Friday, December 23, 2011

Mary Allen 1818 and some other finishes

It's amazing what one can achieve if one's computer is having problems and shuts down all the time. When not being able to sit much at the computer, miraculously stitching seems to speed up. No clue how that comes. Still baffles

The good thing about it is though (Insert Happy Dance here): Just in time for Christmas, Mary Allen is finished. Here she is:

Village Square Sampler - Mary Allen 1818
By Samplers Remembered
Stitched on 36ct Edinburgh "Buttercream" from Silkweaver
with NPI silks 
Also finished is:

With Affection
Part one of "A Petit Sampling Etui
Designer Louise Henderson by Cherished Stitches
Fabric: 36ct Silkweaver linen "Heritage" 
Recommended Crescent Color Threads
 And I finished 2 ornaments for my aunt and uncle who adore their schnauzer and cat.
Designer:  Ladybug Lane Designs
Design: "Plaid Greetings"
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue2009
Fabric: 32ct opalescent Lugana from Silkweaver in the color "Forest"
Fibers: Gentle Art, Threadworx and Silk n Color

  Designer: Bittercup Designs
Design: Get into the Spirit
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue 2009
Fabric: 32ct Belfast from Silkweaver
Fibers: Weeks Dye, Crescent Colors and Gentle Art

On Christmas Eve I traditionally start something new. This year it will be the Charlotte Clayton Sampler from the North West Sampler Guild. I'm looking SO forward to stitch this beautiful sampler. I lost count of the times that I went to Margaret's blog to drool over her Charlotte Clayton.
And there is good news on the puppy front. Ashley sort of recovered. She will now need heart meds twice daily but all by all she is doing fine. Not that she got spoiled. Spoiled might really not be the right It's something beyond that. Oh well, I'm just glad that she's better. Here she is with my aunt. 

That's all from sunny warm Australia. I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and leaving you with an impression of Christmas in sunny Australia :)


Siobhan said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! Your finishes are soooo beautiful! Love the ornaments, and your samplers are stunning. I can't wait to see your progress on Charlotte--I love that sampler.

I'm so glad to hear that Ashley has recovered! Duff has a heart murmur (discovered this summer after a heart-stopping-for-me seizure) and is on meds twice a day for it. Any adjustment to the daily routine is happily made for the love we get off those furballs, right?!

Wishing you & yours a blessed Christmas!

Catherine said...

What beautiful finishes and cute ornaments!!
So glad to read that Ashley is doing better, what a cutie!
Have a Merry Christmas!

Chris said...

Hey Gabi!
Your stitching looks wonderful. I have missed you but totally understand the computer issues.
Glad to here that Ashley is better.
I loved the video and had to shre on FB. Wgat a great way to start my morning.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Bertie said...

Gorgeous stitching Gaby, fabulous. MA is beautiful, and the ornaments too.
Glad to see Ashley looking well, such a worry.

Happy Sunny Christmas to you and your family:))

Jackie said...

Gorgeous finishes, Gabi! Glad to hear you pup Ashley is doing better. Daily medication is easy to live with. I'm looking forward to seeing the progression on your Christmas Eve New Start.

Carol said...

Maybe I should shut my computer down for a while--it would certainly be worth it if I could finish as many beautiful samplers as you have, Gabi!! I love the idea of you starting a new sampler each Christmas Eve, too--may have to try that idea :)

I am glad Ashley is doing well now with her meds--that's great!! I wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and a very happy, healthy new year...

JillMN said...

Your Mary Allen is beautiful!
Merry Christmas!

Lois said...

Gabi, congratulations on some lovely finishes! What cute ornaments and I'm looking forward to watching your progress on your new start! Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas!

Margaret said...

I'm so glad to hear Ashley is doing well now. Such a relief! I love your finishes -- so gorgeous! You will love Charlotte Clayton. She is so pretty and such fun to stitch! I need to stitch that petite etui up someday. Another project I have waiting. lol!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

blueladie said...

Beautiful finishes Gabi! I hope you have a blessed Christmas also. Glad to hear about Ashley. :) Cathryn

Nancy said...

