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December 2011

Wow. Just....wow.

Time sure flies when you're having fun! This month was a serious WHIRLWIND. I can't believe Christmas is here and gone already.  I hope you all had a wonderful time with your families this Christmas season!

I realize I've been absent from this whole blogging thing...but fear not!  I'm back!  I've been SO busy with stitching/sewing gifts, baking cookies, and just trying to keep it all straight day in and day out, that I just barely had time to fit in some meals and sleep.  Blogging definitely fell off the list of things to do.

So here's what's up -- I finished "Skeleton Crew" (Cricket Collection), in amongst working on ornaments for this year.  The lovely ladies at my LNS were SO kind as to put pictures of it in their latest newsletter (click on the provided link for their shop, and click on the header for "Newsletter", and I'm almost at the bottom with my tin of cookies and the pics of my piece :-) ), and also mentioned that they have the color changes that I made.  If you call or email them for my (Jacki) changes for the Skeleton Crew piece, they will know exactly what you're talking about, and will get the supplies to you asap.  They're awesome :-)  

Unfortunately, as I'm writing this, I don't have a picture of my piece just yet, but I hope to take a pic tomorrow night to post it for you all to see.  In the meantime, if you want  to get started with my color changes (I've been posting little updates here and there for the piece, so you can get glimpses of it in my previous posts), I created a page dedicated to any floss and fabric changes I make for pieces that I do, in case you would like to do the same.  The link is on the upper left of my page.

Also, for those of you who have been looking forward to my gluten-free recipes that I would post from time to time between all of my needlework/papercrafts/sewing projects, I will no longer be posting them here.   I've created a separate blog for my gluten-free endeavors, and I hope you'll join me over there -- it's called Vanilla Bean Dreams, and the links for my most recent posts can be found on the right sidebar of this blog.  I will be making some major changes to the way I bake, but it will all still be absolutely 100% gluten-free.  I hope you'll join me on my health journey for 2012!!

That's all I have for tonight, kids.  I'll be back in the blogging game now that things will slow down for a while :-)  Thank you all for sticking with me, and here's to a new year of wonderful creations!!!

Love and stitches :-)


Christmas Flair

I have a very important question for you all:  how and when did it suddenly become 4 December?????  I feel like it was just July and I was down the shore on vacation.  Honestly.  I need a pause button for life.  There are not enough hours in the day for me to get everything done that I want to get done.  I do not count cleaning, because no one actually WANTS to clean.  And if they tell you that, well, they lied to your face.  

Being that it's going to be mid-February next time I blink, I figured it was time to get moving with the rest of the Christmas cards I'm making.  I hope to send them out before Christmas 2015.  HA!

I won't show them all to you, because then you'd be yelling at me for taking up too much download time with all the pictures, so I'll just give a small sampling of what I have going on in my craftroom these days....

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Simple, but pretty :-) 

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This one's a smidge dark (sorry 'bout that...not sure what the heck happened...) but this one continued with my Vintage Christmas theme that I showed you all the other day.  I used my Cricut "Joys of the Season" cartridge for the ornament.  Love my Cricut.  Love.

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I'm sorry, but how freaking C-U-T-E are those penguins????  I had to incorporate them into something, so this is what I came up with.  The one lil' guy is all tangled in lights!!  Hahaha!!  Sooooo cute!!  Oh, man.  Cardmaking is addictive.  I almost regret getting myself sucked into this nonsense.  

Almost.

I WILL have stitching updates for you soon.  I PROMISE.  I haven't been able to stitch much, since I spent a lot of time on my sister's apron, and I've been trying to meet my goal of making cards for people this year, instead of buying them.

I hope you all are trying to stay calm through this crazy holiday season.  Do something creative each day to help calm your nerves.  

Or, just drink some mulled wine.  That usually does the trick.


Vintage Christmas

If you're anything like me, the title of this post makes you think of Ol' Time Kris Kringle, rich reds, greens and golds in decorations, silver and gold balls on trees, and most of all, "A Miracle on 34th Street".  

Recently, however, I've noticed that this "vintage" look has taken on the pinks, blues, and yellows of more "mod" decorations from the 60's.  Not really my stizzy, BUT, some super-cute things have come out this year with this color scheme, and I have to admit, it's kinda growing on me.

Country Cottage Needleworks has a really cute pattern out that I would actually consider doing, despite the pinks and blues.  Lizzie Kate also jumped on that wagon and has a new release called "Be Jolly" which, although cute, will most likely stay at my LNS.  I don't think it's a "must-have" for me.

Those of you who know me are probably struggling to pick yourselves up off the floor right now, since I just said I would be foregoing the latest LK pattern.  I know.  I can't even believe it myself.  Her designs are so cute and quick to finish, but it's just not jumping off the screen at me.  She also still has this ridiculous love affair with Light Mocha linen.  I can't freaking take it anymore.   And she uses 28 count.  Um....that's freaking HUGE to me right now, since I've been doing everything on 40 count lately (yes, I am that crazy).  Although, 28 count is good for stitching over 1.  I'm getting ahead of myself and way off the topic I really wanted to share.

I decided last night, since it's been hellish at work for me lately, that even though I really needed to get out in the cold air and run it out, I needed quality time in my craft room even more.  So, up to the third floor I went, and made a few Christmas cards that have this 60's vintage flair.

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Cute, right?!???  The cards were on sale at Paper Source (seriously one of the best places to get lost for hours besides a cross stitch store and a library), and I decided to just go for it when I saw them.  I have an entire stack of cards in the traditional red and green ready to embellish, but these really jumped out at me.

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One of the best purchases I've made this year is the envelope liner template that I got from Paper Source.  It makes your cards that much more personal when you can match the INSIDE of the envelope to the card!!  I didn't have paper that matched perfectly (again...traditional Christmas colors in my craft room....), so instead, I tried to pick ones that would be funky and fun to match the pink snowflakes.

I think they turned out fabooo :-)  Stay tuned for more on these cards....it involves my Cricut.....

Do something creative today!