Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays and a Big Reveal

I hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday season.  I can't believe that 2012 is quickly coming to an end! 

We had a wonderful Christmas Day with our small family.  We are now down to just five of us - the DH, the DD, my sister and my father.  Although we are few in number, we still enjoyed the day as a family.

Since the house renovation is continuing (we have entered our third year of construction), I still can't decorate as extensively as I'd like.  But the DH and DD did a fabulous job with the artifical tree and the DD went crazy with entwining ribbon over everything! 

Christmas Tree - 2012
I am hoping that next year I will finally be able to find all my decorations and really dress the house up in style.
 
The Big Reveal

I have been working on Achoo by Dimensions for my sister for her Christmas gift.  I am happy to say that she loved it.  

The kit came with 14-ct white Aida.  I don't particularly like working on Aida if I can help it, and I really didn't care for the white.  I thought it was too stark.  I kept looking for the perfect linen for this kit.  I was able to purchase some Picture This Plus 36-ct Edinburgh linen in Fresco while I was at The Stitching Post outside Baltimore.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.  I think the shades in the fabric really enhance the picture.  My framer (The Framed Image) did a great job with the piece and even photographed it beautifully so that I could post it on this blog.


Achoo
Design by Dimensions
Stitched on 36-ct Fresco Edinburgh Linen

For the coming year, rather than start a new project, I am going to revisit some spectacular canvas projects that were class pieces I have not completed.  I haven't decided just yet which one I will be working on first, so stay tuned ... I have the next week off so that I can mull over the canvases that are sitting around.

Until next time, happy stitching!

20 comments:

  1. Your tree is very pretty. Achoo is adorable and glad your sister loved it. The fabric does compliment the pattern. Great choice! Merry Christmas Linda!

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    1. Thank you, Vicky. Merry Christmas to you as well.

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  2. A wonderful piece I hadn't seen before...what a treat for your sister.

    Barbara

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. I thought it was perfect for my sister - she's a veterinarian who raises Dalmatians. Happy holidays.

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  3. Beautiful piece! I am glad that your sister liked it.
    Heidi-ILCS

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    1. Thank you, Heidi. I was very pleased that she liked it as well.

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  4. Looks great, Linda. Congrats on your finish.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Meari. I am very pleased with how it turned out. Merry Christmas to you!

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  5. Well done of Achoo it's gorgeous

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    1. Thank you, Denise. My sister was surprised!

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  6. I love it, makes me smile and glad you changed fabrics! It is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Deb. it is such a cute piece - and my sister is a veterinarian with a particular fondness for Dalmatians. So I couldn't resist.

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  7. Beautiful, glad it was done in time.

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    1. Thank you, Emily. I can safely say the needle was flying in early November to be sure it would be ready for framing in time for Christmas.

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  8. It turned out fabulous! Congratulations on such a great finish and I'm glad to hear your sister liked it. Your decorations look lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Mab. I am happy she liked it as well. Happy holidays.

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  9. Such a perfect piece for a vet/Dalmation lover! The Stitching Post is a great place to find fabric, isn't it? You'll have to show Melinda a photo of the completed piece.

    ~Judy

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  10. Thank you, Judy. I immediately thought of my sister the first time I saw this design. The Stitching Post is one of my "must visits" whenever I am in the Baltimore area.

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  11. That is a cute piece! I love the Stitching Post, although I don't go very often. We are in DC, so it really isn't that far.

    Found your blog from ILCS.

    Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. Glad you found my blog!

      Happy holidays.

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