Your stitching is just beautiful! Congratulations on your finishes. I love the ornaments you made, and you finished them so beautiful! So glad that things have improved on the puppy front. Ashley is so adorable!

Penny said...

Beautiful samplers and those ornaments are so cute!
Charlotte Clayton is such a pretty sampler - can't wait to see your stitching.
Wonderful news about Ashley, such a sweet little face!
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Mouse said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :) well done on you finishes they are absolutely fab :)love your wee ornaments too and great news re your furbaby too ... so a good Christmas all round :) looking forward to seeing your new start :) have a fantastic holidays and a stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxx

Michelle said...

Gorgeous finishes! Mary Allen has been calling to me!! And I'm looking forward to seeing your start on Charlotte Clayton - that's another one I have my eye on!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Beautiful samplers! You've done an outstanding job! Sweet ornies for your A&U - know they'll love them. Great news that you have found help for Ashley. So, you think there's more stitching with less blogging? ??? Merry Christmas!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow... your Mary Allen looks fabulous as do all your finishes. I'm looking forward to following your progress on Charlotte.
I'm so glad to hear that your Ashley has recovered and her health can be maintained with daily medication.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

Lesleyanne said...

Your finishes are beautiful. Look forward to seeing your new start.

Sally said...

What a beautiful finish Gabi! Congratulations on your finish. Love the ornaments too.

So glad to hear that Ashley has recovered. She is so sweet.

Melissa said...

Wow! I am in awe of all the wonderful stitching! Congratulations on finishing Mary Allen! I know when one finish a big sampler there is a huge feeling of relief and accomplishment!

Glad to hear Ashley is doing fine.

Merry Christmas, Gabi!

Jennifer said...

oh Gabi, you are always such an inspiration! Your finish is awesome, gorgeous, and just beautiful!

Glad the furbaby is feeling better. They are the sweetest in the world.


cucki said...

wow what lovely finishes..and sweet ornaments..
so happy to know that ashley is doing good now..
merry christmas
cucki xx

Nancy M said...

Your samplers are gorgeous and your 2 ornie finishes are perfect!I had to go see if I had the 2009 issue. I should do the dog one for myself! Sorry about the computer issues, but looks like you used your extra time wisely! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and so glad Ashley is recovering!

marly said...

Great finishes. Anxious to watch Charlotte's progress. So glad to hear the pup is doing well. She's adorable. Merry Christmas to you!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous finishes Gabi - I love that one with the doggie; and am so glad that yours is on the mend. Happy Christmas!

Cardygirl said...

Beautiful stitching...hope you have had a happy christmas

Sharon said...

Fabulous finishes Gabi! Congrats! Have a Merry Christmas!

Anne said...

Wonderful finishes!! Congrats!! They are both so stunning!! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Good to hear that Ashley has recovered!

BrendaS said...

Gabi --
Congratulations on all your beautiful finishes!

So glad your puppy is doing better

Hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas:)

Giovanna said...

Great finishes, congratulations! Glad to read that Ashley is better.

Lynn said...

Both finishes are just stunning Gabi! Your ornaments turned out really well too. I'll bet they were thrilled with them.
Glad to hear that Ashley is doing much better. You must be so relieved!
I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, you have been busy!! Beautiful finishes, Gabi!!

Happy to hear that Ashley is doing well...hope that the computer recovers as well, LOL!

Pumpkin said...

Incredible! WOW! Those are definitely a good example of what can be done if you leave the computer alone ;o) You should be proud.

The ornaments are adorable and so appropriate.

Glad to hear that Ashley is doing well.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas :o)

Evelyne said...

Gelukkig Nieuwjaar met een goede gezondheid en veel creativiteit!
Wat heb je hard gewerkt, zoveel moois gemaakt de afgelopen tijd.De Charlotte sampler wordt erg mooi.
Ik blij voor je dat het met Ashley weer beter gaat!
Lieve groetjes, Evelyne

Laura said...

Beautiful finishes!