RJ's Grab Bag
Christmas Challenge Stitches
Before we get started I have had a lot of emails about the pinafore and how to make one or where to find directions. It's kind of a made up term because it reminded me of how pinafores go over little girls' dresses to make them extra special. I've been doing this to my cushions on wicker furniture to change their look for years and I thought why not on a pillow. I will be making another pillow pinafore with a tutorial in the future and I think that will make it an easy way to understand how to make them. They are a lot of fun to make and I hope you will all give one a try.
On our way to Durango, Colorado this summer, we stopped for a two week visit with our son Mike in Texas. While there, I was amazed at our son's new found hobby. Mike has taught himself to paint. Where he acquired this talent I have no idea. It certainly was not from me or my husband. So for my grab bag week I thought you might enjoy viewing some of his artwork. His Mom is mighty impressed and proud!
Here is a sampling of his work:
Stitching Friends Challenge
RJ - This month I stitched a cute Sunflower Santa from Prairie Schooler from the booklet called A Christmas Visit book 48.
|Love this smaller PS Santa with the sunflowers and garden elements.|
|I'm practicing with a new 50 lens from Mary. It fades out the edges and background.|
by Prairie Schooler
A Christmas Visit book 48
35 ct. Weeks Cocoa linen
over dyed threads of my choice
Mary - My latest Christmas Challenge is LHN's "Six Little Cardinals" and this is the second time I have stitched this. The first time it was a gift for my niece and I remember it being a quick and easy stitch. This time not so much! I spent a lot of time "frogging" and I blame it on the Mets! Listening to my team losing while stitching is not a good combination!
I assure you this is a fun and easy stitch and one of my favorite LHN Christmas ornaments. I used all the suggested threads except I substituted Weeks Pecan for DMC 410 and GA English Ivy for DMC 3051
by Little House Needleworks
Weeks cocoa linen
Next week we will be showing our oldies made new. Thank you for visiting us today. We hope to see you next week. Mary and RJ
Friends are the sunshine of life.