Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hardanger Ornaments - Readers's Creations

As much as I would have liked to finish Christmas Joy and share it with you before the Holidays, my cold (yes, I am at it again) proved to be stronger than my desire and ability to stitch. Today I managed to do all the baking, so maybe tomorrow I'll give stitching another try. No promises, though...
Until then I am proud to share with you the beautiful ornaments stitched by my dear readers.

Tatiana's work:

Martina's work:

Victoria's work:

I just love seeing all the different interpretations, thank you, ladies!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Stocking Ornament

After the "summer break" yesterday, I was a very good girl and finished up the Hardanger Stocking Ornament.

There are no red beads on the golden side, because I simply ran out of them... Oh, well, these ornaments were not a planned thing, so I am glad the beads lasted as long as they did. 
My friend said that if she didn't know that I had designed this with red beads, she wouldn't even miss them :)

Christmas Joy is coming soon and I can't wait to put up our Christmas tree already!

Happy creating, Everyone!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Summer memories

Preparations for Christmas? Not today. My muse had different plans for me: she wanted to play with colors of spring and summer. Again, who am I to fight her?

Tulips, a delicate bouquet of summer roses... 

... memories of summers past...

Now back to finishing a certain Christmas stocking ornament, unless I get distracted again.

Happy creating, Everyone!

Apprentice at work

My daughter joined me while I was browsing the internet for handmade Christmas decoration ideas for kids the other day, and to my surprise, she was not taken with the "cute" ones, but with the fabric covered styrofoam balls. "Let's make these", she said. Ok, as long as I do the cutting. She agreed and we ran up to the studio to choose some fabric and ribbon. Need I tell you how much I loved seeing her go through my fabrics and ribbons, choosing "just the perfect ones to go together"???
She did need a lot of help finishing them, after all, she is only four, but all the choices were hers and she was so happy and proud of herself, and oh, did we have fun making and photographing  these balls!

Happy preparations, Everyone!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Snowflake Ornament

As the majority of the ladies participating in my little game wished, let me introduce to you the finished Snowflake Ornament.

It wasn't the easiest one to make and I sure had my moments of frustration while whip stitching the two sides together, but where would we all be without challenges and in the end I am happy with the result.

So happy, in fact, that I have entered it into a competition for handmade Christmas decorations, reason for which I have made the collage bellow. More about the contest in a later post.

Happy creating, Everyone!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

And the winner of the giveaway is....

Before taking her to kindergarten this morning, I asked Sara, my four years old daughter, to help me draw the winner of the giveaway. "But, Mom, I want YOU to win!", she said :)))) After I explained to her how things worked, she let herself persuaded to pick a name from the box. She unfolded the piece of paper and asked me what was written on it. Well, I couldn't help, but smile: there was my name on it. How about that? Sara went to kindergarten happy that Mom had won, and I hope that

will be happy, too, when reading this, as she is the winner of my hardanger heart ornament!

And just because Christmas is coming, I drew another name from the box, so

will receive a heart, too, just like this one:

Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for playing with me!

With 9 votes for the snowflake and 6 for the stocking, the snowflake is going to be finished first. As for the name of no. 4, I really liked all your ideas, but as she was the one to win, I am going with Annamari's idea: "Christmas Joy". Some of the other ideas inspired me to create new ornaments, so maybe we will have a new set for next Christmas...

Wishing Everyone a happy day,


Friday, December 7, 2012

Help Me Out And Win My Heart - Christmas Giveaway

As my "ornament cloth" is getting closer and closer to the moment when it will turn into a butterfly seven Christmas tree ornaments, I found myself wondering which one to finish first... A bell and a heart have already been finished before starting the "cloth", so one of the other three would be more fun to continue with: the snowflake, the stocking or poor little no.4, for which I couldn't come up with a name...

So here's what I thought: why not ask YOU to help me decide and make this a fun Christmas giveaway? Are you in? Great! Let's play!

Which of the three ornaments would you like to see finished first: snowflake, stocking or no.4?
And as I think that no.4 is too pretty to be called a number, what name would you give to this ornie?

Leave a comment to this post answering one or both of the two questions above for one or two chances to win my two sided hardanger heart ornament.

Hurry up and leave your comment until December 10, midnight (CET) and I will draw a name on the 11th, so that I can post the ornament as soon as possible, hoping that it will reach its destination by Christmas, wherever the winner of the giveaway may reside.

Spread the word if you would like, and when you leave your comment make sure it links back to a working email address so I can get back to you.

Thank you for your help and good luck, Everyone!

Christmas Ornaments - Readers' Creations

Creating the Hardanger Christmas Ornament patterns was great fun in itself, but seeing them embroidered by you, dear old and new friends, is such a wonderful feeling, I can't even describe it in words. It feels like we all became part of each other's joyful preparations for Christmas :)

Milena from Italy created this lovely ornament using a simplified version of my snowflake ornament on blue felt:

Rita from Hungary chose to embroider the heart, creating this pretty ornament:

Manka, also from Hungary, finished a complete two sided ornament, using the heart ornament pattern:

Congratulations, ladies, for your beautiful creations and thank you sooo much for sharing these photos with me!

Wishing Everyone a happy weekend,

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