Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ornaments from Others

I love, love, LOVE when blog readers get the patterns, make ornaments, and then send me pictures of them!  In the past couple of weeks, there have been about 6 people who have contacted me about patterns.  I can't WAIT to see what they do with them.  Sometimes, they tell me they have Carolyn DeAngelis ornaments from their childhood.  If YOU do . . . please remember to take pictures of them when you decorate your tree this year!

Ouida sent me pictures of two of her latest.  This is Goldilocks and B.B. Bear.

Kathy has been stitching like crazy this year and her ornaments are bee-yoo-tee-ful!!!  Here's her African Rubber Neck.

The mice are some of my favorites.  Here's Claude.

This is Claudette.

 Meet Missus Mouse!

Kathy and I realized that we stitched our Percivals at exactly the same time!

Don't forget to send me pictures of YOUR finished ornaments!!  It's always fun to see the spin each individual stitcher puts on a pattern.  Sometimes I don't even find the paper pattern appealing and then I see someone else's completed piece and I LOVE it and want to stitch it myself.  Clif about killed me when he first sent me pictures of all his ornaments.  I immediately fell in love with several of his and made them shortly thereafter.  He made my ornament to-do list muuuuch longer!

Zaxophone Player

Nope . . . that's not a typo!  My youngest nephew, Zach, has been playing the saxophone in school and LOVES it.  My sister suggested a saxophone ornament . . . . but the instrument itself would make a pretty boring ornament.  I took an existing Carolyn DeAngelis pattern -- the Birthday Party boy -- and used him as a springboard.  He had the body shape and position that I wanted.  I put some pants on him and added a saxophone with sequins for the keys and there you have it!

Zach . . . Zaxophone Player . . . get it?
(I do crack myself up!)

I did make a critical error and punished no one but myself with the correction.  I always stitch the year on the backs of my ornaments.  On my nephews' ornaments, I stitch their names, too.  I don't want any family feuds over these priceless heirlooms when they grow up -- HA HA!!  I had already decided to stitch the year on the back of the sleeve for this one.  For some reason, I completely forgot about the name until after I had the whole body stitched and stuffed.  What's a girl to do?  I put on my old lady glasses, sat in the afternoon sunlight, and managed to get his name AND the date on that sleeve!

And then I promised myself NEVER to make that mistake again!  (I got that arm up a little high on the saxophone . . . but just TRY to unglue hot glue on felt.)

Updated Little Mermaid

I'm still here!  If you remember from my last post, my husband and I began the process of adopting a 12 year-old girl in August.  My stitching time quickly evaporated as my evenings are now filled with 7th-grade homework!  I do have a few new ones to share with you and hope to get a little more done before Christmas actually arrives.

I designed The Little Mermaid last year for my friend, Mary.  My friend, Naomi, LOVES Disney princesses and Ariel is her favorite.  I made some changes to my original pattern to make her look more like the movie character.

I hope Naomi likes her!!