Before all the Christmas madness began, I finally got around to finishing up (actually, fixing) a necklace I made in one of the classes I took at the CreativFestival. The piece is called Ombre Necklace and was taught by June Beach, a Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements Ambassador.
The necklace is so sparkly and happy looking! It contains around 100 Swarovski roundels in graduated sizes and three different colours. (Of course, the picture doesn’t do it justice.) I did manage to finish the necklace in class, but unfortunately I pulled the wire too tight before closing the crimp beads, so it didn’t hang nicely. I ordered replacement wire from ArtBeads so I could fix it, and I’m so glad I did! It looks so much nicer with just a little bit of slackness in the wire.
June also gave us some extra beads so we could make matching earrings. I haven’t done so yet because I’m not sure how I want them to look. The picture above shows two possibilities I’ve come up with. Of course, the finished earring would have the beads pulled tight together, not spaced out. Tell me what you think: do you like the left or the right, or neither?
We are having a bit of a warm-up here today, which is a nice change from the unrelenting cold of the past couple of weeks. But, that means lots of slush, and another excuse to stay inside. Actually, I’ve spent a lot of time inside this winter working on various projects. Okay, I’ve spent a lot of time surfing the Internet and wasting time, but I have made some time for stitching. My main focus right now is Santa’s Journey Stocking from Dimensions.
Santa’s Journey Stocking (WIP)
I was pretty disappointed with myself when I hung up my son’s Christmas stocking this year (Dimension’s Naughty or Nice), but still didn’t have stitched stockings for anyone else. The store-bought ones we have are nice, but I really want to finish stitching stockings for all of us. So, feeling guilty, I dug out my mom’s stocking from the bottom of my work basket and I’ve been diligently working on it.
Truthfully, I’m not sure this will become my mom’s stocking. I really want to stitch Windswept Santa Stocking for her, but I can’t find one for a reasonable price. They show up once in a while on eBay, but they are either $$$ or won’t ship up here to the Great White North. If you happen to have this kit and are willing to part with it for a reasonable price, please let me know.
Windswept Santa Stocking kit
Also, if you are interesting in signing up for the creative class I mentioned the other day, be sure you do so before the 20th! Seriously, don’t miss out. I’ve really enjoyed working through the worksheets and I think I’ve got a whole lot out of it. Click here to sign up or check out my post here.
I’m in the middle of a winter funk and not feeling very creative. So, I’m so glad I came across this little course: Four Steps to Recover Your Inner Creative Genius. It is being put out by the people behind the Ultimate Bundle, and looks to be really interesting.
If you decide to sign up, let me know. It would be fun to share our thoughts on the course.
I’m behind again, I know. And I apologize. I was waiting for a piece of the final prize, but sadly when it did arrive it wasn’t what I expected so I needed to search out a replacement. Thankfully, I believe I have put together a great prize package for our winner. Who is it?
Congratulations, Linda. And, again, I huge thank you to everyone who stitched along with me in 2014. We had over 400 entries for the entire year, and averaged a little over 30 entries per month. Some of you entered every month, or very nearly, and some of you entered only once in a while. I was happy for the company either way.
The 2015 SAL is underway now, with the first check in scheduled for January 28th. I’m stitching away and will definitely make it on time, and I promise that post will be up on time too. If you’d like to join in, check out the details here. There will be a prize at the end of the year again for everyone who enters.
Did you know our little SAL made it into a magazine? We were included in a round-up article on SALs in the January 2015 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. Sadly, I think I missed the hard copy of the issue, but I was able to get the digital edition through my library system. Check it out if you can, you may recognize some other names in the article too. (Hi, Jo!)
First, I’d like to say thank you very, very much to all the stitchers who stitched along with me during 2014. I know I’m terrible at leaving comments on blogs (I never know what to say!), but I looked at every single small that was stitched for the SAL and I loved them all. My mental to do list grew every month when I saw all the fabulous designs you all stitched.
For me, 2014 was the year of the Teresa Wentzler smalls. I loved stitching up old magazine designs and class pieces I had forgotten to finish. I’m sure many of you know I am a huge fan for TW, and for me stitching all these older designs was almost like having her designing again. It was great! (Okay, yes, an Enchanting Lair finish managed to sneak in back in July. No one is perfect. )
Weathervane - Teresa Wentzler - January 2014
Geometric - Teresa Wentzler - February 2014
Tulip Basket - Teresa Wentzler - March 2014
Grape wreath - Teresa Wentzler - April 2014
Strawberry Wreath - Teresa Wentzler - April 2014
Happy Holidays wreath - Teresa Wentzler - April 2014
Cutwork Compass Rose - Teresa Wentzler - May 2014
Child's Heart - Teresa Wentzler - June 2014
Love - Enchanting Lair - July 2014
Delightful Dragon front - Teresa Wentzler - August 2014
Fire Dragon - Teresa Wentzler - September 2014
Dragon Rampant - Teresa Wentzler - October 2014
Happy Holidays - Teresa Wentzler - November 2014
Jeanne Love's Angel - Teresa Wentzler - December 2014
I do still need to sew up the Delightful Dragon Scissor Fob, and I never got around to doing the hardanger for the Cutwork Compass Rose, but I do feel like I got a lot done in 2014. Thank you to all of you for sticking around for the ride, and encouraging me in my stitching!
2015 Smalls SAL – Did you know that I’m doing it all over again this year, and that I want you to take part too? Head over here to learn all about the 2015 Smalls SAL. I hope you stitch along with me!
Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that it brings you happiness, peace, and lots of good times! And plenty of time to stitch.
Happy New Year’s Eve and final check-in day! I’m sorry that I’m posting this so late in the day, but, as I mentioned yesterday, things have been extra out of sorts around here. Thankfully, my mom has been given the thumbs up by the doctor and is happily on her way home. The little man is also feeling much better, so thank you for the good wishes for him as well.
Now, on to the small!
Teresa Wentzler’s Jeanne Love’s Angel
This month I stitched Teresa Wentzler’s Jeanne Love’s Angel, a freebie that is available from her website. I stitched it as per the chart, except for leaving the backstitching off the border. I thought it matched the border of her robe a little better.
What did you stitch this month? Please leave your link in the form below, and leave a comment too if you’d like. All links will be entered into the year end draw, which will take place on January 8th. (I will be closing the link list around 10pm Eastern on January 7th.)
Did you enjoy stitching along with me this year? I sure enjoyed the company, and I’d love to have you join in again in 2015. Check out this page for all the info on next year’s Smalls SAL.