Sunday, January 03, 2010

Starting the New Year out Right!

Greetings and Salutations! My new year is off to a great start and it comes with pictures to share.

First, my husband gifted me with a wooden dowel tree. I hope you can see it okay in this picture. It is painted black and doesn't show up great against the red wall! I've been wanting one of these for sometime and he was more than happy to take on the project. He followed Vonna's tutorial with some minor modifications. Doesn't it look great? My plan is to display seasonal ornaments on it throughout the year.
Next up - my first two finishes for 2010! Have you ever been to a stitching retreat where a prize was awarded to the first stitcher who finishes a project? Invariably there is someone who comes along with a project that only needs like ten more stitches in it. That should hardly count, but it does and they win the prize. Well, that's kind of what I think about this first finish, it shouldn't really count! All but the dog house on it was stitched in 2009, but I just didn't have time to finish it up before the end of the year. Nonetheless, it is now completed.



Lizzie Kate
Dogs Leave Paw Prints
30 ct Weeks Cappucino
WDW Fibers

(Just noticed that I need to stitch on the dog bone charm yet!)

This next finish was also started in 2009, but I only had maybe about a third of it done. I started working on it in December but then got caught up with ornament stitching and it kind of sat for awhile. After two nights of stitching on it, voila' it's finished!


Blackbird Designs
Evergreen - Loose Feathers #17
30 ct R&R Iced Cappucino
WDW/GAST fibers


I have to apologize to Barb and Alma. I just didn't like that pink (pomogranate) blackbird down in the left corner, so I replaced it with a heart, just like the one on the other side!

The Christmas decorations are boxed up and put away and I'm ready to relax in my stitching chair and will likely watch some football. I promised my friend Joan that I would start a new project for the new year. That's what I'm off to do now. Maybe I will have pictures for you tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope your evening is filled with stitching!

36 comments:

devonaz said...

What great finishes,,,and I love the tree,,he should make them and sell them,,,thank you for sharing..

Julianne said...

The ornament tree your husband made for you is beautiful! That's a wonderful way to display your seasonal smalls. Enjoy it!

Becky K in OK said...

I love your tree and your ornaments hanging on it. Your finishes are great too.

Daffycat said...

DH did an awesome job with the ornament tree! It looks fantastic!

Those are terrific finishes, Cathy. You should have won a prize or something!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your first finishes and your dowell tree! Looking forward to seeing your seasonal displays on it!

Happy New Year!

Robin in Virginia

Nancy*Glory Bee said...

Love the finishes. I finished the L*K dog design yesterday also! I don't think Barb & Alma will mind about the bird/heart......Great stitching....Nancy

Kathy A. said...

love your ornament tree. What a great way to display ornaments.
Congrats on your two finishes. They are lovely.
Oh, I wonder what your new start will be.

Kim B said...

Congrats on the finishes - even if the LK was almost finished in '09! And that dowel tree is fantastic!

lynda said...

Great finishes! I love the ornament tree too.

Kath said...

t ornament tree is awesome Cathy. Big ups to your DH, he did a fine job.

And well done on your finishes too, that is a good start to the new year.

corinna said...

nice finishes
love that tree
black is nice

Cindy's Stitching said...

Love the tree your husband made. 2 finishes already - you are off to a great start. Happy New Year.

Mama Joan said...

What a nice hubby. Good to see you are getting some stitching done. Can't wait to see the new start.

Margaret said...

Oh I love your dowel tree! I wish my hubby could make things like that for me. He's not a crafty type though, just a virtual type. lol! Love your first finish of 2009 too -- it counts! And also your BBD finish -- it's one of those I keep thinking I need to stitch! Can't wait to see what you choose for your first start of the New Year!

Barbi said...

He did great with the dowel tree! I want one too! Your finishes are great too! Happy New Year!

Stephanie said...

Your DH did a great job on your dowel tree! I think I need to "encourage" my DH to make me one. Love your finishes! I have "Evergreen" in my stash and plan to stitch it this year.

Deb said...

I love your dowel tree. What a great way to display stitched ornaments! And your finishes are wonderful too!

valerie said...

I love your dowel tree!! I wonder if I can talk my BF into making me one. Wonderful finishes!!

Cole said...

Great finishes! And I love the dowel tree, it's such a nice way to display all the smalls you accumulate :)

Brigitte said...

Great for you to have two very nice first finishes this year. No matter if it's just a little dog house that was missing or a whole third of the piece, lol.
I love your ornament tree. I also have one but don't have enough ornaments to fill it with. I have to chnage this situation this year, lol.
Looking forward to seeing your new project.

Siobhan said...

Lovely finishes, Cathy! I especially like the BBD finish. I have resolved to do more of my BBDs this year. The ornament tree that your husband made for you is amazing! Very clever.

Nic said...

Great finishes - and the dowel tree is sucha cute way to display your work!

Vonna said...

Ohhh, I love yours painted black...I think I may have to paint mine black now :0)

staci said...

Love your dowel tree, your hubby did a wonderful job! Congrats on the sweet finishes :)

Irene said...

Great tree and finishes !

Sharon said...

What a beautiful gift from your hubby's hands! It's lovely and will be a perfect way to add seasonal joys to your home.
Love the finishes too!!! :)

Karen said...

I love your dowel tree painted black. I may have to paint mine black...just can't decide. Love your finishes too.

linenstitcher2 said...

Fun to see your great progress in these pictures. Nice finishes, and I love the dowel tree. What a great way to display your lovely stitching!

Giovanna said...

Lovely finishes, congrats! And to your DH too for making such a perfect tree. Happy New Year!

Lennu said...

Your finishes are beautiful, both of them! The ornament tree is just great, your DH did wonderful job! I also have an ornament tree made by a friend, from metal wire and I display my ornaments in it all year long :)

Karoline said...

Great finishes especially Everygreen, congratulations.

The ornament tree is gorgeous, congratulations to your DH

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful DH you have to make that ornament tree. Lovely finishes!

karenv said...

Lovely finishes Cathy! Evergreen is one of my favourite BBD finishes and yours turned out lovely :)

❦TattingChic said...

That dowel tree is absolutely lovely! That is so sweet that your hubby made it. The black looks great in that photo. That red wall is a great color, BTW! LOL!
Your stitching looks so cute hanging there! What a sweet gift!
Sorry, I missed saying Merry Christmas and Happy New Year earlier! Hope you'll accept my belated greetings!
(((Hugs)))
~TattingChic ♥

Robin said...

I love your dowel tree. I need one to display several angel smalls I've stitched but I guess I'll have to sweet talk my DH into making me one :-)

shakatak66 said...

Your first of the year finishes are gorgeous! And your dowel tree is terrific :D All the best for 2010 - may it be filled with all that is wonderful, in every sense of the word!