Monday, December 06, 2010

Twenty-First & Twenty-Second Finish For 2010

What's this you ask? When has she had time to finish not only one but TWO pieces? Don't worry, you're not going crazy because I've been asking myself the same question ;o) Not to worry though, they are not huge finishes by any means. You'll see what I mean in a minute.

This year I went out and bought myself a 3.5 foot artificial tree just for my stitched ornaments. It was a great deal and plus I wanted to treat myself :o) I don't like putting those ornaments on a real tree for fear they will get sap on them. I've spent too much time working and finishing them to have that happen!

One night I put the tree together and then a few days later I put the mini lights on. When I couldn't take it anymore, I dug out all my cross stitched ornaments and started putting them on the tree :o) Since it was still November, I couldn't bring it upstairs yet so when I was in the basement putting a wash in, I'd admire my creation.

FINALLY December arrived and I brought my little tree upstairs. It now resides upstairs on the second floor. We don't have a hallway per se but a landing with the two bedrooms, TV room and bathroom going off of it. I always pictured a tree there and this is what it looks like -

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I'm not crazy about the tree skirt as I'm not a gold person but it was the only 24 inch one I could find! It works though. What I didn't take into account was how big some of my ornaments were but that's okay because I love my tree :o) We put mini lights up the side of the stairs again this year and with them and my tree lit up, it's so festive.

Now that brings me back to my two finishes! I was in the craft store one day and came across some rusted tin snowflakes and I knew immediately what I would do with them :o) With a little tweaking of stitches here and there, these are the results -

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I just love them and they'll be going up on my new tree once the glue is dry :o) I used the snowmen faces from Oh Joy by Val's Stuff that was in this years' JCS Ornament Issue and stitched them on some raw linen scraps that I had laying around. I changed the colors and used DMC 712, WDW Onyx and WDW Carrot.

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As you can see, their noses are much shorter but I needed to do that in order to get a rounder looking head for my circle. I used Sharon's Magnetic Needleminder Tutorial to cover my metal form. I glued it to the front of the tin snowflake and then cut a circle out of antique white felt to glue on the back and cover the mess ;o) Add a little ribbon and voila!

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Btw, our delivery DID arrive today so now I'll be busy putting furniture together :o) I'll be back soon to update you on that.


43 comments:

CalamityJr said...

What a great way to use the tin snowflakes! I'm sure you know you're going to be copied... Thanks!

Patty C. said...

I am going snowman crazy here - I just love frosty at Christmas time - you did a fantastic job with those ornaments - perfect finish - I might have to steal that idea - Popcorn said I could - lol

Kttycat said...

Them are just too cute! Your tree is so pretty too!

Chris said...

The snowflakes are so cool!
Very creative :)
HAve a great week!
Chris

Nancy said...

Oh, those are sweet, Cathey!

~*Shar*~ said...

These are tooooooooo cute hun;

Hugs, Shar

Deborah said...

Your little tree looks great! I love, love the snowflake ornaments.

Cindy said...

Love the adorable snowflakes, and your tree is awesome! I have always wanted to have a tree just for stitched ornaments (guess I would have to stitch a lot more of them to make that happen LOL!)

I could never find a tree skirt that I liked, so wound up making my own. It really wasn't that bad :)

Leslie said...

I love the little tree and the snowflakes are adorable!!!!

Diana said...

The snowflakes with the snowmen are very cute!

Gert said...

Oh I love your little tree...it is so pretty and I can see why you are enjoying it:) Wow!! Love the snowmen ornaments..you are so clever! Amazing!!

Blessings...
xoxo Gert

valerie said...

What a cute little tree! Love the tin snowman snowflake idea. They are wonderful!

April Mechelle said...

Cute Ornaments !!! Love the tree ! I bet your home looks so festive!!

Harmien said...

Those flakes look snow good!! Sorry... just had to say that...LOL!! But they do!

Rachael xx said...

How wonderful are those snowmen!! great idea, and your tree looks fabulous!

Denise said...

Too Cute - They'll be adorable on your little tree.

Can't wait to see the furniture! Have fun in assembly.

Smiles- Denise

Annie said...

What a cute idea! Those are adorable and perfect for your new tree.

Cindy's Stitching said...

What a cute Idea

Carol said...

What a great idea, Cathey! I may have to see if I can find any of the rusted tin snowflakes myself! They would look great on my snowman tree :)

Love your little tree, too. I was thinking about getting one just for my ornaments, too--just not sure where I would put it. Yours looks very nice on that landing!

Rachel S said...

Those are SOOOOO cool! Great job! Love the tree! I like the idea of bringing the holidays throughout the house!

Brigitte said...

Oh, so cute. Great job!

Tatkis said...

Oh, I fall in love with your stitching Christmas tree! Wonderful!
And the snowman flakes are so cute!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Olenka's Stitches said...

Wow, your tree looks fabulous! You were so creative in your last two finishes! Great job!

Melanie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

Jenn's Crafty World said...

So sweet: great job!

Irene said...

Great tree and the ornaments are so cute !!

zoomcity said...

Adorable!!

Daffycat said...

Oh, Cathey...these little snowman ornies are simply adorable! What a fantastic idea!

Your stitchy tree looks fab too!

Christine said...

A fantastic and creative idea! Your ornaments look great, as does your tree!

Myra said...

Your little tree is beautiful! Some of the ornaments on mine are too big too but I don't care. I enjoy looking at all the handmade goodness. Clever idea with the snowflakes - those snowmen are way cool! (pun intended) ;o)

Julie said...

Super snowflakes, what a great job you did.

Love the tree!

Lisa said...

Such cute little finishes & your tree looks lovely, well done.

vEr0n!c@ said...

Love your tin snowflakes! What an original idea. Your Christmas tree is gorgeous too :)

dixiesamplardesigns said...

Cathey, I love your Christmas tree...it turned out perfectly!

LOL, and your snowmen finishes are going to be a great addition...how smart of you to finish them like that...Looove it!!

Happy Stitchin'
Terri

Julie said...

Your ornaments are SO cute! What a fun idea!

Anonymous said...

I love your tree! And, the snowmen ornies are too cute :)
Donna in WV

Tina said...

Those are cute snowflakes. Love your tree too! Awesome job!

Lisa said...

Your snowflake ornies are so cute! I'm going to have to remember those and look to try something similar next year.
Love your tree as well, DH commented when we put our tree up that I have enough stitched ornies now to fill their own tree lol.

♥ Nia said...

I'm in love!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Your snowflakes are so adorable =)))) Great idea that you had!! And they look so cute :D

I don't like seeing cross stitch ornaments on my tree either, so, I hang them in other places around the house LOL
But a second tree in my craft room.. sounds good ;) hahahah I'm loving you ideas :D Your tree is just perfect!

Danielle said...

LOVE those ornaments. A truly creative finish.

Sharon said...

Cathey, those are totally adorable!

Siobhan said...

Okay, those are, hands down, THE cutest ornaments I have seen!!! What a great idea! I am so impressed... and envious, because it would never occur to me in a cagillion years to come up with a cool finishing idea like that.

Lori-Ann said...

Your treet looks so cute. Doesn't matter the size of ornies... as long as they bring us joy.

I predict you will need a larger artificial tree soon as those ornies are bound to grow in number. :o)