Thursday, January 20, 2011

Their Song

 First reason for a Happy Dance is finishing "Their Song". A chart I admired quite some while and got forwarded to my by Sadie. This chart is traveling around in stitching world ever since Vonna sent it on its merry way. It stayed for a while in the US, flew then to the United Kingdom, from where it took the plane to Australia where it stayed for a while. Right now it's on its way back to the US to its new owner Kathy . I'm very grateful that I was able to stitch such a wonderful chart that is hard to get your hands on. There are several BBD I would LOVE to stitch, but sadly can't get hold on unless I'm willing to pay a ridiculous price on Ebay.



Stitched with the recommended fibers (Weeks Dye)
on self dyed 30ct linen



And then the door bell rang and my Aunt and Uncle came with a fantastic gift  Feast your eyes ......



 My uncle is a fantastic artist with wood. Because I wanted to have a tree for my ornaments I asked him if he could make one for me. Just a simple one will do. Pretty please with a cherry on top. Yesterday he turned up and brought the tree. Wasn't a simple one. Barry doesn't do simple...ever. When you look at this picture you have to realize that everything is made out of a lump of wood. He doesn't buy dowels, he makes them. That took him lots of hours to create and  I will cherish this forever.

 And because watching tennis and stitching ornaments are a very good combination, there are 3 ornaments . Two of them are for exchanges and haven't arrived at their new home. So I can't show pictures of these  yet.
From that set shown below I finished the Santa with the Noel tree. Still have one to go in that series and then will ornamentify them.



Did sew 2 more foot warmers (one is a gift and one is for the oldest daughter)  and also finished a pair of gloves which is shown by my daughter. :)


Got another gift as well....although that little gift looked suspiciously like my little Lucy. I think Lucy was trying (successfully) to get another cookie out of me by playing cute She takes desperate measures when it comes to cookies. No clue why some people start to call her a sausage dog. 



Because I'm a huge tennis fan, and the Australia Open just began there is a chance that I might get a tad more stitching done. Watching tennis and working on ornaments is a great combination. I have now a tree that must be filled (that's my excuse for my husband....lol....in reality I just want to watch tennis)

Talk to you soon :)

36 comments:

Bertie said...

Love that sampler, yes BBD are the best really and so lovely to stitch too. Great idea to send the pattern around the world.
Wow what a present, beautifully made you new wooden tree, a very talented uncle:))
Such wonderful fingerless mittens, your daughter seems to think so too.
Your dog makes me laugh out loud, she is gorgeous, hat looks lovely :))

Deb said...

Your uncle did a beautiful job on your tree. Simple it's not, elegant it is!!! Your ornaments look wonderful on it.

Love that sampler and always forget about it. Don't know why as it has such great colors. Yours looks great. And love those mittens too.

And your doggie with the bow is adorable!

Vicky L said...

Your BBD came out very lovely. I never stitched one but I will some day. A beautiful tree your uncle made for you. Your ornaments on the tree are beautiful too.

Kathy said...

Oh my, Gabi, your finish is beautiful!! I can't wait to get the pattern in my hands. I am so excited. I am wiggling in my seat. LOL

I just love the ornament tree you uncle made you. His work is gorgeous. Just stunning.

But the best photo by far is that adorable little girl with the boqw on her head. :) She is just beautiful.

Carolyn NC said...

I love your bbd finish as well as the others. Fantastic gift from your uncle!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Very nice finishes. I love the wooden tree. My dad made me a couple of them. I love the dog

Meari said...

Congrats on your finish, Gabi. It turned out nice. :)

What a nice gift from your uncle. I can see why you'd cherish it.

LOL @ the sausage pup. I can see why she's getting cookies. She's a cutie.

Julianne said...

Gabi,

I can't get over what a fast stitcher you are! I still haven't finished "Blessings" and "Their Song" is another WIP that I have in my basket. Seeing both of yours is making me want to finish mine.

Wow, I just love the ornament tree, and the fact that your uncle made it for you makes it even more special. All your ornaments on it are just wonderful.

Enjoy the tennis and your stitching. I'm sure you'll get a ton of ornaments stitched.

Claudette497 said...

Great finish! I'm happy dancing with you!

Patty C. said...

Your Their Song is gorgeous - It is a beautiful chart - I did not know it was difficult to acquire - you are so blessed to have received it :)

Let me know if it makes its way to Florida - lol

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your BBD sampler is beautiful. Congrats on your finish. The dowel tree your uncle made for you is beautiful too. What a lovely way to display your ornaments.
Lucy looks so sweet with her white bow hat. I think that deserves an extra cookie too.

Maggie said...

Lovely finishes, stitching and knitting, and that hand made tree is just wonderful :-) You are a talented family!

Felicity said...

Love the sampler and the fingerless gloves. You seem to be on a roll. Great going!

Sharon said...

