Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016!

I don't know about you but I am ready for a NEW YEAR!

2016 was kind of a rough year for me. My husband, who had health issues for several years, passed away on September 4. Prior to that, he had been in and out of hospitals, transitional care units and nursing homes, for about 18 months. It went pretty fast in the end, which I was grateful for.

Needless to say, I did not get as much stitching as I would have liked. However, in the last month or so, I have gotten my stitchy bug back and have lots of projects ready to be stitched.

I have been watching quite alot of Floss Tube. Have you been watching? WOW! I, myself, have not joined in on that. I just watch them. There are quite a few floss tubers out there that have done some extraordinary pieces! Of course, watching these enables one and I have done quite a bit of purchasing. Thus, the "lots of projects" ready to be stitched!

I did manage to get 2 things stitched for this Christmas. My annual ornament for my Godson, Jacob, was this:

My good friend, Viki, who I have known my entire life as we grew up next door to each other, is Italian. When I saw this Rome pattern, I knew I had to make it for her. It turned out so good. I put the fairly new museum glass on it (from Michaels), as I knew it would go in her kitchen. She LOVES it!

Then yesterday, I finished stitching up this guy:

He was alot of fun. But boy, that feather trim is tricky. When you cut it, the feathers explode off! The glasses I made out of memory wire. The full supply list is included in the pattern. It is a Blackberry Lane Designs. I was going to make him into an ornament but I haven't completely ruled out framing.

So, as I set here on New Years Eve night, I am thinking about the new year. I always have started something new on New Years Day and yes, I will be doing that tomorrow. It will be a surprise. I do know that it will not be a large piece. I need to work on my WIPs.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

Happy Stitching!



Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful gift for your friend. While the feather trim is a great selection sounds like it presented challenges during the process. Hoping 2017 is kind

Brigitte said...

So great to see that your stitching mojo is back :) And you used it on such lovely pieces. The little Santa with the feather trim looks very impressive, a great finish.
Watching Floss Tube is a fun thing and I have to admit that I have purchased some charts that floss tubers were showing. Very enabling indeed :)
I hope the New Year brings you what you are hoping for.

Marilyn said...

Sorry to hear about your husband.
Yes, FlossTube is addicting. :)
You have some great finishes.
Love that Santa.

Robin in Virginia said...

Jill, I am sorry to hear of your husband's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The sled ornament for your godson is adorable. What a lovely piece you stitched for your friend! Very cool Santa you finished! Have a peaceful 2017!

Terri said...

So sorry for your loss!

Beautiful stitching! I hope you have a better year in 2017!

Carol said...

I'm sure this Christmas was difficult being the first after you lost your husband, Jill. I'm so very sorry for your loss...

I just love that Santa you created--he is adorable with the feather trim and wire-rim glasses! Perfect!!

I hope this year will be better for you and that your love of stitching does its bit to help heal your heart...

valerie said...

I'm so sorry to read this news about your husband. I'm sure it was a hard year and holiday season for you. Your Santa ornie looks so fun! The crazy feather trim and gold glasses...I love it! And I am so happy your friend loved her gift! Best wishes to you in this new year!