Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy Dance 2010!

My very first happy dance of 2010! I would have had Poinsettia House done a week ago but I got distracted working on the quilt. I ran out of thread for the quilt a few days ago, though, and was waiting for JoAnns to put their thread on sale today. So in the meantime, I got back to work on this one and put the final stitches in it Friday night. I love it! Every stitch was a joy! And I only had 2 - very minor - visits from the frog. This was a gift from sweet Vonna so all my thanks go out to her for making my first 2010 project so delightfully wonderful :)

Poinsettia House by Littlehouse Needleworks
28 count linen using recommended CC and DMC fibers
Stitched 12/31/09 - 1/15/09


After reading about Harmien's frustrations, I was especially conservative with the Clay Pot. And I am so glad I was! By the end of it, I had only two little threads remaining. So keep that in mind if you're planning to do this chart too.

To my shock, I have another finish to add to my 2010 list - Lady Scarlet's Secret Garden! I actually started this one over the summer when I was in Boston visiting my dad, but I only got as far as finishing the border. When I brought it home it just got set aside. I picked it up yesterday afternoon and got all the stitching finished by the time I went to bed last night. Today I picked up some beading needles while I was at JoAnns and got the beads added. This was my first time adding beads and I'm pleased with my results! This one is going straight to the top of the finishing pile!

Lady Scarlet's Secret Garden by Just Nan
28 count cream chashel using recommended DMC
Started 7/09; Finished 1/17/10


In other news, the weather was finally nice enough to try out the new running shoes DH gave me for Christmas (we exchanged running shoes this year). They are NICE! I hope to get a lot of good use out of them this year and finally get the last of the baby weight off.

I hope you are having a beautiful and productive long weekend too! Thank you again for all your sweet comments. I really do appreciate them so much! Happy stitchy wishes to you all!

24 comments:

BeckySC said...

BEEutiful finishes dear Kim :) Just lovely :) Congratulations :)

I wanted to thank you for your sweet comments/prayers regarding my mom and myself :) You're a doll :)

Have a lovely new week :)
((hugs))

Blu said...

Lovely finishes! Congrats.

Ranae said...

Pretty finishes! Kim
I can't wait to see how you finish them off.

Catherine said...

Your finishes are lovely!

staci said...

Beautiful stitching and beautiful finishes Kim! Congrats :)

Linda said...

beautiful!

Linda

valerie said...

Beautiful finishes! Congrats!

Kathy said...

Wonderful finished and stitching. You are very busy stitching and quilting. Great job. School probably starts soon and will slow down your good work.

Harmien said...

So glad you managed to make the Clay Pot last, it looks gorgeous! The JN piece will make a great finish!

mymarkdesigns said...

Congrats on the finishes! I haven't had a single finish this year yet... love Poinsettia House.

And why haven't you joined the StL Stitchers yet?!

Vonna said...

Well lookie! TWO for one finishes in the New Year :)
GREAT! I love them both and you are inspiring me to get my own Poinsetta House out and started!

Lelia said...

Beautiful stitching! Luv them both!

Carol said...

Wow! You have been busy, Kim--love them both, but that Poinsettia House is especially luscious. Thanks for the tip on being careful with the Clay Pot thread, too!

Hope your week is off to a great start :)

kimstitch3 said...

I love your pointsettia house. I love anything by LHN. I have stitched many and add to my list of must haves daily.take care,Kimberly

Lee said...

Two beautiful finishes! I heard about the Clay Pot issues, too, so I went and bought another skein. I figure it's a pretty and useful color anyway.

Cari said...

Kim, what beautiful stitching - congrats on two lovely finishes! Oh, I can't wait to run again - actually, I would even settle for a nice long walk at this point. My PT said I could walk a whole .25 miles if I felt up to it - very sad, but I must be thankful for progress!

Suzanne said...

Poinsettia House is a gorgeous finish! I will have to keep the thread issue in mind, thanks.

I love Lady Scarlet's Secret Garden, I am so jealous as I really wanted this one, but they were all sold out very quickly.

Karen said...

Very pretty finish...love the colors in this one! Great job on both.

Michele B. said...

How pretty both of your finishes are, and congratulations on the beading! I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt.

Sharon said...

Gorgeous finishes Kim!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful finish! Congratulations!
Ive been running again too - getting right back into it!

Michelle said...

Beautiful finishes! I really need to get my Lady Scarlet out and stitch it up - so pretty!! And I am in desperate need of some new running/walking shoes - I'm jealous!

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations on your two beautiful finishes. The JN is just gorgeous.

Sally said...

Two very pretty finishes. I absolutely love Poinsetta House.