Friday, December 9, 2011

All Is Calm

Surprisingly, it is calm even though I am in a flurry of shopping, wrapping, decorating and baking! I love this time of year and it is going by too, too fast.

My first completed ornament of the year is this sweet design from Little by Little.  I've always liked it and it was a fun stitch.

All Is Calm, Little by Little
Lakeside Linen Vintage Light Examplar, 40 count
conversion to GAST, WDW and Thread Gather SNC

My other Christmas project is started and probably won't be finished this year. I love the color of this thread. It feels Christmas-y to me and is nice to work with on chilly nights.

Quaker Christmas Sampler, Carriage House Samplings
Lakeside Linen, Vintage Light Examplar, 40 count
Gloriana silk, Schoolhouse Red

Little Miss Miriam is finished and ready to be framed. I was a little sad to finish stitching her because I loved the spirit of the sampler and enjoyed working with these colors.

 Miriam Chilvers 1833, Samplers Remembered
Lakeside Linen, Vintage Maritime White, 40 count
AVAS silks 

My newest start is (finally!) Isabella Johnstone from the Summer 2010 issue of SANQ.  I absolutely love the linen I am using. It's a gorgeous color and the picture just doesn't do it justice at all. It's dyed by Jan of  Tree of Life Samplings and is called Almond Creme

1854 Isabella Johnstone Sampler, SANQ Summer 2010
Tree of Life Samplings, Almond Creme, 40 count
DMC threads

Although the leaves are now almost gone from our trees, I wanted to share this picture I took at the end of November. This is the view from my study window and if I'm at my desk working I can look down our driveway. I love this view because it changes often and I can just see a few of the pink rosebushes and our crepe myrtle we planted earlier this year. 

Miss Kitty loves the front porch, too. She keeps watch for anything that moves from her command post. 
When she's had enough of the view from the front porch, she will often grace me with her presence in my study and take a little nap on the loveseat.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you all  have a great weekend!


Joy said...

Lovely finishes and starts. If I had that view from my work room, I'm not sure if I would accomplish much;) Sweet kitty. Happy Weekend to you!

Patty C. said...

Lovely LHN Ornaments - Great WIPS
& Miriam ,......BEAUTIFUL :)

Margaret said...

Love your finishes! The WIPs are nice too! But All is Calm -- gorgeous! Your Miss Kitty looks so pretty sitting on the front porch.

Laurie in Iowa said...

You have a wonderful view from your study window. Love the All is Calm ornament and your start on Quaker Christmas. Gloriana Schoolhouse Red is such a beautiful color.
Congrats on finishing Miriam and finally getting to start Isabella.

barbara said...

Your stitching is so very beautiful - and I love your choice of subjects!

Katrina said...

Wow, you've been so busy!!!! Love, love, love Miriam, congratulations on the finish. Sweet ornament too. The red for your Quaker piece is so pretty and I love the linen for Isabella!!!!

Michelle said...

Miriam is fantastic! I love the colors in her, no wonder you were sad to be done with her stitching. But she is gorgeous finished! I love your All is Calm ornament too. That one's going to be first on my list to stitch in 2012. I'm loving that Schoolhouse Red you're using for Quaker Christmas too - so fun!!

Siobhán said...

Congratulations on the finishes!!! I am hoping to get to Miriam this coming year--I hope, I hope! I'm going to have to keep pulling up your picture to look at it. Your All is Calm looks great, too--I need to get stitching that. I love Little by Little's designs. Schoolhouse Red is such a great color--it's going to make such a beautiful holiday time sampler. Love the pics of Miss Kitty and your view--gorgeous! I love the photo of her surveying her kingdom. :)

Siobhán said...

PS--the Almond Creme for Isabella looks amazing--it's going to be so antique-y looking when done!

Mindi said...

I love the soft colors in Miriam Chilvers, and I can understand why it was a bittersweet finish. Your ornament finish is adorable, and I love both of the new starts.

Carol said...

Such beautiful things you have to share with us today--I love that little ornament. Have never seen that design before...Another thing to add to my Christmas list!

Miriam is so, so pretty--congratulations on a lovely finish. And enjoy the rest of your holiday preparations--won't be long now :)

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

What absolutely stunning projects! I love your ornament finish, your sampler...gorgeous and the start stunning!

The Scarlett House said...

So nice to see a blog post from you, Dona. Your stitching projects are wonderful, and that view is, too. What a place to work!

Nicola said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to following your posts, stitching projects and Miss Kitty's adventures. Wishing you a very blessed and joyous Christmas and a happy New Year, may it bring you gifts of joy, health and happiness.

Penny said...

I love Little by Little and that's a sweet little ornament.
Beautiful color choice for your Quaker Christmas Sampler and lovely fabric choice too!
Miriam Chilvers is so pretty - I forget until I see it on someone's blog that it is one I want to stitch.
What a wonderful view from your front porch and Miss Kitty sure is a beauty! :)
Wanted to thank you for visiting my blog! :)

Deb said...

What beautiful choices to stitch. I'm new to your old stitcher for many years, I'm now reading and reviewing books for the most part, but I keep my fingers twinned in the threads once in a while! :] I'll be back to see what you're doing. I followed you over from my dear friend, Nicole's page.
and of LavenderRoseRamblings

Isobel -Argante- said...

I love LHN ornaments! Also the Christmas Sampler looks perfect in his colors! And this blog is wonderful!!!

Merry Christmas
The Primitive Hare

Isobel -Argante- said...

I love LHN ornaments! Also the Christmas Sampler looks perfect in his colors! And this blog is wonderful!!!

Merry Christmas
The Primitive Hare

P.J. said...

I need to pick up the "All is Calm" pattern. It is too quaint! I have say I am liking the red you are using, very cheery! Your work is fabulous.