What a beautiful tree and a sweet gift. Wow, he went WAY above and beyond in crafting your tree.
Your sampler is lovely too. How neat that it's being stitched by needleworkers around the world.
Your ornaments are so pretty - I don't know anyone who doesn't love Prairie Schooler!
I've been getting extra stitching done too because of the Australian Open. (Only problem is...we're so far behind you time-zone wise, I'm staying up watching matches until 3:00 - 4:00 AM. Yawn.... LOL :)
The joy of watching matches is worth the lack of sleep and I also love watching all the extra pieces they do featuring your lovely country. My prayers are with your country-men for their recovery from the devastating flooding.

Nancy in IL said...

Gabi, LOVE, love, love all you had to share!!! BBD design is to die for, as well as the ornaments you finished (must be Prairie Schooler)! You have a fantastically talented uncle. What a wonderful prize for you to use over and over! And your beautiful daughter (who looks like you) is loving the fingerless gloves, You, my friend, are a talented needleworker!
And what's not to love about Lucy? She's quite the ham in the eye of a camera! What a doll! My best friend has 4 of those sausage dogs, LOL!

Nancy M said...

Your finish is great.Too bad that other ebay pattern was so overpriced! Love the PS ornaments. And that tree??? That's great and I know you appreciate all the time that goes into a work of art like that. What a great way to display all your lovely ornaments. Love the gloves....I could use those in winter here and still be able to use my touch phone! LOL I always forget I can't answer my phone with my gloves on! Your dog is a cutie! And so is your daughter.....:-)

Irene said...

Love the tree, your Uncle did a great job. Their Song looks wonderful.

Blu said...

Congrats! Their Song looks amazing.

What an awesome present from your uncle! Lots of talent in your family~

Giovanna said...

Great finishes - and that tree is just amazing! Congrats on everything!

Sally said...

A gorgeous finish Gabi. I do love this piece and enjoyed it when I stitched it.

What a gorgeous gift.

MaryT said...

Gabi beautiful stitching!! I have a few blackbird designs email me and let me know what you're wanting and I will share with you if I have them. Everything corseed that I can be of some help.

Mary Louise in IN

htimcj said...

That is an absolutely stunning ornament tree! Something to cherish forever! Your stitching is beautiful!
Heidi-ILCS

Kelly said...

Love the sampler and mittens and your doggy looks so cute!
But I am very jealous Gabi as I just love the ornament tree!

Shelley said...

Your tree is gorgeous :)
All of your work looks lovely. I especially like the gloves you made for your daughter.

Carol said...

What a wonderful gift for your uncle--it certainly showcases your pretty ornaments...

Love the BBD piece and I think the idea that it is being sent around to different stitchers all over the world makes it even more special.

Your daughter and little Lucy are both excellent models--so cute :)

Lisette said...

I love that tree, really beautifull made.

Littlebit said...

Oh my goodness, Gabi! Talk about jealous!? Can I borrow your uncle? Lol! That ornament tree is amazingly beautiful!

I love that Blackbird Design..it's one of my favorites. Beautiful job.

And your knitting! Oh my, those gloves are fantastic!!

Anne Marieke said...

Love your sampler, Gabi! Beautiful stitching.

You have a lovely daughter and your Lucy is simply adorable.

Katrien said...

That tree is gorgeous. Love your finishes (cross-stitch and knitting)

Missy Ann said...

Wow! So much beautiful work in this post. :D Great job all around. I wish I had such a talented uncle. :)

Carol said...

Beautiful finish!

RuthB said...

Congratulations on a lovey finish! And, if anything deserves a cookie, that adorableness certainly does! Lucy, tell your mom to give you a cookie!

sheri said...

My, you have been busy stitching, sewing and knitting! The gloves are very pretty.

How lucky you are to have such a lovely a one-of-a-kind handmade ornament tree. That is really something special. Your ornaments look great on it. And there's always room for more!!!

sheri said...

And Lucy is too precious! :O)

Siobhan said...

Oh my goodness! What a labor of love from your uncle--that tree is exquisite! I know you will treasure it. Your sampler turned out great--it's one of my favorite BBDs. I love that saying on it. Great job on the knitting! Your daughter is very pretty, and your pup is adorable. ;) Great job on the ornaments, too!

Lizzy said...

Do please send me one of your magic needles my dear, as surely it must be magical as it seems to be flying through all these projects! Their Song is absolutely Gorgeous, my dear! Another of my BBD favourites! I love it and I think it looks lovely on your fabric... lovely stitching! It's another one that I truly want to stitch soon... I do wish there were more hours in the days!!! I will never stitch everything I want to at this rate!

And what a wonderful, wonderful lovely gift from your Uncle! How very sweet and special! I love your ornament tree and your ornaments look so lovely gracing it's branches! Just beautiful! He is very talented indeed.

Lovely PS ornaments, Hun and I do sooo love those gloves! Gosh they are gorgeous as is your lovely model... Your dauther is beautiful and I think she looks like you! And more foot warmners! Oh how wonderfully cosy! Can't wait to see them and your other ornaments... And your Lucy is adorable! :)

Blessings and love always in stitches...