!

I am so glad I found your blog. I am looking forward to much inspiration.

Happy New Year to you....

Melissa said...

Great finishes! I love those PS Santas too and have a lot of the same charts if not all. Now I just need to actually stitch them.

Happy New Year!

Shirlee said...

You keep giving me more PS Santa charts to search for! Even though you keep giving me more & more reasons to spend my money & stitch my fingers to the bone I still enjoy visiting your blog, reading your posts & seeing your photos : ) I hope the new year brings you nothing but good things! Blessings, Shirlee

Terry said...

I'm so glad you started your blog, love reading about your stitching, crafts, home & your ongoing wood pecker problems - owned a cedar-sided home in WV, very familiar. I'm going to look to see if I have that 1988 EAL-you've got me wondering. I do so enjoy getting to know you & wish you all the best in the new year - Happy Stitching!!!

Krista said...

Your sampler finishes are lovely. Funny, my family would say the same as your sister, why is it stained? They would say I should launder it! LOL Love all those PS Santas! I am new to blogging but have enjoyed reading your blog over the past few months.
Happy New Year!

Carla said...

Happy New Year, Marly! And thank you for the answer to my question on your last post! I love seeing your projects and look forward to more in 2012. Stuffed cabbage sounds wonderful!

The Evening Stitcher said...

My husand looks at me in disgust when I start mixing my potion of either instant coffee or walnut crystals.."Why do you have to ruin such beautiful colors??"..that's been the million dollar questions for several years now..they just dont get it! I love your Santas and they looked beautiful across your mantle..Lovely stitching, Marly!

Bertie said...

Marly your blog has given me a lot of eye candy, your stories are fabulous and your needlework is outstanding. Thank you so much!!
Santa's galore, brilliant!
I love your woodland sampler and look forward to seeing that soon LOL
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

You have a great blog and good inspiration. I love the picture in your header as well.

I hope 2012 is a good year for you.

Mouse said...

ooooo thats a lot of eye candy there :)and hope you manage to sort out the destructions for the chart ... love your finishes too... glad we could help you on your blogging journey and wishing you a very happy healthy stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxx

Anonymous said...

Oh Marly, that is such a wonderful New Year's wish. It is beautiful. Thank you.

Siobhan said...

Beautiful finishes!! I am hoping to keep up with my Santa ornaments, too. I go quick into obsessive/spastic mode and was thinking--what if I started an ornament per week?? I could start them, work on them here and there, and then have times when I just finish ornaments. I just hope I can keep up with the spasticness.

Happy new year!

denise said...

I just started reading your blog.I love your santas. I haven't stitched any P.S. santas in years. I guess i'm gonna have to get some .Happy New Year!!! Happy Stitching!! Denise

CATHI said...

Happy New Year to you and your family!


Barb said...

Happy New Year , oh you have started something , I had 2 Santas for Christmas and I just have to have lots more like yours.
Thanks for the inspirational blog I just love popping in to see what you are up to.
Take care and whatever you stitch in 2012 enjoy!

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

I have truly enjoyed visiting your blog over the past year and will continue to stop by regularly. Keep stitching and Happy New Year to you!

Angie said...

I have enjoyed visiting your blog this year~Happy New Year!

Melissa said...

Wow, look at the Santa collection! They are wonderful!

I am seriously in love with that sampler you want to start! Can't wait to see more!

Happy New Year, Marly!

Vonna said...

You have definitely inspired me with your Santas...and I can just feel the inpsiration by looking at that Early American Sampler! Happy New Year!

Karen said...

Good luck with your stitching plans for the new year! Looks like you have quite a few Santas to stitch...looks like you may need more trees!

Happy new year....

Laura said...

Love all your PS Santas and the mantle display was superb! Enjoy seeing all your little trees. Thanks for sharing pictures of your home! Love it!

Blessing on the New Year!

Jan said...

Marly, I just literally stumbled upon your blog and I am SO entranced by it! Love, love Santas too and your collection is so amazing!! Lots of decorating touches I see too, that I admire! I will certainly be watching, following and returning to read every post in 2012 and beyond!!

Happy Blessings to your new year!!

Glenna said...

You come up with the most wonderful designs to stitch. How funny about your sister's comments; she and my sister would see eye to eye. Looking forward to the cabbage photos!

Mindi said...

The Woodlawn sampler is really interesting, but I can see how it would be hard to stitch from the original chart in the magazine. Good luck!

Love all your PS Santa charts. I have a few of them and really want to make a push to stitched some this year. Old St Nick and the Kris Kringle charts are great, I'll have to see if I can find them somewhere.

Jenny said...

I love PS too - what a wonderful Santa collection!

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Marly, your samplers are so pretty! Isn't it funny how people who aren't prim lovers just don't "get it"? LOL


Suzanne said...

Love your two small samplers. Wow you have a great collection of PS Santa charts.

It can be really annoying when charts are hard to read, especially hand drawn ones.

Andrea said...

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and your posts. Have not been commenting as much as I should the past few months, just so much going on, health issues, etc. but you are a constant delight to read and bright spot in my life and just wanted you to know I appreciate you! Sent my friend a link to your blog, now she is hooked now too, and we're so inspired by your PS Santa displays that we're going to work on ours this year!

Keep on stitchin' and sharin'!
Love ya!

Solstitches said...

What a fabulous project you've chosen for your 2012 stitching.
I've never seen it before so will enjoy watching your progress.
You have a wonderful collection of Santa's both stitched and unstitched.


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