Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I've been lurking!

I can't believe how I've been lurking - checking out lots of posts, usually not commenting but enjoying everyone's progress.

I've been busy- I'm working on a "simple" piece - or that's how it should have been. I made one huge counting error and had to take so much of it out I hate to admit it!! It's been a disaster and I've just kept plugging away - and you know what? I'm glad I kept ripping because now it's pretty close to right. I changed the colors. This designer does all black and white with a splash of color. I just couldn't do the tree black, I'm sorry.

The reason this piece is so meaningful is that my daughter adopted 2 kittens when she was at school. Someone in the dorm told on her and we ended up the long term foster parents of these cats. One cat was all black named Stashu and he just LOVED the Christmas tree. He spent his time trying to climb it, played with the ornaments, batted at the beads and bent all the branches. It was a very trying time for everyone. I found this great pattern years ago, but then wasn't able to locate it again when I wanted it. This year I found it on line and heree is my progress:Another thing I just completed tonight was a restitching of my daughter's name on her stocking. I made the stocking when she was a little girl and she was named Laura. As an adult, she legally changed her name and has nothing personalized. I ripped out her old name on the stocking and restitched her new name Lauralai. I wish I had moved it over a little more to the left, but I have to live with it not being perfectly centered. You folks have reminded me that I'm sometimes too hard on myself so I'm letting it go!! It was challenging stitching on a completed stocking! I was toying with doing the name and sewing a cuff on the stocking with the new name, but none of my aida cloth matched in color so I just did my best with what I had to work with. She will be very excited. Unfortunately, she changed her plans and won't be coming home this Christmas! Boo hoo. I told her not to look at my blog so here's the finished product.





6 comments:

Ginnie said...

I love your cat and Christmas tree stitching - I think colouring the tree works really well. Lovely stocking too.

Daffycat said...

Love how you colorized the Christmas tree...those are really cute designs!

Great job on the stocking! Maybe add some decorative stitches to the left side to even things out?

Andrea said...

Love the cat design. Great stocking too. The name looks pretty central to me.

Michele said...

you lurker you :)

I just adore that pattern with the tree and kitty .. very cute!

and your daughter's stocking is lovely! The name looks just fine :)

Tracy said...

I think the name looks fine. But I agree with Daffycat, if you want to even it up some add some decorative stitches or maybe some buttons...

Don't you just love those cat designs?

Irishenchantment said...

hi jean thanks for popping by i am still not 100% but getting there...i have a blogoversary and a birthday coming up my birthday is 22nd and blog bday is 31/12 so i will be planning something special in the new year to celebrate everything with you guys (hopefully) speak to you soon and merry christmas love shel xox